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Nigeria & South Africa Tourism Ministers partner to Improve Tourism in Africa | Fun, Dance & A Sneak Peek of Adeola Adeyemo’s South African Experience

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I am now convinced that I have one of the best jobs in the world. Of course it gets hectic, indeed a lot of times, but work-cum-vacation doesn’t get better than an all expense paid trip to one of the choicest destinations in the world.

The past few days have been some of the most exciting and fun-filled days I’ve had in a very long time. I am currently in South Africa under the invitation of the South Africa Tourism with a delegation of journalists from Nigeria and it has so far been quite an interesting trip.

As part of our itenerary, we witnessed the Tourism Month Launch which started in Johannesburg yesterday 31st August, 2012. The Nigerian Tourism Minister, Edem Duke, who is also in South Africa opened the event along with the South African Tourism Minister, Marthinus Van Schalkwyk.

The two ministers are re-visiting the ‘Cooperation in the field of Tourism Agreement’ signed in 2008 which would allow both countries forge partnerships and working relationships that would further boost and grow the tourism sectors to provide employment opportunities.

The tourism agreement between South Africa and Nigeria covers interactions between tourism and travel trade officials; the exchange of tourism research and statistics and human resource development. It also includes investment, exchange programmes, joint marketing, the establishment of a joint commission, entry formalities and environmental matters between the two countries.

Aside from the Tourism Month Launch, we are being taken on a whirlwind of fun filled activities which has left us feeling heady and I have already developed a soft spot for the beautiful country and its friendly people.

From Johannesburg to Cape Town, we have experienced the best of South African hospitality, tasty cuisine and feasted our eyes on the country’s beautiful scenery. Our visit has included lodging in 6 star hotels, an exhilarating boat cruise, lovely night life experience an of course, lots of shopping!

I am so glad to be on this trip to one of Africa’s greatest and most beautiful countries and I will be sharing with you more pictures and stories of my trip. In the mean time, I’d just have some more fun so that I can have more to share with you.

Photos from the Tourism Month Launch

South African Tourism Minister, Marthinus Van Schalkwyk & Nigerian Tourism Minister, Edem Duke in Johannesburg yesterday

The event also featured an exhibition where several manufacturers and service providers displayed their products and services to visitors. I had an interesting time touring the stands.

More details of my South African experience coming soon on BN Travel!

Adeola Adeyemo is a graduate of Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from University of Lagos. However, her passion is writing and she worked as a reporter with NEXT Newspaper. She believes that anything can be written about; anything can be a story depending on the angle it is seen from and the writer's imagination. When she is not writing news or feature articles, she slips into her fantasies and creates interesting fiction pieces. She blogs at www.deolascope.blogspot.com

11 Comments

  1. NNENNE

    September 2, 2012 at 4:01 am

    Tourism is an untapped area of Nigerian economy. Thousands of people ,especially blacks , all over the world would love to visit Nigeria. Our ever growing entertainment industry has kept people wondering what Nigeria is like.
    The powers that be need to address the state of our security among other things.

  2. Ofonime Bassey

    September 2, 2012 at 4:12 am

    High Chief Edem Duke is highly honourable and is one of the best things to ”genuinely” come out of Cross River State. There is no doubt that he is one of the new most performing ministers under President Jonathan’s administration. We hope he continues the great work and do the best possible to move the country forward.

  3. Mr. Happylife

    September 2, 2012 at 6:36 am

    Great effort! Yes indeed We can make Nigeria a destination for tourism!

  4. faith

    September 2, 2012 at 1:20 pm

    nice!

  5. Tosin

    September 2, 2012 at 2:39 pm

    You look nice. I like how the Minister is all kitted in trad – next time you should rock the trad look too, and share pictures.
    Well done.
    Never been to SA, but I’m so sure Nigeria is greater, better, and more beautiful. Just adjust your glasses 🙂

  6. Toyin

    September 3, 2012 at 1:36 am

    No more talk, MORE ACTION.

  7. BIMBY

    September 3, 2012 at 8:26 am

    Nice one Adeola. Glad to see ur pics. Hope to see u in person someday. Keep up the good work. Cheers.

  8. brandigest

    September 3, 2012 at 10:21 am

    I pray this yields fruits. http://www.brandigest.wordpress.com

  9. Elochukwu Umeh

    September 4, 2012 at 5:05 am

    @ Toyin, this is the first time in the history of Nigeria that the world is taking the culture and tourism industry seriously. President Goodluck appointed most of the best possible people from the 36 states to occupy all these ministries. In Nigeria, Culture & Tourism is considered as a ”jara” ministry with an insignificant budget but everyone is shouting more action because most are unaware of the giant strides this ministry has made in just 13 months. Look at the good job the outgoing minister of power, Professor Barth Nnaji made, now he’s out due to the fact that companies which are affiliated with him had key interests in the privatisation process, forgetting that he’s one of the biggest and most capable people in that sector as to why he was made a minister in the first place.
    Bella Naija, please I appeal that you guys continue to educate the public concerning genuinely hard working ministries like that of Culture and Tourism that despite the insecurities and threats in our nation, they are still on their toes doing the best they can as humans to ‘sincerely” move this country forward.

  10. Ginika

    September 4, 2012 at 2:20 pm

    Adeola, since you are in town it would be nice to meet up…lol

    Maybe we could go to the Origins centre (a museum) or the Planetarium.

  11. greg

    September 9, 2012 at 4:00 am

    Good one Adeola. Glad to see ur pics. Hope to see u in person someday. Keep up the good work.

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