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Appointment of Advisory Board Members of Nigeria Hotel and Tourism Investment Conference 2015

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Appointment of Advisory Board Members

Jonel hospitality Consulting organisers of Nigeria Hotel and Tourism Investment Conference 2015 is proud to announce the appointment of member of Advisory Board of Nigeria Hotel and Tourism Investment Conference 2015.

www.nigeriahotelconference.com

The Advisory Board will be chaired by Vernon Page. He is presently the Chief Executive Officer of Hotel Partners Africa and a Director of W Hospitality Group in Nigeria responsible for Hotel Asset Management and Fund Raising. With over 20 years hospitality finance, operations and development experience gained from previously being the Managing Director of a hospitality and retail fund in

Nigeria with overall responsibility for the Fund investments, fund raising and developments in West

Africa and prior to taking up the appointment in Nigeria he was Vice President Finance and Administration for a fund manager based in Geneva Switzerland, a company engaged in Sharia compliant Funds developing hotels in the Middle East. The Fund also successfully launched an Eastern hotel brand. Prior to Geneva he was Chief Financial Officer for a fund manager based in Bucharest, Romania, a group of companies consisting of Fund Management and property development including hotels in Eastern Europe, where he was responsible for the Finance and Administration of the Group.

Prior to Romania he was Chief Financial Officer for Chagala Group in Almaty Kazakhstan, a group of companies engaged in the development and operations of hotels, long stay apartments, commercial office buildings, food and beverage outlets and shopping malls in Kazakhstan, and he was responsible for the overall control of the Group Financial Function including annual reporting and audit according to IFRS standards after overseeing the conversion from Russian tax accounting.

The company was successfully listed on the London Stock Exchange during his term. Before moving to Chagala he was in South Africa, where he had been a Director of Finance and General Manger with chains Orion Hotels and Resorts, Starwood Hotels, Holiday Inn and Sun International. He has an MBA in Finance.

Other Members of the board include

Tana Forsuelo  –  Provost, Wavecrest Collage of Hospitality

Thelma Bello  – President, Calabar Chambers of Commerce

Bello Bashir  –  Finance Director Fourpoints by Sheraton

Samuel Bassey –  MD, Leverage Investment Limited

Representative  – Nigeria’s Federal Ministry of Tourism

Audrey Obidike  –  Ernst & Young

Daniel Lordis  –  GM Carlson Wagonlit Travel

Hope Obioma Opara  –  Publisher, Supple Magazine

Brian Efa

For: Jonel Hospitality Consulting

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The Nigeria Hotel and Tourism Investment Conference

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The Nigeria Hotel and Tourism Investment Conference is a focal point as government strives to diversification its economy. It will be a well attended event and will give attendees the opportunity to explore Nigeria’s diverse and largely untapped potential. Jonel Hospitality Consulting in Association with Federal Ministry of Culture, Tourism and National Orientation and Woodstarhotels.com are delighted to join forces to bring to interested investors in African’s biggest economy the Nigeria Hotel and Tourism Investment Conference (NHTIC) 2015   www.nigeriahotelconference.com

The Nigeria Hotel & Tourism Investment Conference will take place 25 – 27 November 2015 at Eko and suites Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos Nigeria .NHTIC comprises three days of educational and networking events and is an annual meeting place for senior level people from all areas of the hotel investment industry, from all across the world.

We are delighted to present the Nigeria Hotel & Tour-ism Investment Conference sponsorship prospectus for 2015

By becoming a sponsor of NHTIC you will be putting your company’s service in front of the most influential group of industry leaders involved in the hotel indus-try in this region.

You will be capitalising on the most effective means to reach those companies and individuals who need your service to compete in the global economy.

This year’s event is expected to have over 350 at-tendees from 30 countries. The compelling programme will see more than 65 speaker and panellist discussing the current challenges facing the hotel industry in Ni-geria whilst exploring future growth opportunities.

The NHTIC Advisory Board will be meeting in March. Made up of leaders from the hotel industry, their input is vital to the conference as we develop the topics and issue to be presented in this year’s pro-gramme.

