by Stephen Akadiri/April 17 04:18 AMLast updated on Gone are the days when one has to go through the rigorous process of queuing at the "NEPA" office before being able to pay or renew electricity bills. You are going to learn in detail how to recharge a prepaid electricity meter online from the comfort of your home. Before the advent of digital payment platforms, you will need to physically visit the nearest bank or the electricity distribution company to pay for your electricity bills. Things got a little better as one can successfully recharge electricity units from one's bank app without having to visit the bank in person. These days, it has been much easier to recharge your prepaid electricity meter online without necessarily making use of a bank app or an ATM machine. This will answer your question if you have been wondering how you can recharge a prepaid electricity meter online because you do not have a bank app or you do not want to stress yourself going to the ATM. Necessary prerequisite needed to recharge prepaid electricity meter online A smartphone, Laptop or Desktop with an active internetPrepaid meter number (Usually written boldly on the body of your prepaid meter)ATM card details for customers who cannot transfer (Master/Verve/Visa cards)Phone number (This is where the token will be sent)Email Address Now that you have So let's quickly proceed to how to recharge a prepaid electricity meter online even if you don't have a bank app. How to recharge a prepaid electricity meter online in simple steps using nepa.ng Get any internet-enabled device e.g mobile phone, laptop, desktop, etc.Go to your preferred browser and enter www.nepa.ngSelect the electricity distribution company you are registered with (e.g. Eko Electricity Distribution Company (EKDC) Prepaid.)Then enter your meter number. Enter the worth of electricity units you want to buy in NairaInput your phone number and email address and hit the submit button.Enter your credit card detailsConfirm your order summary In less than 10 seconds, a token is generated.Enter this token directly on your prepaid or postpaid electricity meter. Then you will have your prepaid meter credited. Now you have discovered how to recharge a prepaid electricity meter online, even when you don't have a bank app. Pretty easy, isn't it? You might also want to read how to apply for prepaid electricity meter in Lagos, if you are resident in Lagos or how to apply for IBEDC prepaid meter for those using the Ibadan Electricity prepaid meter.
by Rebecca/March 30 02:13 PMLast updated on As the world faces the rapid spread of the coronavirus, many have been forwarding messages on how to prevent contracting this possibly fatal virus. Face mask provides a physical barrier to fluids and large-particle droplets (a major means by which the virus is spread). A surgical mask is a type of face mask commonly used. When used properly, surgical masks can prevent infections transmitted by respiratory droplets. The outer layer is hydrophobic or is a fluid-repelling layer while the inner layer is to absorb moisture, as the air we breathe out contains moisture. There is also typically a middle layer that filters bacteria. The function of the blue/green layer is to prevent germs from sticking to it. If you wear the mask the other way, the moisture from the air will stick onto it, making it easier for germs to stay there. When you breathe in, the germs will transfer from the outside layer and straight into your lungs. What this means in simple terms is that you should wear the coloured side out if you're sick and do not want to spread the germs around. The white side is worn out when you are not sick and you want to stop the germs from getting in. The strings or elastic bands are positioned properly to keep the mask firmly in place. You must, however, ensure that the mask fully covers both the mouth and nose and is for single use only. Try not to touch the mask once it is secured on your face as frequent handling may reduce its protection. If you must do so, wash your hands before and after touching the mask. When taking off the mask, avoid touching the outside of the mask as this part may be covered with germs. After taking off the mask, fold the mask outwards (i.e. the outside of the mask facing inwards), then put the mask into a plastic or paper bag before putting it into a rubbish bin with a lid. You should also check this out to know how best to isolate and the top hygiene tips for the coronavirus pandemic.
by Rebecca/March 30 12:48 PMLast updated on Coronavirus is shaking up business and consumer habits across the globe. There is a steady increase in the number of social media users as people believe social media usage habits will increase significantly in the event they are confined to their homes due to the Coronavirus which is the situation right now. This may come as no surprise given consumers won?t have much else to do when social distancing and self-isolating. Social media is one of the best ways to share news nowadays, in fact, some people don't know any other way. Whether it be COVID-19 news from individual states or news on a national scope, social media gets the message where it needs to go. Taking advantage of the coronavirus pandemic to build your social media presence is not a terrible idea as long as you are doing it the right way. There are various ways to build your social media presence this coronavirus period, all you have to do is know what exactly you want to be known for and make a conscious effort into building your online brand. Stay informed Staying ahead of the news is a very important factor, it gives you an edge against competitors who will just be sharing regular details. You know what is in the news and what is trending, you can incorporate it into your content in order to optimize a wider reach. You do not want to make the error of doing a yard sale when everyone is currently self-isolating and practicing social distancing. Provide solutions The only way to build a great and lasting social media presence at a time like this is to ensure that you are providing solutions and you are staying relevant. You do not expect everyone to keep coming to your page now when all you do is provide a service that is irrelevant to the current pandemic around the world. Curtail your content format to your target audience You don't target millennials and use Shakespearean language, they know the language, but would not follow because majority of them will find it boring. Ensure that whatever content Tailor your content to be channel-specific Try as much as you can to ensure that each of your contents is channel-specific. You do not want to bore people before you get to pass your message across. Don't come to Twitter with a lengthy caption unless its something you are certain will keep your audience's attention till the very end, it's the same way you should know that a tutorial video will work better on Instagram as well. You should not create a content calendar to cut across all your social media channels, try to ensure that even while you are still selling the same thing, you are going the extra mile to be channel-specific. Stay relevant You do not need to be an expert in a field to actually grow your audience in that field, all you have to do is be knowledgeable and willing to do the leg work to ensure that everything you will be sharing is factual. Create a niche that people have a need for You can decide to start doing reviews of products that you know people need or start a tutorial on something you are very good at and will help