NIGERIA NATIONAL PARKS: Federal Govt double speak stirs death signal

The recent listing of the seven national parks by the Federal Government among other national property to be sold to finance the nation’s budget against the backdrop of the partial commercialisation policy on ground and the non-performing nature of the parks, has stirred up arguments, as ANDREW IRO OKUNGBOWA finds out in this report     Nigeria’s tourism boasts huge potential for eco-tourism, which is one of the fastest growing attractions for many tourists. Countries in Africa, especially those in East and South regions reap hugely from it in terms…

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Gov Ayade inaugurates 2017 carnival village

As preparations for this year’s Carnival Calabar gather momentum, the governor of Cross River State, host of the yearly fiesta, which has been tagged the biggest street party in Africa, has commissioned the carnival village for this year’s event. Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River State has inaugurated the `Calabar Municipal Garden’ which will serve as the 2017 Calabar Carnival village. Represented at the event by the Commissioner for Health, Dr. Inyang Asibong, Ayade said the village was chosen because it was central and accessible to residents and tourists that…

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Honour for hospitality operators in Africa

Hospitality business in Africa, particularly West Africa, has continued to witness increasing growth, not only in its ranks but also in patronage, attracting a lot of accolades from different quarters in the process. Different operators in the sector have also been celebrated for their performance in terms of offering plush products and excellently delivered services to the people. To this end, African Travel Times Magazine last week rolled out the red carpet and drums to celebrate some of the operators, which it deemed has advanced the course of travel and…

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German-Nigerian Society of Arts inaugurated

The newly created German- Nigerian Society of Arts otherwise known as Dnkk – Forum, has been inaugurated with the president of the forum, Dazza Dazza, a Nigerian international musical and cultural ambassador, pledging to use the forum to elevate Nigeria and Germany relationship to greater height even as he said that attention would be given to promoting the art and culture of the tow countries. The body, which is supported by the German government, is created to foster good relationship between the two countries in the arts and cultural activities,…

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CHEF ESTHER NUVUE ALEXANDER: Banga soup and starch

Ingredients • Meat (1kg) • Crayfish (half cup) • Fresh prawn – oporo- (one cup) • Fresh Palm Fruits (Banga) (8 cups) • Medium sized dry fish / smoked fish (1) • Red scotch bonnet pepper “Ata rodo” (8) • Ataiko (1 tbsp) • Irugege (1 teaspoon) • Oburunbebe Stick (Banga stick) (1) • Dried Beletientien leaves (half cup) or • Thinly sliced bitter leaves (half cup) • Three cubes of knorr or maggi cubes • Periwinkles (1) • Salt to taste. Preparation: You should use crushed dried beletientien leaves,…

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Obangogo Hill: Colourful cultural feast beckons on December 26

Kogi State is home to a number of unique iconic monuments, which hold different symbolisms and features that many find inspiring and amazing. One of such is Obangogo Hills in Egunbe community in Kabba area of the state. It is imposing 700 metres hill of awesome eternal spectacle and fascinating. It is associated with rich legendary myth that the people have over the years preserved and promoted with relish and certain measure of cantour to anyone who cares to listen. Obangogo is many things to different people, to some it…

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DEBORAH ESENE: Positive comments about my meal give me joy

Deborah Esene recently graduated from the University of Lagos, Akoka, as an Accountant. However, the young lady from Edo State is also a trained chef, an impressive one for that matter and was the first runner up at the chef challenge event held during this year’s Akwaaba African Travel Market.     When did you have your first exposure to cooking? I actually started cooking when I was very little. I cook the way just every other person cooks; the way our mothers cook. However, I got exposed professionally early…

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