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BN Travel: King’s Day Fun & all the Snips & Bits from diabanjo’s #BNAmsterdam Trip

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Odenike, Dakore Akande and diabanjo

Odenike, Dakore Akande and diabanjo

Hey BellaNaijarians, I am diabanjo from BellaNaija Weddings team and this is the final part of my #BNAmsterdam trip – click here to find out how this journey began!

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HEAR WORD! Precussionists

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Streets in Amsterdam

Firstly, I would like to say a big thank you to my Host International Royal Dutch Airline KLMMarco and Bart representatives of KLM headquarters, Arthur and Adetola representatives from the KLM commercial marketing directing team in Nigeria and the city of Amsterdam as a whole.

The first day in Amsterdam was cold and windy with small drizzles throughout the day, although I still made an effort to have my first gander around the town center – there were bikes everywhere “no not okadas lol”  but bicycles all across town, a cool tram with public WiFi, loads of fresh produce stores and a lot of bars and food joints. In the evening as a group we went out for dinner to a nearby restaurant, most of the city has an amazing memorable picturesque, from the tall narrow buildings to the frequent canal bridges and beautiful historic landmarks.

Nigerian Actress Joke Silva and diabanjo

Nigerian Actress Joke Silva and diabanjo

After meeting Nigerian film producer Kunle Afolayan on my flight I was graced with the presence of Nigerian actress and director Ajoke Silva who also gifted me with an inspirational message in my scribbles book – “Lucky me!”

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Joyce, Rita Edwards, Taiwo Ajai-Lycett, Kunle Afolayan and Dakore Akande

On Wednesday 27th April, 2016 history was made in the City of Amsterdam –  King’s day was a hit!

The cast of HEAR WORD! flew in to perform their unique all female cast drama on conventional topics about women in Nigeria, on the 30th April and 1st of May 2016, having previously performed in Harvard University,  a few days before. They attended in their bright and colourful Aso-ebi all the way from Nigeria to be in-sync with the traditional King’s day colour scheme.

King’s day Koningsdag’ formally known as Queen’s day for several years is the Dutch celebration of the King’s birthday, a public holiday for the city of Amsterdam and also a display of appreciation for their ruling monarch. The colour orange is added to the traditional blue, white and red dutch flag because Orange is one of the many surnames of their King – he has a lot of names!

For the first time ever Amsterdam were privileged to welcome a full boat of honourable Nigerians  during the street/canal festivities, it was also the coldest King’s day and monarch’s birthday since 1989.

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KLM Reps – Arthur and Marco

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Kunle, Odenike, Dakore, Marco, TRT Media and Arthur

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Odenike and Arthur

_KLM Trip-Lagos to Amsterdam-Business Class-BellaNaija-BN Travels- 2016 (34)_KLM Trip-Lagos to Amsterdam-Business Class-BellaNaija-BN Travels- 2016 (40)Our boat sailed into the canal a little after half 11 in the morning, we had drinks, suya, stick meat and pepper soup served on the boat with comfortable seats and heating. We began the festivities with a nice cultural performance from the percussionists of HEAR WORD! alongside music from Dj Dynamite and TRT Media.

In attendance were KLM staff Marco, Arthur, Bart, Adetola and Heidy, Nigerian Film producer Kunle Afolayan and his film crew, the cast of HEAR WORD!, Taiwo Ajai-Lycett, Joke Silva, Bimbo Akintola, Ifeoma Fafunwa, Dakore Akande, Ufuoma McDermott, Odenike, Deborah and many more –  Have a look at more King’s day photos here!

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Kunle Afolayan, Joke Silva & Elvina Ibru having a good time, smiles all round

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Arthur, Rita Edwards, Dakore, Deborah and Bimbo Akintola

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Arthur – Commercial Director KLM Lagos dancing to Shakitibobo

Shakitibobo was an all time favourite for both the Dutch and Nigerians on our boat.

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Dutch ladies grooving

Kunle Afolayan, Odenike, Dakore Akande, Marco, Dj Dynamite and Arthur

Kunle Afolayan, Odenike, Dakore Akande, Marco, Dj Dynamite and Arthur

Odenike, Dakore Akande and diabanjo

Odenike, Dakore Akande and diabanjo

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Selfie Time!

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Outside Schiphol Airport

Sadly, I had to say goodbye to the City of Amsterdam yesterday and returned to the warmth of Nigeria with KLM in the evening in that ever so comfortable full-flat bed, I enjoyed a three course meal on the flight back with an extra House from The KLM Houses collection and another new complimentary toilet bag to take home – I think the bag is a really nice new addition to their gifts collection.

I loved every minute of this trip, the hosts were very accommodating from the flight to the daily activities. It has definitely been an eyeopening experience culturally and also an enlightenment of  things to do when you make a trip to Europe, I am also aware that their are several other locations to visit, different foods to try and loads of activities to engage in – So…when next you plan to fly away, “Dam” will be more than happy to welcome you during your stay.

I hope to share more stories soon, thanks for following the #BNAmsterdam trip.

Diabanjo is a member of the BellaNaija Weddings Team. She obtained a Bachelors degree in English from Coventry University and is an unpublished short story writer, distinctly known for her unique metaphors with a drop of self-indulgence. She is a passionate minimalist and particularly loves to read romance genre, with a mesmerizing interest in 21st century bridals. Visit diabanjo.wordpress.com to view her write-ups & feel free to send an email to [email protected] for weddings/bridal related inquiries. Be You!

2 Comments

  1. sally

    April 29, 2016 at 4:24 pm

    Awww….Dear Uche, pls how can i be your team member, i promise to be productive…LOL

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  2. The Camels&The Pyramids

    April 29, 2016 at 5:03 pm

    Nice…

    Lovely to see Amsterdam’s fusion of their heritage and our culture on display.

    Btw us, ssssh…I’m also open to invites on any route KLM wishes and i will be worth their while.
    Truly gracious of the KLM Nigerian Operations, Kudos!

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