by Gift/February 24 11:15 PMLast updated on It is not unusual to find Nigerians migrating in their numbers to other countries to search for jobs. The unemployment level in Nigeria is one of such reasons and many other Nigerians just feel their lives would be better if they had a job in another country. The issue is that the most popular jobs Nigerians do abroad sometimes are jobs they would never settle for in Nigeria. There are also some professional job positions where you would find Nigerians excelling. It is believed though that Nigerians who study in the country they want to work in find it easier to get a professional job when they graduate. The focus of this article, however, is on the overall most popular jobs Nigerians do abroad when they migrate to other countries. 1. Registered nurse This is the most common occupation that you would find Nigerians in other countries engaged in. It is the dream job of both men and women alike. Nurses in other countries especially first-world countries make a lot of money from the occupation as they are greatly valued. Apart from being a Nurse, Nigerians also act as paramedics and other medical personnel. If you are curious about how international Nurses cope abroad, you can read this Nigerian Nurses? experience. 2. Babysitters A lot of parents, especially in developed countries, have to work, sometimes they keep two or more jobs and need people to take care of their children. Nigerians in these countries tend to get the post of being the nanny or babysitters as a way to make ends meet. These people could be paid as much as $18 per hour and they could even charge the same amount per child. A babysitter, however, has to be very attentive especially when taking care of little babies. If the child is harmed while the parents are away, the babysitter would be held responsible. 3. Waiters Another one of the most popular jobs Nigerians do abroad is working as a waiter in a bar, hotel or eatery. Some of the Nigerians who work as waiters study in the country too. Others work several jobs, one job during the day and as a waiter at night. They ensure that customers are well-served and comfortable. 4. College instructor This could either be an elementary school teacher, a high school teacher or a college professor depending on your level of qualification. Teaching is a great way for Nigerians to make money abroad without being exploited. Teachers are usually valued in most foreign countries and they tend to earn a lot more than they would in Nigeria. Some Nigerians get to take up this kind of job while trying to get their Ph.D. In the process, they could meet with other professors or teachers who could introduce them to better opportunities. 5. Laborers In Nigeria, it is difficult to find people willing to engage in factory work or laboring jobs yet it is one of the most popular jobs Nigerians do abroad. These Nigerians are the ones who carry the brunt of the manufacturing work, construction work, and other hard and menial jobs. They are found in factories, construction sites, mines, and the likes. Most of the people involved in these laboring jobs turn out to be university graduates. Thinking of working in Dubai? Here?s what you need to know 6. Home care personnel These people either offer individual services where they come to the person?s house on the agreed days, clean, wash and most likely cook too or they could be part of a cleaning service company. This job description could also be in the form of taking care of elderly or handicapped people. You might be required to stay permanently at the house to cater to needs or you might also come on agreed days. This is a great way to earn a living and most people who take up these kinds of jobs earn around $30,000 monthly. 7. Tour guides The list of the most popular jobs Nigerians do abroad would
not be complete without the tour guides. These people work in museums, parks,
zoos or any kind of organization that would require ensuring that people are
familiar with a place. They answer questions the tourists might have, provide
useful information and ensure that tourists are having a great time. This is a
good opportunity as the Nigerian gets to learn a lot and meet new people. Those
who take up this job are people who enjoy travelling, talking and exploring as
they could be required to take people on international tours or lead people up
a mountain. They also get to receive tips from tourists, alongside other
benefits. France is one of the most beautiful countries in the world and as such require lots of tour guides, what better place to start from? Check out what you need to get a French Work Visa. 8. Security Personnel After engaging in various forms of training, Nigerians who travel abroad can then be qualified to either join the Police force or act as local security. They would ensure that the area is safe and secure. They would also be required to attend to distress calls, go on patrols and be attentive. This might be difficult for a Nigerian who is not disciplined or hardworking. 9. Beauticians This consists of both the makeup artists, stylists, and fashion designers. This is one of the most popular jobs Nigerians do abroad. Most of those who are in developed countries do not even need to own a saloon as home service is prevalent. These countries also produce lots of beauty products and only those who are versatile would do well. If you are skilled in other services such as manicure, pedicure, facials, skin cleansing and exfoliation, moisturizing, removing unwanted hair, massaging and other related activities, you would be able to earn more. A beautician who knows their onions can earn up to $56,000 especially in developed countries like Mexico, UK, USA, etc. 10. ICT personnel The search for ICT personnel is on the rise these days. Nigerians who are skilled in this art can easily get a job abroad. An Information Communication Technology personnel is someone who is specialized in either software development, mobile apps developing, computer systems administrator, data analyst, web developer, computer programmer or any other computer-related profession. If you are able to get a job in the United States, you would be able to earn as much as $125,000. This is one of the most paid jobs worldwide so no matter where you find yourself, you would still earn well. Females who are into any of these roles are more in demand and tend to get certain privileges. All the most popular jobs Nigerians do abroad we have
examined so far are legal jobs and as long as you have your work permit, you would
be able to work and earn without stress. However, there are also those who
either engage in illegal jobs such as frauds or who work without a permit and
they tend to end up being deported or jailed. But, if you know your priorities,
you would do things the right way. As long as you are skilled, hardworking, smart and humble, getting a job abroad would not be an issue for you as a Nigerian. The first job you get on your arrival does not have to be the only job you do there. You would definitely continue to progress in the career path so do not be dismayed! Remember to make the most of your opportunity to work abroad. You can explore several job options or even choose to take up a course of study!
by Gift/February 17 08:57 PMLast updated on The United Kingdom is one of the most expensive countries for international students to study in. It is very common to find Nigerian students working one or two jobs in order to fund their studies and meet their daily needs. Studying alone is stressful not to talk of combining work and schooling but students have to survive. There are also those who do not need the money but have to work to gain experience. We find employers in our today Nigeria requesting individuals to have at least five years? experience before they can be employed. This has therefore pushed a lot of students prematurely into the job world. Requirements Before you can even travel to the United Kingdom as a Nigerian student, you need a visa known as the Tier 4 visa (General student visa). Holders of this visa can work as long as they are enrolled in a full-time degree-awarding course at a United Kingdom University. It could be an Undergraduate or post-graduate course. Students, however, cannot work outside the criteria provided by their school and the government of the country. The most important criteria is that the student must be at least 16 years of age. Do not know all you need to get a UK visa? Read this. The criteria and limitations for taking up a job in the United Kingdom would be printed on your visa sticker. If you interrupt your studies to take up a job full-time, you would have to switch to a work visa (Tier 2). If after a while you want to return to your studies, you would need to re-apply for the tier 4 visa. Apart from the visa/ student permit, everyone who works in
the United Kingdom has a National Insurance Number. As a Nigerian who wants to
work, you are to get one. The National Insurance number can be obtained after
you have been employed, all you need to do is apply for it and then attend an
interview at the local jobcentre. Restrictions While most international students are allowed to work during their studies, there are some who are restricted from working. These are: Part-time postgraduate students or students of any degree higher than that.Non-high school students such as technical colleges or Further Education College.Students who hold a Tier 4 visa but younger than 16 years of age. Work duration Nigerian students are allowed to work for a maximum of 10 to 20 hours per week during an academic session, the week being a period of 7 days. During the holidays, the student can work for as long as they want to, provided that they would resume their full-time studies after the holidays. Students can work for one or more employers during this period. The employment might also be paid or unpaid. Job opportunities for Nigerian students Being eligible to work in the United Kingdom as an international student does not mean that you would be allowed to take up any kind of job. There are limited positions in which international students can function. Some of them are: Waiter/waitress. This is the most common position taken up by international students. Receptionist. Sales assistant/ representative. Photographer. Personal tutor. Cashier. Blogger. Bartender. Newspaper distributor. Tour guide. Research assistant. IT assistant. Fitness trainer. Babysitter.Pet Caretaker.House cleaner.Brand Ambassador.Bookseller.Ice Cream ScooperStudent support officer.Librarian.Personal assistant.Gardener.Pizza Delivery personnel.Customer Assistant. Freelance translator/ writer.Personal tutor.Enrolment advisor.Software developer intern.Smoothie maker. Residence Guider. Etc. The good news is that Nigerian students can choose to function in all these positions and lots more either on-campus or off-campus. There are several other positions that could be open on campus depending on your University. So, it is best to join groups and make friends so that you can be regularly updated on openings. It is also worthy of note that students can offer to be volunteers or be engaged in charity and social work. Work placement or internships are also allowed as long as it is an integral part of your program of study and does not affect over half of your degree. You can work full-time during the work placement or internship duration. Job restrictions While there are lots of positions international students are allowed to work in, there are also positions which they are not allowed by their visa to take up. Some of such positions are: Being self-employed.Having a full-time or permanent job.Starting a business.Being a professional sportsperson or coach.Working as an entertainer such as a musician, comedian, dancer. Etc.Working as an Uber driver or other gig-economy work. Would you like to work in Canada? Check out the jobs in Canada that are easy to get for Nigerian immigrants. Job tips for Nigerian Students As an undergraduate student in the United Kingdom, you would
not be employed based on your qualification or degree as you do not have one
yet, however, you must be able to convince the employer that you are the right
person for the position. Although there are job-specific requirements, the general requirements are: Have a good cv.Write a captivating cover letter on why you want to work for that employer.Be neatly dressed.Be polite.Know a thing or two about the position you are applying for and the employer.If you are to attend an interview, be there early. All these would give your employer a good impression about
you and in the long run, help you build a stronger cv for when you graduate and
need a full-time, well-paying job. Working after Graduation Nigerians and other international students who work during
their studies find it easier to get a permanent job in the United Kingdom when
they graduate. This is especially if the student maintained good character and
morals while they worked. The length of time they worked at their position also
counts as proof that the student is employable. It is advisable to start applying for a graduate job even
before your student visa expires. This would avoid the employer having to
disqualify you on the basis of overstaying your visa. Some employers also prefer
that you apply early due to the long procedure involved in recruitments. If you are not getting a job easily, as a graduate, you can apply for graduate internships (graduate trainee) in companies. This would help you get into the employment system and grow from there. International students can also switch from their Tier 4 student visa to a Tier 2 visa without having to leave the United Kingdom, provided they meet certain requirements. With a Tier 4 visa, it would be easier to obtain graduate-level employment in the United Kingdom. Nigerian students should remember that although working goes a long way in helping them become familiar with a working environment and gain experience, it should not be sacrificed for their studies. A good grade, engagement in extra-curricular activities arranged by the school and other activities organized by their peers are equally highly important. Ensure that you get all that your United Kingdom University has to offer! You might also be interested in top prestigious universities that Nigerians can attend in the Uk.