a lot at a time when people have to stay at home. Anything you decide to do, just ensure that you have created a niche for yourself in a particular field and when anyone has a need in relation to that field, your page is the first place they go to. Show empathy You do not want to get on people's toes just because they feel you are not empathic enough about the global pandemic. avoid as much as you can, contents that can be misinterpreted. And make sure that irrespective of the brand you decide to build for yourself, people love the way you go about it. Don't keep talking about parties and outings like you are a stranger to the pandemic in town. Make people yearn to visit your page The only way people will want to visit your page and get accustomed to your online brand is if they know that you have a solution to their current needs. Don't go about confusing people about your real intent, as much as you can, ensure that you are giving value. Be consistent Don't post today and expect to get a magical growth overnight, it does not happen that way. You have to be consistent at what you do and ensure that people are always getting something new and fresh each time they visit your page. Don't be stagnant and expect magic to happen, Rome was not built in a day. Ensure you don't appear too profit-oriented If you come across as someone whose only interest is to make money while people are dying of coronavirus, then you will be making some enemies more than friends. Ensure that whatever you do, you are being cautious and clear enough to make people have a need for it. Don't come across as a seller, people will run from you as they are trying to save for the uncertain days ahead. Be creative People are really bored at home these days so the same content that worked last month will not do the same magic this month. Find new and creative ways to share the same thing, do a little bit of research and add new things to educate your audience. Don't bore them with the same content. Be engaging Don't just throw your ideas out there and keep pushing it down the throats of your audience. Try as much as you can to be engaging, that way you can also get feedback directly from your audience on how to improve and you also get to entertain yourself at the same time. Ensuring your page is appealing enough to keep people coming back is the goal. You can't build your presence on social media by doing nothing. Keep at it, find your niche and don't stop pushing. There is always an audience out there for you as long as you know how to make things happen. You should also check this out. https://hotels.ng/guides/corona-virus/things-to-do-before-going-into-self-isolation/
by Rebecca/January 27 11:49 AMLast updated on There are many hotels in Lagos and people like to visit them for different reasons. No one ever wants to lodge into a hotel only to find out that they do not offer great services or the hotel does not suit their taste and standard. This article is a guide for everyone who wants to know suitably top hotels they can visit without ending up with great regrets. In no particular order, here is a list of some of the top hotels in Lagos. Radisson Blu Anchorage Hotel Radisson Blu Anchorage Hotel, Lagos, V.I. is a hotel perfectly perched along the waterfront area of Victoria Island, the business hub of the city. It is nestled along the Lagos Lagoon on Victoria Island at 1A Ozumba Mbadiwe Avenue, Lagos. The lounge, featuring comfortable sofas and fountains, is just one of the beautiful focal points of this Radisson Blu Hotel. The atrium opens up to the fourth story of the hotel, offering guests unique views of Lagos Lagoon. This Lagos hotel is located nearby Bar Beach. The hotel features 170 rooms and suites that are all air-conditioned rooms and suites that are designed in two original styles, Urban and Ocean. The hotel also offers stunning city and lagoon views from different angles. Business guests of the hotel get to enjoy it's proximity to corporate headquarters, banking districts, and consulates, while the leisure guests enjoy quick access to several shopping malls like Mega Plaza Mall, City Mall, the commercial district, all of the consulates and top Lagos attractions such as Bar Beach, just 5 minutes from the hotel. The hotel offers free high-speed wireless Internet and guests get to choose between international dishes or Nigerian cuisine at the on-site Voyage Restaurant. There is also the option of lingering over a light meal on the terrace at the Surface Bar & Grill. The hotel provides a variety of drinks and cocktails that can be gotten at the View hotel bar. A well-equipped fitness center is also available to ensure that guests maintain your exercise regimen. Not only that there is also a wellness area where guests can relax in the massage room, steam room and outdoor infinity pool. If you are planning a business event, wedding or other special occasions, then you can contact the hotel as they offer six flexible rooms that all come with state-of-the-art audio-visual equipment and splendid views over Lagos Lagoon. The Federal Palace Hotel The Federal Palace is located about 30 minutes' walk from Lagos city center. The hotel offers 146 non-smoking rooms contained in a 4-story building decorated in a European style. The hotel is within close proximity to major Lagos sights, such as Lekki Market and Red Door Gallery, The National Museum, A gallery, and a museum is a few minutes' walk away. The hotel offers various facilities ranging from free car parking, an ATM stand, an elevator, a mini-bar, a microwave and a dressing area that are offered in all rooms at the hotel. Many rooms feature a captivating view of the Atlantic Ocean. All rooms have their own private bathrooms, which come equipped with a tub, a rainfall shower, and toiletries. Residents can have breakfast at the on-site indoor restaurant of the hotel or at the lobby bar. The accommodation has a very stylish bar where guests can enjoy local drinks. Business tourists also get to enjoy a business center, meeting facilities, and a xerox. An outdoor swimming pool with a water slide and sun loungers is placed on site for the comfort of the guests. Guests of The Federal Palace can enjoy a gym area, aerobics classes, and a fitness center as well. The hotel has various kinds of rooms available at different prices, there is the King Room going for ?73,410 avg/room, and there have 2 Bedroom Apartment going for ?404,535 avg/room Eko Hotel Located in the heart of Victoria Island along Adetokunbo Ademola Street Lagos, the hotel is shielded from the hustle and bustle of the Lagos center. They offer services to not just corporate clients but walk-in guests as well. They ensure that all their guests enjoy a perfect blend of relaxation, activities, and African tradition delicately infused to meet the highest national and international standards. Overlooking the Eko Atlantic City and Ocean, the hotel is just a 10-minute drive to the City Centre and only 45minutes away from the Airport. The hotel provides one of the best conference and banqueting facilities that is tastefully furnished to a 7000-seater capacity. There is also a world-class swimming pool, as well as 824 excellently furnished rooms spread across 4 hotels: Eko Signature, Eko Suites, Eko Hotels, And Eko Gardens mostly with a choice of city and sea views. The hotel has 8 different restaurants and 7 different bars serving a range of international cuisines, amongst other facilities. The hotel is equipped with a state of the art health and fitness center comprising of a gym, a tennis/basketball