Nigeria’s dominance of West Africa’s bourgeoning sports and cultural tourism industry will be further showcased at the annual Argungu Polo Tournament and Cultural Fete, from September 8th to 10th 2022. This year’s Tournament and Fete will hold at the sprawling NSK Polo Ranch and Resort in Argungu, Kebbi State, North-West Nigeria.
A bronze statue that was looted from what is now Nigeria more than a century ago will be returned, Cambridge University in Britain said, as Nigeria's government announced a new campaign Thursday for the return of the West African nation's looted and smuggled artifacts from around the world.
The cockerel was taken in 1897 from the Court of Benin and given to the university several years later. The statue was removed from public view in 2016 after students protested, saying it represented a colonial narrative.
Nigeria's minister of information and culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, welcomed the return of the cockerel, especially the role of the students in bringing about the repatriation of the bronze statue.
The tourism in Nigeria is largely embryonic. This means most of the tourist sites are still in their original nature, with little or no enrichment to transform the sites into tourist attractions and profitable destinations. Accordingly, Nigeria is a land of natural wonders; replete with scenic landscapes, wildlife conservatories and, arguably home to the most enchanting African cultural tradition and heritage. One of Nigeria's leading natural wonder is the iconic, and mystical, Ogbunike Cave, in South Eastern Nigeria. The caves are a world wonder that have held visitors spellbound for decades and still do!
As adherents of Osun Osogbo deity converged on the groove at Osogbo for the grand finale of this year’s festival, Osun State governor, Mr Gboyega Oyetola on Friday charged indigenes of the state and those in the diaspora to collaborate with his administration in promoting the annual festival.
The Governor made these known while addressing a mammoth crowd of adherents, traditionalists, local and international tourists who thronged Osun Osogbo groove for the festival.
The chairman of an indigenous telecom company, Globacom, Mr. Mike Adenuga Jr, has said that Nigeria tourism industry will continue to suffer a decline if the government fails to adequately address the issue of insecurity in the country.
Adenuga Jr., who made this known in his goodwill message to the 2019 Ojude Oba Festival, held in Ijebu Ode, read on his behalf by Folu Aderibigbe, equally urged government at the federal, state and local government levels to work harmoniously and design strategies to nip security challenges in the bud to harness the huge tourism potentials available in the country.
I hope the jury is not closed on the need for a Federal Ministry of Tourism in Nigeria?
Personally, I believe there are several legal arguments on the need for such a ministry at the Federal Govt level, notwithstanding the 2013 Supreme Court Judgement. The judgment is roundly either celebrated or denounced because it gives State Govts right to collect revenue from hotels.
The need for a Tourism Ministry to the sustainable growth of the industry in Nigeria transcends which Arm of Govt collect taxes or generate revenue. Without a national Tourism Ministry we are not likely to have an 'investable' tourism industry. Different States would be doing different things without a cohesive Nigeria tourism product or brand. Hence, I like the idea being canvassed about mainstreaming tourism policies in Nigeria using a top to bottom approach, i.e. the Federal government leading State Governments approach.
The third edition of the prestigious Jos Carnival held on the clement weathered city from Saturday April 20th to Monday April 22nd 2019. The carnival lived up to the expectations of participants who travelled from different States around Nigeria to have fun on the Plateau.
Plateau State in North-Central Nigeria has long been acclaimed to be “the Home of Peace and Tourism”, and Jos Carnival grandiosely proved the fact. Jos Carnival 2019 was a festival of colours and gaiety, joyfully displayed by the famously hospitable ethnic nationalities on Jos plateau.
The Ogun State Government on Monday said the ongoing renovation of late Fela Anikulapo Kuti’s family house into heritage museum would soon be completed.
The state Commissioner for Culture and Tourism, Olumuyiwa Oladipo, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that the project, which began in early 2017, was 70 per cent completed.
The commissioner said the renovation was aimed at preserving the late music legend’s achievement by turning the family house into a tourists’ site.
The Federation of Tourism Associations of Nigeria (FTAN) held her annual Nigeria Tourism Investors Forum and Exhibition (NTIFE) on November 21st and 22nd 2018, at Sheraton Hotel Abuja, where the President of the Federation, Alhaji Saleh Rabo, called on both the Federal and State Governments to come up with a national policy on Cultural Tourism to make Nigeria a leading African tourist destination.
In his welcome address at the event, Alhaji Rabo said, “FTAN calls on the federal government, through the Ministry of
Cultural and heritage attractions are key to tourism development in many countries around the world, and innovation and technology can make these attractions more accessible while preserving their essence, the seminar concluded. It also stressed that innovation and technology should empower, rather than disenfranchise, host populations and communities and can assist them in retaining their authenticity, while cultural heritage development and preservation should be a part of local and national plans for socioeconomic development through tourism and technology.