Monday, January 8, 2018

Sheraton Abuja launches BBQ night Saturdays

Nigeria As the year begins to unfold, Sheraton Abuja Hotel is once again helping to energize the minds of the customer’s still hung up on the holiday spirit with the introduction of the grilling seasons BBQ nights at the Hotel’s Poolside.
The Executive Chef for Sheraton Abuja Hotel -Nicholas Geba and his team have put in efforts towards creating a tasty assortment of BBQ flavours for food and entertainment enthusiasts within the F.C.T.
According to the General Manager for the Hotel –Nouman Irshad “our BBQ night is set to launch on the 13th of January 2018 at the Poolside and will take place every Saturday. We are offering this well thought out leisure activity from 3pm-9pm and it will be truly an elevated experience for both our in-house guests and customers”.
“We have made the best selection of various live band entertainers within Abuja City so there will never be a dull moment. Our special free-flow-salad will be available for all diners. For beverages, you will be spoiled for choice with our compelling selection of wines, beers, soft drinks and cocktails”. And for your added pleasure, we have Shisha with various flavours- on request”.

“Last but not least our collection of fun and interesting board games such as Ludo, whats, chess, local Ludo, scrabble and draft are available for you to have an interactive and engaging time with new or old friends; the idea is that this creates the perfect activity during family bonding time”.

“A relaxed evening around the most transformative ambience with great food and inspiring music is what we offer our loyal 

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Wizkid, Tuface, Tiwa Savage, and others to perform at A/Ibom Christmas Groove

Wizkid, Tuface, Tiwa Savage will perform at the maiden edition of the Akwa Ibom Christmas groove tagged, “Ukap’isua,” scheduled to hold Dec. 26 and Dec.27 in Uyo.
Mr Victor Antai, state Commissioner for Culture and Tourism, who made the disclosure in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Uyo, listed other acts to include Tekno, Phyno and many more.
He said more than 100,000 fun seekers are also expected at the “Ukap’isua’’ groove which means the end of the year Christmas festival and would feature musical concerts, dance party and beach competitions.
According to him, the star studded event will also include a parade of five bands along the carnival routes, University of Uyo mini stadium – Ikot Ekpene road – Aka road – UdoUdoma Avenue – Unity Park.
He said that five bands have been named after tourist attractions and historical features in the state such as, Blue River Band, Rolling Hills Band, The Beach Town Band, The Bridge Band and The Plaza Band.
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Tiwa Savage
He said, “the bands are named after tourist attractions and historical features in the state.’’
“The bands will further expound on the significance of their respective tourism features in their costumes, presentation and parade, thereby helping to market the tourist potentials of the state.’’
“Following our highly successful outing in `Orange September,’ a series of events organised to commemorate the 30th anniversary of our dear state.
“The Ministry of Culture and Tourism under my supervision has decided to undertake another major event in our conscious and regular efforts to further stamp the state as a tourism destination.
“As we all know, yuletide periods in the state have hitherto been bereft of hyped activities.
“During this period we usually witness an outflow of human traffic into neighbouring states as indigenes and fun seekers leave the state in their numbers to other parts of the country in search of entertainment and recreation.
“It is in an attempt to remedy this and spice up the yuletide experience for the citizens of Akwa Ibom State, while effectively marketing our huge tourist potentials that the Ministry has decided to host “Ukap’isua.”
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“We hope to create during this same period, a unique experience that will not only create recreation and entertainment, but also market our huge tourism potentials,’’ Antai said.
He explained that “Ukap’isua would commence with the opening of the festival village, located at the auspicious Ibom Unity Park, Udoudoma Avenue, Uyo.
Antai said that the festival village would host relaxation spots, shopping stalls and other recreational facilities.