court, a volleyball court, a sauna, spa, salon, and nail studio. There is also an in-house medical clinic as well. We host the best-themed buffet every Friday evening where we serve specialties across the globe: Africa, Asia, America, Italy, Mexico Middle East, and Mongolia The hotel offers varieties of rooms ranging from Eko Garden Standard going for ?45,000. There is also the Signature Suite for the price of ?150,000 Four Points by Sheraton Four Points By Sheraton Lagos is located at Plot 9/10 Block 2, Oniru Chieftaincy Estate, Lekki Peninsula, Victoria Island, Lagos. It is 6 km away from Mega Plaza Century 21 Mall. Lagos city center is 6 km away. The hotel has 231 rooms with views of the ocean. The rooms are all equipped with climate control, a laptop-compatible safe and a mini-fridge. These rooms have ergonomic furnishings as well. Four Points By Sheraton Hotel also provides guests with a state-of-the-art hotel facilities, such as a restaurant with a mouth-watering menu of local and intercontinental dishes plus continental breakfast, indoor swimming pool, adequately stocked bar with lounge, fitness center and gym with world-class fitness facilities, wireless internet connectivity, 24/7 electricity supply, convenient parking arrangement, guaranteed security plus conference, banquet and meeting rooms. There is also a shuttle service, a doctor on call and room services in addition to currency exchange, allergy-friendly rooms and a smoking area available on site. The accommodation is also set next to nightclubs, restaurants and golf courses. A collection of extra services are offered guests at the Four Points By Sheraton Hotel and these include housekeeping and room services, outdoor terrace, BBQ facilities, spa and massage, barber and beauty shop, elevator and dry cleaning services. Traditional Room (Room Rate Is Not Fixed/It Is Subject to Change) Intercontinental Lagos Hotel The Lagos Continental Hotel is a 5-Star hotel located at Plot 52A Kofo Abayomi Street, Victoria Island placing it in the popular high-brow area of Lagos. It offers 352 luxury and tastily furnished rooms. It is the tallest hospitality building in Nigeria, and with its terraces, it offers splendid views of the Lagos city, most importantly the Lagos Port and Lagos skyline. It is a 30-minute drive away from Ikoyi Club; with its proximity to Silverbird Cinemas and Embassies, it has the right location for guests to enjoy their stay. Continental Hotel offers great amenities like a flat-screen TV, a minibar, and air conditioning. During the stay, guests can take advantage of some of the amenities offered, including a rooftop terrace, a concierge, and room service. Guests of Lagos Continental Hotel are also welcome to enjoy a pool and free breakfast, located on-site. For travelers arriving by car, free parking is available. The hotel is also in close proximity to some of Lagos' most popular landmarks, such as The Cathedral Church of Christ (2.3 mi) and Central Mosque of Lagos (2.9 mi), Lagos Continental Hotel is a great destination for tourists. They have a Superior Room that goes for ?81,127 as well as a whole lot of other rooms to meet the requirements of the guests. The Wheatbaker Hotel Lagos Situated at 4 Onitolo Road (Old Lawrence Rd) Ikoyi, Lagos, Nigeria, the hotel is placed near the Lagos business districts of lkoyi and Victoria Island. As such, it becomes perfectly placed for any traveler as it is located only 35 km from Murtala Muhammed International Airport. they offer Luxury King (Single) for ?141,375 avg/room and there is also an Executive Suite for ?442,250 avg/room The Wheatbaker offers the corporate traveler all the comfort and convenience of a luxury boutique hotel. For inquiries, you can reach them through [email protected] or [email protected] Address Hotel Ibis Lagos Ikeja http://www.accorhotels.com/7577 Ibis hotel is located at 23 Toyin Street, Ikeja, Lagos Murtala Muhammed Intl Airport Road. The Ibis Lagos Ikeja hotel offers affordable accommodation with its 165 air-conditioned comfortable rooms. The hotel is ideal for business travelers as all guests have access to free wi-fi, a self-service business center and 4 conference rooms available for professional events or meetings. The hotel is located 10 minutes away from the Murtala Muhammed International Airport. The hotel offers guests access to a gym, outdoor pool, 2 bars and a restaurant that offers all-you-can-eat buffet breakfast. Their standard Room goes for ?28,100. The hotel offers additional services like Airport Shuttle, Safety Deposit Boxes, Babysitting, Business Center, Car Hire, 24hrs Room Service, Ironing, Event facilities, Concierge. Hotel Ibis provides rooms and facilities for persons with disabilities as well. The Regent Luxury Suites The Regent hotel is situated at No 25 Joel Ogunnaike Street Ikeja, GRA, Lagos Mainland. It is located in an upbeat part of Lagos and is only 3km from the Murtala Mohammed International Airport. The Regent is one of the most fashionable hotels in Ikeja Lagos. Regent represents style, luxury, and class. Regent is a name that has quickly become synonymous with elegance. Other special services available to guests include concierge service, currency exchange, room service, car rental service, shops within the hotel premises for guests to conveniently purchase whatever they might need. They have a Standard Double Suite at the range of ?50,000 and their Presidential Suite for ?100,000. Banex Hotel and Suites The hotel is located at 60 Olorunlogbon street, VOM Estate, Near Anthony Police Station Anthony, Maryland. Due to it?s proximity to the airport, the hotel has become a favorite destination for business travelers and it is a perfect honeymoon destination because of its elegant structure and the views it offers. All their rooms come with king-size beds, air-conditioning, mini-fridges and tea/coffee making facilities. All the guests get to enjoy a complimentary breakfast and free room service. They as well have a complimentary Wireless internet, flat-screen TV for guest?s entertainment. Some of their units have a seating area, and there is a fitness center alongside an on-site restaurant and bar Free parking on-site is made available for guests and there is provision for them to wine and dine in the on-site restaurant and bar respectively. Additional services are also offered on requests, such as Laundry Service, Business Centre, Airport Shuttle, Concierge service, Luggage storage, and Babysitting services. Their Classic Double room goes for ?20,000 and they have a Presidential Suite for ?105,000. Pearlwort Hotel and Suites Pearlwort Hotel and Suites is set in Plot 7 Impressive Close, Off Lateef Jinadu Dosunmu Street, Alausa, Ikeja (the Central Business District.) The hotel has a year-round outdoor pool, and guests can enjoy a drink at the bar. Free WiFi is available throughout the property and free private parking is available on site. The rooms include a flat-screen TV. Certain units include a seating area to relax in after a busy day. Each room is fitted with a private bathroom and they provide slippers and free toiletries a well. There is a 24-hour front desk at the property. Shoprite - Ikeja City Mall is 0.8 min from Pearlwort Hotel and Suites. Lagos State Secretariat is within 1 min. The nearest airport is Murtala Muhammed International Airport, 4.3 min from Pearlwort Hotel and Suites. They have a Standard Room for ?26,700 and a Penthouse Presidential Suite for ?200,000. If you have visited any of these hotels, you can do well to drop your reviews in the comment section for the sake of others.
