Sophia Ogezi

Sophia Ogezi

Occupation: Broadcasting, Presentation,programming, Packaging of documentary and more. 

Hobbies: Traveling, Experience on the job:2000 till date and the experience has been rewarding and highly impact full.

Schools attended: Federal Polytechnic Kaduna, (KadPoly). 

Wednesday, 25 September 2013 00:00

Concept In Nigerian Festivals

Nigeria has many local festivals that date back to the time before the arrival of the major religions, and which are still occasions for masquerade and dance. The local festivals cover an enormous range of events, from harvest festivals and betrothal festivals, to the investing of a new chief and funerals. It seems odd to Western ways of thinking to see a funeral as something to be celebrated. But for many of the tribes, death means joining the ancestors, and so the deceased must get a good send-off. The dances that were once performed by members of each village have now been taken over by professional troupes, who tour villages performing at each local festival.

Wednesday, 18 September 2013 00:00

Minister Seeks Collaboration To Boost Air Services

The Minister of Aviation, Princess Stella Oduah, has called for necessary collaboration between the civil and military aviation authorities to enhance safety in the Nigerian airspace.In a statement on Tuesday, she said that there should be regular meeting of stakeholders in the sector to deliberate on issues that would promote the aviation business.She said this while responding to pleas from stakeholders to rehabilitate and reopen the Mubi and Kaduna Airstrips in Maiduguri and Kaduna, respectively to ease military operations in the fight against Boko Haram and other terrorist activities in the country.“For us, it is very crucial to have proper collaboration between civil and military aviation; it is the only way we can all work in peace; and when we work in peace, we will have efficient airports and the operations will be hitch-free and seamless,” she said.She decried a situation at the airports where there were different and conflicting command and control centres.

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency has seized 364 wraps of high- grade Brazilian cocaine, weighing 6.490kg and valued at N72m. The NDLEA Head of Public Affairs, Mr. Mitchell Ofoyeju, said on Monday that the seizure was made at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos. He added that a 32-year-old suspect, Francis Bawaba, was arrested in connection with the discovery which was made during the inward screening of passengers on an Etihad flight. The wraps of cocaine were said to have been prepared for ingestion and hidden inside Bawaba’s hand luggage. NDLEA Lagos Airport Commander, Mr. Hamza Umar, also confirmed the arrest. He said, “Our investigation has revealed that the suspect took off from Malpensa, Milan. Bawaba picked up the drug while on transit at Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
“He has given us very useful information that we are already working on.”

 Domestic carriers spend about N32 billion annually on aviation fuel, known as Jet A1, with Arik Air spending about N1.9 billion monthly (N22.8 billion annually) and the rest on scheduled flight spending over N800 million (N9.6 billion annually), which constitute over 30 per cent of each airline’s operational cost, report has shown.For many years airlines have complained about the high cost of aviation fuel in the country when the prices were outrageously high as oil marketers allegedly hoard the product to create artificial scarcity, but recently it has been confirmed that the price of the product per liter does not differ from its price in the international market.Fuel is sold at about N175.00 to N185.00 per litre, which is more than $1.00 but the product is cheaper like in the US and the Middle East countries where oil is produced and refined. So airline operators argue that as the 6th oil-producing country in the world, Nigeria should be selling Jet A1 about N95, which is about $0.60 cents, which is the price it is sold in many oil producing countries.The cost of fuel is a menace to the coffers of the airlines and combined with other charges and cost of aircraft maintenance, some airlines are bereft of operational funds few years after they have started operation.

In an unusual incident, a man’s laser gimmick on board of a Boeing 737 led to his arrest.Alex Philip Langloys Miller, an unemployed chemist from Minneapolis, had allegedly used a pair of homemade lasers to burn holes in the seats surrounding his on the Sun County Airlines plane which caused emergency landing of the flight in Spokane, USA, last week.FBI arrested Miller on suspicion of causing wilful damage to the aeroplane. However, Miller has now been released on bail, with prosecutors seeking a grand jury indictment.The Seattle bound jet was carrying 105 passengers.In a similarly bizarre incident last week, a Lufthansa Airbus A320 was forced to make an emergency landing due to a strong odour. It was later found to be coming from a newly fitted carpet.The aircraft which was carrying 129 people onboard was forced to make an emergency landing in Copenhagen