The commissioner expressed the commitment of the state government to focus on tourism as major source of revenue generation and jobs creation rather than depending solely on oil.  
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Four points Sheraton Lagos special Thursday with Hennessey at the rooftop bar

In a bid to continually excite and deliver memorable and bar experiences to esteemed customers; Four points by Sheraton Lagos has announced the commencement of a worthy partnership with Hennessy to create a unique entertainment experience every Thursday evenings at the Hotel’s Office Bar.
According to the General Manager of the Hotel -Marc Wozniak “Thursdays at the Four Points Lagos is now Friday eve”, and undoubtedly described as one of the best events to happen on that day of the week on the island”.
“We are inviting our valued customers to come and enjoy world-class entertainment alongside great Hennessy based cocktails to shake off the day’s work stresswhile taking in the panoramic view of the rooftop bar; savoring well-seasoned barbecued jumbo prawns; signature dodo (plantain) alongside our well spiced snail”.
“Those visiting can be sure to experience some soul lifting live music performances from our band of the day and also dance to your own choice of beats during our silent disco everyThursday’s fortnight”.
“Wednesday eveningsis also not left out; as our customers can now get a bottle of Fantinel Prosecco Brut or even a complimentary room night according to the value spent”.
“The bar opens every weekday from 6pm and 12pm on weekends and public holidays”.

“Four Points by Sheraton Lagos looks forward to welcoming all fun loving fans to the rooftop bar to relax and unwind”. Remarked the General Manager.

Le Meridien Ogeyi Place Unlocks Beaujolais Wine with an exclusive Celebration

Le Meridien Ogeyi Place recently launched a new French wine “Beaujolais”, the launch celebration took place at the poolside of the hotel.
According to the General Manager of the Hotel , Fabian Martinez, “as part of our brand initiative, Beaujolais offers the opportunity to unveil our Le Meridien brand Summer Soiree culture. This program brings to our international guests the feel of French Beaujolais tradition, which is a truly home away from home experience in Nigeria”.

“In addition, our Hotel Executive Sous Chef, Innocent Anaemeje brings a very pleasant experience and opportunity to present French traditional delicacies with assorted French cold cuts” to further inspire the dining experience of our patrons”.

“We have curated our campaign in a way that delivers to our guests yet another way to unlock their destination through French traditional celebration and a modern perspective on this quintessential theme night campaign. Le Meridien cuisine will enable us offer unique and memorable dining experiences,” remarked the General Manager.

Sunday, December 17, 2017

FG to make Calabar carnival a foreign exchange earner –Minister

The Federal Government sas it will make the annual Calabar carnival a major foreign exchange earner for Nigeria.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said this on Sunday in Calabar while flagging off the third dry run of the 2017 carnival which has the theme ‘Migration’.

He said that the carnival, which has united the people over the years and had attracted wider participation, was the longest street party in the world with 12 kilometre-lond route.

He said that it was time for people to start seeing the carnival beyond entertainment but see the seriousness and the message it conveys.

“”We are pushing the Calabar carnival to be a major foreign exchange earner for the country.

“”We have here today, 26 beauty queens from 26 African countries who are contesting for the 2017 Miss Africa pageant.

““That is a big statement because each of these young ladies are going to spend two weeks here and will go back to their countries as our own ambassadors.

““They will tell the story of what they have seen and the hospitality of Cross River and that is a big plus for the state and the country.

““What is happening here today is reverberating throughout the world because this dry run is unique in the sense that it gives the organisers and participants the opportunity to perfect their act.

““I also want to take this opportunity to appeal to the world to see this street party beyond dancing and beyond the costumes’’, he said.

The Minister said that festival had become a platform for youths to vent their creativity and a platform to turn Nigeria’s creative industry into a veritable creative economy.

““I am delighted to know that everything being used in the carnival is manufactured locally by Nigerians.

“”Calabar carnival does not only create an economy, but also unites the whole of Nigeria because it had enlightened the people of Nigeria and the world about Climate Change and Migration’’, he said.

Earlier, Prof. Ivara Esu, Deputy Gov. of the state, said that the annual festival had become an international brand.