by Mosimileoluwa Alabi/February 12 06:21 PMLast updated on Valentine?s Day is around the corner and love is in
the air. The cupid that did not strike in January and the previous months has
swung into action sending everyone into a world of fizzy; therefore people have
started finding their soul mates. On Valentine?s Day, people celebrate love making the single ones feel left out. If you are single and feel like this year?s valentine is going to be another depressing period for you, read this article for a way out. As the usual practice in preparation for Valentine in Nigeria, everyone wants to do something special for 'the one'; an affectionate and compassionate feeling of togetherness is what defines the day. This is why we have compiled a list of top hotels in Calabar that would make this Valentine's day special and alluring for your loved one. Transcorp Hotels, Calabar A Room in Transcorp Hotel, Calabar Transcorp is a fully equipped 4-Star Hotel located at 10, Murtala Mohammed Highway, Calabar. ?It is the biggest and most prestigious hotel in Calabar. The hotel is a 15-minute drive from the Margaret Ekpo International Airport. The hotel has about 146 luxurious rooms with each room being fully air-conditioned. The rooms also have separate living rooms with beautifully constructed bars. Transcorp Hotel also possesses a swimming pool, a fitness center, and a tennis court. The average price per night for each room is ?26,000 Calabar Harbour Resort and Spa Calabar Harbour Resort and Spa Located at 32, Asari Eso Layout, 540222, Calabar, Calabar Harbour Resort and Spa is one of the top hotel choices in Calabar. Established in 2014, the hotel is committed to exceeding the expectations of guests. Although there are only 13 rooms and 3 suites, they have all been designed to provide the utmost comfort and relaxation to guests. Each room and suite has luxurious furniture, Wi-Fi, TV and an anti-stress bed. Looking through the windows of the rooms, you could enjoy the breathtaking view of the landscape. You could also cool off with your partner at the
swimming pool and enjoy the tranquility serenading the hotel. There are different packages for the rooms. The Platinum Suite costs ?80,000
per night, the Diamond Suite costs ?50,000
per night, the Studio Premium costs ?40,000
per night the Gold Room costs 35,000
per night, the Diamond Room costs ?30,000
per night and the Silver Room costs ?25,000
per night. Each room has queen size beds enough to occupy 2 adults. You could
book your rooms online by visiting the hotel?s official website. Xcape
Hotels and Suites Limited Xcape Hotels and Suites Limited is located at 4, Ika
Ika Oua Street, 3rd Avenue S.H.E, Calabar which is about 5.4km from
the Calabar Museum. Guests are usually served English breakfast daily from 8 am to 10 am. All rooms are fitted with air conditioners, flat-panel TV and private bathrooms having deep soaking bathtubs. There are 3 room types; the Deluxe Room costs ?13,908 per night, the Royal Room costs ?18,540 and the Suite
per night. There is however no pool and free WiFi. Tinapa
Lakeside Hotel Tinapa Lakeside Hotel is a premium hotel with class
and luxury that is in close proximity with the Tinapa Free Trade Zone. Formerly
known as Amber Tinapa, the hotel is located at 8 Miles Adiabo, Calabar Municipal, Ikot Omin, Calabar. There are
about 242 rooms- 105 Standard Double Rooms, 75 Standard Twin Rooms, 27
Executive Rooms, 32 Suites and 3 Paraplegic Rooms that are cozy and extremely
comfortable. All rooms are fully air-conditioned and have TVs. Within the vicinity of the hotel, there are water slides, picnic areas, a parking space, a food court, and a wave pool. Guests are assured of a 24/7 independent power supply. Tinapa Lakeside Hotel offers breathtaking viewing opportunities to guests as it is surrounded by beautiful architectural designs. Hotel
45 Hotel 45 is located on 45th Street, Off Effanga Mkpa Street, State Housing Estate, Calabar. The hotel has different activities for different moods. You could enjoy the evening at the hotel?s rooftop cocktail bar or relax by the pool while listening to music and sipping a cocktail. Hotel 45 also has amazing weekend promos starting from the Thank God Its Friday (TGIF) Karaoke Happy Hour from 6-9 pm every Friday where you enjoy 30% off all of the hotel?s signature drinks. Saturdays are tagged Ladies Saturdays from noon till midnight where Ladies get 1 free signature drink with any meal. There are 4 room types: Executive, Deluxe, Business
Suite and Penthouse. All rooms are fully air-conditioned and have Wi-Fi. Visit hotels.ng to view the cost of spending a night at these hotels Channel View Hotels A room in Channels View Hotel Channel View Hotels is a luxury hotel located at 27, MCC Road, Asari Eso, Calabar. It provides ultra-modern yet homely accommodation, therefore, making it the perfect destination for a perfect and comfortable stay. There are eight room types: Ministerial Suites, Executive Double, Executive Single, Royal Deluxe, Studio Room, Business Suites, Diplomatic Suite and a Presidential Suite. All can occupy 2 adults except the Executive Single. Each room in the hotel has an en suite bathroom, a flat-screen TV and a comfortable bed. Channel View Hotels possesses a karaoke bar, night club, swimming pool, Wi-Fi service and ATM on site. It is a 15-minute drive from Margaret Ekpo International Airport, a 20-minute drive from Tinapa and 8 minutes drive to The Business Areas of Calabar Road. Marian
Hotels Limited Marian Hotels Limited was established in 1980 and is one of the pioneers in the hospitality business in the south-south region of Nigeria. The hotel is located at 125 Old Ikang Road, Marian Road Extension, Calabar making it about a 10-minute drive from the Magaret Ekpo International Airport and about 20 minutes drive to the Calabar Free Trade Zone. There are about 90 rooms in the hotel with 3 room types: The Standard Room, The Executive Double, and The Suite. Guests can be assured of 24/7 power supply and security. Visit hotels.ng to view cheap hotels in Calabar Click here to view a list of hotels in Calabar.
by Rebecca/January 28 10:22 AMLast updated on Lovers in the house!!!! Valentine's day is almost upon us, and like most of us that dettied our December and ended up in tears for January, we want to ensure that the same does not happen after this coming Valentine's day. You have no excuse now not to make that trip to surprise your special someone. This article is for everyone who wants to ensure that after Valentine's day, they still check their account balance and smile. Depending on your location in Lagos, decide on the one that suits you best. Unilag Guest House If you live around The University Of Lagos Akoka, or you are a student of the institution, then this is for you. Unilag Guest House is an affordable hotel located within the four walls of the University Of Lagos, Akoka, Yaba, Lagos. The guest house grants exciting front view access to the beautiful Lagos lagoon. Unilag Guest House rooms are categorized into Studio, Classic, Superior, Deluxe, Royal and Ambassadorial rooms. All these rooms vary in features and costs. Each room is individually air-conditioned, has a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, a refrigerator, a king-size bed, a study desk, a soft sofa, an intercom, a wardrobe, and an en-suite bathroom. All rooms are designed with private terraces. The facilities in Unilag Guest House include An outdoor swimming pool, a bar that provides guests with a variety of chilled drinks. The restaurant serves different kinds of local Nigerian dishes. The guest house also boasts a cocktail garden and a gallery. It has an event hall that can be booked for both corporate and social gatherings. The guest house has boardrooms that are fully equipped to provide the right atmosphere for business meetings. Unilag guest house offers other services like 24-hour front desk, laundry/dry cleaning services, business center, ironing, free onsite parking, ATM on-site, storage room, and concierge services. Their price range is from various packages, Superior ?9,600, Deluxe ?12,000, Royal ?14,400, Fantasy Double ?16,200, Golden Luxury ?18,000, Ambassadorial suite ?20,000. Libra Hotels Ltd. Libra Hotels Limited is a 2-Star hotel located at No 1 Ramonu Oyedele street, by Total filling station, Oregun, Ikeja, Lagos. It is located in an accessible part of town and enjoys proximity to the Murtala Mohammed International Airport. The rooms at Libra Hotels fall into the categories of Standard and the Standard Double. These rooms feature facilities such as fans and air conditioners, mini-refrigerators, in-room safes, private bathrooms with bathtubs and shower facilities, plus television sets with access to a variety of local and international channels. Guests at Libra Hotels Limited also enjoy hotel services like a restaurant and in-house dining, car parking space, room service, regular power supply, reliable security arrangements, housekeeping, and round-the-clock front desk availability. Standard Room there goes for ?5,000, while the Standard Double goes for ?7,000. If you are around Oregun, you can make this your hangout location. Beni Hotels Beni Hotels is an exquisite hotel located at 11/13 Wiwo Onatere Street, off Broad Street, Marina, Lagos. Tourists particularly enjoy the nearness of Beni Hotels to the National Museum. Beni Hotel has 100 guest rooms categorized into Mini Standard, Standard, Deluxe, and Executive. Each room is spacious and tastefully designed with handcrafted wood furniture. All rooms are fitted with air-conditioners, cable TV, wardrobe, refrigerator, a desk with a chair, and a modern bathroom. An elevator is installed in the hotel for guests? convenience. Free WiFi is available all through the premises. Guests can enjoy the outdoor swimming pool and make use of the fully-equipped fitness center. A variety of international and local delicacies are available at the onsite restaurant. An array of drinks can also be ordered at the hotel bar. Services also rendered are Laundry service, housekeeping, 24 hours front desk service, room service, airport shuttle, storage room, and free internet services. Free private parking is available on reservation. Mini Standard there can be gotten for ?7,500, Executive for ?17,000, and their Deluxe room for ?12,000 Blueseasons Hotel Blueseasons Hotel is a top hotel notable for excellent hospitality services within the heart of Lagos. It is elegantly designed to house rooms over a storeyed tower-like structure bedecked with pieces of unique exterior decor to create a contemporary outlook. This hotel is nestled in the quiet and upscale neighborhood of Surulere at 2, Thomas Animashaun Street, Off Onikoyi Street, Aguda, Surulere, Lagos. It provides accommodation and recreation to a wide range of guests. Bluseasons Hotel is about 24 minutes away from Murtala Muhammed International Airport. Blueseasons Hotel parades spacious and air-conditioned rooms in four categories - Deluxe, Super Deluxe, and Business Delux and Executive Blue. There are double and single variants of the room categories with balconies. In-room amenities include comfortable beddings, en-suite bathrooms, refrigerators, air conditioners, sofas and flat-screen TV sets with cable connection. Free Wifi connection is available in all the rooms. Available at Blueseasons Hotel, is an exquisite restaurant that offers both African and Continental dishes, a VIP lounge for relaxation and meetings and an outdoor bar filled with several alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. Security is guaranteed with CCTV cameras, an electric fence, and trained security personnel while the power supply is constant. Blueseasons Hotel renders airport pickup and drop-off services, outdoor catering, laundry services, dry cleaning, business center, ironing and concierge services on request. You can get various packages like Deluxe ?8,500, Super Deluxe ?10,500, and Executive Blue ?15,000. If your location is really close, you can give it a try. LEKKI HOTEL AND SUITES Located at Elesekan, off John Soares Avenue, Ibeju Lekki, Lekki-Epe Expressway. Lekki Hotel and Suites is located at the heart of Lekki Free Trade Zone. If you are looking for a middle budget hotel in Lekki or hotels in Victoria Island, Lagos State here in Nigeria, then Lekki Hotel and Suites are the places to be. If you live in Victoria Island or Lagos Island and you are visiting Lekki, you can come by and enjoy the Luxurious rooms and exquisite facilities. Lekki Hotel and Suites ranks among the best hotels in Victoria Island, Lekki and its Environment. They have Studio Room for ?7,500, Standard Room ?12,500, Mini-Suite ?15,000, and Executive Suite ?22,500 Abidap Hotels Abi Dap hotel is located at 5/7 DH Street, Alimosho, Ipaja, Lagos, Nigeria. It is equipped with state-of-the-art modern amenities to satisfy the needs of guests and help them feel at home and relaxed. Abi Dap Hotel has various categories of rooms. These categories include Executive, Super Executive 1, Super Executive 2, Royal Room, Royal Suite 1 and Royal Suite 2. These rooms have a beautiful interior d?cor and are equipped with tile flooring, air-conditioning, fitted polished work table and armchairs, a cable flat-screen TV, a mini-fridge, and an en-suite bathroom with bathtub or shower. Some rooms include a sitting area for your convenience. A number of facilities have been put in place by Abidap Hotels to meet the needs of its guests. Some such facilities include free Wi-Fi, a swimming pool, a restaurant and bar, a gym/fitness center, a tennis court, pool table, free newspapers, an on-site ATM and a free on-site parking space. Guests can select from a variety of local and continental meals at the restaurant and order from a list of both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks at the bar after a relaxing session of swimming. Abi Dap Hotel offers additional services to its guests upon requests. These services include laundry/dry cleaning services, room service, ironing services, meeting/banquet facilities, nightclub/DJ services, car rental, and concierge services, BBQ facilities, luggage storage, and 24-hour front desk services. The hotel has round-the-clock security. Imperial Garden Hotel Imperial Garden Hotel offers rooms with modern interior decor. The rooms are equipped with tile flooring, an air conditioner, work desk, telephone, king-sized bed, flat-screen TV with satellite channels, a fridge, Sofa, and an en-suite bathroom. Categories of rooms available are Standard, Upper Deluxe and Executive Deluxe. Located at 44 Unity Road Off