There are three kinds of people in life: Those who don’t know what is happening…busy discussing others; Those who watch things happen (spectators); and Those who make things happen. Where do you belong? (There is a need to be active because it is what God sees in your hands He will use to bless you—in-activeness is unacceptable —the Spirit of God is active 24 hours a day—if you are not active you are a failure.) Dynamic personage of excellence, Mrs Omotayo Omotosho(MFR) generally known as Madam Tourism is without doubt in the category of those who make things happen— knowing that to march forward you must make things happen—Madam Tourism, poised with marching Tourism in Nigeria forward, has been active with different activation in the industry and the just-held 2018 Destination Tourism Night was presented under the auspices of one of her initiatives:Towards A Greater Nigeria Foundation—a pioneer promoter of Nigeria’s cultural tourism strength—and this immense involvement was not only hugely contributive to having dignitaries from various sectors attend the event but powered it to the very heights of success many never envisaged it would be.
It is important to note that tourism in Nigeria was like the days of Israelites in Egypt before the advent of Mrs Omotosho’s tourism activation called Towards A Greater Nigeria Foundation that took the sector out of that Egypt-era just as Moses did for Israel.
Till this day, Moses is one of the best intercessors in the bible and Madam Tourism—owing to her valid track records in the industry for over three decades—evidenced her being the best intercessor in the sector by throwing the robustness of her circle of influence, strength and excellence behind the event.
She is a daughter of Zion, a doer of God’s word and a mother in the industry to the Executive Producer, Travelogue Communications Limited, Ayo Omotoso—initiator of the event who has also been active with promoting Nigeria’s strength in tourism having gotten inspiration from the tales of Abraham, Moses, and Joseph who according to the scriptures were never found idle but active.
The tourism entertainment event—coined as touritainment held on Sunday 28, October at the Eko Hotels and Suites, Victoria Island Lagos, revealed how ready we are as a nation to march forward in the world’s biggest industry with an overwhelming turnout—a mammoth crowd converged to evidence the beginning of a success story in Nigerian Tourism.
The event was hosted by TVC’s Esther Omopariola and Comedic Mcee-Kay C.
Chief Host of the event, Madam Tourism welcomed dignitaries of great superiority, Ambassadors, Ministers, Traditional Rulers, tourism enthusiasts and many others who attended with a welcome address that was a short prose.
Madam Tourism described the turnout of the event as what speaks volume on how ready Nigeria is to get to the front burner and rejigged attendees with needful valid points that was governed with a good will message “Let’s go explore the low hanging fruits” in this prose.
“Let’s celebrate what we have got…don’t let us be looking at things that are pretty far”, she said.
“Don’t let us be waiting till every infrastructure will be in place…we wouldn’t wait marketing Nigeria until we get all that—it will be suicidal if we wait because other nations are not waiting—Anambra State is not waiting—Cross River State is not waiting—even Lagos State they are not waiting…why should we wait as individuals? Why should we wait as tourism enthusiasts and tour operators? Madam Tourism asked.
She ended her prose by telling everyone that what she calls low hanging fruits are basically our rich cultural tourism products—our festivals: New yam festival, Argungu festival, Kano Durbar Festival, Osun Osogbo Festival, Black Heritage festival, Eyo Festival and many others.
DTN-TAGN was absolutely a definite touritainment event of performances of zenith class from Gifted Steppers of Ikorodu; Poetic Lyricist Akeem Lasisi; and Drum Goddess ARA.
Comedic thriller, Seyi Law dazzled attendees with his comical strength.
Tourism products like Fashion, Shoes, Arts and many others were exhibited aplenty at the Tourism Exhibition Market by Adire Lounge, Stitches by IMAK, Willie Jones Couture, one of Nigeria’s leading Fashion Brand –AY Stitches, OG Wears, Sky View Communications, Peacefulsky, Properties Everywhere, My Beautiful Africa, Longrich, Energy Smart Nigeria(esng).
Chief tourism enthusiasts who have made and still making impacts in the sector were honored with an award and unveiled as Tourism Edge – Travelogue Ambassadors:H.E Willie Obiano, Governor, Anambra State; HON. Minister, Alhaji Mohammed Bello, Federal Capital Territory, Abuja were honored for tourism development; Dr Raphael James got recognition for Educational tourism while Dr Newton Jibunor, a celebrated environmentalist was unveiled as an Ambassador.
Nigerian Mandopop Singer in China, Emmanuel Uwechue generally admired by the Chinese communities in Asia and across the globe as Hao Ge, received his award as a Global Music Tourism Icon in China, Asia, and the Globe at large