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 Rejoice Obike/November 26 10:36 AMLast updated on Computer Village Ikeja is known to be the biggest gadget market in West Africa. It is one of the popular places in Nigeria to buy electronics, cell phones and other types of electronic devices. The market is situated within a small area of Otigba, Ikeja, the capital city of Lagos. Before Otigba became a market for tech products, it was just a stretch of farmlands in the 1960s. Due to the road construction by the Ikeja Local Government in Otigba, the area attracted some activity and eventually, office spaces started springing up. The capital city began to buzz with commercial activity, and many traders and technology enthusiasts started to set up shops in Otigba, seeing the area?s potential as a hub for selling and buying of tech products. Traders in Computer Village Computer Village Ikeja currently houses over 3,000 Information Technology (IT) SMEs. Computer Village has won its reputation as the biggest market in Nigeria for the buying and selling of IT accessories. Apart from the sale of accessories, computer village is also renowned for the repair of computers and mobile phones. That?s why it is known to be the Lagos home of computer engineers and phone technicians. Computer Village is made up of streets lined with multistory buildings, and you would find phone and computer technicians inside these buildings. From the entrance of the market, a number of boys fiercely pursue customers, aggressively convincing them to patronize them. The number of buyers that come to the market is enormous, and most times they have little or no information about the particular product they look forward to purchasing, hence making them victims of fraud one way or the other. Computer village, if viewed from another angle, can be said to be the streets of dishonest hustlers. Therefore, as a buyer it is key to know your way around making purchases in computer village. These tips will help you shop for gadgets at Ikeja Computer Village without much hassle: Ask a lot of questions when buying second-hand items When buying secondhand gadgets like UK-used laptops and phones in Computer Village, you need to completely avoid bogus sellers. It?s important to have a lot of information about the product or seller. If you are a first-timer, you will have to do a lot of market research, and find out which dealers are authorized to sell such a product. For instance, if you plan to buy an iPhone, there are things to look out for which are necessary for you to know when getting from an authorized reseller to avoid buying a fake. You can visit INigeria.com to verify the phone you decide to buy from any dealer in Computer Village. Buying UK used phones Asking questions helps you spot some glaring red flags that would signal you to stay away from purchasing such gadget. First, if the prices are too good to be true or outrageously cheap then that?s a red flag. To know if the price is right, check out different sellers to see what the usual range is. If the price deviates too much from the usual price range, it?s advisable to walk away. And also, ask the seller a lot of specific questions like: What are the gadget?s defects and why (s)he is selling at that price? If the sellers are not able to give a convincing answer then you should not buy from them. Check warranty Buying a gadget that has no warranty in Computer Village is something you should not do. No matter how much a seller tries to sweet talk you into buying from them, always check for warranties. Ask to see it before buying any gadget from any of the dealers. You are entitled to have at least a service warranty, which means you can have your gadget repaired if you find any defects. Or there should be at least a replacement warranty for a period of time. Aside from warranty information, you should also check the store?s return policy whether it is favorable before you make your purchase. Beware of scammers Without any doubt, scam is very prominent in Ikeja Computer Village. Like every other major market, Computer Village has its own crop of fraudulent people. Not every dealer is fraudulent but you should be on the watch-out all the time. Unqualified engineers and fraudsters take advantage of the ever-busy market to sell counterfeit products or services. At some point, some have sold stolen phones and electronic devices. These unlawful acts are usually perpetrated by unregistered traders and retailers, mostly those you find on the streets that do not have a specific shop location. Visitors to Computer Village should bear in mind that there are two major categories of sellers: the registered and the unregistered (free) traders. It is advisable for you to buy or repair your gadget at a proper shop. If you are not familiar with the market, go with a tech expert or a regular buyer who knows good dealers of the particular gadget you are looking to purchase. Use a secure payment method When buying gadgets in computer village, it is better to pay with your credit card than cash. It is safer transacting with your credit card because there have been a lot of stories of customers who have been scammed when paying with cash. Fraudulent sellers often take cash from customers only to suddenly change their mind about selling and immediately offer to return the cash. This may sound cool, until you check the returned cash and notice lots of fake notes have been infused into the bundle. Make sure to ask about what payment method is accepted. Or rather confirm the product before payment is made. Anyone that works best for you should be considered; just make sure to practice due diligence to ensure you?re getting exactly what you paid for. You should also crosscheck all purchases before leaving the shop. Compare Prices As a gadget freak looking to purchase a product in Computer Village, you must spend a considerable amount of time to find out the best prices. Deeper research would help you find out different phone prices in Computer Village and help you get the best bargains. Overpriced products don?t necessarily mean the products are good. But if the product is overly cheap, this might mean the product is fake. You can't pay 40K to get an iPhone X and expect it to work. Comparing prices across different stores and dealers before paying will help you shop better and safer. Others are also reading: https://hotels.ng/guides/hacks/how-to-cancel-orders-on-popular-online-stores-jumia-konga-and-aliexpress/ https://hotels.ng/guides/activities/a-guide-to-christmas-shopping-in-nigeria/ https://hotels.ng/guides/city-guide/top-ten-places-to-avoid-in-lagos-at-night/
