• Essays & Musings

    The World’s Oldest Travel Company Has Collapsed. These are 5 Lessons We Can Learn from Thomas Cook!

    On Monday, we read the breaking news that the world’s oldest travel company has collapsed. Thomas Cook was founded in 1841 in England by a carpenter whose vision would eventually grow into an empire. The famous holiday brand was forced into compulsory liquidation as debts, natural and political unrest plagued them. This left 600,000 customers stranded abroad, with about 150,000 of them being British. That’s a lot of people, considering this is the largest repatriation in the UK at a time when the country is not at war. What Happened? Reports show that political unrest in Turkey contributed to the collapse of Thomas Cook as the country is one of…

  • Essays & Musings,  Features,  Self Empowerment

    My Social Media Diary: An Open Letter to Anyone Who Considers Me an Influencer.

    Dear Friend, Shortly after my 26th birthday, I took a friend to see Ado Awaye suspended lake in Oyo State; one of only two in the world. The story I told about the mysterious lake and the detailed guide I created would begin my foray into the world of Social Media influence. My audience in March 2018 was roughly 300 on Twitter. Now, 18 months later, my Twitter community has grown to 28,000 and people pay attention to my takes on travel issues and tourism business. A good portion of this influence comes from the work we do at TVP Adventures – the company I founded in 2016 to simplify…

  • Essays & Musings,  People of Africa

    What Does the World Really Think of Nigerians?

    As I walked into the restaurant of my hotel in Kigali for breakfast, I noticed there was no queue in front of the eggs-to-order stand. “Muraho”, I said to the chef with the confidence of a third time visitor to Rwanda. “Nimeza”, she replied in a kind voice that welcomed me while instructing me on the proper Kinyarwanda intonation. “Please, may I have two fried eggs, only slightly runny,” I asked? As she cracked the eggs on to the skillet with gusto, she asked, “Where are you from?” I asked her to guess. With each try, from Liberia to Sierra Leone to Cameroon, I nodded in disapproval. “Ghana?”, she eventually…

  • Essays & Musings

    Africans are Changing the Shape of African Travel, Thanks to These Trends.

    When I speak of Africa, I speak of sprawling cities, majestic mountains, the Sun, the oceans and white sand beaches. I also speak of the ancient pyramids of Egypt, gorillas in Rwanda and the point at which the ocean meets the desert in Namibia. If I were to describe Africa in one word, that word would be a Yoruba or Swahili or Ndebele word – languages often so condensed and descriptive, they do justice to the object of description. For instance, one of the largest curtains of falling water in the world – straddling the border of Zimbabwe and Zambia – is aptly called Mosi – oa – Tunya by…

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    10 Things I Did to Develop Myself in 2018 (the Last One Will Surprise You)!

    If I could describe the year 2018 in one word, it would be intentional. When the year started out, I was determined to be more intentional in everything I do – my work, my self-development, my faith and my relationships. Today, I can look back and see how much this decision has improved my life. You too can live a more intentional life, simply by taking out time to improve yourself. Remember, you are a vessel and it was what you fill your life with that you will fill the world with. You can only give what you have. This list is a part of my end-of-year series tagged #YearOfTen.…

  • Essays & Musings,  Features

    Badagry – the City of a Million Ghosts (By Okhai Okojie)

    “Shhhhhhh.” “Silence!” “This is Badagry. You’re not allow to laugh out loud and smile too wide.” I could swear I heard those words being whispered to me by a roaming spirit, as soon as I got out of one of the slave museums. You know, the kind of spirit that finds no rest because in their lifetime, life was so unfair. Unfair. The word rolls off my tongue with such sadness I shed a tear. My trip to Badagry was such a self-awakening trip. I had no expectations of the place cos I have technically never been there, save for when I was 5 years old; stories heard but memories…

  • Essays & Musings

    Do You Really Know What You Want To Do With Your Life? How a Vision Board Changed my Life!

    I am a dedicated note taker. What I lack in spoken words, I make up for in written words. I take notes to plan my day, I take notes from articles and I take notes at the end of a long day. Writing is the gift that was given to me and I do not take it for granted. If you stumble on me – whether in the middle of a crowded market or at a board meeting, you will find me with my print-back planner and a journal where I document my devotions, dreams and notable happenings of the day. I thought nothing was better than the things I…

  • Essays & Musings

    Fascinating Stories From Kigali – The Genocide Story, A President’s Plane Crash in His Home & Lots More!

    What do you know about Rwanda? You might have heard about the genocide of 1994 or you might be more familiar with this small country making big waves in contemporary Africa. There’s so much intrigue in Rwanda and it is a country I highly recommend as a top tourist destination in East Africa. However, I spent a day touring the highlights of Kigali – Rwanda’s capital city and came across a few stories that are fascinating (not butterflies and rainbows, but intriguing and captivating). The third story resembles an African political legend, complete with an assassination and a disappearing snake. However, these stories are just as true as they are…

  • Essays & Musings

    Nigeria Has Exciting Tourist Destinations So What’s Keeping Tourists Away?

    We’ve got the culture and the nature but we need more than just these things to boost tourism in our beautiful country. In other words, Nigeria needs to solve these challenges to seriously discuss tourism growth! This is the century for African tourism even though Nigeria, Africa’s giant, is still merely crawling in the industry. There is so much potential upon which our country can build yet we see that this growth is crippled by several challenges. We know that once people visit Nigeria, they never stop talking about how amazing their experiences were. But so many others have not come because they have never considered Nigeria as one of…

  • Essays & Musings

    The Fascinating True Story of a Man, His Seventeen Wives and the Beginning of Nollywood.

      “This is a fascinating story”, I thought — a man with seventeen wives and many children, who traveled around the country acting plays and creating films. Ogun State tourism is incomplete without the Hubert Ogunde Living History Museum and this could be one of Nigeria’s best museums yet. “What’s there to see in this museum?” I asked my contact over the phone, after exchanging pleasantries. I was hoping to hear some enticing reasons beyond the vague descriptions on the internet. “You’ll see when you get here,” he said. I tried another approach. “Please, how are you related to him? Are you a grandson?” In a whisper, he promised to tell me…