Mobolaji Bank Anthony Way, Ikeja, Lagos, Nigeria. This hotel offers a bar and restaurant. Free private parking is available. A variety of delicious local meals is offered at the restaurant. A wide variety of non-alcoholic and alcoholic drinks can be ordered at the bar on-site. This hotel also offers services such as 24-hour front desk, Concierge service, Luggage storage, Cleaning services, and round-the-clock security. The hotel offers Standard ?8,500, Upper Deluxe ?12,500, Executive Deluxe ?15,000 Ikeja Central Hotel Ikeja Central Hotel is strategically located at 6/8 Obe Street, By Ajao Road, Off Adeniyi Jones Avenue, Lagos, Nigeria, a stone throw from major tourist spots in the mainland like Ikeja City Mall, Shoprite, Femi Kuti African Shrine. It is furnished with the best qualities to provide superior comfort and hospitality. Its elegance, glamour and exquisite service are flawlessly combined to produce a truly unique experience. Ikeja Central Hotel offers elegant rooms comprising of single rooms, standard rooms, double rooms, and Suites. Room facilities include air-conditioners, en-suite bathrooms, sofa, LCD TV with cable channels, tea and coffee making facilities, work desk, mini-bar, refrigerator, digital safe, windows and balconies overlooking the city and high-speed Internet access. It offers facilities such as state-of-the-art conferencing and convention facilities; it is able to cater to select board meetings and executive get-together as well as extravagant product luncheon. With its premium seating facility for up to 50 delegates, it is a major attraction to local corporates as well as their national and international counterparts. The in-house restaurant offers the best in local and international cuisine, whilst the lounge serves the freshest cocktails and liquors complimented in a chic and relaxed ambiance. For events and occasions, Ikeja Central Hotel uniquely creates an alluring and enviable serene facility which in turn brings your idea to completion. Ikeja central hotel has a restaurant that serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner with choices of mouth-watering menus like Chinese cuisines, Nigerian menu and continental menu. Additional services include Free parking space, security, laundry facilities, and courteous staff. Airport shuttle and car hire are charged at an extra fee. They have Standard Room ?9,000, Double Room ?14,000, and Suite ?19,000. If you find your way to Ikeja for the vals season, then you check this out. Ocean Pavilion Hotel Ocean Pavilion Hotel offers affordable accommodation in a scenic environment at 16 Ologolo Drive, Off Lekki Beach Entrance, Jakande, Ologolo Town, Lekki, Lagos. This hotel is appropriate for business and leisure travelers. All rooms are air-conditioned and fitted with a king-sized bed, flat-screen TV with satellite reception, wardrobe, refrigerator, and en-suite bathroom. The room available in the hotel can be categorized into Standard, Executive and Presidential Room. Room service is available on request. The bar and restaurant provide guests with a variety of food and drinks. Guests can enjoy afternoons at the pool area, either swimming or relaxing by the poolside. A modern gym at the hotel caters to fitness enthusiasts who can partake in various fitness exercises here. The hotel is equipped with an event hall and a business center. Laundry, concierge, luggage storage and car hire services are offered. Parking is free and security is guaranteed. You can get Executive Room ?10,000, Presidential Room ?15,000 Presken Hotel Maryland Presken Hotel Maryland (formerly Solace Hotel) is a luxurious 4-star hotel situated at No. 1 Shonny Way, Shonibare Estate, Off Mobolaji Bank Anthony Way, Ikeja, Lagos. The hotel lies 12km from Lagos Airport and is 2minutes away from Sheraton Hotel Ikeja. Presken Hotel Maryland (formerly Solace Hotel) offers 65 comfortable and well-furnished, fully air-conditioned guestrooms. Room facilities include climate control, direct-dial phone, emergency light bulbs, in-room safe, comfortable queen-sized beds, towels, and bedding items. Bathroom amenities include complimentary toiletries, hairdryer, makeup/shaving mirror, and shower/tub combination. Room categories include Standard Room, Deluxe Room, Executive Deluxe, Business Suite. All guest rooms also come with Cable networks, Plasma television and free wireless internet connection for your entertainment. Dining facilities at Presken Hotel Maryland (formerly Solace Hotel) include a restaurant and a cafeteria. A currency exchange facility is also available. Public areas at Presken Hotel Maryland (formerly Solace Hotel) are comfortably air-conditioned. Other hotel amenities include the Executive Lounge with free drink and refreshment. For your leisure, there is an outdoor swimming pool. Guests can also enjoy complimentary services such as pedicure, manicure, massage, concierge desk, dry cleaning/laundry services 24hours power supply and car rental services. For our business guests, Presken Hotel Maryland (formerly Solace Hotel) features a well-equipped business center complete with audio-visual equipment and conference/meeting room(s). As your security has our guest is our utmost priority, Presken Hotel Maryland (formerly Solace Hotel) has a Security-Surveillance system with Mobile Policemen around the hotel premises to ensure your safety. Hotel guests will appreciate the welcoming services of our multilingual staff. From providing great room service to our selection of tasty meals prepared by our world-class chef to our laundry service and other additional services. The staff?s mission is to make sure you are well taken care of. Lagos Hilton Hotel Lagos Hilton Hotel, located at 1 Hilton Drive, Off Ogundana Street, Off Allen Avenue, Ikeja, Lagos, Nigeria. This hotel offers a bar, a restaurant, and a business center. Free Wi-Fi and private parking available on the premises. Lagos Hilton Hotel offers rooms with ultra-modern interior decor. The rooms are equipped with tile flooring, air conditioner, work desk, telephone, flat-screen TV with satellite channels, a fridge, armchairs and an en-suite bathroom with toilet paper, towels and linen provided free. Categories of rooms available are Standard and Executive rooms. This hotel offers complimentary breakfast and local food options at the on-site restaurant while a wide variety of drinks can be ordered at the on-site bar. This hotel also offers services such as a 24-hour front desk, Luggage storage, Cleaning services, Daily maid service, Ironing service, and Dry cleaning/laundry service. Standard Room goes for ?10,000, while the Executive Room can be gotten for ?12,500 Divine Fountain Hotel Divine Fountain Hotel is located at Plot 156, Prince Ade Odedina Street, Off Jide Oki Street, off Ajose Adeogun Street, Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria. Situated within the serene environment of Victoria Island, it is close to the Muri Okunola Park. Divine Fountain Hotel has well-furnished rooms that are of different categories. These categories are Deluxe, Junior Suite, Superior, and Pent House. These rooms are comfortably furnished and decorated with full air-conditioning, flat-screen TV with cable channels, a bathroom with toiletries, a work desk, a refrigerator. Some of these rooms come with a seating area for your convenience. The facilities at Divine Fountain Hotel include free Wi-Fi, an outdoor swimming pool, 24-hour electricity, free parking space, and an exotic restaurant and bar. Guests can choose from a wide variety of local and continental dishes from the restaurant and order from a list of both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks from the bar. Security personnel monitors the premises round-the-clock. Divine Fountain Hotel offers additional services that are made available on request. Such services include 24-hour front desk and daily housekeeping, meeting rooms, ironing services, laundry/dry cleaning services, and car hire. They have a Junior Class room for ?11,000, Deluxe ?13,500, Pent House ?18,000. Peerage Retreat Peerage Retreat and Resort is a 2-Star hotel located at 1, Olabode George Street, Victoria Island, Lagos. It offers the advantage of being near Lagos Bar Beach. Additionally, it has a lot of tourism and shopping options for leisure guests to explore. Peerage Retreat and Resort has a total of 22 rooms split into the following: Standard room, Deluxe room, and the Executive room. Each room is furnished with a refrigerator, en-suite bathrooms, flat-screen TV, worktable, air conditioner, and a cabinet. It also provides Wi-Fi, and some of the rooms have a sofa and a table for additional relaxation. Some facilities available at Peerage Retreat and Resort include An onsite restaurant, bar/lounge, and an outdoor pool. Peerage Retreat and Resort render additional services on requests, such as laundry and airport shuttle services. They have a Deluxe Room for ?11,000 and an Executive Room for ?13,000. If you are around or have used any of these hotels, then drop your reviews in the comment section for the sake of others.
by Mosimileoluwa Alabi/January 27 12:49 PMLast updated on If you are still single at this point, you are not alone. There are millions of Nigerians who are currently in the same phase and are not certain of getting into any relationship before Valentine?s day-February 14. In Nigeria, couples like to rub your singleness in your face on Valentine?s Day-the malls, hotels and fun places are always filled with couples showing public display of affection and everything just seems to remind you that you are single. At this time of the year, being single can be tough. There is the song that trends around this time of the year-?Valentine is coming, where is ya boyfriend? You are sitting at home LONELLYYY?. Listening to the lyrics of that song can make you laugh and angry at the same time. For those who have chosen not to be in a relationship, that does not make you a robot because sometimes you feel lonely too. Guess what? You can make your singleness rock if you use your time well. You do not necessarily need a man or woman to enjoy your life on any given day. Do not let the pressure get to you. Knowing the meaning and true purpose of Valentine?s Day would help you act accordingly. What
Exactly is Valentine?s Day? Valentine?s Day is an annual festival to celebrate friendship, romantic love and admiration. People celebrate this day by sending messages of love and affection to partners, family, and friends. It was named after Saint Valentine, a Catholic
priest who was executed on February 14 for getting soldiers married in secret
Christians ceremonies as against the rule set down by Emperor Claudius
preventing soldiers from getting married. Over the years, Valentine?s Day has
become a day for expression of love either between romantic couples, family
members or friends. How Do I Celebrate Valentine?s Day as a Single Nigerian? Since Valentine?s Day has been tagged as a day of expression of love, you necessarily do not need a romantic partner to celebrate Valentine?s Day with. You could send love messages to your friends, enjoy dinner with your family, hang out with your best friends or most importantly, show love to yourself. Yes, Self-Love is very important. You deserve to have fun irrespective of having a partner or not Things
To Do This Valentine As A Single Nigerian There are so many fun things to do by yourself this
Valentine in Nigeria. Some of them include: Organize a Slumber Party Girls always want to have fun. This Valentine, gather your single friends and enjoy a night of pizza, ice-cream, popcorn, and movies. Do not look at the slumber party as an opportunity to wallow in self-pity, instead use it as an opportunity to relax and spend time with your favorite homegirls. You could talk about your plans for business and how you can help each other. You can toss your New Year diet plan in the bin for a day and consume as many carbs as you want on this day. Night Out With Your Other Single Guys You and your single guys can be there for each other
on this ?inevitable love night?. This should not be the night to console each
other but should be more of a night of celebration. Talk about your
achievements and the marks you have set for yourselves and remind each other of
how much you love yourselves. Give Yourself a Treat Most single people see taking themselves out on a date as an awkward act. Yeah, it might seem a bit strange but it is probably the best way to find happiness alone. There are quite a number of serene places (that would not be crowded by couples) that you can take yourself to on a date. You can treat yourself to an affordable buffet. You could also take yourself to your favorite smoothie or ice-cream shop. Visit hotels.ng to view hotels in Lagos that offer an affordable buffet. You could also get new things for yourself if you
are bothered that seeing lovebirds at restaurants will trigger you. Stores
usually give discounts on products in the spirit of Valentine. Why not tap into
the spirit of Valentine and enjoy the discounts they would be offering. Make sure it is something you would most likely wear every day so that you can cherish it more. Wristwatches, shoes, jewelry and the likes would do the trick. You could do this on other days too; it does not have to be only on Valentine?s day. You could also spend your day at the spa getting pampered. Go Kayaking Kayaking is the most exciting activity to do all by yourself. Kayaking is a water sport that involves using a double-bladed oar and a small boat called a Kayak. Apart from being a good way to relieve stress, it also offers you a chance to get close to nature. It is also a great way to exercise your upper body.? You also get to meet with other people who came kayaking and just have fun. Get in the Groove With a variety of clubs and lounges in Nigeria, you
can get into the groove with your single friends and feel the rush of adrenaline
as you dance to hit songs. Click here to view the best nightlife spots in Lagos and Abuja. Visit Charity Homes You could show love to orphans and old people in charity homes. This is an ideal way to spend Valentine?s Day and they would truly appreciate the gesture. In doing this, you have to plan ahead with the Charity Home you intend visiting. Take gifts, play games with them and be nice. This will go a long way and in return, you will feel fulfilled for that day. Are you still confused about how to spend Valentine?s Day in Nigeria if you are single? Overthinking takes away the joy so just enjoy the moment. Whatever you think would be fun, do it.
