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COVID-19: NCAC, NANTA advocate collaborations for tourism sector recovery

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The National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC) and the National Association of Nigerian Travel Agencies (NANTA) on Saturday called for intensified collaborations of operators in the tourism value chain.

The two bodies said the collaboration had become necessary at a time like now for the speedy recovery of the tourism, due to the negative impact of COVID-19 on the sector.

They made the call at a zoom meeting, organised by NCAC to address emerging trends in the Nigerian cultural industry with the theme: “COVID-19: Creating New Business Opportunities for Travel Agents’’.

The National President of NANTA, Mrs Susan Akporiaye, said it was time for practitioners in all aspects of the tourism industry to unanimously coordinate tourism activities to revive the nation’s economy.

She said the initiative would involve practitioners such as musicians, restauranteurs, artists, tour operators, travel agents, tour guides as well as visual and performing artists.

According to her, tourism cuts across all facets of life, ranging from agro, cultural, medical and educational tourism.

“The tourism industry is the most affected sector, due to the ravaging COVID-19 pandemic but we as practitioners must come together to work for the progress of the industry and the nation at large.

“The pandemic has happened but we must forge, ahead by taking the bull by the horn and not start crying over spilt milk.

“We can have tours arranged locally with some other packages like film shows, nightlife exploration and other activities capable of attracting tourists and this can only be possible when tourism practitioners collaborate and work unanimously.

“For the industry to pick up speedily, collaboration is the way forward. Travel agents, tour operators and cultural outfits can’t do it alone.”

Akporaiye advised travel agents to diversify from mere travel ticket sales to work as cargo agents, charter agents and to engage in farm tours and youth exchange programmes.

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She stressed the need to promote the nation’s culture, advising Nigerians to explore local content in terms of tourism offerings.

“As a professional body, we have started organising some collaborations with cargo and charter companies so that we can assist our members to get back to business as travels have been totally cancelled.

“Operators can also organise farm tours for local tourists to see how small farms or fish ponds are operated. This will also serve as a means of education.

“Diversification is necessary at this critical period that is one of the lessons learnt from the occurrence of COVID-19. An institution with one line of income should be a thing of the past.

“Our culture should also be explored. Culture as a tourism product increases people’s curiosity and that is what Nigeria and Africa are rich with.

“I advise tour operators to identify some tourist attractions within their state. Do short videos of these sites and display them on their social media handles for people to see that the nation is well endowed with beautiful sites,” she said.

Earlier, Otunba Olusegun Runsewe, Director-General of NCAC urged tourism and travel practitioners to work harmoniously in revamping the industry.

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He said that deliberate efforts should be made to promote the nation’s culture, which according to him, is the content tourism feeds on.

He noted that NCAC had not relented in ensuring that the nation’s culture takes its pride of place even as COVID-19 pandemic ravages the world.

Runsewe commended the efforts of security outfits in the country on the minimised crime rate in the country.

“At this critical period, networking is key among culture, tourism, travel and entertainment practitioners to revitalise the creative industry.

“NCAC is open to welcome whatever form of collaboration.

“I appreciate everyone present for this programme and hope to see you again next week because it will continue to hold on a weekly basis until we are able to finally combat COVID-19,” he said.

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Ibrahim Chatta shares beautiful moment with his daughter as she chants Arabic recitations (Video)

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Nollywood actor Ibrahim Chatta recently took to his social media handle to share series of photographs and videos of his adorable family.

In a video he uploaded, the Yoruba actor, who appeared to be on his way out was seen with his little baby girl as he chanted “la ilah illalah’ a phrase in Islam that means ‘no god but Allah’ and interestingly his little girl said the words after him.

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I hope my son, Harvey, dies before me, Katie Price says, states why

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Reality TV star, Katie Price has confessed that she hopes her autistic son, Harvey dies before she does.

This comes just after doctors issued a stark warning about Harvey’s health.