Source: travelandtourworld




Thursday, 12 September 2013 00:00

Visa To Shift Focus On Nigeria's Tourism Sector

The global payments technology company, Visa Incorporated is focusing on shifting its investment into Nigeria's tourism sector and West African region."Another of Visa's focus areas in Nigeria and the West African region is to continue to boost tourism and cross border spend, Group Executive for Visa's CEMEA (Central and Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa) region, Mr. Kamran Siddiqi said. He said this during his official visit to the country, saying, "Growing acceptance of Visa cards in Nigeria is making travel to the country easier. We are collaborating with many key players in the tourism industry.
"Meanwhile, Nigeria's report on Visa's Tourism Outlook shows that Nigerians enjoyed a 25 percent increase in spending by international travelers using the visa cards in 2012, while international visa cardholders increased tourism spending from $95.2 million in 2011 to $119.5 million in 2012, even as total transactions rose by 31.1 percent from 553, 747 to 727, 113. Speaking on financial literacy and cashless payments drive in the country, the Group Executive, hinted that

Address by Mrs. Sally Mbanefo- Director General Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation titled: ' Rebuilding the NTDC and Growing the Tourism Value Chain for Revenue Generation and Job Creation' delivered at the 2013 Tourism Stakeholders Forum on September 9, 2013 at The Civic Center Lagos-Nigeria

We thank the members of the Service-table, Guest Speakers and all present here for honouring our invitation to the 2013 Tourism Stakeholders Forum.
You will readily agree with me that Nigeria's economy is fast integrating into the global economy and catching up with its dizzying pace- as they say; the flap of a butterfly on Wall Street can be felt on Broad Street - though with some lag. Whilst Globalization brings about an unprecedented movement of Capital, People and Skills, you cannot move 160 million people, especially when they have been around for over a 100 years and counting! These fascinating 160 million people have travelled the world over the last 100 years and contributed to the economies of many nations East, West, North and South; as Academicians, Entrepreneurs, Engineers, Teachers, Judges, Soldiers, Policemen and Scientists among other professions with a combined Remittance of over USD 21 Billion in 2012 as reported by The World Bank.

Since the liquidation of Nigerian National Shipping Line (NNSL) in September 1995, the Nigerian economy has continued to witness an estimated annual capital flight of N2trillion to foreign-owned vessels that dominate the nation’s shipping business.This annual capital flight, analysts say, results from foreign domination of the national and international shipping of Nigeria’s seaborne trade. To salvage the situation, the Federal Government in 2003 took a bold step to change the face of Nigerian shipping business within its coasts by enacting the Coastal and Inland Shipping (Cabotage) Act. Cabotage Act reserves the commercial transportation of goods and services within Nigerian coastal and inland waters to vessels flying Nigerian flag and owned and crewed by Nigerians. The Act was aimed at restricting foreign participation in Nigeria’s domestic coastal trade towards encouraging full indigenous involvement in the nation’s shipping business.
The Act also made provision for Cabotage Vessel Financing Fund (CVFF), which is expected to promote the development of indigenous ship acquisition capacity by providing financial assistance to Nigerian ship owners involved in domestic coastal shipping.CVFF results from 2 percent surcharge of the contract sum performed by Nigerian vessels including monies generated from tariff, fees for licenses and waivers under the coastal trade. According to the guiding principles, CVFF is meant to benefit Nigerian ship owners and shipping companies that are wholly owned by Nigerians.

The search for Africa’s first X Factor singer will come to an end on September 17. That day, the winner of Globacom’s $150,000-prize money and Sony Music’s recording contract will be announced at a high profile event in Lagos.
X Factor is the world’s biggest singing reality TV show, and it berthed in Africa for the first time on the shores of Nigeria, courtesy of national operator, Globacom.
The prize package is considered outstanding as the cash prize is the biggest offered by any singing reality show in Africa, while the Sony Music recording deal is the first express commitment to a recording contract for the winner of a singing reality show by a major recording label.

Globacom said in a statement in Lagos that the grand finale will be attended by high profile personalities, including corporate executives and the crème of Nigeria’s entertainment industry. The company added that top Nigerian and international musicians have been scheduled to perform at the event.

Innovative and fast growing telecommunications company, Etisalat Nigeria has announced the launch of the 2013 edition of the ‘Etisalat Pan-African Prize for Innovation’ which rewards the most innovative mobile broadband product, idea or service in Africa.This award will be presented at the 16th Annual AfricaCom Conference in, Cape Town, South Africa, between 12thand 14th November 2013.The Etisalat Pan-African Prize for Innovation will seek to recognise the most innovative mobile broadband product, service or idea that provides a significant utility to African mobile users and can demonstrate a valuable social or economic impact on customers. Entries for the award, opens on August 27, 2013 via the Etisalat website.
According to Director, Brands and Communication, Etisalat Nigeria, Enitan Denloye, the Prize will be awarded in two sub categories, namely: 1st Prize for the most innovative product or service that was launched in the last 18 months, and 2nd Prize for the most innovative idea driving or facilitating mobile broadband use in Africa.The winner of the first category will be awarded with the sum of $25,000, 3 Devices, a Business Development Mentoring (in-House) programme,

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