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Odusanwo Bags Tourism Personality Award For Impeccable Service To The Sector

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Joel Ajayi

Chief Abiodun Odusanwo, National President of the Institute for Tourism Professionals of Nigeria (ITPN), has emerged winner of the prestigious Tourism Personality Award of Year 2022 instituted by the Nigerian Tourism Awards in recognition of his selfless service for the promotion of the tourism industry in the country.


According to organizers of the Award, Odusanwo was tipped for the coveted award in view of his enormous contributions to the sustenance of professional practice and skill competence in the Nigerian tourism industry as well as the promotion of the sector for the socio-economic development of Nigeria.                                   

Chief Odusanwo has distinguished himself having lived a better part of his life imparting knowledge to others as a pioneering provider of education and human resource development that has been widely attested to by Nigerians in the UK, which earned him the prestigious membership of the Investor in People (IIP) Recognition Panel               

 Thus, in a letter of notification of the award to Chief Odusanwo signed by Efetobo Awhana, CEO of Nigerian Tourism Award, it extolled the virtues of Chief Odusanwo as one who has dedicated his time and resources to the growth and development of professionals and skilled personnel in the Nigerian tourism industry in an exemplary and outstanding manners worthy of recognition for the award of Tourism Personality of the Year under review.

 His achievements in previous years included his immense contributions to promoting good relations between the Nigerian and British communities through his membership of the Nigeria-British Forum as well as membership of Royal African Society and Egbe Omo Yoruba in Europe.


The investiture of Chief Odusanwo for the Tourism Personality of the Year will hold at the 5th edition of the Nigeria Tourism Awards scheduled to hold on Friday, 20th May, 2022 at the Radisson Blu Anchorage Hotel Victoria Island, Lagos along-side other winners of the various categories in Tourism growth and development of the country. 


Prominent among other winners of the Nigeria Tourism Awards are Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Governor of Lagos state as Best Tourism Governor of the Year and Mrs Uzamatu Akinbile-Yusuf, Best Tourism Commissioner of the Year among others.

 It would be recalled that because of Chief Odusanwo’s lifetime achievements, His Royal Majesty, the Alaafin of Oyo and Chairman Oyo state Council of Obas and Chiefs, conferred the Chieftaincy title of Aare Soludero of Oyo Empire on him which is an affirmation by the Kabiyesi that Chief Odusanwo has been found worthy both in character, general disposition and conduct to be conferred with an Oyo Chieftaincy title.                                              

The Institute for Tourism Professionals of Nigeria, headed by Chief Abiodun Odusanwo is the Nigerian premier national certification and professional membership body for hospitality, travel-tourism and allied occupations. It represents members working in the public, private and non-profit making organizations which ensures the highest standards of professional competence of practitioners in the Nigerian tourism and hospitality industry.

 It is thus a rightly placed occasion to celebrate a worthy and illustrious individual and personality of Chief Odusanwo whose acts and thoughts over the years have positively influenced countless lives as attested to by practitioners and stakeholders in the industry for making himself available for selfless service, offer of assistance and impactful of knowledge in whatever way possible to those that have cause to meet him.                                                        

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

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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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