by Rebecca/January 24 05:09 PMLast updated on Canada is a country that loves formal professional certifications or designations in everything. It is a country of degrees and as such, the more education you have, the better your chances of getting gainful employment. So many workers don't get hired internally because they don't have the formal education requirements. They could do a great job but without the 'papers' they never seem to get ahead. HR departments love workers who would learn more outside of their job to prove that they want to move higher up in the organization. Canadian colleges and professional associations propose pathways to professional and career certification in a broad scope of fields of work from accounting to education, financial planning, health care, information technology, legal, project management and much more. The certifications listed in this article are for professions in Accounting or Finance, Architecture or Design, Aviation, Bank or Insurance, Engineering, Education, Health, HR, Community or NGO It is important to note that some jobs require certifications to practice while some are not legally required. However, having a certification 'might' increase chances. Some of these certifications are not issued outside Canada, so it is advisable to visit their official website to confirm. CERTIFICATIONS FOR ACCOUNTING & FINANCE IN CANADA CPA (Chartered Professional Accountant): The CPAs are recognized as some of the best Canadian accountants. The certification process allows both new and experienced accountants to test their abilities, refine their skills and increase their knowledge of the discipline overall. CFSA (Certified Financial Services Auditor): The holders of these certifications are internationally recognized by The Institute of Internal Auditors Canada. This designation audits financial institutions. If you work in any of these industries, the CFSA program will benefit you: Banking Institutions, Thrift/Savings, and Loan Organizations, Credit Unions, Insurance Carriers, Agents, Services, Security and Commodity Services, Real Estate Services, Holding and Investment Companies, Credit Agencies, Regulatory Agencies, Other Financial Service Organizations. CGAP (Certified Government Auditing Professional): This is by the Institute of Internal Auditors and they specialize in public-sector auditing. This designation is accessible to people who have a 4-year post-secondary degree, five years of internal auditing experience coupled with two years of post-secondary educational experience, or at least seven years of internal auditing experience. CIA (Certified Internal Auditor): This is by the Institute of Internal Auditors and what they do is inspect companies? finances to reduce losses. Adding the CIA credential to your resume, LinkedIn profile, and business card will help you stand out and demonstrate you are, credible and trusted internal auditor. A true expert who understands and can apply the International Standards for the Professional Practice of Internal Auditing. CFA (Chartered Financial Accountant): With this certification, you will get Instant Credibility and Industry Respect, Networking opportunities for faster career growth, More time and cost-effective than an MBA program, Better job prospects at the top investment firms. CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) ? Calgary: This designation is given to members accepted into the internationally renowned organization the CFA Institute. The CFA examination is considered to be the Gold Standard for Finance & Investment Professionals all around the World. The whole CFA curriculum is set up by experts from academia and industry from around various countries and consists of the newest theories and practical examples from the Investment management industry. The curriculum majorly revolves around major asset classes like Equities, Derivative Instruments, Fixed Income, Alternative Investments and tools like Quantitative Methods, Financial Reporting & Analysis, Economics, Corporate Finance & Industry-required professional Ethics. CIWM (Certified International Wealth Manager): In Canada, CSI actively promotes the CIWM designation to cultivate public awareness and industry recognition of your training and unique depth of services. Outside of Canada, the AIWM along with local chapters promote the CIWM to create increased global awareness of this prestigious designation. Marketing resources are available for promoting your business, educating clients and informing prospects (i.e. Access to CIWM client brochure - promote yourself, your practice and your credentials). CIM (Chartered Investment Manager): This is recognized by the Canadian Securities Institute and a CIM is one of the highest-rated investment managers. When you earn the CIM, you become an investment advisor qualified to manage money on a discretionary basis for an increasing number of sophisticated clients. CIM hopefuls must pass the CSC. Applicants must also have two years of relevant work experience. CSI, which administers the CIM, says work experience should include conducting or supervising investment management, the biggest benefit of the CIM is learning about investments and portfolio strategies in granular detail. CERTIFICATIONS FOR BANKING / INSURANCE IN CANADA CCSA (Certification in Control Self-Assessment) CRMA (Certification in Risk Management Assurance): Earning the CRMA helps address the impact of risk and demonstrates you have the ability to: Provide assurance on core business processes in risk managementand governance.Educate management and the audit committee on risk and riskmanagement concepts.Offer quality assurance and control self-assessment.Focus on strategic organizational risks.Add value for your organization as a trusted advisor.Increase earning potential by up to 51 percent. CCPE (Canadian Certified Professional Ergonomist) Certification is required to: Protect consumers. Users of ergonomics services will be able to identify a professional who has met a predetermined set of professional and educational standards, Protect the field, The reputation of ergonomics depends on the professionalism of its practitioners. The certification will as well enhance credibility, Independent verification of competency provides a higher level of professional credibility and improves the quality of practice. It also provides personal satisfaction. Proof of professional competence is gratifying. It improves earning capacity. Employers prefer to hire certified professionals as well. CHSC (Certified Health & Safety Consultant) Education and experience in the profession. Demonstrated commitment and specialized training and examination.Ethical behavior supported by a peer-reviewed CHSC Code of Conduct.Assurance of protection when acting on professional advice CHSMSA (Certified Health and Safety Management System Auditor) COHN (Certified Occupational Health Nurse) Pros of a Certified Occupational Health Nurse Career includes a good salary is relative to training requirements (about $82,000 in 2016)The certification also helps to minimize the impact of workplace injuries and illnesses. A holder of this certification enjoys Flexibility in terms of the job location. CRSP (Canadian Registered Safety Professional) Becoming a CRSP will help you stand out, gives you professional credibility, Return on Your Investment, Expand Your Opportunities. The CRSP certification gives you a global advantage. I t is also the only Canadian certification recognized through Memoranda of Understanding (MOU) with the Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP) in the United States and the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) in the United Kingdom. CRST( Canadian Registered Safety Technician.) A CRST is an individual who has met the requirements for registration established by the BCRSP Governing Board. A CRST supports a safe working environment by maintaining OHS administrative processes, conducting training and using a range of state-of-the-art tools, processes and common practice solutions to OHS risks. They oversee and drive monitoring and compliance in relation to technical and behavioral risk controls. ROH (Registered Occupational Hygienist) ROHT (Registered Occupational Hygiene Technologist) I.T CERTIFICATIONS MOST IN CANADA EMC Data Scientist. The certification enables the learner to immediately participate in big data and other analytics projects. The certification validates the practical foundation skills required by a Data Scientist. Cloudera Certified Professional: Data Scientist. Cloudera being the topmost player in the world of Big Data and Data Science, taking up a certification from Cloudera is never a mistake that one should be worried about. Earning a Cloudera Certification will further help you put yourself in a comfortable position in negotiating with your prospective employer for a better salary, also enables you to leverage Big Data for analytics right from Big Data startups to MNC?s who work with Hadoop and in Big Data. Oracle Business Intelligence Certification. Oracle Business Intelligence Certifications can help accelerate your career as you learn to analyze and optimize business operations. With Business Intelligence certifications, you can obtain skills to help expand your proficiency at analyzing business data Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer: Business Intelligence (MCSE). Microsoft has revamped its certification, requiring you to show expertise and many will require multiple attempts to pass. Microsoft caters to those who are willing to spend money on their products, and offer invitations to special events, training sessions, and conferences to people who have the MCSE Certification. NETWORKING CERTIFICATIONS IN CANADA Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert (CCIE) CompTIA Network+ Cisco Certified Networking Associate (CCNA) Cisco Certified Networking Professional (CCNP) HELP DESK CERTIFICATIONS Apple Certified Support Professional (ACSP) Microsoft Specialist CompTIA A+ SYSTEM ADMINISTRATION CERTIFICATIONS Linux Professional Institute Certification (LPIC) CompTIA Server+ VMWare Certified Professional Red Hat Certified Engineer (RHCE) Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE) DATABASE CERTIFICATIONS Oracle Certified Professional (OCP) IBM Info Management Certifications Microsoft SQL Server Database Certifications ICCP Certified Data Management Pro (ICCP CDMP) MongoDB NoSQL Certifications MOBILE CERTIFICATIONS Android Certified Application Developer Kony Certified Developer MTA Developer IBM Certified Mobile Application Developer DEVELOPER CERTIFICATIONS C /C++ certifications Adobe Certified Expert (ACE) Certified Scrum Developer (CSD) Cloudera Certified Developer for Apache Hadoop (CCDH) Amazon Web Services Certified Developer ORACLE CERTIFIED JAVA CERTIFICATIONS (OCP, OCM, and OCE) Certified Secure Software Lifecycle Professional Google Apps for Business Certified Deployment Specialist Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD) Red Hat Certified JBoss Developer (RHCJD) CLOUD CERTIFICATIONS High Angle View Of A Male Manager Interviewing Female Applicant In Office Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer: Private Cloud (MCSE) CompTIA Cloud+ Amazon Web Services Certified Solutions Architect (AWS-CSA) INFORMATION SECURITY CERTIFICATIONS CompTIA Security+ Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) GIAC Security Essentials (GSEC) Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) I.T. PROJECT MANAGEMENT CERTIFICATIONS Project Management Professional (PMP) Certified ScrumMaster (CSM) Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) Based on research by CompTIA, 72% of IT managers require IT certification for some roles, 66% of IT managers use IT certifications to identify qualified candidates, 60% of IT managers use IT certifications to judge a candidate?s expertise. So many workers are retiring and many are actively looking for workers. But remember that education is key to getting ahead anywhere. Knowledge is power. If you know of any other certifications, kindly share it in the comment section.
