‘We want to foster spirit of brotherhood with Nigeria through tourism’
Leveraging on existing relationship between Nigeria and South Africans, Hub Head, South African Tourism (West Africa), Thekiso Rakolojane, has promised that South Africa is on a new journey with Nigeria through tourism, assuring that his agency is ready for symbiotic alliances with Nigerians in the area of tourism and cultural exchange.
Rakolojane made the promise during the SAT West Africa Heritage and Culture activation, held recently at the Affinity Art Gallery, Muri Okunola, Victoria Island, Lagos.
Rakolojane noted that artistes and moviemakers from both countries have established a long time working relationships that must be maintained.
“There has been a lot of music videos shot in South Africa by Nigerian artistes; Ten days in Sun City by Ayo Makun was shot in South Africa. We equally have South Africans coming to Nigeria to shoot music videos and act in movies. So, what we are doing today is a journey to foster the collaboration between Nigerians and South Africans in the creative and tourism industry. We also want to encourage citizens of both countries to visit, experience each other’s culture and heritage, as well as create stronger bond between the two nations.”
On steps taken by South African Tourism (SAT) to promote tourism between the two countries, Rakolojane said the agency is working on bringing South Africans to Nigeria, adding, “We are working on closer ties in the sense that we will no longer only be seen on TV and heard on radios. Many events between citizens of both countries will continue to come up; events where Nigerians can experience South Africa, eat the food, drink the wine and immerse in the culture.