The 7th edition of the Abuja Jabamah, is set to take place on the 18th of November 2019 at the Exhibition Hall of the International Conference Centre (ICC) Abuja.
As part of activities lined up for the event, leading tourism personalities in Nigeria will be inducted into the Tourism 100 Club.
Travellers Magazine last year unveiled a list of 100 tourism personalities in Nigeria who have made a mark through their contributions to the development of tourism in Nigeria and they cut across sectors including government, hospitality, tour operations and the media.
According to the magazine’s publisher, Ikechi Uko, “In 1998, the Travellers magazine published its first compilation of the Nigerian Top 100 Tourism Club and the compilation served the industry well as it was a database of ‘who is who’ in tourism business in Nigeria.” .
“Twenty years after, an update was needed and we came up with the list of Top 100 tourism personalities who have made tourism in Nigeria in 2018. In 2019 we have decided to promote the emerging performers in the industry. Nominees for Induction: Youth Tourism Promoters
1. Lola Adefope – MD, Business Travel Management
2. Olugbenga Omotayo Sunday- Lead Consultant , Tojum Hospitality
3. Odion Chigbufue – G.M, Tour Brokers International4. Oguntoye Taiwo Oye – Co-founder Twins Tourism5. Oguntoye Kehinde Oladele- Co-founder Twins Tourism6. Anago Osho- Founder, Anago Osho Adventures and Heritage Preservation7. Omotosho Hakeem Olamilekan – MD, Omotosho Travels and Tours8. Bolaji Seun- MD, Naija Explorers9. Debbie Egwuogu – CEO, Waka with Debbie10. Michael Balogun – CEO, Tour 2 Nigeria11. Dein Gbabo, Business Development Manager, Akwaaba Travel Market12. Paul Ukachukwu – Facilitator, Akwaaba African Youth in Tourism Conference13. Tolulope Ogundipe – CEO, Tulpan Travels and Tours14. Abigail Adesina Olagbaye Emerging Leaders of the Industry15. Jennifer Awoh – Marketing and communications officer, SAT16. Adun Okupe – CEO, Red Clay Advisory17. Justina Ovat – Founder, Calabar Hospitality House18. Geraldine Itoe – CEO, Nova Rosta Ltd19. Nneka Unachukwu-Okaro- CEO, Janine’s Travel Company20. Lydia Akpadiaha – Head, Marketing and Media , Remlord tours21. Johnpaul Ezeani – CEO, Iconnect Tourism Limited22. Mofe Runsewe – CEO, Naija Nomads23. Aminat Akanbi – Founder, Triplisters24. Funmi Oyatogun – CEO. Tvp Tours.25. Diala Chibuikem- CEO, International Hospitality, Tourism & Eco- Sustainability Forum26. Bukola Akomolafe – Commercial Manager, Travelstart.27. Oludayo Taiwo Gideon – CEO, Aeroport Travels ,Tours and Aviation school28. Capt. Oudah Kenneth Anate – CEO, Stay Up Aviation School.29. Olusola Segbenu – CEO, Travel Afcon30. Patricia Ozioma – CEO, Smoothwaka Tours31. Victoria Onyemuwa- CEO, Akenn Travels and Tours Limited32. Derinsola Shotunde Taiyeloolou- CEO Derin Meat Foods Products Ent33. Ubong Ekpe Okon – CEO, Akwa Tourism Development Company34. Rita Obidike – SKAL President35. Samson Aturu – President, HATMAN36. Precious Okonji – FTAN Secretary37. Ime Udo –VP, NATOP38. Onuaha Maryann Nkiruka – CEO- Bellamaria travels39. Hassan Abdulmalik – Fmr President,NANTA40. Alhaji Ibrahim Goni – Conservator General , National Park Service41. Shalom Asuquo – CEO, Travelab42. Patrick Chidi – CEO, Jolie Global travels43. Peace Iyare- CEO,PeacefulSky44. Capt. Emmanuel Lordsgreat- CEO, Exodus Academy45. Piriye Kiyaramo CEO,Travel Club46. Erhahon Uhnamure – MD, Brisk Marketing and Travels47. Ibiwari Uloma Kemabonta – Managing Director, Retz Holiday Ltd48. Aniedi Udofia – CEO, EDC Travels and Tours49. Ifeoma Aneke – CEO, Allure Travels and Tours50. Jibola Oluseye- CEO, Itravels and Tours51. Wole Ayorinde – Co- Founder,Travel Beta52. Balqees Olubunmi Olaniyi- CEO, Olabaf Travels and Tours53. Ajibola Ogunkeye – CEO, Ufitfly54. Obumneke Obioma- CEO, Geo2urist Global Exhibition55. Makanjuola Ibrahim Sholar – MD, Getitome Travels56. Chiamaka Ifediora – CEO, Merging Boarders