by Rebecca/January 21 10:41 PMLast updated on Travel agencies were nothing that people found neither interesting nor exciting in times past. Now, they are the best option for people due to the various connections they have built for themselves in the travel industry. It is always nice and comforting for people to know that they are handing their options over to people who are very experienced and knowledgeable in a particular field. Travel agents are useful and important to serve various important purposes as well. They help to save time as well as cut costs in most cases, they also ensure they proper coverage of all angles and aspects that people outside the field would normally not think to cover, and as such they also help to save time and a whole lot of energy. You should try to read this article about amazing things you should know about travel agents to help you understand the purpose they hope to serve better. https://hotels.ng/guides/i-never-would-have-used-travel-agencies-in-lagos-till-i-found-this/ In no particular order, this article lists out travel agencies in Nigeria, the unique services they render, and the various means by which you can reach out to them. Most of these travel agencies are accredited by the National Association of Nigeria Travel Agencies (NANTA) and IATA, thus making them as reliable and efficient as they come. 1. Wakanow Wakanow is an online travel agency that aims to provide various affordable travel services to people through a one-stop booking portal. They render various affordable services ranging from flights, hotels, visa assistance, holiday packages, airport transfers, international travel SIM, prepaid travel cards, loyalty programs, and a whole lot of other great services. Not only that, they also offer various choices from travel deals, research, plan, and booking of local and domestic travel from their homes and everywhere else. They have a physical center located at international airports for the benefit of their customers, across the country they also have interactive call centers. They have offices in Ghana, Dubai, UK and Kenya with an aggressive plan that will help to expand into several African countries and the rest of the world. They help offer the best travel deals to their customers. Their aim is to make planning, payment and travel simple and enjoyable by building a world-class, secure travel system manned by experienced, Customer-friendly, travel experts. Head office address: Plot 8, Elegushi Beach Road, Ikate Roundabout, Lekki, Lagos Call: 07030095727 07028413705. Email: [email protected] Website: https://www.wakanow.com 2. Gadeshire Travels and Tours Limited Gadshire aims to provide a wide range of quality, effective and efficient travel and tour services to clients of esteemed value worldwide. They offer services ranging from tour operation, tourism promotion, global destination management organization, travels and tour consultation, servicing international and local markets, etc. They purchase grounds, hotels, attractions, and airfares to create exciting holiday and vacation packages that will appeal to her esteem travel consumers. They offer services like Inbound/Outbound Group Tours, Educational Tours & Student Excursion, Honeymoon Vacation, Medical Tourism, Sport Tourism, Worldwide Hotel Reservation, Domestic & International Air Ticketing, Aircraft Charter and Lease Services, Holidays Packaging, Pilgrimage Tours, Cruises, Transfers, Conference / Delegate Sightseeing and Meetings, Incentives, Convention, Official Visit & meeting, Local & International Events. They have an enviable reputation within and out of the travels, tourism and hospitality industry. An also with global partners in the industry in all our destinations, as well as strong links with various national tourism offices and tourism official bodies, ensure unrivaled standards of service at the destination. They offer activities from city sightseeing to in-depth discoveries at every destination. Attention to details and extensive research are involved in planning all of our holiday packages to ensure that wherever the destination or whatever the activity, our clients can be sure they will be able to make the very best of their well-deserved vacation. They also offer after-hours emergency contact details for the purpose of communication. They are able to consult in major foreign languages, cultural activities, educational programs, major international conferences, exhibitions, events and trade fairs. Gadeshire Tours manages over 100 destinations across the six continents of the World (Africa, Address; 28, Covina Street, Sun City Estate Galadimawa District Abuja, (F.C.T) NIGERIA Contact address: 11 Atinuke Olabanji Street, Off John Olugbo Street, Off Obafemi Awolowo way, Ikeja, Lagos. Phone Numbers: 08053756464 / 08033734944 E-MAIL: [email protected] Website:www.gadeshire.com 3. Rewards Travels And Tours Limited The agency is accredited by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) since the year 2000. The company network of branches covers major cities in Nigeria, and several established partners in the global market, jointly investing in integrated tourism, technology, and world-class business relationship. The company?s goals are to render full travel management services, travel consultancy services, tourism and other allied aviation services designed to meet the requirements of individuals, corporate organizations. They have access to all Airlines, Hotels, Car hire services, and cruises in the world Their IATA code is 59-211386 while their incorporation license is RC:361148. Contact address: 4 Bashiru Street, Opposite Lagos City Computer College, Off Medical Road, Ikeja, Lagos. Phone Numbers: 08057098293, 08057098294. Email: [email protected], [email protected] Website: http://www.rewardstravels.com/ 4. Empire Travel Services Ltd Empire Travel Services Ltd belongs to several hotel organizations that specialize in hotel bookings the world over, such as the Unitravel group, Accor hotels group, Marriot group, Booking.com, Travelodge group, Choice privilege, Grupo Transhotel, Javago . This makes it easy for them to provide only the best hotel deals. Contact Address: No. 3, Bompai Road, Opposite Central Hotel, Kano, Kano state. Phone Numbers: (234)-8053281901, (234)-8023091703, (234)-8185189311 Email Address: [email protected], [email protected] Website: www.empiretravelkano.com.ng 5. Business Travel Management Limited This is a member of the GHI Assets Ltd group. This group is made up of great names such as Emirates holidays, Sky logistics ltd, Rwandair, and HRG Nigeria. It was incorporated in 1998 and it was also accredited by IATA. It specializes in comprehensive travel management, logistics for business, corporate service and corporate travel management. They provide managed travel solutions for their clients not only locally, but also globally. They offer services ranging from travel consultation and advice, meet and greet services, hotel, and car hire, visa assistance, and consultation, leisure and tour destination, airport transfers, executive jet charter, flight clearance service, group travel management security, destination management, to mention just a few. Contact Address: 45, Oduduwa Way, Gra Ikeja Lagos Phone Number: + 234 1 2702690 Email Address: [email protected] Website: http://btmlimited.net/ 6. Ambassador Travels And Tours Limited This agency was built to provide standard and superior services to customers to ensure they have and enjoy the best vacation at the best value possible. They have experienced consultants that have visited many countries and can help you enjoy your stay. They use experts to save time and offer exclusive value for dream vacations anywhere in the world. They provide consultants who provide travel experience with personal visits to most areas of the world and help you use that knowledge to plan the best vacation possible. Contact Address: Suite 82, Hq NAF Shopping Plaza Legico Opp.Bonny Camp Ahmadu Bello Way Victoria Island Lagos Phone Numbers: 08056681931, 01-7302539 Website: https://www.myambassadortravel.com 7. Aeronat Travel And Resorts LTD This is one of the top travel agencies in Nigeria. It offers a range of travel-related services in their standard ways. It is a tour-operation service that allows the making of tailor-made tours and holiday packages of your vacation and/or business adventures. They work in collaboration with tourism agencies to ensure the provision of only the best services. Contact address: Stanbic IBTC Bank House, 14 Ahmadu Bello Way, Kaduna. Phone Numbers: +234 8036250513, +234 8035033626, +234 8072380600, +234 8086512499 Email: [email protected], [email protected]ahoo.com, [email protected], [email protected] Website: http://www.aeronat.biz 8. Now Travel and Tours Limited This is a relatively new agency compared to others. They became agents of IATA on August 31st, 2007. They offer standard travel services and management at good rates too. They offer amazing and memorable tour destinations at affordable rates for individuals, families and corporate bodies. They also offer the most affordable fares in the industry, Contact Address: 6, Tombia Street Phase 2 Gra Port Harcourt. Phone Numbers: 08063822152, 08137844319, 08034548245, 08183959047, 08182902621 Website: https://flynowtravels.com 9. MayFair Travel Nigeria Limited This agency is one of the leading travel agencies in Nigeria. They offer various services like Travel consultation, itinerary planning, reservations on most IATA airlines worldwide, prepaid ticket advice, facilitation of ticket refunds, airline sales promotion, frequent flyer programs, and other services. Airline Ticketing / Holiday Packages / Hotel Reservations / Airport Transfers / Visa (selective) Assistance Contact Address: B1 LSDPC flats, 24 Adeola Odeku Street, Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria. Phone Numbers: + 234 1 774 7777, + 234 1 775 2277, + 234 1 776 9900, + 234 1 776 4688 Email: [email protected] Website: http://mayfairtravel.net/ 10. Ashton & Dave travels and holidays limited Ashton & Dave travels and holidays limited is a professional travel, holiday and Logistics services organization. They provide clients with services that include travel, tour packaging, hotel, fleet management, protocol services. They specialize in business/leisure travel services management and provide best-in-class service and assistance to travelers. Address: 7 Saka Tinubu, 101001 Victoria Island Phone number: 07044987102-10, 07044987104 E-mail: [email protected] Is your favorite travel agency missing from the list? Ensure you inform us in the comment section and do well to tell why you love them.
by Rebecca/January 21 10:48 AMLast updated on Travel agencies keep popping up from different angles, each one coming up to offer a unique travel service to ensure they sell and perform better than their competitors. And since the population in Lagos is estimated at around 21 million, it is no surprise that most of them have their offices and even their headquarters in Lagos. But then, as the local woman that I am, I can?t afford to be caught off guard because I asked someone to do for me, what I could have easily done myself. So I have always thought as I had a very big resentment towards the travel agency and didn?t even want to hear any company with a travel anything attached to them. To me, they were just a lazy set of people sitting comfortably somewhere known only by the heavens and collecting money from a lazy set of Nigerians who would rather be duped, than put effort to ensure their money goes to good use. I used to shade everyone who came to meet me to say they met with so and so agent from XYZ travel company, to help them with their travel details and plans. I would hiss and say "small travel, you cannot do by yourself". Laugh if you will, just don?t mind me. I thought it was a child's play until I had to sort travel details out myself. I would gladly have loved to be duped at a point in time because it was not nearly as easy as I thought. I would wake up early in the morning hoping that all I had to do was go to the embassy. Every new morning I got to the embassy just to realize there was this particular weird document I should possess but had no idea of. I?d have to go back home and run around trying to get that document. It was the best time to get exploited if you wanted quick attention. My eyes saw things and my pockets felt lighter. The funny thing about the whole story is that you will ask someone what documents are needed and they will give you a detailed list. You will take it happily thinking that was all you needed. Till a fellow sister will ask you if you know you need another document and you will be like, where is this one coming from again now. You will get everything all the sisters, brothers, mothers and fathers tell you to get and the embassy will still say your documents are incomplete. I cried, so many times, I gave up, so many times and I honestly wished and hoped someone somewhere would just take the stress off my hands. At that stage, I didn?t even care about the amount they will charge, I just wanted to be free of the stress. It was during this very depressing period of my life that I got to know that there was an organization called the National Association of Nigerian Travel Agencies that served as a checkmate for all the travel agencies around Nigeria. Not only that, they work to promote the interest of the agencies under them, serve as a mouthpiece for the agencies, regulate their activities, maintain discipline and professionalism in the industry. I mean, the agencies as long as they were fully registered, could be held accountable for every wrong step they take. Why did no one ever tell me that? I even got to know that this NANTA is recognized by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), the Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC), International Air Transport Association (IATA) and the Universal Federation of Travel Agents (UFTAA.) With all these recognitions, I wonder why I had put myself through all the stress. I mean, with one agency, I could get all the connections needed to make all things easy for me. I felt pained and used. This was just the beginning of revelation for me. I then realized that they really were not lazy, they did a whole lot of work. They had an image to uphold and they could not afford to disappoint those they represented. And they even ensured they covered all the angles. Some travel agencies have a physical travel center located at International airports for customer?s convenience, they even allow for installment payments for travels. Like how wonderful can that be? There are travel agencies that go as far as helping with travel cards, travel sims, and loyalty programs. Like, these agencies think it all through for you and all you have to do is pay for their service and you get all you need to make your travel experience as pleasing and pleasurable as possible. Personally, I would not think of a travel sim until I get to my destination and have issues calling out or so. Then I will start another round of stress and struggle, for something I could have easily paid for and had sorted out earlier. Then there are travel agencies who render various services like flight bookings, hotels, local and international flight ticketing. I mean, you have one travel agency that will book a flight for me and then sort all the details out just like hotel.ng does. All I will be required to do is make my details available and then myself at the right time. Please where have I been living all these while, struggling to decide on the hotel closest to my location, when an option like this is available. That?s not the last of it, I also heard there are travel agencies that have a one-stop booking portal. In case you don?t know, that means that on one website, you can book a flight and then go ahead to book a hotel room at your destination. It takes away the stress of going to the airport or trying to find various means to book a flight. Then you get to your destination and have to carry your heavy bags up and about trying to get and search for hotels closest to you. So much stress just for your comfort. Then there is the ease that comes with airport transfers. You get to the airport and you find yourself an awaiting vehicle to deliver you to your destination, wherever that is. I was opportune to be treated like that and I honestly felt like a celebrity. I didn?t have to start struggling to get a cab and handling all my luggage at the same time. I had a vehicle waiting just for me, It was an incredible feeling! The visa processing service rendered by travel agencies was the game changer for me and pulled me in to love them as much as I do now. After all the stress I?ve put myself through because I was too old to get help from the right source, this was the saving grace for me. It took a whole lot of stress off me. I saved my energy for the interview, I had a guide all through the process and I did not even spend as much as I did when I tried to do it all o my own. Then there are travel agents that provide car rentals for their customers. This means that if you would rather have a car to yourself at your destination country, rather than get picked up at the airport and driven to the hotel, then your wish can be granted. As a person, you would not have to worry about jumping buses or hustling for cars at all times. You would have a car at your beck and call just like it belongs to you. The interesting thing about using travel agents is the packages that come with their service. They have direct contact with various hotels and resorts and as such using their service means that you get to enjoy discounts and some other hotel packages and resort packages. You get to pay less and even enjoy better offers when you book a hotel using a travel agency. What I mean in essence is that if you book a room at let?s say, Eko hotel, you might be lucky enough to pay for the same service just because you made your bookings via Hotels.ng. It saves you the whole stress of getting to the physical location of the hotel and having to stand around at the front desk just to sort and decide on the room you would prefer and what not. There are as well travel agents that help with passport processing, tours, travel insurance, cargo services, company retreat packages, and some travel agencies even offer tourism deals. What else could we ask for? I?m stuck on them for as long as they last. And I hope that means forever. Travel agents offer so much more. They ensure to give you a personal agent who will attend to your every need and want from start to finish. I mean, if someone had told me that with them, I could sleep and wake up peacefully, knowing that there is someone somewhere fighting my battles for me. I would dream better. I would save time, money and even stress. What was the particular feature of travel agents that won your heart and closed the deal for you? I would really like to know. I will be waiting right in the comment section.