We do hope you will decide to sponsor NHTIC 2015 – the only Event for Stakeholder in Nigeria hotel & tourism investment.

NHTIC 2015 will be the most comprehensive event yet offering:

  • Over 65 eminent speakers around the world
  • Thought provoking conference sessions and keynote presentations
  • 2 spectacular networking receptions, to be held at the Eko Hotel and Suites
  • Networking xPress – speed dating…for busi-ness
  • Sponsors’ exhibition
  • NHTIC Achievements Award

The Speakers are key influence in NHTIC and leaders chosen for their industry knowledge, experience and insight that they are happy to share

The Attendees are senior figures and decision-makers, namely: Investors, Hotel Owner, Lenders CEOs, Hotel Chain Executives, Financial Advisor, Real Estate Agent, Lawyers, Designers, Architects, Consultants, Tourism Officials, Timeshare Devel-\opers and Governments Official from all areas of the hotel industry and from all across the world.

The Sponsors are companies that are leaders in the hotel investment industry. They are there to net-work with delegates showcase their products and provide business solutions.

NETWORKING

Networking is the main reason why so many executives attend NHTIC. There are over 15 hours of networking opportunities available throughout the conference for you to make valuable contacts from lunches, coffee breaks and exhibitions to the lavish evening receptions.

NETWORKING ONLINE – Begin networking with delegates before you’ve even arrived in Nige-ria using our contact system. This contact facility allows you search the names of delegates attending NHTIC which you can then send a message to, through our system, to make contact with request meetings (providing they have agreed to take part in this initiatives).

NETWORKING Hangout – NHTIC 2015 will see the return of the successful networking Hangout, introduce for the first time. Essentially speed dating for business cards and move on to meet the next person. Those who participated will agree it was the fast, most beneficial and enjoyable 60 minutes of networking.

THE EXHIBITION – Is integral to the confer-ence and allows you to promote your company in targeted environment. It gives delegates the op-portunity to meet new and exciting players in the industry, keep up to date with new developments that are on offer and to meet with your company’s representatives to discuss business opportunities.

WHY BECOME A SPONSOR?

By aligning yourself with the NIGERIA HOTEL &TOURISM INVESTMENT CONFERENCE, you will be playing an active role in placing your company at the forefront of the most influential group of leaders actively involved in this dynamic industry.

We understand that during such tough economic times your companies’ budgets have to be very carefully spent and we are confidents that investing in NHTIC will help your company to attract business. If you make the most of the sponsorship, you will see an incredible return on investment

BY SPONSORING NHTIC 2015 you will:

Be part of this growing market

Position your company in front of as many key industry professional as possible

Promote your company as an industry leader

Associate your company with the leading industry events for the region

We will offer you fantastic range of opportunities to promote your company to the industry

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MAURITANIAN FILM TIMBUKTU MAKES OSCARS FINAL LIST 2015

 

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STORY LINE

Not far from the ancient Malian city of Timbuktu, proud cattle herder Kidane (Ibrahim Ahmed aka Pino) lives peacefully in the dunes with his wife Satima (Toulou Kiki), his daughter Toya (Layla Walet Mohamed), and Issan (Mehdi Ag Mohamed), their twelve-year-old shepherd. In town, the people suffer, powerless, from the regime of terror imposed by the Jihadists determined to control their faith. Music, laughter, cigarettes, even soccer have been banned. The women have become shadows but resist with dignity. Every day, the new improvised courts issue tragic and absurd sentences. Kidane and his family are being spared the chaos that prevails in Timbuktu. But their destiny changes abruptly.

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15 Women with VVF Benefit from Diamond Bank & Stephanie Linus’ Extended Hands Foundation

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15 Women with VVF Get Free Repair Surgeries from Diamond Bank & Stephanie Linus’ Extended Hands Foundation.

Since its inception, the goal of the Extended Hands Foundation founded by Nollywood star actress Stephanie Linus has been to restore hope and put smiles on the faces of women. For some years now, the foundation has been focused on helping women with Vesico Vaginal Fistula (VVF) – a serious disability that can be experienced by women after childbirth – and giving them a chance at living normal lives through free repair surgeries.

