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Emir of Argungu, Chief Alabi others Tips for NIHOTOUR Fellowship Award at Sustainable Gastronomy Day Event

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Joel Ajayi
His Royal Highness, the Emir of Argungu, Alhaji Sama’ila Muhammad Mera CON, His Highness, the Osolo of Isolo and Secretary General of Lagos State Council of Obas and Chiefs, Oba Kabiru Kolawole Alakija Agbabiaka and Chief Samuel Olu Alabi, Company Secretary and Legal Adviser, Eko Hotel and Suites and Chairman Board of Trustees, Federation of Tourism Associations of Nigeria (FTAN) are among dignitaries to be honoured with the Fellowship of the National Institute for Hospitality and Tourism (NIHOTOUR) at the World Sustainable Gastronomy Day Celebration scheduled to hold on Saturday, 18th June, 2022 at the International Conference Centre, Abuja.

Other recipients of the NIHOTOUR Fellowship Award are; Chief Godfrey Kio Jaja Amachree, Dr. Mrs. Ifeoma Adaora Anyanwutakura, Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Information and Culture.


Director General of NIHOTOUR, Nura Sani Kangiwa has stated in Abuja that the awardees were chosen for the Fellowship Awards because of their enormous contributions to the promotion, growth and development of the Travel Tourism and Hospitality industry of the country in their respective domains, professions and patriotic service which has distinguished them as pioneers and pace setters in lifting the industry to greater heights.  


The Fellowship Award was instituted as the highest honour by the Institute on individuals who have distinguished themselves and contributed greatly to the education, skill acquisition and enhanced professional practices of professionals in the Travel Tourism and Hospitality sector of the country. Meanwhile, the Cooking and Essay Competitions for students of Tourism, Cookery and Catering studies in Secondary and Tertiary schools in the country instituted by NIHOTOUR to mark this year’s Sustainable World Gastronomy Day has commenced with participants slugging it out at the first round of the Cooking Competition held in Abuja.                                                                           

Speaking further on the two competitions, Nura Kangiwa said the essence of the cooking competition is to inculcate the high ethics of culinary practice amongst students of culinary and hospitality schools as well as to promote the culture of Nigerian culinary in the upcoming generation of youths for a sustainable national and cultural gastronomy of Nigeria, while the Essay Writing Competition is to instill the love for and practice of tourism as a profession and means of spending leisure time amongst the youths in their early stage of growth, ‘what can best be termed as catching them young’, said Kangiwa. The 2022 Sustainable World Gastronomy Day billed for 18th June, 2022 will be hosted by NIHOTOUR with participation and guests expected from practitioners, critical stakeholders of the Travel Tourism and Hospitality sector of both public and private sector organizations, the academia as well as foreign missions and embassies in the country.   

                                                                      Visitors and guests to the Gastronomy event will be treated to varieties of local, international and continental cuisines with quite a number of countries participating to showcase the culinary of their respective countries. These are; The Peoples Republic of China, Spain and Ethiopia among others.                                                                        

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Africa Wedding Expo 2022 Gets New Date

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The organisers of Africa’s foremost wedding exposition have announced the postponement of the event originally slated to hold June 28-29, at the Monarch Event Centre, Lagos. 


In a press statement released signed by Dayo Falade, Executive Convener of the Africa Wedding Expo 2022, it regretted the postponement of the much anticipated event.

According to the statement it pleaded with prospective sponsors, vendors, exhibitors, attendees, volunteers and wedding event enthusiasts, for their understanding on the unfortunate postponement.


It went on to explain that the organisers lost a strategic member in charge of its affairs to the cold hands of death in Kenya. Adding that it would be insensitive to go hold  ahead with the event as scheduled.

 
The statement further reassured prospective exhibitors and vendors who have registered and paid for participation at the event not to fret. That their places at the event are assured. 


“We made this difficult decision due to a tragic event that happened on June 23rd which we believe if we allow the event go on, it will seem insensitive to the family involved. This is very much heavy on us as a whole lot has been invested time, energy and resources into making sure AFRICA WEDDING EXPO 2022 happen in grand style but unfortunately we have to postpone till later date.

“We are sincerely sorry for the inconveniences this very change will cause to everyone who is looking forward to the event. This is a phase that’s beyond our control.


It added reassuringly, “All payment made from various quarters including booths reservation by vendors, partners and exhibitors would remain valid for the event, which we have rescheduled to hold October 25-26, 2022.


“We appreciate your level of understanding that we do not have control over nature and your willingness to go though this phase with us, we need your support by being patient with us and helping to calm any negative reactions within your area of influence,” it added conclusively. 

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