Motherland Beckons, last November, signed a memorandum of understanding with world class business enterprise, MUSIAD.
This MoU has afforded the Nigerianand African youths at large an opportunity to tap into the business and culture mix of both continents, intertwined with opportunities.
MUSIAD which stands for Independent Industrialists’ and Businessmen’s Association is a “BUSINESSMEN’S ASSOCIATION” founded on May 5, 1990, in Istanbul, Turkey, by concerned businessmen who have a vision to forestall human rights and supremacy of the law, justice and equality, peace and security, and the welfare and happiness of the people.
The Company in its philantropic modality is an active and strong Non-governmental organisation (NGO) that provides the platform for development, with dialogue, co-operation and solidarity as tools created for the purpose of contributing to the social, cultural, political, economic, scientific and technological development of individuals and institutions.
With a whooping total of over 50,000 members with over 11,000 corporations with branches in over 175 locations throughout the world, MUSIAD with the activation of the MoU has established an e-commerce portal where all Africans and people can connect to purchase products from Turkey.
The main headliner for this signed agreement is to create a concerted effort to connect Turkey with the entire continent of Africa and at the same time, create a platform in Turkey for Africa where the whole world can come to trade and exchange cultures with Africa .
In other words, those who deem the travel miles of Africa enervating can fly in from Europe, Asia and the Americas to Konya, Turkey, to connect with all parts of Africa.
This was what gave birth to ATTC which stands for Africa Turkey Trade Center situated on the 20th floor of KULE plaza, Konya.
In connecting with the entire continent of Africa, plans have been made to establish business offices in all the 54 African countries which commenced last year with the Lagos and Ghana offices opened.
This is a platform created for the whole continent of Africa in one portal for the world to trade and connect with especially people of African descent and lovers of Africa. People all around the world can log on to www.attc.web and be rest assured of a business like never before.
Cote Divoire and the rest are slated for 2017. The forum welcomes business interactions amongst entrepeneurs and investors, so only serious minded business people and organizations are given audience on the platform.
Also, they are in the process of twinning a major city in Nigeria with a major city, Konya. This process is meant to set the shores of Africa ablaze beyond the borders and as well bring together universities of varying culture, customs and lifestyle for educational enhancement. This platform also births the mixture of African and Turkish music in a concert tagged “Africa Turkey Music amalgamation”.
Motherland Beckons is a creation of Otunba Olawanle Akinboboye, who is dedicated to opening Africa to the world and attracting Africans in Diaspora to the motherland. Over the years, Motherland Beckons has contributed to the wellbeing of Africans in no small way by offering a veritable platform to the Africans in the Diaspora and lovers of Africa to visit, invest and possibly come back to settle down in Africa.
Motherland Beckons on the 1st of May,2017 unveiled the Diaspora Nigerian Economic Recovery and Growth Plan–DNERGP at its headquarters in Lekki Lagos. It is a tourism initiative to revive the ailing Nigerian economy, in consonance with the recently launched Economic Recovery and Growth Plan 2017-2020-ERGP by the federal government.
This comes as an actualization of the benefits and vision of the MoU signed in December. The efforts to resurrect the ailing tourism sector and yet convalesce the entertainment industry has brought to the fore a leisure and entertainment ‘investment’ which would cover accommodation, feeding and transport for three days of fun, recreation, authentic African music, drama, poetry, nightclubbing, etc.
Hence, for ease of operations and logistic flexibility, activities have been covered with the creation of Destination Lagos; Destination Cross River; Destination Abuja and Destination South West. A foremost tour operator in Nigeria has been appointed to see the activities through. With this initiative, expectations are high for the first operational year to the tune of one million Nigerians and their one million friends,with a corresponding $2B injection into the Nigerian economy.
Earlier estimates did not take into consideration the cost of a return ticket by diasporans who would eventually spend 1000USD and additional expenses on up-keep, souvenirs, shopping, and sometimes, tips. Hence this would most likely translate to about $4,000 per visiting diasporan in rough estimates. Some diasporans may come with more than one friend with each friend spending a minimum of 1000USD.
Moreover, with convictions and belief that from the projected 2 million visitors annually, about ten percent (about 200,000) would take advantage of the available business opportunities offered by the Motherland Beckons/MUSIAD Agreement to invest a minimum of $10,000 in the economy. This automatically translates to an additional $20B investment into the Nigerian economy.
As MUSIAD is a conglomerate of business minds, there is also the business plan where Diaspora Nigerians who are interested in doing business at home but cannot fathom what to do and how to go about it can be distributors and part owners in companies and businesses with good rate of returns on investment,under the auspices of the Motherland Beckons/MUSIAD Treaty,signed in December,2016.
MUSIAD is bent on creating a Diaspora Nigerian Industrial Zone for an eventual production of the products of these companies after three years of test run and acclimatization with the huge Nigerian market.About 2000 of these companies are ready to start business in Nigeria as soon as possible.