Esu said that the state was happy to have the Minister in person to perform the flag off, adding all preparations had been made for the grand finale of the carnival billed for Dec. 28.

The Minister, who was earlier taken through the monorail ride from the Calabar International Convention Centre (CICC) to the Tinapa Business and Leisure Resort, described the project as a major booster to the tourism sector in the state.

“”I am happy to know that the second phase will also link the airport. This shows that Cross River is taking a major step in building infrastructure that will help in pushing the state as a conference hub.

““We will not hesitate in helping the state government to sustain this kind of project. We are ready as a government to provide the enabling environment for states like Cross River to thrive.

“”Even in the Federal Council of Tourism, Cross River is a member because we recognise the giant stride the state is making in tourism’’, he said.

Atiku opens Chicken Cottage outlet in Abuja

Former Vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, has spoken of plans to develop Chicken Cottage Nigeria as a regional hub for all operations in Sub-Saharan Africa.

He said this at the commissioning a Chicken cottage outlet, owned by him, on Saturday in Abuja.

He promised to open more of the outlets in strategically important locations in Nigeria.

“Our target is to have at least One Chicken Cottage Restaurant in every state in Nigeria.

” Ultimately, we intend to develop Chicken Cottage Nigeria as the regional hub for all operations in Sub-Saharan Africa.

“Towards this end, I have given approval to the management to commence talks with Chicken Cottage International.”

Abubakar expressed optimism that establishment of the cottage outlets in states would help reduce unemployment in the country.

Atiku, second right at Chicken Cottage opening in Abuja

“You can be sure that having at least one Chicken Cottage in every state will help get Nigerians working again.

“We will provide gainful employment to thousands of Nigerians who would be earning living wages which in turn contributes to reducing unemployment in Nigeria.”

He said that Chicken Cottage would also contribute to patronage of local farmers as the main raw materials for the products would be sourced locally.

This according to him include agricultural produce such as chicken, vegetables, potato, rice.

“My ultimate joy will be to patronise our local farmers and see them have their produce bought and used here in Nigeria and Africa, thereby empowering them.

“Furthermore, the multiplier benefits of this enterprise would extend to transporters, beverage suppliers, Appliance manufacturers, Artisans, Furniture makers.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Ayade’s new city, Calas-vegas, to host 2017 Carnival Calabar Barbecue fest

CALABAR- Calasvegas, the new city created by Senator Ben Ayade the Cross River State governor is to host the 2017 Carnival Calabar Barbecue fest for a select dignitaries including business executives, top political class and musical and home movie artistes that will participate in the Carnival float.
The city which is situated onshore across Calabar River and only by air or by boat is one of the signature projects of the governor which he created after cutting down large portions of mangrove forest and extensive sand filling of the waterlogged area to make for erection of structures.
Mr Eric Anderson the Commissioner for Culture and Tourism stated this at the weekend during the press briefing to highlight the activities that will feature during the 2017 Carnival Calabar, said the barbecue fest will take place on the night of Friday, 15th December.
Mr Anderson said the barbecue fest will feature music, dances and drama presentation adding that the required infrastructure are being put in place to make for a memorable and hitch free hosting of the event at the Calasvegas.
“There is so much excitement in this year’s ceremony not just with the new programme of events lined up for the festival but the fact that Minister of Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed is himself going to be present during the Carnival Tree lighting which shows the collaboration between the state and federal government“
Mr Ken Aklah, the Special Adviser Governor’s Office/Events Management , who led the team stated that more items have been added to the Carnival programme to make it bigger and better and these include ‘power week’, kings and queens contest taking place along the carnival route and camping of security agents at the Christmas Village to maintain adequate security.
He said twenty five countries are expected to participate in this year’s carnival while contestants from thirty two countries are expected to participate in the Miss Africa Beauty Pageant which will be beamed live through DSTV to over one hundred three hundred million viewers across the world.

He said adequate security measures have been put in place to ensure no ugly incidents take place during Carnival and entire festive period.