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Recently through the support of Diamond Bank PLC, 15 women living with VVF received free repair surgeries at the Kwara Specialist Hospital, Ilorin, Kwara State. The women all had successful surgeries and were nursed back to health at the hospital.

Before the surgeries, many of them had been shunned and separated from their families as a result of the embarrassing effects of the condition. Some of them lost their jobs, their husbands, and were forced to live in degrading conditions. Thanks to the successful surgeries, they are now back with their loved ones and are living their dreams.

Vesico Vaginal Fistula (VVF) is a serious disability that can be experienced by women after childbirth. They are holes resulting from the breakdown in the tissue between the vaginal wall and the bladder or rectum caused by unrelieved obstructed labour. The consequence of such damage is a woman’s inability to control the flow of urine or faeces. It occurs more often in young women during childbirth, as their bodies are not yet mature for the process.vvf_-ilorin-13

The pool effort was lauded by the First Lady of Kwara State Mrs Omolewa Ahmed who received Stephanie Linus and her team from Extended Hands Foundation as well as the Diamond Bank team at the State House in Ilorin. She commended their effort and pledged her support to the eradication of VVF in Kwara State.  The state Commissioner for Health Alhaji Kayode Issah, also received the Extended Hands Foundation and Diamond Bank Team during their stay in Ilorin, commending them as well for their effort.

The Extended Hands Foundation with the support of well meaning corporate organisations like Diamond Bank will continue to extend its efforts to women with VVF across other states in the country.

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RENAULT – Drive the Change

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The RENAULT brand is known globally for its quality, durability, and technology. And is now available through DANA CARS and SERVICES LTD, from the DANA Group renowned for its service and commitment in Nigeria for automobiles and an array of products.

The cars manufactured to suit local conditions are known to be the first choice for leading organizations both worldwide and in Nigeria too.

The RENAULT range includes an exciting choice of models that cuts across Sedans, SUVs, and Multi-Purpose Vehicles that offer discerning car lovers exciting options noted for their durability, advanced safety equipment and high technology. Better known for being World Champions for 11 years in Formula 1.

To cater to your requirements a new ‘State of the Art’ facility for Sales Service & Spare Parts is operational in VI Lagos, to be followed by a network in major cities.  A confidence booster, all Renault cars come with a Manufacturer backed Warranty for 3 years or 100,000 kilometres (whichever comes first), useGenuine Spare Parts, Renault Trained Technicians and Door Step Service(in select locations) for Renault fleet Owners.

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Dana Cars and Services Ltd

43b Akin Adeshola Street,

Victoria Island Lagos.

T  : +234 1 280 9999

M : +234 8113955531,08060035062

E:HNwapa@renaultmotorsnigeria.com

 

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“Thy Will be Done” a new movie of Obi Emelonye

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‘THY WILL BE DONE’ Exclusive World Premiere                                                               @ BFI IMAX Waterloo, London,Obi Emelonye / Iroko Partners                                     Thursday, 26 February 2015 from 17:30 to 22:00 (GMT)                                           London, United Kingdom.

Grab Your Tickets by clicking on the link below                                                               http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/thy-will-be-done-exclusive-world-premiere-bfi-imax-waterloo-london-tickets-15043243747?aff=esli

Synopsis.

Pius (Ramsey Noah) is a happily married pastor in charge of a large church in Lagos, Nigeria.

But when his first wife (Mary Njoku) that he buried 7 years ago suddenly shows up, his world is thrown into turmoil.

His present wife (Mercy Johnson-Okojie) tries to fight her corner but Pius has a choice to make…between his calling and his wives; between old sins and new loyalties; between taking firm action and surrendering to God’s will.

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Weakened by guilt and overwhelmed by sensational revelations, nothing would have prepared Pius for how rapidly things would descend into violent chaos…for hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.

Stars Ramsey Noah, Mercy Johnson-Okojie and Mary Njoku. also features are Jide Kosoko, TT Temple, Precious Chikwendu, Enyinna Nwigwe and Tony Aclet. Written by Tobe Osigwe, Edited by Ben Nugent and original music by Luke Corradine. Produced by Mary Njoku.

