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We’ll continue to support Cote D’Ivoire Day celebration in Nigeria-Envoy

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The Ambassador of Cote D’ ivoire to Nigeria, in Abuja, Kalilou Traoré, said he would continue to support the celebration of ‘Cote D’ivoire Cultural Day in Nigeria.

The ambassador said the event is an occasion to franchising with Ivorian community and Nigerian Attiéké to celebrate cultural patrimony of Côte D’ivoire Day.

According to the ambassador, this is an avenue to foster better relations through the indigenous food called ‘attieke’.

“This is a very good day to franchise with organizers of the event and owner of Attiéké Republic; this is an occasion to celebrate cultural patrimony of Côte D’ivoire to Nigeria.

” This is also an occasion to show fraternity, to show many exhibition in makers and sellers arts, sculptures, designers, Ivorian wrapper, gastronomy (especially Attiéké food),” he said.

He commended the organiser of the event for “this wonderful initiative” , adding that they will continue to promote Ivorian culture in Nigeria.

“This event is organised to promote Cote D’Ivoire Cultural Day. I want to thank the organiser of ‘Attiéké Republic’ for the wonderful initiative.

“We will continue to encourage him to elevate the culture of Cote D’Ivoire; I will continue to support him as the ambassador.

“We also make sure this event is well known in every part of Nigeria, to all ECOWAS people, diplomacy people; this is to strengthen our relationship with Nigerians,” he said.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the second edition of the event also tagged ‘Cote D’Ivoire Cultural Day”, is organized by the Attiéké Republic restaurant in conjunction with the embassy and ECOWAS.

The theme of the event is ‘Our culture, our identity’.

The event featured different Ivorian delicacies such as attiéké with roasted or smoked or fried fish, attiéké with chicken Banga soup, groundnut soup, white rice, millet pap, among others.

He said the edition was more interesting than the first, saying he was happy that the ambassador attended in person to be part of the event.

“The ambassador could not come in the first edition and he was well represented but in this edition, he came in person, this made my day for seeing him here.

He said the event was designed to hold every three months, to have a good relationship with Nigerians.

Stephanie Seudo, the wife of the organizer, said she was happy to see the crowd celebrating the event.

“I especially thank the media for making our day and publishing the event, we have greater events ahead of us,” she said.

The event was attended by some people from the ECOWAS secretariat, American embassy, European Union and the Ivorian community.

The event is to showcase the musical, social, cultural art, and other ways of unifying communities of different cultures in Nigeria.

Attiéké is a native food of Cote D’Ivoire, which had also spread to different countries like Ghana, Guinea, Mali, Burkina Faso, Gambia and Nigeria.

It has been used to foster community relations and cultural exchanges.

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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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