Emeka Anokwuru

Emeka Anokwuru

Emeka Anokwuru has an indepth knowledge of the travel and tourism industry in Nigeria. 

Over the years, he worked in prominent media houses such as The Mail, The Nigerian Observer, The Post Express, Anchor, Traveller's Weekend Magazine now (African Travel Quarterly Magazine) as Editor, New Age Newspapers, and The SUN.

He is versatile, a publisher, outspoken, witty, a team player, a great motivator and widely travelled. He is a public commentator and an accomplished tourism writer in Nigeria. Later he moved over to the travel press and also became their chairman.

Recently, the Gulf of Guinea, which houses Nigeria’s coastline, has been under serious tension due to the growing rate of oil theft, illegal bunkering, piracy, sea robbery and other related crimes at sea. This is why most reports from international bodies including the International Maritime Bureau (IMB) rated the West African coastline as a high risk area.The security threats in the Gulf of Guinea steadily rose from 45 percent in 2010 to 64 percent in 2012. This constitutes a major threat to the nation’s over $600 million fishing business as well as the economy, which is 95 percent dependent on oil export earning that forms about 80 percent of government revenue.On oil theft, International Oil Companies (IOCs) say Nigeria loses about 49,000 barrels per day (bpd), while about 350,000bpd is shut in, meaning that the later volume is sabotaged from a particular company’s pipeline during production.
Worried by the alarming rate of these sea-related crimes in Nigerian maritime domain, the Federal Government in 2012 organised a Presidential Retreat on Maritime Security with the theme ‘Harnessing the Potential of Nigeria’s Maritime Sector for Sustainable Economic Development’, aimed at generating concrete initiatives to improve security in the sector. With this development, serious pressure was mounted on government agencies that have direct and indirect responsibility to provide security on the waterways.On its part, the nation’s apex maritime regulatory authority, Nigerian Maritime Administration

Tuesday, 03 September 2013 00:00

Egypt crisis hits tourism and economy

Egypt's crisis is already taking a heavy toll on tourism and the economy, with foreign governments advising against travel to the country, holiday companies scrapping tours and some businesses scaling back operations temporarily pending a resolution to the violence.Germany and Sweden advised against all travel to Egypt, while the Foreign Office told Britons to avoid all but essential visits. German travel company TUI cancelled all holidays to Egypt for a month and Swedish operators followed suit.British energy companies are understood to be scaling back staff, although they say production levels have not been cut. Shell said: "To ensure the safety and security of our staff, Shell offices in Egypt are closed for business into the weekend and business travel into the country has been restricted. We will continue to monitor the situation in Egypt." BG, whose offshore liquefied natural gas operations account for about a fifth of its production and which pulled out 100 expatriate staff and dependents last month, said: "All our people are safe and accounted for, and we continue to monitor the situation." BP said it was keeping a careful watch over events.General Motors has closed its operations indefinitely and Electrolux has told its employees not to come to work.

Friday, 30 August 2013 00:00

Osun Osogbo welcomes new votary maid

 The route to the festival where the votary maid (Arugba Osun) led a procession alongside Osun priest, priestess, devotees and tourists  to the grove for the 2013 edition was besieged by a sea of heads who almost caused a stampede, even with the huge presence of all manner of security operatives. Unlike previous events, this year’s outing was colourful, vendors-friendly, yet characterised by poor crowd control mechanisms, not because there were no security operatives, but because the operatives too were lost in the euphoria of the fiesta. A new trend in the celebration, which brought different colours and style to the event, also got a touch of support from the Governor Rauf Aregbesola-led administration. In its capacity, the state tourism ministry put up a night of command performance by the Hornbill House of the Arts with the theme “Nigeria the Beautiful,” held at the Government House, Osogbo. The stage play x-rayed the story of Nigeria from the first colonial Governor General, Lord Fredrick Lugard, to the administration of President Goodluck Jonathan. The group’s performance matched two preceding dance dramas; ‘Under African Skies’ and ‘A feast of Return’, which told the story of Africa from the beginning of time to the era of the liberation struggles in the 20th century, South Africa’s apartheid insurgency and many more.
‘Nigeria the beautiful’ offers a distance from the common view of Nigeria as home to a discordance of not only tongues and cultures but where nothing

Monday, 26 August 2013 00:00

Maximizing benefits of tourism sector

WITH the opening of at least one hotel every other month, influx of international hotel brands, and high employment capacity, the hospitality sector seems to be the only thriving sub-sector in the travel and tourism industry in Nigeria and clearly depicts the obvious – that Nigeria tourism is globally competitive.  In July this year, Nigeria’s first six-star hotel began operation in Abuja with the take-off of AES Luxury Apartments. The Minister of Culture, Tourism and National Orientation, Chief Edem Duke, who declared the facility open, commended the owners and managers of the hospitality outfit for its high standard. Duke said the emergence of AES was particularly timely as patrons seek secure, yet opulent, alternatives to the few and often overcrowded five-star hotels in the city.