Directed a Produced by Obi Emelonye.

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The Movie ‘STILL STANDING’ Set To Hit Cinemas FEBRUARY 2015!

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Genmemoir Productions gets set to release ‘Still Standing’ in cinemas in Nigeria nationwide. The film is an emotional drama starring Jackie Appiah, Bobby Obodo, etc and was shot entirely in the United States of America. ‘Still Standing’ is a story about the joys and pains of a striving young American family, originally from Africa, living the American dream until a major tragedy alters the family’s course. Nne-Amaka (Jackie Appiah), will try to be the lifeguard for the family in the middle of this stormy sea. Can she weather the storm? Will there be a strand of hope in this family tsunami?

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Featuring as her husband in the movie is heartthrob/fan favourite Bobby Obodo, whose convincing acting on set, sparked rumours that he and Jackie Appiah were an item! Hmm… Are they or were they? Well, there’s only one way to find out and that’s by watching the movie, ’Still Standing’ when it premieres and screens in cinemas nationwide as from 27th of February 2015.


The movie also stars Jazmine Batchan, James Alexander III, Buddy Miller Jnr and was directed and produced by Michael Uadiale. Ben Adeyanju http://www.ibenjamen.com  was Assistant Director, Tom Robson was Technical director, DOP/Cinematography was by Franklin Guerrero.    ‘Still Standing’ won the GIAMA Award Best Film (in Diaspora) in 2013, it was nominated for Best Director category(GIAMA Awards) Nominated at the 2014 Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards (AMVCAs) for Best Supporting Actress and Best Writer categories. The movie will be showing in cinemas nationwide in from the 27th of February 2015 so make sure you go see it!

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For more information on the film do check out their website www.stillstandingthemovie.com Facebook: AYEStillstandingmovie.com

 

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From Hard-Times To Haute Times

 

Kimma Wreh of TeKay Designs.

Emerging from the catwalks of the Houston, Texas fashion scene is a soft-spoken entrepreneur of fashion, with bold statements on style and culture. Kimma Wreh is the creative mind behind TeKay Designs. As the Head Designer of the couture fashion label, Kimma specializes in creating non-traditional and multi-cultural bridal and formal wear for men, women and children. The fashions are  a mix of ethnic and contemporary designs. Wreh is from the country of Liberia and is a naturalized US citizen. As a first generation immigrant, Kimma Wreh is an example of the type of persons the United States has always welcomed to it’s borders. Recent comments by President Obama explain the policy our nation has taken towards immigrants. “For more than 200 years, our tradition of welcoming immigrants from around the world has given us a tremendous advantage over other nations. It’s kept us youthful, dynamic, and entrepreneurial. It has shaped our character as a people with limitless possibilities.” —President Barack Obama (Nov, 2014 Statement on Immigration Policy).


On the heels of New York Fashion Week 2014 where Wreh’s gowns were previewed, the fashion label showcased two new collections during the Houston Fashion Week 2014 events that led to Kimma Wreh of TeKay Designs being awarded “Best Couture Designer” for the “Crown Collection” of formal gowns and “Best Bridal Designer” title for the “Queen of the Brides” gown collection. Wreh also won “Fashion Designer of the Year Award” from the Ward Educational Foundation; (A non-profit organization with a school for girls in Liberia). The Houston Fashion awards acknowleged Wreh’s consistent contributions to philanthropic causes. Moreover, Kimma was awarded “2014 Top Designer of the Year” award by D-Mars Black Lifestyle Magazine. As an added recognition. Wreh received the Rising Star nomination from Fashion Group International, New York in the Accessories Category title. In 2014, R&B singer-songwriter Angie Stone, Chante Moore, and TV news anchor Deborah Duncan of “Great Day Houston” have worn TeKay Design’s statement  necklaces. These celebrities joined the ranks of tennis superstar Serena Williams, actress Ashley Rickards and Busy Phillips by wearing TeKay Designs

