Connect with us

Culture and Tourism

Lagos States Sets to host Roundtable CONFAB for Sustainable Tourism Growth



Joel Ajayi

As part of it’s determination to grow tourism sector in the country, arrangements have been concluded for a roundtable conference on Thursday 24th – Friday 25th November, 2022 in Lagos to set an agenda and chart a roadmap for tourism development of Lagos State as the preferred destination in Africa.

In a statement issued on Wednesday by the Institute for Tourism Professionals of Nigeria (ITPN) revealed that the roundtable Confab scheduled to hold at the Eko Hotels and Suites with the theme: Lagos Tourism: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow, 
Converter, the Lagos state chapter of ITPN asserts that Lagos state government has shown sufficient commitment and its resilient in growing its tourism potentials.

According to the statement, while tourism was globally plagued by the Covid-19 pandemic that ravaged the industry, Lagos state was able to stand to the challenge of the pandemic by its proactive actions at mitigating the scourge as well as cushioning of the negative economic impacts and hardships on industry operators for palliatives with grants and interest free loans worth One Billion Naira.

“The Institute was inspired by this singular and unique attributes of the Lagos state government in the show of concern for the travel tourism and hospitality industry of the state and its desire, as expressed in many fora, to grow the state tourism potentials for the socio-economic benefits of the people.

“The roundtable conference is to further put Lagos state in public and private sector domain with the view to charting the way of consolidating the industry’s position and open a new chapter of progression after the Covid-19 pandemic for accelerated recovery and boom.Sub themes expected to be deliberated up on includes.

“The role of the gatekeepers (police, customs, immigration, Civil Defense orps) the challenges to building a flourishing tourism industry in Lagos State Developing a road map for Lagos tourism industry connectivity: Achieving sustainable tourism development in Lagos State through industry connectivity, and Building efficient and innovative tourism transportation system in Lagos State: the way forward. Others are The Symbiotic-relationship of tourism and the environment: the challenges and prospects for tourism in Lagos State. 

“The role of Local Government Councils in Tourism development in Lagos State: Empowering Community participation. Strategies for meeting the Lagos State hospitality and tourism industry skill needs.

“Tourism Plan: Implementation, prospect and challenges and Technology and Tourism in the 21st century: The Way Forward for Lagos Tourism. 

However, the event is expected to have in attendance key players in the tourism industry of the country including the Lagos state Governor, Babajide Sanwo Olu, President of the Federation of Tourism Associations of Nigeria (FTAN) Nkereuwem Onung, Nura Sani Kangiwa, Director General of the National Institute for Hospitality and Tourism (NIHOTOUR)Others are, Mr. Folorunsho Coker, Director General of the Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC) Chief Abiodun Odusanwo, National President of the Institute for Tourism Professionals of Nigeria ITPN and Otunba Wanle Akinboboye, Founder/CEO, La Campagne Tropicana Beach Resort.

Continue Reading

Culture and Tourism

Erinmo To Hold Agidanyin Founder’s Day festival Saturday



By Richard Akintade, Osogbo

All is now set for this year edition of the annual Agidanyin Founder’s Day Festival in Erinmo Kingdom, Oriade Local Government area of Osun State.

According to the Elerinmo of Erinmo Kingdom, Oba Odunayo Ajayi, Arowotawaya II and the Chairman, Planning Committee for this year celebration, Chief Taiwo Agbonmagbe, the Obaloro of Erinmo in a press statement issued and made available to our Correspondent, Agidanyin festival is a traditional festival celebrated annually to remember the great progenitor of Erinmo who was Agidanyin the son of Obalufon Alayemore. 

The statement described Agidanyin as a great fearless warrior who participated active by in several wars especially the numerous inter-tribal wars at that time.
“Among the Kings who have joined the Elerinmo and the residents to celebrate Agidanyin festival in the past include, the Ooni of Ife, Alaaye of Efon Alaaye in EKiti state, Elegboro of Ijebu-Jesa and Ajalaiye of Ipetu-Ijesa”.

Oba Arowotawaya in the statement, harped on the importance of upholding cultural heritage in the nation saying Agidanyin festival is a medium to make the world realise the significance of upholding the strong heritage and culture of the land.
According to the culture and tradition loving monarch, “here in Erinmo Kingdom, we want to use this medium to make the world know that what we are doing is upholding the strong heritage and culture of the Yoruba race, to showcase our tradition and culture to the entire world and we want to keep it intact while we do not want anything to dilute our tradition and inheritance from our race”.

“We are calling on all our sons, daughters, friends and associates of Erinmo both at home and in diaspora to join us in celebrating this festival holding on Saturday December 10, 2022 at Elerinmo’s Palace Foyer by 9am”.

The Royal father of the day for this year event according to the statement is Kabiyesi Owa Oye of Imesi Ile, Oba Enoch Ademila Akinyemi Oyoyo II, while Hon Oluwole Oke, the House of Representatives member representing Oriade/Obokun Federal Constituency will be the Chairman of the occasion as well as the Olobu of Ilobu in Irepodun local government area of Osun state, Oba Ashiru Olatoye Olaniyan, the Special Guest of Honour for the day.

Some of these traditional Chiefs of the ancient community, the Lebedo of Erinmo, Chief Joseph Osobu, Edinmo of Erinmo, Chief Joseph Agbesuyi and Loja of Afajigede Ijaregbe Ilesa, Chief Rotimi Oniyaomebi would join the Elerinmo to pray for Erinmo Kingdom, the residents, Osun state, friends and associates, saying the festival is not for merry making alone.

Continue Reading



Enjoy this blog? Please spread the word :)