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Revue:For Promoting Tourism, Akinboboye Bags Accra Weizo Medal

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Akinboboye (middle) flanked by the Ghanaian Minister of Tourism and Creative Arts, Mrs. Elizabeth Ofosu – Adjare (left) and Mr. Uche Odege of ABC Transport Plc during the award ceremony

The event was Accra Weizo and the venue was one of Ghana’s most prestigious hotels, La Palm Royal Beach Hotel in Accra. The debutant travel and tourism event, which witnessed the combination of exhibition and talk sessions turned out to be a well – attended occasion with travel operators from across the west coast of Africa.

Organised by Africa Travel Quarterly (ATQ), organizers of Akwaaba and Abuja Bantaba with the Ghana Ministry of Tourism and Creative Arts as host and supported by Ghana Association of Tour Operators and a host of sponsors, the gathering with the theme, ‘Seamless travel in West Africa,’ focused on ways and means of as well as exploring opportunities to unite and lift West Africa travel and tourism, including aviation and all the necessary components, to a global standard by encouraging interactions, networking and businesses among the various players in the industry, including government.

But besides the exhibition, talks and entertainment as well as feasting with revelries from Carnival Calabar in attendance to add blitz and glamour to the event, the climax of the one day show was the award session, which had in attendance the governor of Cross River State, Professor Ben Ayade who was represented by the deputy governor, Professor Ivara Esu and the Minister of Tourism in Ghana, Mrs. Elizabeth Ofosu-Adjare. The governor was the chairman of the debuting travel event.

Five personalities were honoured for what was described by the organizers for their distinguished and exemplary pioneering effort in establishing businesses which have resonating effect across the west coast and Africa continent as a whole. One of the awardees was the Founder and President of La Campagne Tropicana Beach Resort in Ikegun Village, Lekki, Lagos and La Campagne Club, Ikeja, Lagos, Ambassador (Dr) Wanle Akinbobye.

He was honoured with the Tourism Personality – Nigeria – 2015 award. According to the organizers, Akinboboye, who is also the Founder of Motherland Beckons, a body, which is devoted to promoting Africa culture and integrating The Diaspora and the Black race all over the world to their ancestral home – Africa (Motherland), was described as a huge personality and investor in the travel and tourism business whose involvement with the Nigeria tourism has greatly helped to extend the frontiers of the country’s tourism.

His indefatigable promotion of Africa cultural heritage through his various engagements and platforms such as Motherland Beckons, Atunda Entertainment, KampAfrica and HURP, was also applauded. A fact that is well replicated in his La Campagne Tropicana Beach Resort, a wholesome Africa themed resort where he has succeeded in blending nature with a rich mix of Africa motifs and tinges of modernity and sophistication to bargain.

Akinboboye who is also the Tourism Ambassador of the World Conference of Mayors (WCM) is presently replicating that truly and successful Africa themed resort in Cote Di Voire with over 20 of the resorts billed for operations in no distance time across the French speaking West Africa country.

An elated Akinboboye who is admired for his innate creative prowess and visionary foresight, expressed delight at the award while thanking the organizers for singling him for the award, which he said he is quite happy with and cherished because there is nothing like be honoured by one’s own people.

The awardee used the occasion to call for African renaissance while condemning the lack of unity and cooperation among Africans, particularly the Anglo Phones or English speaking Africa countries, he enjoined them not to see themselves as enemies but rather as brothers and sisters and great partners who should join hands and partner in developing and building the continent.

According to him, no one else is coming to develop the continent except Africans take the bull by the horn and champion a resurgent and new Africa and that that is the only way genuine and forthright support can come from all the four corners of the globe otherwise Africa will remain perpetually under-developed and a third if not a fourth world country following a slide in the development index of the continent.



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