The 42-year-old was left fearing the worst earlier this week when her eldest son was rushed to the hospital, after falling ill at daughter Princess’ birthday party.

He was discharged and is currently recovering at home. Speaking about his condition, the mum-of-five said she was warned by health experts that he is at serious risk of dying from a heart attack if they don’t make changes.

And she confessed that she hopes the 18-year-old will ‘go’ before she dies, as he won’t be able to cope without her.

“The doctors have told me he’s at high risk of having a heart attack,” she told the Sun.

“I know it’s horrible to say, but I wish he’d go before me because he wouldn’t cope without me.

“He’d be so heartbroken and wouldn’t understand where I’d gone.’ Katie also confessed her worries over Harvey’s health as he ‘weighs 27-and-a-half stone’ and gets ‘out of breath’ from walking up the stairs.

“I can’t see him living past 50 unless we sort his weight and his breathing out,” she added.

“We try everything but cutting down food is hard.’ Harvey is blind and autistic, and has also been diagnosed with Prader-Willi syndrome – which affects his speech and movement. People with Prader-Willi are constantly hungry, which can lead to obesity.

The teenager suffered from chest pains at Princess’ birthday party and was rushed to hospital in an ambulance.

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The Celebrity Big Brother winner later shared a video on YouTube, telling fans:

“He kept complaining of chest pains. I said ‘how does it feel?’ and he said ‘like needles.’ Straight away, because of his complex needs, do I call the doctor or do I call the ambulance? ‘I don’t like it when people waste ambulances’ time. He’s at high risk because of coronavirus, he’s high risk because of his obesity and the steroids he’s on and his medical condition so I did call 999.”

Katie was reportedly supported by ex-husbands Kieran Hayler and Peter Andre over the ordeal.

“Both Pete and Kieran messaged Katie afterwards, offering help and support,” an insider told the Sun.

“She’s on really good terms with them now and they were both Harvey’s stepdad once, and he’s their children’s brother.

“They were both relieved when Harvey was discharged and went home.”

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Chimamanda shares fond photos taken with her dad to mourn him (Video)

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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is still mourning her father, Professor James Nwoye Adiche, who died on June 10, 2020, at the age of 88.

In a tribute to him posted on Facebook, the renowned author detailed the events leading up to his death.

She also spoke about some of the plans they made for the future.

She spoke of her pain; how she cried for days till her side muscles ached, how she screamed and pounded things, and how much she misses him.

She accompanied her words with a video showing her and her father together at different points in their life.

Professor Adichie, Odelu Ora Abba, was Nigeria’s first professor of Statistics. He studied Mathematics at Ibadan and got his PhD in Statistics from Berkeley.

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Mourning him, the Half of a Yellow Sun author wrote:

“And just like that my life has changed forever. June 7, there was Daddy on our weekly family zoom call, talking and laughing. June 8, he felt unwell. Still, when we spoke he was more concerned about my concussion (I’d fallen while playing with my daughter).

“June 9, we spoke briefly, my brother Okey with him. “Ka chi fo,” he said. His last words to me. June 10, he was gone.

“Because I loved my father so much, so fiercely, so tenderly, I always at the back of my mind feared this day. But he was in good health. I thought we had time. I thought it wasn’t yet time. I have come undone. I have screamed, shouted, rolled on the floor, pounded things. I have shut down parts of myself…

“Sleep is the only respite. On waking, the enormity, the finality, strikes – I will never see my father again. Never again. I crash and go under. The urge to run and run, to hide from this. The shallow surface of my mind feels safest because to go deeper is to face unbearable pain. All the tomorrows without him, his wisdom, his grace.

“We talked almost daily. I sent him my travel itineraries. He would text me just before I got on a stage: Ome ife ukwu! Nothing else mattered to me as much as the pride in his eyes.

“I saw him last on March 5th in Abba. I had planned to be back in May. We planned to record his stories of my great grandmother…”

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