Two Giants of Africa,
Nigeria and Ethiopia renewed bond strengths with the synergy shown at the
Destination AlNejashi/Lalibela press conference. Nothing like it has surfaced
in a long while, which proves to show that the tourism sector is experiencing
some grave revival.
kick-started by the rendition of the national anthem of both nations by splendid
performance of Atunda Entertainment at the La Campagne Tropicana Beach Resort,
homed in the naturalistic and picturesque ambience that filled the environment.
In attendance were, the
Founder of Motherland Beckons, Otunba (Dr.) Olawanle Akinboboye, the Ethiopian
Ambassador to Nigeria, H.E Samia Zekaria Gutu, Chief Dele Ajibade, the country
manager of Ethiopian Airlines, Mr Solomon, Travel consultant, Mountain-Ice
Consultancy, Travels & Tours Limited, Mrs Olukemi Aribisala, Bodex Media
and a host of other media houses and pressmen.
As the Ambassador of
Tourism in Africa, Otunba (Dr.) Olawanle Akinboboye opened the grounds for
insight by pointing to the need for togetherness and African ingenuity using
the battle of Adwa in Ethiopia as an illustration. According to History,
Martyrs teamed up not only for Ethiopia but for the continent of Africa and
fought in the battle with conviction and determination, exhibiting the African
pride, strength and sense of direction.
The battle which took
place at the undulating mountains in Adwa signified the undulating strength of
the African people. In Aramaic the Ethiopian language, the phrase
“Gara-de-Gara” was birthed which can be translated as “mountain-to-mountain”,
“togetherness is better” and “Let’s fight, together”.
The main stay of this
reflection is to share from the strength, vision and togetherness and ingenuity
of the African spirit. Strength alone is not the only result generated from
togetherness, but it also gives room for other platforms. These platforms can
facilitate the building of bridges to connect nations and guarantee victory
over modern-day slavery and to surmount this decadence of civilization; we must
create prosperity together for the continent of Africa.
Annually, Africans spend
billions of dollars travelling to other countries outside Africa; a percentage
of this amount can be channeled to the continent and for this reason, Motherland
Beckons unveiled Destination Al Nejashi/Lalibella aimed at encouraging
Africans to create prosperity by exploring the vast tourist attraction sites in
Africa and in this case Ethiopia. Destination Al Nejashi has been unveiled as
an adventure, entertainment and pleasurable experience packed tour designed for
adventurers, researchers, religious and leisure tourists. The package
include tours, entertainment and other memorable activities at Al Nejashi, Lalibela,
Mounts siemen ,Addis Ababa, Mekele and other exciting places.
Al Nejashi the first
mosque to be built in Africa is a UNESCO heritage world site and is located in
Ethiopia with the fitted logo of “The Land of Origins”.
Lalibela is a town in Northern
Ethiopia known for its Eleven (11) Monolithic rock-cut churches dating back
from the 12th and 13th Century. Peter may have built his church on a rock but
king Lalibela decided to build his churches into the rocks themselves. The
outstanding architecture of these churches will leave any tourist in awe of the
creativity of Africans.
It would be recalled
that last year, Motherland beckons unveiled destination Akosombo in Ghana and
Destination Grand Bassam in Cote d ivoire.
Leveraging on our own
Nollywood which is the second largest movie industry in the world, motherland
beckons also launched a movie and music collaboration between Ethiopian actors,
cinematographers, scriptwriters and music artists. This “collabo” tagged EAST
AND WEST AFRICA AMALGAMATION THROUGH TOURISM AND CREATIVE arts is billed to
kick off as a concert in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on the 29th of July,2017.The
concert will showcase the best of Nigerian and Ethiopian music, dance and comedy
will feature Nigerian and Ethiopian music and comedy icons. Tourists can
therefore experience authentic African music as well as the exciting tours and
activities on the packages.
The Ethiopian Ambassador
Expressed Her Sincere Appreciation To Motherland Beckons for creating a
Platform For Tourists To Visit And Experience Ethiopia’s Rich History, Architecture,
Culture and Archeology .
The curtains of the event were drawn with the
closing remarks and vote of thanks by Ethiopian Airlines country Manager who
expressed how elated he felt by the existing synergy and pledged a continued
support to Nigeria and the host of countries abroad