by Rebecca/January 17 12:22 PMLast updated on I want to believe I'm not the only one who thinks that once I pay a certain amount to book a room, in say Prest Cruise Waterfront Hotel in Lekki Phase 1, then I am entitled to pick out practically everything mobile in that room. If you are like me or you know a friend who has said it one time or the other, then gather here let us have a chat. Some people even go as far as saying that most of the toiletries and other amenities are given to the hotels for free. That?s a fun thing to say till you imagine a brand gifting every hotel that starts up around them, how will such brand grow. There?s this thing with exhausting money spent out that makes so much sense to us. For instance, I take a Napep and even though I can see my bus stop just in front of me, I refuse to alight because I paid my fare, it is not completely exhausted till I?m dropped at my final destination. That is the same way we sometimes feel when we lodge in rooms and think everything in that room belongs to us till its time to check out. That is the signal to move everything in the room out with me because I paid for the room. Lets now imagine everyone thinks the same way. Going around believing they are entitled to leave with every and all things mobile in a room they paid for, how then do we expect them to make any progress in their business since all they do with funds is replace things that are supposed to last a while. When you then go to the cheap hotel in Ikeja and they decide that since you paid for a night, then all you deserve is the bed you sleep on covered in a sheet and they do not think towards you cleaning up the next morning. I wonder if that will make everything just better. Yet you expect that there will be no hike in the price for that just one room that provides you with all the toiletries you need to feel at home and even go as far as providing you with hairdryers and every other basic amenity that makes life way more easier for people. You lodge into some rooms and all you find there is the bed covered in a sheet. You won?t even think to complain because you know you got exactly what you paid for. Imagine me going to book a room at Oriental hotels in Lagos and I just have to remind the front desk that I need a basic thing as a bed cover. Trust me, I will be sharing that experience on twitter, if not for anything, then certainly for clout chasing. The funny thing about these picked items is that they will certainly stand out outside the hotel building. Bathing soaps used in the hotels are not the kind used at home. The towels and linens are branded, the cutleries have extra weight. Still, we derive fun in picking them, like they come as bonuses. Yet the minute you forget your charger and it?s reported nowhere to be found you call those working at the hotel thieves. And you go on about how careless they are with things belonging to their guests and how they have to give you a refund because the charger is original. Nobody searches you when you decide to check out of a hotel, but can we say the same of those who work at these hotels. Go to hotel gates at times when shifts change and see workers get searched, maybe then you will know and understand how badly these hotels are affected by the things you tag small and think they won?t notice especially since you paid for the room. One thing you should be aware of is that these things are not included in your bill. They are just given by the hotel to ensure you are properly catered for during your stay with them. When you do not use them it will be really nice to leave them behind so that a guest who truly needs them during their stay will be advantaged to use them. The easiest things people take from hotels are pens and notepads. Because they are light and very easy to move. They can sometimes be complimentary gifts from the hotel, and other times, they are just made available in case you need them. If you take this, don't feel too attacked, the hotel will, at the worst-case scenario, stop making them available in the rooms. One common thing people take from their hotel rooms is the soaps. You go into the bathroom, see these fine cute little soaps in their wrapper sitting nicely on the soap dish and you decide it will look better in your handbag. The funny thing is most people will use their personal soaps to bathe, but still feel the need to take the soap. Others will use it and decide it will be wasted if they leave it there, so they decide that the best option will be to take it along with them. Good thinking, I mean it is unsafe to leave something like a bathing soap we already used behind at a public place right? Another funny thing people remember to take from the hotel is the toilet roll. Especially if it is still in the wrap. A guest will see it sitting either on the table or on a shelf and decide that the toilet paper will work better if it comes along with them. Onto the shampoos and conditioners. These are most likely to be found in hotels like the Lagos continental, intercontinental, Presken. Hotels that speak class will always remember to include this to the toiletries found in the bathroom. Toothpaste is very rare to find in hotels. Nobody knows why, but they always seem to leave it out. For the few ones who remember to include it, I can imagine the kind of trouble they will have keeping up with providing new tubes when guests keep taking them home with them. It will be better if they can deliver the ones in the sachet instead. But I guess that does not speak class. The above-mentioned things are still understandable when you pick them from the rooms. I would take them if I use them already, if not, I leave them untouched. They are little things the hotel management will probably be willing to overlook. So let's not make much fuss if you felt attacked in any way. But going from here, if you are found guilty, we will leave you till another day. The one thing people find easy to take from hotels is the cutleries and table napkins. They get these from the restaurants once they go there to eat. Some even take it once they have meals delivered to their rooms. The funny thing about this is that most of the silverware used in hotel restaurants are always extra heavy and as such will be so out of place at your kitchen amongst other cutleries. Just imagine if everyone who ate at a hotel or their restaurants felt entitled to their cutlery, how will they keep up with that? Then there is the common trend of the hotel towels going missing. I wonder if people forget that the towels are branded with the hotel?s logo, yet you still feel you have paid for even that. Have you ever imagined a hotel placing a tracking device on all their branded stuff? That will be an interesting discovery. As cops go to knock on people?s doors because they have tracked down their branded towels to your home. Then there is the story of those who pick out the batteries from the remote. Why would anyone leave a room with the batteries in the room? Did they also pay for that as well? Some even go as far as taking the whole remote. Probably to use for their TVs at home or something. We still can relate with the soaps, but the batteries or the remote is a no-no. you do not expect the hotel to keep replacing the batteries and remote every time a guest leaves. Then there is the tale of those who leave with the bathrobes and hangers from the room. Common! These are the things the hotel managers barely ever think to always replace every time a guest leaves the hotel. They are branded and these things cost a lot since they are not expected to be the same as the ones outside the hotel. For the sake of the money spent on trying to give you comfort at these hotels, leave their robes and hangers in their rooms. Then there are the uncommon stories of people leaving with miniature arts and fancy things kept at the hotel for the entertainment of the guest. Imagine getting to a hotel room and finding a rubiks cube there. It is there for you to try your luck. If it so interests you, then get yours the minute you check out, not leave with their rubiks cube because you were unfinished with it. I mean, such entitlement! You keep searching for cheap hotels in Abuja, only to complain that their water is brown. What were you expecting? You could have easily searched for just hotels in Abuja or hotels in Lagos, pay your big money and then feel more entitled to take even their TV, because I know I will. With all my long story, if you know I have attacked you here the way I have attacked myself, let?s meet in the comment section to drag ourselves. By the way, don?t tell anyone I said I have a very big thick towel in my house with a beautiful gold engravement on it.
by Rebecca/January 17 08:30 AMLast updated on I have a friend named Seyi. This friend of mine had a job that made him move around very often, hence he had to stay at various hotels in various parts of Nigeria. This has made him available to give more reviews of hotels than even those who made the hotels themselves. If by chance you find yourself in a city where my friend had visited previously, all you had to do was get in touch with him and ask him to give a hotel suggestion. He was detailed and brutally honest with his reviews, so he was always the best bet. The amazing thing about his reviews is that they can not be found online because he would rather tell you than put it out there. No matter how good the reviews are, he keeps them to himself till he is asked to say something about it. The reviews are generally based on the structure of the hotels and the quality of service they render to their guests. Some of these hotels have been visited by my friend more than once, so that takes out the story of it being a one visit judgment. Even at that, if one visit is not enough to judge how great you run your business, then we should check what you are doing wrong. Eko hotel The first hotel my friend gives his review on is the Eko hotel. As the name implies, Eko Hotels Limited is set in Lagos. The hotel is located at Plot 1415 Adetokunbo Ademola Street, PMB 12724, Victoria Island, Lagos State, Nigeria.? This location places the hotel in the heart of Victoria Island which shields it from the everyday hustle and bustle of Lagos, making it the perfect location for those who want to run from the struggles of Lagos. Plus, it's just a 10-minute drive to the city center and 45 minutes away from the airport for easy access. My friend also mentions that the hotel offers an outdoor pool, barbecue and children's playground. So you have no issue if you plan on going there for a family getaway, you can be sure that your children will be duly occupied. He mentioned that the hotel 824 excellently furnished rooms spread across 4 hotels: Eko signature, suites, hotel, and gardens. How he was able to count all that is what I am still yet to find out, but the internet confirms that he speaks the truth. The various hotels come with the guests preferred city choice and sea views. The rooms are fully equipped with Air conditioning, he said their Room service is also top-notch, and they have a Safe, Minibar, as well as a Flatscreen TV. Not only that, he talked about their amazing various room types. Saying that they have Oceanview, Non-smoking rooms, Suites, Family rooms, and Smoking rooms available He said one thing he found amazing about the hotel was the provision of a terrace for the rooms as this provided their guests a really close by relaxation spot. Not just that, they also have a spa center, and With the best conference, tastefully furnished to a 7000-seater capacity, a world-class swimming pool,, amongst other facilities. Guests, according to my friend, get to enjoy a meal at the restaurant, as well as banqueting facilities. The Eko hotel boasts of 8 various restaurants and 7 bars that serve a range of international cuisines. He says there is the Sky Restaurant & Terrace located on the roof of the Hotel, Crossroads Tex Mex Restaurant and Bar which serves Mexican Cuisine, 1415 Italian Restaurant (with a name like that, I?d be surprised to find it anywhere else). This is located at Eko Signature and he says they specialize in Italian Fine Dining, Kuramo Sports Caf? serves continental and local dishes with a full buffet. They also have the Red Chinese Restaurant which is located at the roof behind the Eko Convention Centre. He mentioned a Lagoon Breeze Restaurant is known for its BBQ Fridays, The Grill "Steakhouse" located at EKO Suites, Calabash Bar, an open-air bar by Kuramo Sports Cafe offers special cocktails and other beverages Their hotel amenities include; Free parking, Free High-Speed Internet (WiFi), Pool, Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room, Bar/lounge, Tennis court, Airport transportation, Business Center with Internet Access, Free internet, Wifi, Public wifi, Internet, Outdoor Pool, Sauna, Restaurant, Breakfast available, Breakfast buffet, Poolside bar, Shuttle bus service, Car hire, Conference facilities, Banquet room, Meeting rooms, Spa, Baggage storage, Concierge, Currency exchange, Non-smoking hotel, Dry cleaning, Laundry service. DMATEL hotel and Resorts Dmatel hotel and Resorts is a 3-Star hotel located at 10, Agungi Road, Ajiran, Ibeju Lekki, Lagos, Nigeria. At this hotel, my friend was particular about them offering affordable luxury and comfort, the beautiful setting for guests and nature lovers as it is very close to the Lekki Conservation Centre. He says that Dmatel Hotel and Resorts offers 52 world classrooms and suites for their guests. They have various room types ranging from Deluxe Executive, Deluxe Room, Royal Room, Presidential Suite, and Super Dmatel room. He has been there several times and he assured that all the rooms come with king-size beds, air-conditioners, refrigerators, telephone, satellite TV, en-suite bathrooms, and Wi-Fi internet access. There is also an outdoor pool according to him and their bars are located in the coolest spot of the hotel which makes it a serene environment for swimming and relaxation. He says that they have hospitable waiters and well-trained chefs who prepare local and continental dishes, and they have restaurants that are fully air-conditioned to satisfy guests' tastes and preferences. They also offer other range of services like dry cleaning, room service, ironing, and business center. As well as two fully-equipped and standard conference rooms for 50 and 100 people meetings and events respectively. He says their check-in is from 2:00 pm with a valid ID card, while check out is by 12:00 pm. So if you are hoping to go there at any other time you can decide to book your room way ahead of time to make things easy for yourself. Children under the age of 16 are allowed to stay for free, pets are not allowed and they only accept cash if you are going to be booking offline. Other amenities he was able to notice while at the hotel include a standard swimming pool, fitness center, 24/7 power supply, CCTV, security men. FULL MOON Hotel The first time my friend visited the Full Moon Hotel, he called me to say he was truly impressed with their service. When he gave me a full rundown of their structure and service range, I felt the same way and realized they truly deserved their 4-Star awarded them. The hotel is located at H1, Full Moon Avenue, off Akanchawa, road by Nekede junction, housing area C, New Owerri. When he told me they had over 70 rooms with state of the art facilities and, I thought he was just trying to flatter the managers of the hotel, till I visited the place myself and viewed the breathtaking beauty first hand. They have rooms that are classified into Premiere, Deluxe, Executive, Penthouse Single, and Penthouse Double. Each of their room comes with excellent services and amenities including Wifi internet connection, flat-screen television with multi-channel satellite, air conditioning, ensuite bathroom with stand-in shower, refrigerator, mini bar in the room, hairdryer (this was an amazing discovery for me) and toiletries, daily newspapers delivered to rooms, telephone, cribs on demand, balcony and sitting area. Parking was no issue at this hotel as they had adequate space for parking vehicles. Their restaurants offered a variety of dishes and their conference room was standard. For entertainment, they had a karaoke bar/lounge that was really up to taste and enticing, even with my frog voice, I was tempted to have fun. Then there was their gym, fully equipped. I was not a fan of exercise, but I took loads of pictures there out of fascination. The hotel provides guests with an elevator for easy movement within the hotel building, a mini-mart for convenient shopping, laundry, and dry cleaning services and round-the-clock room service. IBIS Lagos Airport Hotel The day I visited Ibis Lagos Airport Hotel, I was in a hurry and needed an urgent place to ?crash? as they say. I totally forgot to call my friend to ask for reviews and check online myself. I realized they were a 3-Star hotel and I didn't feel any different, because all I wanted to do was sleep and wake up. The hotel is located at 35/37 Murtala Mohammed International Airport Road, Ikeja, Lagos and it seems like something that is right in the state?s capital. It is close to the Murtala Mohammed International Airport though, hence the ease in picking it out as an option. Once I was settled in, I called my friend Seyi to tell him where I was and asked for his review just to ease my mind. Firstly, he assured me that they have 188 rooms and they are all Standard Rooms, well furnished with air conditioner, refrigerator, high-speed transmission line, RJ 45 outlet, intercom, work desk, sofa, ironing table, flat-screen cable connected television set, CD player and a king-size bed. The en-suite bathroom is equipped with complimentary toiletries, shower, and hairdryer. I could see all these things, so I was rest assured that they were not out to cheat me. Then he said they served complimentary buffet breakfast daily and that sounded like music to my ears, pardon me for liking food too much. He didn't stop there, he went ahead to tell me the things he felt I would have missed as I walked into the hotel. Mentioned facilities they had which include a top-notch restaurant where local Nigerian and continental dishes are available, an on-site bar that is well stocked with assorted wines, juice, and other beverages. Said if I decided to stay till late in the day I could visit their pool, or if I would rather visit their gym as