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    Most respected Awori king, Olota of Otta Awori Kingdom, commends Grand Oak ahead Ita Oba Day fiesta

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    His Majesty, Professor Adeyemi Obalanlege, Ph.D., MCIPR, MPRII, FHEA (Lanlege Ekun II, Arole Iganmode), the Olofin Apesin Olode, Olota of the Paramount & Ancient Ottaland, Awori Kingdom, has lauded Grand Oak Limited, the renowned makers of Seaman’s Aromatic Schnapps, for their steadfast support of the upcoming Ita Oba Day Fiesta. The festival is scheduled to take place on the second day of Ileya in the historic city of Otta.

    In a statement released by Ààfin Ọba Aláṣẹ Ìlú Otta Àwórì and made available to Freelanews, it was noted that the Grand Oak team, led by Marketing Manager Mr. Gbemileke Lawal, visited the city on Friday, June 7, 2024.

    The visit reiterated the importance of Seaman’s sponsorship and the company’s dedication to preserving cultural traditions.

    Mr. Lawal expressed deep gratitude to His Majesty for his exceptional support and leadership, especially during the company’s recent challenges with the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC). He assured His Majesty of Grand Oak’s ongoing commitment to supporting and promoting the Awori identity and traditions.

    His Majesty praised Grand Oak for their unwavering support and alignment with ancient royal customs. He urged the brand to continue its efforts in preserving culture and traditions globally, in line with their shared vision.

    “The steadfast support of Grand Oak and Seaman’s Aromatic Schnapps has been instrumental in ensuring that our cultural heritage is celebrated and preserved,” said His Majesty. “Their commitment to our traditions is commendable, and I urge them to continue their excellent work.”

    The Ita Oba Day celebration is an annual event dedicated to honoring the Olota of the Paramount and Ancient Ottaland, Awori Kingdom. Over the years, this vibrant fiesta has evolved into a significant celebration that combines tradition with modern glamour, providing an occasion where fun, excitement, and elegance intertwine with the rich and ancient traditions of the Otta Awori people.

    The upcoming event promises to be a grand affair, celebrating the heritage and culture of the Awori Kingdom while also paying tribute to the beloved monarch. It serves as a reminder of the importance of cultural preservation and the role of corporate support in achieving this goal.

    As preparations for the Ita Oba Day Fiesta continue, the community looks forward to a successful and memorable event, bolstered by the continued support of esteemed partners like Grand Oak Limited.

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    Escaped Hyena in Jos, Nigeria Successfully Captured by Local Tourism Board After Drone and Ranger Search

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    Escaped Hyena in Jos, Nigeria Successfully Captured by Local Tourism Board After Drone and Ranger Search

    A hyena that was loose in the central Nigerian city of Jos has been successfully captured, the local tourism board has reported.

    According to Akonitv, drones and rangers searched for the animal after it escaped from the Jos Wildlife Park, causing panic among residents in the area. The hyena had “finally been found, tranquilised, captured and returned to its enclosure”, the tourism board said in a statement.

    It is unclear how the hyena escaped but, according to the tourist board, it had been inside a cage. Many people in Jos were scared, despite assurances from wildlife experts that the chances of the hyena attacking were slim.

    “Hyenas are very fearful of humans – the animal is more likely to run away than attack,” said Abba Gandu, who is based at Kano Zoo in the north of the country, and has worked with lions and hyenas for 50 years.

    “It normally excretes when scared and I foresee that happening when people finally get to it.”
    Wildlife escapes are not new in Nigeria. In 2015, a four-year-old lion was shot dead after it had escaped from the same park.

    At the time, police said the lion was hostile during attempts to return it to its enclosure and was put down before it could harm anyone.

    In nearby Kano state in 2019, a lion also escaped while rangers were trying to return it to a cage after attending a national agricultural show. It was later found after hours of searching.

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    Hyena Escapes From Jos Wildlife Park

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    Hyena Escapes From Jos Wildlife Park

    The management of Plateau State Tourism Corporation has confirmed the escape of a Hyena from the Jos Wildlife Park.

    A statement signed by the General Manager of the Corporation, Mr Chuwang Pwajok reads that” We would like to inform the general public that the Hyena which recently escaped from its cage at the Jos Wildlife Park is currently being tracked by our dedicated team of game guards and Park Rangers with the assistance of drone technology.”

    He assured the public that the corporation are taking all necessary measures to locate the escaped animal and ensure its safe return to its enclosure soonest.”

    “We kindly request the public to remain calm and avoid any approach to the Hyena if sighted,” the statement further reads.

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    FTAN to deliberate on way forward for tourism industry at 27th AGM

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    FTAN to deliberate on way forward for tourism industry at 27th AGM

    The Federation of Tourism Associations of Nigeria (FTAN), has announced plans for its 27th Annual General Meeting scheduled for July 30, 2024, in Abuja.

    While briefing the Travel Press during a zoom meeting, Aliyu Badaki, chairman of the planning committee, disclosed that the AGM is non-elective and holds on the theme, ‘The role of the private sector in the development of tourism in Nigeria’.

    He explained that the theme is timely and in line with the happenings in the sector, the economy and the country at large.

    The chairman also revealed that the meeting would feature a panel session with Philda Nani Kereng, High Commissioner of Botswana to Nigeria, as the lead speaker. He expressed confidence that her wealth of experience in tourism would contribute immensely to the renewed hope agenda of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu in the area of tourism.

    In the face of the economic reality, Badaki said that the AGM would provide another good platform for the government and the private sector to deliberate on challenges and how to drive tourism in Nigeria.

    Dignitaries expected as the event include: Lola Ade-John, Minister of Tourism; Hannatu Musa Musawa, Minister of Culture; John Owan Enoh, Minister of Sports; Folorunsho Coker, director general of NTDA; Nura Kangiwa, director general of NIHOTOUR; Ifeanyi Okeke, director general, SON; ECOWAS Commissioner of Tourism; Board of Trustees, FTAN, and other key stakeholders.

    According to him, with the calibre of panelists and high-powered dignitaries expected to grace the occasion, result-oriented deliberations and impactful networking are underway, as the AGM is the first time after a long while the industry is going to witness such key players coming together to chart a new course for the sector.

    Meanwhile, the AGM will serve as a flagship event for NTIFE, FTAN’s event, which comes up in November 2024.

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