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Earning many accolades and celebrity endorsements throughout 2014, it appears Kimma Wreh is on easy street. “2014 has certainly been a breakout year for me. It’s been very busy and exciting. It appears my hard work is beginning to pay off.” explains Kimma. “It has certainly been a life of struggle for me. My humble beginnings started in my home country of Liberia where I lived a normal life until a series of military coups during the 1980’s. My father was a government offical and my family had to flee our home in 1986 because the militants were causing atrocities throughout the country. These were the darkest days of my life. My family lived in fear for months. My parents were able to help me flee the country for a better life in the United States. When I arrived in the US, all I had was $100 and a small suitcase.  It was a blessing to enroll in college at Howard University, however it was challenging. I successfully completed a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Howard University. I later earned my master’s degree in Business Administration from LeTourneau University. During my tenure at Howard, I began creating stylish African fashions for my personal wardrobe. After receiving numerous complements and request for custom dresses, I decided to start my business with my sister. Although my sister and I began working separate businesses, we occasionally collaborate on projects. TeKay Designs has been in operation for over 16 years now, and it’s truly been a love of labor. The challenges with being a single mother and startup business gets to be hectic and exhausting. I must divide my attention between my kids, the computer, calls and meetings with customers, suppliers, event promoters, seamstresses and fit models in the same moments. Dispite the challenges, I feel blessed to have achieved what I have.

2015 Crown Collection, pageant gown by TeKay Designs.

Kimma Wreh’s fashion ideas exemplifies the entrepreneurial drive that is all-American. TeKay introduces new cultural designs, fabrics and embroidery into it’s gown collection and brings forth advanced sewing techniques, beading, ornamentations and cultural education. With each season the gowns spark dynamic thought and dialogue about culture and design that is always interesting. Culture and style is TeKay Design’s aesthetic signature and philanthropy is always an agenda for Kimma.

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TeKay Designs has participated in various charitable causes and social endeavors aimed at uplifting the lives of women who are disabled or disadvantaged. Wreh’s recent initiative is making gowns for wheelchair bound women.  Her recent encounter with Mrs. Deborah Grayson Carpenter, former contestant for Ms. Wheelchair Texas Pageant and Ambassador for the National Spinal Cord Injury Association, is an example of Kimma’s generosity. “I was touched by Deborah’s story and positive outlook on life.  I created a couture gown, veil and headpiece for Deborah because I wanted her to feel glamourous during the fashion show, despite her spinal cord injury.  It was amazing to see her on the runway. Deborah is the first person in a wheelchair to wear a TeKay Designs gown”.

2015 Crown Collection, pageant gown by TeKay Designs.

The Crown Collection is a line of pageant gowns that positions the TeKay brand within a network of pageant queens who are ambassadors to philanthropic causes. Kimma believes in giving back. Some of the African inspired gowns produced by TeKay are created in Ghana, Africa. Skilled seamstresses and embroiderers work to produce dresses and men’s attire for an entire bridal party. TeKay outsources work opportunities for women to create elaborate couture gowns for brides who want culturally themed ceremonies. “ It’s important to give back!” explains Kimma, “I feel good about creating jobs for women in Africa. However, the current Ebola epidemic appears to be a distraction for many West African countries. Africans have been stigmatized by this deadly virus and it has effected doing business in West Africa. Although I’ve not returned to Liberia in over a decade, I’m stigmatized because I’m Liberian… I am Liberian, not a virus! Ebola hysteria and stigmatization has inspired me to begin plans to work on a fundraising event to help provide medical supplies to help combat the Ebola virus —while celebrating African culture. Fashion events are an excellent way to promote the creativity and culture of Africa.” states Kimma.

African fashions are still on the rise across the world. Consultancy Africa Intelligence (www.consultancyafrica.com), is a South African based research firm that has recorded 16 major fashion shows in Africa during 2011. There are several international fashion events which serve African-based designers as a platform to showcase their work. Moreover, new trends and labels are promoted on websites, in fashion magazines like the Nigeria based Arise Magazine. African inspired dresses are being created in every city by cosmopolitan designers like Kimma Wreh who are reshaping the image of Africa one garment at a time.

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