I wake up in the morning for a great workout session the hotel comes with an event room as well as WI-Fi access, video equipment, and overhead projectors that can be made available upon request. Additional services rendered by Ibis Lagos Airport Hotel that I notice because they asked very nicely, including 24-hour front desk, laundry/dry cleaning services, storage room, car hire, airport pickup and concierge, available at a surcharge fee, as well as free private parking. RITA LORI hotel I've never been to Rita Lori hotel, but I asked my favorite hotel review expert, and he didn't disappoint, he filled me in on all I needed to know about the hotel. Rita Lori is located at 1 Taoridi Street, Off Babs Animashaun Road, Surulere, Lagos. My friend was quick to point out the fact that they had no front desk at the hotel and that to check-in, you had to call ahead of time to make arrangements. Asides from this little change, he mentioned that the hotel had 50 rooms and they provided everything needed for comfort as it was fully equipped with Air Condition, DSTV, Swimming pool, Bar/Lounge, 24hrs Room Service, Free Parking, Restaurant, 24hrs Electricity, Telephone, Security, Dry Cleaning, Gym, Meeting Facilities, Spa, Internet. Free buffet breakfast daily, Restaurant, Bar/lounge, 24-hour room service, Outdoor pool, 24-hour fitness facilities, 24-hour business center, Accessible bathroom In-room accessibility, Roll-in shower, individually decorated, Private bathroom, Shower only, Free WiFi, Daily housekeeping, and access via exterior corridors. They as well offer 24-hour airport shuttle service but you would have to contact them in advance to make arrangements. AMAZON Hotel For Amazon Hotel located at 16 Njemanze Street, Enugu, Seyi mentioned how their structure appeared vintage which made it charming to him. He said despite the fact that the hotel was located in the city center, they still manage to afford a serene and quiet location ideal for relaxation, making it a perfect choice as it combines a homely feel perfectly with business comfort. He said each room comes with a cable flat-screen TV, a work table & chair, a refrigerator, spacious wardrobes, telephone with intercom connection, sofa, toiletries, 24 hours electricity. Dry cleaning services and air conditioning. And they also come in different categories of Standard, Deluxe, Special Room and Villa Suite. As the foodie that I am, I was quick to ask about the restaurants and was not disappointed to know I had options as they offer a range of both international and traditional cuisines. And their drinks are always available at the bar/lounge. Amazon Hotel also boasts of a well-equipped event center and they have a spacious and beautiful surrounding that may also serve as event grounds. IMMACULATE ROYAL International Hotel Immaculate Royal International Hotel situated in Owerri might have never made it to this list until I had to get a review for my mum. She was traveling to a wedding at Owerri and I wanted her to get all the comfort she needed. So the minute my friend told me that the rooms were fitted with adjoining sitting areas, furnished with plush sofas, I knew it was the best option. Knowing my mother, I knew she needed to feel at home and asking her to eat in the same space with the bed was not exactly going to do the magic for her. Each of the rooms were fully air-conditioned, had a worktable, where she could easily sit to make her daily calls and do her usual study, an ornate lampshade that made her yearn for a similar one at home, a wardrobe that she said made her want to get new clothes, a TV with satellite reception and an en-suite bathroom. Breakfast was served daily for a surcharge and the onsite restaurant and bar serve a variety of meals and drinks. My mum kept saying she was tempted to go take a swim the minute she sighted their pool because they were flanked by parasols and dining sets. I was impressed because all the things my friends said was offered and available was what my mother enjoyed. Even their well-equipped fitness center and the spa that offered a range of body treatments. My friend mentioned that they had an event facility and a business center, as well as laundry, concierge, car hire, airport pickup, and city shuttle services provided upon request. Onsite and valet parking were also made available. And most importantly, the premises are guarded round the clock. The room types available include royal suite, diplomatic suite, ambassadorial suite, and a senatorial suite. An exclusive thing he mentioned was that they had an ATM On-Site, my mum really found this bit useful. PARKTONIAN Hotels My friend gave his review of this particular hotel while we were trying to figure out top-notch hotels available at Lekki. The Parktonian hotel is situated at Plot 2 Kayode Animashaun Street, Lekki Nigeria. The hotel has just 38 rooms (I like hotels that stuff themselves with rooms so that they can focus on the service they have to render) my friend went straight on to mention that the hotel was equipped with a bar/lounge, Restaurant, and they had provision for children Activities. They offer laundry service, outdoor pool, provide breakfast, 24-hour front desk service, Air conditioning, Daily housekeeping, Free WiFi and free parking. He was quick to point out the fact that the hotel was willing to let people in even after midnight, as long as you have contacted them and made your booking in advance. And you would be only admitted into their premises as long as you can provide the details of the booking confirmation. This seemed like a smart move from their end and I was impressed because it showed that they were security conscious. They offer continental breakfast but for an extra charge. I think I've done enough for today, speaking for my friend is not so much fun as when he gives the reviews himself. I've told him to open a personal blog to share his reviews, but he would rather share offline. According to him, his offline reviews are more credible than the ones found online. Do you think the same way? For those of you who think my friend needs to settle down already and stop moving around various hotels, do well to say such in the comment section and i will make sure I pass your message across to him. If you have ever visited any of the hotels above, do feel free to share your reviews as well in the comment section. if you feel there is a hotel you have visited that should make it to this list, do well to mention them in the section as well.
by Rebecca/January 15 10:33 AMLast updated on Lagos is the largest and most complex urban area in Nigeria. It contains the largest manufacturing sector and provides employment for over 45% of the skilled manpower of the country. Every and any kind of person you can ever imagine is living in a part of Lagos and the population in Lagos is estimated to be around 17.5 million as of this year. Due to the large population in the city, the thought of getting to your destination in time is more than enough reason to make anyone restless all night and wake up before the break of dawn to ensure that you make it in time to your destination in time and even make it back home in time to be able to catch a bit of sleep before you have to head out again the next day. The hustling and bustling in Lagos are seeming like the best way to make money these days. We have various news of ride-hailing companies arising in Lagos, not just on land but also at sea. There are various means of getting around in Lagos, but due to a large number of people we have living and hustling in Lagos, people tend to move around more via bikes. Other means of getting around in Lagos include bikes, tricycles, buses and even by air. The fastest way to get around: bikes Before the introduction of ride-hailing apps in Lagos, bikes have appeared to be in business but they were low key. Working within streets and in areas and barely on major roads. Then they realized the way to make better money for themselves, was if they worked on major roads. So they headed out to major roads and the willing and desperate Lagosians took them down to work or meetings or interviews in order to avoid being late. Now we have various bike hailing service providers who provide bikes in the form of taxis that have their own apps where you order for a bike. These bike taxis have put smiles on a lot of faces in Lagos and have helped a lot of people beat the regular traffic they would have had to face to get to work every day. Each rider is given a hairnet to put on before given a helmet to use it for their own safety. From wherever you are, you can hail a bike and be rest assured that you will get to your destination. These bike hailing service providers are automated in a way that each bike gets to take a rider and they use helmets to ensure both the rider and the passenger are as safe as they can be while on the ride. The rides are automated in a way that the fees are charged based on the kilometer or distance traveled during the ride. One comfort that comes with e-hailing is the ability to estimate fares, even before the ride commences. We have various bike hailing services like Gokada, Max.ng, Oride, Safeboda, Easy mobility and Go-bike which is still very new in the market. Gokada is regarded as the pioneer of the bike taxi-hailing services in Lagos, Nigeria. Founded on the 1st of January 2018 by Fahim Saleh and they have their headquarters in Lagos. Oride was launched in Nigeria in June 2019. Their services can be accessed through the Opay app and they have plans to expand outside Lagos soon. They also offer flexible payment options including cash, card payments and payment through the opay app. Max.ng on their part provides an affordable transport and delivery service. They also offer cashless payment, free hairnet for every rider and a clean helmet EasyMobility does not come with the feature of getting estimated fares. As a matter of fact, the company?s only visible online presence is a website. They do not have an app that either allows passengers to request a ride or riders accurately estimate trip fares. EasyMobility CEO is Adekunle Omololu, GoBike Inc deals with the pickup and delivery of all sorts of items and the transportation of people (Okada) their aim is to promote a culture of cycling and they offer an effective and efficient bike-sharing network. Adetayo Olowu is the CEO. To get a ride with GoBike, all you need to do is locate an available bike on the app, scan the QR code and once the bike unlocks you are set to go. After getting to your destination you will need to lock the bike at the area designated in the app and end your trip. The cheapest way to get around: Keke napeps Keke napeps for as long as they still remain in business will be the cheapest means to get around in Lagos. They barely work on major roads and seldom do long distances and as such charge very affordable rates for their trips. Keke napeps as they are commonly called are also referred to as Marwa. They are the tricycles that are generally painted yellow with a little bit of black here and there and sit 3 occupants at the back while the driver sits in the front. These days though, the drivers inconvenience themselves and add an extra occupant besides them at the little front seat originally made for them alone. The most exotic way to get around: by air The air transport system in Lagos is for all who are willing and capable to afford the fare. While others consider it very expensive, it is a regular means of getting around for others. There is the Muritala Muhammed International Airport for the purpose of flights in Lagos. We have various local Airlines like Arik, Air Peace and Dana air to mention but a few. They ply different routes and you will have to check their website to be certain of their routes and their flight ticket details. The most common way to get around in Lagos: bus Danfo, as they are commonly called, are the easiest ways to get around in Lagos.?Danfo are the big yellow buses that can be found anywhere in Lagos. As long as the destination you wish to travel to can be found on land, and you wish to travel on a public bus with the hope of not getting lost, then your best option is the Danfo bus. These Danfo buses usually come with their own personal conductors that serve a different purpose on the bus. They are the fare collectors, road checkers, side mirrors, mechanics for when the situation calls for it, and if you are lucky enough you take a bus that has a reasonable conductor and not the ones that find joy in frustrating their passengers. The fare for the Danfo bus is dependent on the mood of the driver and conductor and especially on the current season in Lagos. if it's raining, expect to pay more, because according to them, the roads are bad. During festive seasons you should also expect a hike in the price as well. Lagos Bus Reform (LBS) buses that have their terminal at Oshodi popularly called Ambode luxury buses, was a means used by Ambode to redefine public transport in Lagos. All you have to do is get to the terminal and pay the ticket fare for the particular destination you hope to travel to and get on the bus. These buses are fully airconditioned and are very comfortable. So if you seek extra comfort while traveling to your destination, then this is for you. Bus Rapid Transport system, commonly known as Brt buses either the red or the blue ones that have their own designated roadsides for all the trips they make to ensure their riders get minimally affected by the traffic in Lagos. For these buses, you will be required to get a ticket at their various bus terminals depending on where you intend to go. The ticket prices vary with each different location depending on the distance. Federal masses are the old long white buses that generally ply specific locations in Lagos. You do not see these ones waiting at the various bus stops in Lagos calling their passengers. They usually have their own park where they pick people going to the same destinations. Although their fares can be a bit on the high side, people have come to trust the buses and take them. There are also small buses in Lagos that do not travel long distances. They are usually 7 seater buses and they are generally used as a shuttle to take people from a particular bus-stops into the streets. They barely ply major roads and the fares are usually very affordable. The least common way to get around in Lagos: by water This means of getting around is the least common because people do not randomly think about going from one place to another by water. These days though, we have more people making their journey by water for various reasons. It can either be because your destination requires you to travel by boat. There is a ferry that goes from Ikorodu to some parts of the Island. All you have to do is get to the dock and get your ticket for the particular ride you wish to take. There are various water means of transport like Uber boat, Gboat, Tarzan marine limited, Metro ferry, City link marine limited, Texas connection ferries, A.N. Loko, amongst others. The most comfortable way to get around in Lagos: cabs Cabs have fallen under the category of the nicest ways to get around in Lagos because it is indeed nice as long as you are not afraid to spend your money irrespective of how short the distance you are traveling is. Originally, cabs in Lagos were the normal ones painted yellow with the black stripe by the sides. With mobility going digital, we have various cab-hailing apps that offer various services in different and sometimes every aspect of Lagos. If you are certain you do not have to be at your destination in such a hurry and you like to feel relaxed and comfortable for every journey you take, then cabs are your best bet in Lagos. All you have to do is ensure you have the mobile app of the particular cab-hailing service provider you desire and you are good to go. List of taxi hailing apps in Lagos includes; Oga taxi, Taxify, Uber, Jekalo, Rideme, Rideon, Ola cab, Naija taxi, Taxi Naija, Drop, Karry go, Mr Taxi, Waka4town, Opero, Pam drive, Tekra, Rhezon. Oga taxi regards themselves as the first-ever social ride pooling taxi service. They match drivers with passengers who request their ride through their mobile app and payment can either be done through cash or card. It also gives the passengers three ride options (Standard, Deluxe and Executive) Oga Taxi is the first indigenous taxi app in Nigeria and possibly Africa as a whole. Taxify, now referred to as Bolt is a ridesharing company that operates with a mobile application that allows you to request a ride through the app. All you have to do is pick your destination, request a ride, meet your driver and start up your trip. Uber Technologies, Inc., popularly known as Uber, is an American multinational ride-hailing company offering services that include peer-to-peer ridesharing, ride service hailing, food delivery, and a micro-mobility system with electric bikes and scooters. Uber was founded in 2009 as UberCab by Garrett Camp Jekalo is a Yoruba word that translates literally to ?let us go?. Or in this case, let?s ride together. It was founded on May 28, 2015. Jekalo requires you to enter the details of your trip on the search button or you can as well join any of the already displayed rides showing on the app. A safety measure has been put in place that requires a user to sign in using their Facebook and LinkedIn accounts as well as verify their phone number. The cost of the ride is usually calculated based on the distance traveled. The first 30 rides for new users are free. The "last resort" means of getting around: legging If you would rather ignore all these means listed above then there is always the last option available. that option involves using your legs to find your way around. The best time to optimize this option is when you are really close to your final destination and you find yourself stuck in the common Lagos traffic. At times like this "Legging it", as the action is usually referred to, will save you time. This option works best for those who have long legs and are not too lazy for a fast walk. In conclusion, this article is to give you a heads up on how best to transport yourself depending on the situation you find yourself in. If you liked this article, don't just enjoy it alone, you should share your experience getting around with any of the various modes of transport in Lagos and it could be of help to someone reading in the comment section.