 Underscoring the fact that the country’s tourism sector is globally competitive, President Goodluck Jonathan, last month unveiled a new “tourism identity” as part of efforts to develop the tourism sector and diversify the nation’s revenue sources. The new identity, Fascinating Nigeria, was launched at a dinner held at the Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa, to showcase the country’s rich tourism and cultural potentials.

 The Volkswagen Centre has unveiled three new exciting VW variants in fulfilment of its pledge to rekindle the profile of its brand in Nigeria. The three models; Polo, Jetta and Passat CC were unveiled at a press conference in Lagos. Speaking , Mr. Manish Daryanani, head of sales and marketing, The Volkswagen Centre Lagos said that Volkswagen is the original and top selling marquee of the VW Group and the biggest German automaker and second largest automaker in the world. Daryanani, who said Volswagen's Golf, Beetle and Passat models rank among world's top 10 lists of best selling cars of all time, disclosed that Volkswagen is yet unrivalled among automakers that spend the most money on research and development.

ONE of Africa’s most unique destinations Namibia is set to expand its appeal to more travellers this time in West Africa. The Namibian Ministry of Tourism and Environment and the Namibian Film commission will be showcasing at the only international Tourism Expo in West Africa that takes place in Lagos yearly.
  Namibia with its wild skeleton beach, the famed national parks and picturesque city of Windhoek offers a composite blend of attractions that appeal to the adventurous, the sedentary and the urbane shopaholic the types that have been flying out of Nigeria in huge numbers recently.  
West Africa with a population of over 270 million, people have two of the fastest growing economies in the world in Ghana and Nigeria. Nigeria with over six million international passengers generates over $1.25 billion from flight tickets yearly.   Today almost all the leading African and Middle East airlines are increasing flights into Nigeria with the rapid rise in passenger figures.

Thursday, 22 August 2013 00:00

‘Nigerians are naturally hospitable

Tourism Committee of Lagos Bar Beach, said that Nigerians are hospitable people noting is as good as accommodating nature of the people which has made the hospitality sub-sector lucrative.

“It is in our nature and part of our cultural flavour to be hospitable. In fact, our hospitable personality is because Nigerians are communal people from time immemorial.”

Wednesday, 21 August 2013 00:00

FIFA Officials to Visit Bauchi on Goal Project

Two technical officials of international football body, FIFA presently in Nigeria, will tour Bauchi on Thursday in connection with the second phase of FIFA Goal Project in the country.
Francesco Bruscoli, who is a FIFA Senior Development and Programmes Manager for Africa, and Development Officer for West Africa, Kablan Sampon, met senior officers of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Tuesday and had a tour of the FIFA Technical Centre in Abuja, which was financed in 2005 under the FIFA Developmental Goal Project.
Nigeria is eligible for fresh FIFA grants under the second phase of the Goal Project. While the original proposal was for FIFA to fund a new football headquarters that will house the Nigerian federation, NFF sought FIFA permission for the money to be used in spreading technical centres across the country, given that a new headquarters was built last month courtesy of the Presidential Task Force on World Cup 2012 set up by Late President Umar Yar’Adua.
The proposed centres which will be mini version of the technical centre in Abuja are planned for Bauchi, Lagos and Onitsha.

The Department of Tourism, today presented its Tourism Bill 2012 to the Portfolio Committee. The presentation gave an overview of the various chapters of the Bill, its interpretation and application. The Minister provided the committee with the context within which to understand not only the presentation, but also the prevailing conditions that existed in the wake of the drafting of the Bill.
The Minister said that legislation in general is important for two essential reasons: (i) It replaces the spontaneous creation and application of non-legislative rules, thereby establishing order in a sector, and (ii) it is a prerequisite for society to develop and set rules that are enforceable and applicable for all, thereby creating an enabling environment for future development and growth. In light of this, it is essential to reflect on the current policy, legislative and strategic framework of the tourism sector.
Prior to the drafting of the Tourism Bill, the sector was governed by the Tourism Act of 1993, with its objective to "promote tourism". The Act was promulgated more than 15 years ago and was amended three times, in the years 1996, 2000 and 2002 respectively. All of the amendments related to the management of tourist guides. However, the Act fell short of being an overarching national legislative framework for the management of tourism,

Monday, 19 August 2013 00:00

African Union plans trade bloc

African Union member states agreed this week to form a single, continent-wide free trade area by 2017. The 18th Ordinary Session of the AU wrapped up in Addis Ababa on Monday (January 30th) after two days of talks focusing on boosting intra-African trade. Attendees stressed that deeper economic ties would reduce poverty, create jobs, foster sustainable economic development and better integrate the continent into the global economy. However some heads of states expressed doubt about the possibility of achieving the goals of economic integration by 2017 in light of the challenges facing intra-African trade, the most important of which include poor infrastructure. The Deputy Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Erastus Mwencha, said on the sidelines of the summit that he expected intra-Africa trade to double within two decades if the roadmap and action plan were implemented. For his part, Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete said that the future of the continent's free trade area requires the establishment of a joint, open continental market from Cairo to Cape Town.
The African Development Bank's estimates indicate that in spite of the many conferences and agreements, intra-African trade only represented 12% of the market volume in 2010. However, the proposed free trade area would double the volume of intra-trade to 25% within 10 years.

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