by Shelah Jegede/November 22 05:31 PMLast updated on Over the years, people have realized that shopping online is the best form of shopping as it reduces stress and can be sometimes cheaper. Over 80% of the human population shop online due to these reasons. https://hotels.ng/guides/hacks/things-to-do-for-dad-on-fathers-day/ How To Cancel Order On Jumia Jumia is the most popular online store in Nigeria and they are very efficient and reliable. However, people order stuff online and later realize that they do not actually need it. When this happens to you, it can be rectified by calling the customer care service (0-700-6000-000) or visiting Jumia's website to cancel. In most cases, the order has already been shipped and already on its way to the pickup location but when you call to cancel, the Jumia customer care section will do everything necessary in order to stop the delivery and refund your money in case you paid online. If it is a cash payment delivery however, you can just reject it once it gets delivered to your place. Jumia How to Cancel Order on Konga Konga is also a popular online store where you can purchase clothes, electronics, equipment and other stuffs. The online store has almost everything you wish to get but what do you do when you already ordered a product and it no longer appeals to you? You can cancel your order through your Konga account. Simply open the page that contains the information about your ordered goods called ?My Orders? and click on the cancel button next to the package you would like to stop its purchase. If the package has almost arrived, you can reject on delivery but just to be safe, you should consider performing the cancellation before it reaches the status ?Order Dispatched". Konga How to Cancel Order on AliExpress It happens that sometimes you order something on AliExpress and pay then you eventually change your mind. It is possible for you to cancel your order and get your money back. Note that the seller doesn?t ship the package straight away after you make an order. AliExpress reserves 7 business days for the seller to do it. During this period that your order has the awaiting shipment status, you can cancel it by following these simple steps: *Go to the "my orders" section of your AliExpress personal account. *Click on the ?cancel order? button next to your package. This will take you to the order page, then click on the request order cancellation button. *Choose the reason for cancellation. If you made an order by mistake, select the corresponding variant in the drop-down list. If you cancel the order due to a fault on the seller?s part, then you will be offered to open a dispute. As soon as you request the cancellation, you will have to wait for the seller?s response. The seller can confirm the request and you will get a refund in this case. AliExpress Canceling your order on online stores is as easy as ordering stuff online. https://hotels.ng/guides/activities/a-guide-to-christmas-shopping-in-nigeria/
by Esther Adeniyi/January 09 10:08 AMLast updated on There is a sort of exquisiteness that comes with hotels. Why else would anyone want their bedrooms to look or at least feel like one? Whether you want to make your guest room exclusively awesome or just want to upgrade your bedroom, this article is going to be your best bet. What's more interesting is that you do not even have to break the bank to get your bedroom to look like a hotel.? In very easy steps, you are basking in the euphoria of a hotel all in the comfort of your bedroom. Start with a bed makeover One of the first things you spot as soon as you walk into your hotel room is a perfect bed. It is neither too hard nor too soft. Best part, the linens and bedspread! Bedspread Change your bedspread as frequently as you can into fresh new sheets that are of the top-quality grade. Crisp cotton percale is an elegant material for your bed. That feel of comfort is what you are?looking for. Linen spray You can go the extra mile, get you the perfect linen spray. A linen spray is a liquid in a spray bottle made up of water and sweet smelling essential oils. You can even make your linen sprays at home. In a small spray bottle, add some vodka or witch hazel, 2 tablespoons or thereabout. Add some drops (say 10) of your favourite essential oil. Lavender is a good choice if you ask. Add 6 tablespoons of water and shake. There you go, your sweet-smelling linen spray. Spray this on your bedsheets and even on your rugs, curtains, wherever. Triple sheeting Triple sheeting is a cost-effective way of achieving a luxurious bedding set. What this does is that it makes your overall bed appearance, touch and feel look crisp and clean. Triple sheeting involves multiple layering styles?of sheets and blankets.? This not only helps to make your bedroom feel like a hotel room, but it also keeps your bed cleaner for longer.? You can decide to sleep in between the first and second layer or in between the second and third layer. Choose a calm colour palette The right colour palette is going to be one of the best decorating decisions. If you want to give your bedroom a hotel feel, pick the right colours. A neutral colour palette would do the best job for you. What a neutral colour palette does is that it induces a peaceful effect.? Add a pop of colour to accentuate the beauty. This can be done by adding throw pillows. A nice neutral colour combination is soft blue, creamy white and different shades of beige. If you are confused, you can go for pastel colours that are very related in shades. You can also play with a lot of white and make that dominate. Otherwise, check the internet for colour combinations if you suck at colours. Add some subtle distraction The little things really matter. How about a little distraction? Luxurious hotels always come with beautiful but subtle distraction. For example, you can add a pile of your favourite magazines at your bedside.?A flower vase will is another good idea too. Nice scented candles are perfect! Ottomans are great. In so many hotels, watch out for the bedside set up and take a cue, let their placement inspire you. For a guest room, place an exquisite glass and water container. If you can go through the trouble, add fresh flowers in the flower vase. Go minimalist Many luxurious hotels employ minimalist designs. Make sure that you have as few as possible items in your bedroom. Declutter as much as you can. Create a clear demarcation for all of the major items and spaces. Clear space for reading, your bed area, refrigerator space etc. Give your windows a treat Your window area is another place to look at if you must make your bedroom look like a hotel. The conventional hotel process of window decoration is a layer of sheer curtains balanced with a layer of dark shades. Sheer curtains will provide a light, lively shade. You already have a blackout layer for darkening. Light changes everything A standard hotel room has as many kinds of lights as you can have in a room. Your light patterns can help to create different kinds of moods. Go for lighting you can adjust in the actual sleeping area. You want to be able to achieve a bright or dull effect when you want. Your table/reading area should have bright lights. You can check out good lamp and light holders in affordable stores. Never underestimate squeaky clean Hotels and clean are always in the same sentence. You are not going to spend a single dime to achieve this one. A spotlessly clean bedroom will immediately transform it. In fact, after the decluttering process and an immediate "room scrub", you have in your hands a bedroom that is about to achieve the 5-star rating. Add some art! You would be surprised how much of easy this one is to achieve. If you are up for it, go for statement art on the wall. Something spectacular but comforting will create the difference. Under a budget, just throw on some perfectly framed family or personal photos. In conclusion, all you need to do a bedroom makeover is not far-fetched. Some changes here and there are all you need. Voila! You have your bedroom become your favourite haven. What are you planning to do to touch up your bedroom today? Please share with us in the comments section.