by Rebecca/December 11 10:35 AMLast updated on Dala Hill is the best place for beautiful sights and history at the same time. The history of Kano started Dala Hill with its early settlers over 1000 years ago. The maguzawa tribe assembled at the foot of the hill to receive a sermon from Barbushe their spiritual and political leader. Today visitors can climb Dala hill from there you will have a magnificent view of old Kano. If you wake up early climb up the Dala hill and watch the sunrise over Kano city, It is an unforgettable view. The famous Dala Hills we hear about in the Hausa folklore, children?s storybooks and others are located in Kano state. Dala hills wrap around the city of Kano like a shield keeping its inhabitants from invasions and also acts as a good place to have the best view of Kano city. The walk up the hill can be quiet tiring with the steep stairs provided and the handrails which are long gone and makes it a precarious climb for the old and children. Once atop the hill, the view of Kano is bound to take your breath away to a time when Kano was in all its glory during the Trans-Atlantic trade. You can identify major landmarks in the city and maybe where you are staying for your visit. Dala hill, from which the Dala area in Kano city got its name, is undoubtedly shrouded in mystery and myth. The ancient hill, which stands tall in the city, is so alluring and captivating that anyone on a visit to Kano will desire to see its top. Though time and nature have started taking their tolls on the hill, it still embodies those fairy tales that people who have lived around it for centuries continue to hold. According to the historical accounts from natives of the area, Dala was named after a hunter who once lived at the hill. They claimed that the entire area where the hill is today was a deep forest until their forefathers decided to settle down around it. There are many mythical stories about it, which some settlers regard as spiritual and superstitious. In those days, it was believed that only Dala natives could go up the hill at a particular period of the day. Even now, to an extent, people still hold that belief. It is believed that a non-indigene cannot go up the hill after 8 pm without a consequence. Till today, a deep well, popularly known as Rijiyar kare kukan ka (the well where you will cry out your tears without help) is believed to be on top of Dala hill. The mysterious well, according to the elders of Dala, is the most frightening myth about the hill. It is so deep that when a stone is dropped into it, it would take about 20 minutes before one could hear the splash of water to signify its landing. They claimed that a number of people and animals had fallen into the well and could not be rescued. The well, according to them, is still on the hill, but no one has ever fetched water from it because of its depth. They said it was not dug by anybody and it never gets filled up with water since it was discovered on the hill. Ensure that on your visit to Dala hills, you put on very comfortable outfits and not anything too fancy. Also, make sure that your camera is fully charged and ready for a busy day. You can pay a visit to the hills anytime, there will be guides there to attend to you. You should also check out this detailed travel guide to Kano, it will make your next trip to the city very exciting. https://hotels.ng/guides/travel-guide-to-kano-all-you-should-know-about-the-center-of-commerce/
by Rebecca/December 11 10:12 AMLast updated on The Tiga Dam has become an outstanding creation that is outside Kano. The ambiance is attractive and makes tourists throng here often. You can go on a boat cruise and go fishing here too. A hotel that is located at the base of the dam, called the Rock Castle Hotel, is there for you to lodge at. It was built to accommodate Queen Elizabeth during her visit to Nigeria many years back ago. The Tiga Dam provides irrigation for the farmers of Kano. It is a major reservoir on the Kano River, the main tributary of the Hadejia River. The dam was built during the administration of Governor Audu Bako in an attempt to improve food security through irrigation projects. The dam was built during the administration of Governor Audu Bako in an attempt to improve food security through irrigation projects. The dam covers an area of 178 square kilometers (69 sq mi) with a maximum capacity of nearly 2,000,000 cubic meters Tiga lake, dam and villagers between Zaria and Kano near Bagaudi 1981 Things to do while at Tiga Dam; Wade in the cool waterTake beautiful pictures Best Features, The reservoir provides irrigation for farmers and shallow lakes where one may wade and relax. You should also check out this detailed travel guide to Kano, it will make your next trip to the city very exciting. https://hotels.ng/guides/travel-guide-to-kano-all-you-should-know-about-the-center-of-commerce/
by Rebecca/December 10 02:24 PMLast updated on The Ancient Kano City Walls were ancient defensive walls built to protect the inhabitants of the ancient city of Kano. The wall was initially built from 1095 through 1134 and completed in the middle of the 14th century. The Ancient Kano City Walls were described as "the most impressive monument in West Africa. The Ancient Kano City Walls are made up of Dala hill where it was founded, the Kurmi market and the Emir?s Palace. The Ancient Kano City Walls originally had an estimated height of 30 to 50 ft and about 40 ft thick at the base with 15 gates around it. The ancient Kano city walls were built in order to provide security to the growing population. The foundation for the construction of the wall was laid by Sakri Gijimasu from 1095 - 1134 and was completed in the middle of 14th Century during the reign of Zamnagawa. In the 16th century, the walls were further extended to their present position. The gates are as old as the walls and were used to control the movement of people in and out of the city. Ancient Kano City walls and associated sites are places of spiritual, historical and cultural significance. The site bears testimony to local craftsmanship and ingenuity as is evidenced in the materials used for the construction of the walls and palace. The ancient Kano city walls and associated sites are a cultural landscape that the people still pride themselves in. The site can compare with other sites like Zaria city wall, Kufena archaeological site and Daura City wall all in the northern part of the country. Kano, right from its beginning, is a commercial town. This has helped in the rapid development of the city. It sprawls over a wide expanse of savannah land. Although the city has long taken a modern cosmopolitan hue, relics of the city?s past as the hub for commercial activities during the trans-Saharan trade still remain. The real identity of Kano can best be felt in the old city area. The mud houses with distinct Hausa local architectural dexterity, the narrow roads that were meant for only men and their domestic animals are still there. The walls are among the major tourist attractions in the city; that probably explains why the state government in conjunction with the National Commission for Museums and Monuments (NCMM) is working towards making the walls World Heritage Site. You should also check out this detailed travel guide to Kano. It contains everything you need to know to ensure you have an amazing stay in the city. https://hotels.ng/guides/travel-guide-to-kano-all-you-should-know-about-the-center-of-commerce/ Here are 10 fun and exciting things that you would not hear about Kano often. When next you visit Kano, ensure you use this; https://hotels.ng/guides/kano/ Top 10 things that are very important and you would not want to miss out on your next visit to Kano https://hotels.ng/guides/top-10-things-to-do-in-kano/
by Rebecca/December 10 01:52 PMLast updated on Falgore Game Reserve is a protected ecosystem designated mainly for game protection in the southern Kano state of northern Nigeria. This game reserve is located about 150 kilometers away from Kano city. It lies in Tudun Wada, Doguwa and Sumaila local government areas. It extends to the boundary line between Kano, Kaduna, and Bauchi states respectively. It covers an area of about 1000 square kilometers and is traversed by the River Kano. Falgore game reserve lies on the northern guinea savanna ecological belt. This ecosystem is bisected by River Kano. Falgore game reserve started as Kogin Kano forest reserve which was developed since the British colonial period in 1940s. The forest reserve was only upgraded into a game reserve in the 1960s and subsequently called Falgore game reserve. Falgore game reserve conserves the savanna floral faunal species within their natural habitat. However, one of the main objectives of the game reserve is to serve as a regulator of silting which threatens the multipurpose Tiga Dam which is the backbone of the Kano River Project. The villages located around Falgore game reserve believe it offers them a good microclimate and protects them against destructive windstorms. Falgore game reserve has high potentials for the tourism and recreation industry of Kano State and Nigeria. Inside the reserve, there are beautiful physical features of spellbinding attractions, which include a number of rocks and the beautiful rapids of the river Kano. That is expectedly a must site for photographic enthusiasts. Still within the park visitor can switch to culture as the ghost old town of Falgore, which is nearly as old as Kano City lie there with its traditional architecture, mode of settlement and other human features. Accommodation and camping facilities are available around the game reserve. Additionally, during the wet season, Falgore is navigable from Tiga Lake The reserve is about 1 and half hours drive from Kano. It is still a nice place to spend your weekend and relax. Modest accommodation facilities are available. FACILITIES Tourism Motel in Falgore Base Camp Attraction: Kwakwafada rapidsZarara Rock RangesRuins of old settlementsIndigenous species of plants and animals found in Northern Guinea Savannah. MISSION: Biodiversity Conservation for the benefits of present and future generations. VISION: A sustainable environment that supports human beings and other creature You should also check out this detailed travel guide to Kano. It contains everything you need to know to ensure you have an amazing stay in the city. https://hotels.ng/guides/travel-guide-to-kano-all-you-should-know-about-the-center-of-commerce/ Here are 10 fun and exciting things that you would not hear about Kano often. When next you visit Kano, ensure you use this; https://hotels.ng/guides/kano/ Top 10 things that are very important and you would not want to miss out on your next visit to Kano https://hotels.ng/guides/top-10-things-to-do-in-kano/