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Actor Van Vicker joins Ghana tourism team for Akwaaba


The Calabar Carnival Dancers at the Christmas Carnival in Cross River State. The group will be performing at the Akwaaba 2018 in Lagos

It has been confirmed that the Ghana Tourism Authority will storm Lagos with a team of top tourism products led by the Chief Executive Mr. Akwasi Agyeman. The team will also include actor Van Vicker, who is popular among Nigerian audiences, having featured in a lot of Nollywood movies.

Also Included in the team are members of the Ghana Tourism Federation and members of the Ghana Chef Association, who will participate in the second edition of the Jollof Rice war with Nigeria and Gambia on September 9 at the Eko Hotel, Victoria Island, of September. This will make it the second time after the return of Ghana to Akwaaba African Travel Market. 

This year, the organisers of Akwaaba had a very successful outing in Ghana with the 4th Accra Weizo in partnership with the Ghana Tourism Authority. Meanwhile, Ghana will be hosting a special Ghana Day on Sunday after the Jollof Rice competition, starting from 3 pm.


Akwaaba African Travel Market is the biggest Travel Expo in West Africa and has been hosted in Lagos for the past 13 years and it annually attracts visitors and exhibitors from over 20 nations. This year, Lagos State will be hosting a special day at the fair on September 11, which will feature special cultural and artistic presentations to showcase the best of Lagos. With the changing face of the city of Lagos amidst massive infrastructural development in the city, delegates to the 14th Akwaaba Tourism Expo will be treated to the taste of Lagos as never before.

You have heard all the stories of Lagos; some good, some bad, but no report is better than a personal experience. This is what the Government of Lagos State, through its Ministry of Tourism, is promising delegates to this year’s African Travel Expo.

The hosting, according to the representative of Lagos, is in line with effort to make true the vision of Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, the governor of Lagos State, to transform Lagos, Africa’s most populous city and the second largest economy in West Africa, in creating an enduring architecture for the business of tourism to thrive to support continuous prosperity of the State as it targets its low hanging fruits of its massive entertainment, culture and heritage.

The Governor had earlier in the year noted that the State is channeling a lot of resource to creating an enduring architecture for the business of tourism to thrive, with an understanding that tourism does not stand on its own; that it is the infrastructure supporting it that actually allows it to thrive; hence, the upbeat about putting the infrastructure in place. Meanwhile, the state has promised the organisers all needed institutional support to make the event not only remarkable, but also successful and memorable.

Also, the City Tours will be provided for visiting tour Operators to know the City better in order to market its attraction to their Clients. Lagos is Africa’s entertainment Capital and its leading Business destination. So a lot of entertainment has been lined up to make the stay in Lagos memorable.

At the exhibition, Lagos will be having a special Pavilion for the three-days of the event and visitors can sample traditional Lagos cuisine all through the event, which will open with the Nigeria Day put together by the National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC), with the Jollof Rice War between Nigeria, Ghana and Gambia.

There will also be exhibitions by leading tourism and travel companies across Africa, including Aviation Conference, Youth in Tourism conference, Gambia Day event, Ethiopia Day, Africa Top 100 Tour Operators conference and Awards. As usual, the Carnival Calabar group will be on hand to thrill guests, while a taste of Dubai, Namibia, South Africa and other Destinations, await guests.

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