by Grace Stephen/July 13 04:22 PMLast updated on Lagos, the former federal capital of Nigeria and Abuja, the present capital city of Nigeria are a long distance away from each other. Abuja is calculated to be 734 kilometers away from Lagos. Few leisure travelers and a good number of business travelers who have the means of traveling by flight do not even contemplate traveling from Lagos to Abuja by road. Apart from not getting to their destination on time; the biggest turn-off is the discomfort that comes with sitting for hours on a bus. Leisure travelers, on the other hand, who want to delight in and appreciate every traveling moments, prefer road trips. Road trips have a lot of enticements compared to air travels: you have a better view of the cities you drive the past, you can buy local delicacies from the road-side hawkers and have a longer time bonding with your fellow passengers. This quick guide will help you plan your journey from Lagos to Abuja by road. Bus companies that move from Lagos to Abuja Abuja welcomes a large number of visitors on a daily basis and so finding a bus that goes to Abuja from Lagos is not difficult at all. Almost every bus companies in Lagos have Abuja on their schedules. Some of these bus companies include Ifesinachi, Peace Mass Transit, ABC transport, Cross Country, Chisco group, GUO transport, Young Shall Grow Transport, GIGM, Oya etc. Most of these buses are scheduled to leave as early as 6:00 am or 7:00 am. Bus companies with cheap transport fares When two buses heading to the same destination have different price rates and their services are both satisfactory. Nothing stops one from travelling by bus whose fare is cheaper, other factors having been considered. Here are some of the bus companies with cheaper fares: Young Shall Grow Transport, ABC transport, and Chisco Transport. You can board any of their buses within the price range of N3,000 to N5,000. The other bus companies charges from N6000 upwards. Locations of bus terminals? This is one of the major factors that affect which bus you will board. While you would love boarding buses with cheaper fares; you would also want to board a bus whose terminal is in close proximity to where you are coming from. Most of the bus companies listed above have their bus terminals at Jibowu--close to Yaba, in Lagos mainland. These bus companies have their bus terminals in Jibowu: Ifesinachi, Cross Country, Chisco group, Young Shall Grow Transport, Oya and Peace Mass Transit. If you would like to travel with Chisco transport; its bus terminals are in Oyingbo, Alafia, Empire, and Jibowu. GUO transport has terminals at Ejigbo, Cele, Coker, Maza Maza, Ajah and Iyana Ipaja. GIGM and ABC transport both have theirs in Lagos Island--Ajah and Lekki respectively. Schedules of bus companies Most of the bus companies schedule to leave Lagos for Abuja in the morning hours, from 6-8:00 am. If you would prefer a night journey for reasons best known to you; The bus companies scheduled to leave within 5-7:00 pm: Cross Country, Chisco group, and Oya. People are also interested in... Lagos to Abuja By Road Abuja?is the capital of?Nigeria. It is a city full of great sights and beautiful culture. In Abuja, there are so many historic sights, beautiful natural scenery, theme parks and much more.??A road trip from Lagos to Abuja is?759.9?km by road and should take about 12 hours. Top 10 Best Luxury Hotels in Abuja Abuja, the capital city of Nigeria, is considered be the country?s the lap of luxury. ?The city is home to many of tourist centers and national landmarks like Aso Villa, Millenium Park, e.t.c. Abuja is one of the?most visited parts of Nigeria, as such, the luxury hotels in Abuja are nearly uncountable. If you are visiting?Abuja?and would like to get a feel of the city?s luxuries, we?ve got a list of the best luxury hotels in the city, just for you.
by Princess/June 13 02:59 PMLast updated on Father's Day is a day to honor the superheroes in our lives and celebrate paternal bonds and fatherhood. ?Sometimes, ?this might put us under a bit of pressure when trying to get the perfect gift for dad. ?Do you feel at a loss when it comes to buying gifts for your father or husband? Are you looking for great father's day ideas that would be a?fun, simple and meaningful?experience for you and your dad? ?Whether it is a physical gift or a way of celebrating with the family, these suggestions?guarantee a great Father's day weekend full love, warmth, and laughter. 1. Pamper Dad all day long The key is to make your father feel like royalty on this special day. Start him out with a delightful of breakfast, not the usual toast and coffee, but go the extra mile to make it more colourful. Add a little flavour to the breakfast by serving it to him in bed. If you can drive, take over the wheels for the day, let him relax as you drive him wherever he wants to go. ?You could help him with a few errands around the house while he puts his feet up and relaxes. Treat your dad to a daytime surprise by taking him out for brunch or lunch at one of his favourite places to eat. At the end of the day, make dad a special dinner, something he absolutely loves but doesn't get to eat often. ?Then sit back and enjoy the dinner with a good movie, make sure you watch something he loves, maybe a karate or sports movie. 2. Treat him to a Spa Day Spa days are not just for the ladies, your dad would love a spa treatment. Book him a luxurious massage, hair cut or professional shave. Let him feel like the gem that he is. If you can't book a spa appointment, you could offer to give him a massage yourself. A good massage is always appreciated. 3. Share pleasant memories You can record a video (or an audio, if a?video recording is not possible) with your siblings and other members of your extended family, sharing some of your favourite memories of your father. Let him know how much you appreciate him and all his efforts. This will definitely get your dad teary eyed, overwhelmed with feelings of love and appreciation. Be sure to add a big hug to compliment your words and the emotional memories you've shared. 4. The perfect gift It is important that your gift is as distinct and personalized as possible. ?Find out specific things he loves and buy it for him. That way, he remembers you and the effort you made, each time he sees the gift.?Consider giving him something practical that he would use often. It could also be a decorative gift, maybe something he could put on his work desk, like a paperweight or a framed photo of the two of you together. These sorts of gifts would ensure that he?has happy thoughts throughout his workday. ?5. Give him something you?ve made yourself Skip the usual dad gifts like socks, ties or boxers and give your father something that you spent your time and creativity on. You can make him a one of a special father's day card. If not a card, then try a sketch drawing, a mug, a painting, or even a shirt that you hand-painted yourself. If you are really artistic and have a father who also appreciates arts, then you can explore and create special handcrafted gifts including sculptured artefacts, bracelets, in fact, the possibilities are endless. Knitting or sewing something is a great idea. ?6. Plan a Day Trip for Father's Day June is usually a great time for a getaway on a scenic road trip. You could make it a day trip or take the whole weekend for some father-son or father-daughter bonding time. Take a trip to the coastal areas or into a location with lush greenery. Remember, the trip is all about dad, so choose your trip based on his interest. ?Be sure to pack some household items for easier travel. You can make your trip a camping adventure. Bond with Dad?while fishing, hunting or foraging. Just take the time to catch up on life while you enjoy the outdoors with him. Or you may prefer to head to a city, make sure you go to one with fun activities like theme parks, go-karts, casinos, art shows, etc. Lodge at a luxury hotel, let your dad put his feet up and relax. 7. Car show My dad is an avid lover of cars, if yours is a car aficionado then this is an idea that will thrill him. Contact your local car clubs to find a nearby show of amazing vintage wheels or the latest electric car. You'll be sure to hear stories of what it was like for him to drive his first car or recall laughs over what he went through to teach you how to drive. If you can, make arrangements with the car clubs to let your dad test drive one of his favourite cars, you'll have the privilege of seeing his face light up with pleasure and excitement?over the experience. 8. Beer or Wine tasting Is your dad a beer or wine aficionado? Make Fathers' day remarkable by taking him to a local beer or wine tasting event. At the end of the event, get him some premium wine or spirits particularly from the brands he loves. These will serve as souvenirs of your day together, making it a memorable event for weeks to come. 9. 18 holes at the Golf course Spending 18 holes worth of quality time with dad is a great activity for father's day. You can hire a golf instructor for a series of golf lessons for you and your dad? which gives you a great excuse to hang out together before father's day- to learn tips from a pro and improve your golf game. After golfing, head out for a sumptuous brunch at any restaurant of his choice. 10. Get Sporty with Dad Most men tend to be sports lovers especially football and your father may not be left out. Giving your dad tickets to his favorite sporting event is a great way to show your support for his favorite team or football club, even if it's just for that day. If you are unable to get tickets, you can gather your family members and friends for a barbeque and indoor games. Your dad will probably love the combination of food, sports and family compared to sitting in a crowded stadium surrounded by strangers. Other Interesting things to do with loved ones include... Spending Valentine's Day With endless romantic locations in the city of Lagos, Valentine?s day brings with it captivating feeling of love. Flowers, scented candles, exotic dinners, hangouts, long beach walks; these and much more are the perks of Valentine?s day. Whether you hope to spend the day with family, close friends, romantic partner or spouse below is a list of?places?to check out during the Valentine season. Family Outing Ideas in Nigeria Are you looking for a great way to spend some quality family time? ?Would you like to know about unforgettable family outing ideas in Nigeria? You may be lost or confused about the best way to pamper your family and make beautiful memories. Take a deep breath and worry no more. We?ve got your back. Here?s a list of family outing ideas for you and your family to have silly and memorable filial fun.