Media List57. Andrew Okungbowa – New Telegraph58. Justina Okpanku – JustTours59. Hope Obeten – Calabar Blog60. Niyi David – More Cream than Coffee61. Hannah Oni – Leadership Newspaper62. Taiye Baiyerohi Olayemi – Global Village Extra63. Chidozie Uzoezie- The Afritraveller64. Fisayo Olayinka-Bello- TheFisayo,65. Chinyere Nwanma Ogidi- Wakabout66. Friday Nwosu – Reporter, ATQ News67. Chigozie Chukwuemeka – Project Manager, Jedidah Promotions Ltd,68. Sunday Onen – Image Developer/ Web Admin , ATQ News69. Glory Okon – Splendour Tv
70. Ayo Shadare – CEO, Inspiro Productions Ltd71. Abom Ephraim Okon – Organiser, Annang Festivals of Arts & Culture72. Chinedu Okeke / Oriteme Banigo – Founders, Gidifest73. Ozo Chinedu Idezuna Ezemuo- Organiser, Eko Oni Baje Festival74. Dr. Iyam Ugot – Carnival Calabar, Band Leader75. Hon. Apata Samson Nunayon – CEO, Badagry Citi Tour76. Hon. Adiele Ekene – Organiser, Ukwa Carnival, Abia Hospitality77. Chef Gbechoevi Benoit78. Chef Eric Mekwuye79. Chef Fatima Haruna80. Chef Sleek Esther81. Chef Folashade Soyombo82. Eyitayo Ayoola – CEO, Esporta83. Chukwudi Oforha- Ibari Oqwa Owerri84. Monday Uko – CEO, Monty Suites85. Micheal Monday Idakwo- Hotel Consultant, Abuja86. Gabriel S Watat87. Jovita Inyang- Founder, Jevinik88. Sunmonu Dauud Gbenga – Complete Culinary and Hospitality Academy Government/ Allied89. Commissioner for Tourism Akwa Ibom – Orman Esin90. Permanent Secretary Lagos State- Mr Olaide Mesewaku Babatunde91. Alhaji Ibrahim Goni- Conservator General, National Park Service92. Oba Adeyemi Obalanlege– Olota of Ota93. Acting DG Nihotour – Alhaji Kabir M. Momoh94. Commissioner for Tourism Lagos State- Mrs Shuli Adebolu95. Commissioner for Tourism Ondo – Mr Ismaila Olurisimi Ayodeji96. Commissioner for Tourism Ekiti – Hon. Muyiwa Olumilua97. Commissioner for Tourism Ogun- Hon. Muyiwa Oladipo98. Commissioner for Tourism Sokoto – Mohammed S. Arewa99. Commissioner for Tourism Edo State – Mr Osazee Osemwengie- Ero100.
Director of Domestic Tourism Federal Ministry of Information and culture – Mrs Halima Sanni Some notable names that were inducted last year include Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed; DG National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC), Otunba Olusegun Runsewe and DG, Nigeria Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC), Folorunsho Folarin Coker, the Commissioners for Tourism in Lagos and Plateau States, Steve Ayorinde and Mrs. Tamwakat Weli respectively. Other events lined for Abuja Jabamah 2019 includes: Familiarisation Trip, Sampling of Northern Cuisine With Chef Fatima, and a B2B Session. Abuja Jabamah is a Travel event put together by the organizers of Akwaaba African Travel Market in its efforts to drive domestic tourism.
It seeks to play host to a huge travelling population, hotels, tour operators and travel agents to recognised and Induct the 2019 batch of Nigeria’s Tourism 100 club.
The 2019 inductees with a key focus on emerging leaders within the youth population consists of exceptional tourism promoters, CEO’s, Government officials, Media and Exceptional employees of Companies positioning Nigerian Tourism to the world.
There will be B2B speed networking sessions while specifically showcasing the tourism attractions of northern Nigeria and delegates will have the opportunity to have a taste of Northern delicacies which will be catered by Abuja’s Chef Fatima.