by Grace Stephen/May 03 10:00 AMLast updated on Northern Nigeria consists of 19 states . These Northern states include ?Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Kogi, Kebbi, Jigawa, Sokoto, Niger, Plateau, Gombe, Borno, Benue, Bauchi, Zamfara, Taraba, Kwara, Yobe, and Adamawa. The major tribal groups that make up the Northern region are the Hausa, Fulani, Kanuri, Tiv, Gwari, Jukun and Borim among many other tribes. This part of the country has the largest population in the whole of Nigeria; occupying up to 70% of the land. The Climate in Northern Nigeria You should know what you are getting yourself into when you pack your bags to go and explore the Northern part of Nigeria. The weather in the North is unlike that of other parts of the country. The dry season drags on for a very long period of time while the wet season lasts for just a few months. Despite this fact, the majority of people in this part of the country are always fully dressed and you might feel like the odd one out if you decide to put on shorts and a sleeveless top because of the heat. If your skin gets easily prickly in hot conditions, then it's best you travel to the North between the months of July and September. That's the only period that there's a reprieve from the long, hot days. Cutting to the chase, here are some things you should know as you plan your "northern Nigeria exploration". How to Get to Northern Nigeria This totally depends on what's convenient for you. Since travelling by air is usually more expensive than travelling by land, bus transits are usually the preferred option for those in Nigeria. With an approximate bus fare of N8,000, you can?board a bus bound for any states in the northern region. Whereas the average cost of booking a flight from any part of Nigeria to the north is N80,000 for a round trip. These bus companies move from any part of the country to the north: Cross Country, Young Shall Grow Transport Ltd, GUO Motors, ABC transport Plc and Chisco transport ltd. Airlines that fly to northern Nigeria are Arik air, IRS airlines and Aero contractors. If you are travelling from the western or eastern part of Nigeria, you should consider booking a flight. The northern region is a long distance away and by travelling by air, you save time and ?avoid the stress of sitting in a bus for several hours. For those outside Nigeria; you can book airlines like Sudan Airways, Middle East Airlines and Saudi airlines at an average cost of $500. Book a Flight to Northern Nigeria Tourist?Attractions in Northern Nigeria The Northern part of Nigeria boasts of many attractions that tourists find interesting and worth seeing. Some of these attractions include: Yankari National Park This is one of the most developed parks in Nigeria and the best place to go to satisfy your curiosity about wildlife. You will see animals like Elephants, different species of Birds, Crocodiles, Baboons, Hippopotamuses, Tigers, Lions, Cheetahs etc at the park. It is situated in Mainamaji, Bauchi state and at an affordable price of N600, a minibus will take you right to the park gate. Entrance fee to the park is a token price of N300. If you would prefer lodging within the park, ?there are chalets for rent at the Wikki Camp inside the park. ?Starting from N9000, you can Book Yankari Game Resort?on hotels.ng. The chalet also has a cool restaurant and bar where you could eat, drink and relax. The Ancient Nok Settlement The antiquities discovered in this place are scattered all over the world in museums, galleries etc. It is situated in Jaba, Kaduna state. You will appreciate the various excavations and terracotta on display that takes one back to the historical culture of the Noks. There's a minaret there that was once used to sight approaching enemies but is now a national monument. It will take hours to fully explore the Nok village, especially if you want to have a look at the caves on top of the mountain. You might have to spend the night at one of the six chalets available there. Gidan Makama Museum This national museum situated at Emir Palace road, Kano state boasts of artifacts that date back to the stone age. The building itself is worth seeing as it is a 15th century historical building that stands as one of the national monuments in Nigeria. The entrance fee is?N200. While in the museum; be sure to see the colonial invasion weapons and visit the pre-islamic gallery. ?After seeing to your fill and learning about the historical culture of the Hausa-Fulanis, get delicious African meals at the nearby restaurants like Chophouses, Al-Amir, Fasania and Spice Food restaurants. Kainji National Park Kainji national park extends to both Niger and Kwara state. When you arrive Illorin, Kwara state, ?you can board a taxi that will take you straight to the park. There are three different sectors in the park, which are: the Zugurma game reserve, the Kainji lake and the Borgu game reserve. There's also a wildlife museum where you will find a display of a giant stuffed crocodile, huge Ostrich eggs and various hides of animals like reptiles, ?Tigers etc. You are advised to wear light clothes and light boots when visiting the park to protect against reptiles and the hot sun. If you are not lodging in some of the top hotels near Kainji national park, there are 49 chalets in Kainji national park available for rent. Gurara Waterfalls Niger state has quite a good number of tourist attractions. If you are in Niger state, you should take time to admire this natural wonder. Gurara waterfalls is along Suleja and Minna road, Niger state. If you are visiting this waterfall to admire its beauty and splendour, then it's best you visit in the months of March to August. The waterfall cascades in full torrents during the rainy seasons. On the other hand; if you would love to swim in the crystal clear pool at the bottom of the falls, you should visit in January. At this time, the water trickles without force. Zuma rock This is a magnificent natural wonder. It served as a good place of refuge for the Gwari natives in ancient times. They ran to the rock during tribal wars as they believed that the rock had special powers that would protect them from the attacks of their enemies. You see different mind-blowing views from various sides of the rock: ?a view that resembles an Egyptian sphinx turned upside down, a crouching elephant, a giant head with a broken nose facing the sky and the most prominent one of a grotesque face that seems to have gouged-out eyes and a broken nose. You don't pay a dime to see these beauties. Abuja Arts and Crafts Village If you are interested and would love to own African artworks and products like dresses, bags, paintings, necklaces etc. Abuja arts and crafts village is buzzing with all things African. It is situated behind Shehu Musa Yar'adua centre and in close proximity to Sheraton Hotels and Silverbird entertainment centre. Go with enough cash because there are lots of things that you will catch your eye . You are also free to just go there for sight-seeing sake. Northern?Nigerian Food The Nigerian Northerners have an array of sumptuous dishes that are peculiar to them. Your exploration of their cities and culture will be lacking if you do not indulge in their many delicacies. Some of their notable dishes include Masa, Ezowa, Miyan Yakuwa, Brabusco, Tuwon Dawa, Tuwon Shinkafa, Fura De'Nunu, Kilishi, Margi, Kilba, Pate, Miyan Zogale , Kwaruru etc. Most restaurants you will find in the North have these local dishes on their menu. Festivals in Northern?Nigeria The most commonly celebrated festival in the North is Durbar festival. Almost every northern state celebrates this festival. It is usually celebrated after the Muslim festivals: Eid al-Adha and Eid al-Fitr. Some other well-celebrated festivals include, the Afan national festival, Ninzo cultural festival, Keffi hunting festival, Dukwa festival, Kallon Kuwa festival, Aketa fishing festival, Agan festival etc. These festival celebrations are wonders to behold. Where to Stay in Northern Nigeria The Northern part of Nigeria has an abundance of hotels where you can stay. Comfort and hospitality are guaranteed as well as reliable staff. For the best deals, find and book hotels on hotels.ng. Book a Hotel in Kano Book a Hotel in Kaduna? Book a Hotel in Katsina Book a Hotel in?Plateau Book a Hotel in?Borno Book a Hotel in??Benue Book a Hotel in?Bauchi? Book a Hotel in? Adamawa Health and Safety Tips Some of the above-listed attraction centres have rules and regulations. Ask the tour guide for these regulations and keep to them to avoid endangering your life or getting involved in embarrassing situations. ?If you will be staying overnight in any of those places that has chalets, go with mosquito repellents and ?long sleeve tops and trousers as night-time in the north are often cold. Also, make sure to keep windows locked to hinder unwanted visitors like baboons from getting in. The Northern region is an interesting place to explore. You could budget at least N100,000-N150,000 to cover transportation, lodging and feeding costs in the North. You may also like... Top Nigerian Cities to Visit With amazing and exotic cities, Nigeria stands as one of the most visited and beautiful countries in West Africa.? Giving visitors and residents a time to look forward to as they explore. From the fast-growing economy to the amazing tourist sites, beautiful landscapes,? fun and vibrant nightlife; these Nigerian Cities has proven to not only being beautiful but also accommodating. The Argungu Fishing Festival If you are one of those who thinks there is no fun in the north, then you need to reevaluate your stand. The Argungu festival is a major cultural event in the northern part of Nigeria and the country as a whole. Featuring a whole lot of events and activities, most of which involve the river. Argungu festival presents an opportunity for the different tribes in the north to unite and compete healthily for fun.
by Grace Stephen/April 24 08:51 AMLast updated on Cotonou is the capital city of Benin and it is a city bustling with various business activities. It is a very open city that has a lot of facilities and amenities to make life comfortable for visitors and tourists. Nigerians travel to Cotonou for so many reasons, ranging from business dealings to vacation purposes and Cotonou has enough to offer. One basic attraction for Nigerians is the constant electricity in Cotonou which makes it a good place to set up a business. In addition to that; vacationing there is really fun. There are a lot of amazing places for sight-seeing and fun activities; places like Hotel Benin Marina Beach, The Pendjari National Park and Cotonou craft market. Lagos to Cotonou by road would last approximately two hours. Will you be traveling from Lagos to Cotonou anytime soon? This guide is here to help you have a stress-free journey. Lagos to Cotonou by Road Mile 2 in Lagos is the best place to begin your Cotonou road trip if you won't be boarding the one-way fare buses. In Mile 2; at the price of N300, you will board a bus going to the borders of Seme. On getting there; you would trek a little bit further from the Conoil filling station that the bus will stop. You should see a park with a lot of bikes; one of those bikes will take you across the borders. After crossing the border; board a taxi at the price of 600 Cefa to continue your journey into Cotonou. One-way bus companies that move from Lagos to Cotonou There are two notable bus companies in Lagos that go to Cotonou. They are ABC transport and Chisco group. The transportation fare when you board a Chisco bus is lesser than that of ABC transport. Chisco transit charges N6,300 while ABC transport is higher by N2,350. ?They are both scheduled to leave the park by 6:00 am. Deciding which bus company to patronize The distance between your current location to the park could affect your choice. You can board Chisco bus bound for Cotonou at Lagos Jibowu terminal--close to Yaba in Lagos mainland. Boarding ABC transport, on the other hand, you would have to be close to Lagos island as that's where Lagos Lekki terminal is located. Most people prefer traveling with ABC transport though because of excellent customer services and good buses. It's important to consider those two factors when traveling with commercial buses as it wouldn't be cool to be on a bus that stops halfway to your journey due to engine failure. When to travel It is never advisable to travel to a place you've never been to at night; especially traveling to another country, especially from Lagos to Cotonou by Road. The customs officers at the borders would conduct a search and that would be unpleasant without daylight. As regards days to board a bus; there are no particular days for the two transport companies mentioned in this page. You are free to travel on whichever day you deem fit but you will have to set out for the journey as early in the morning as possible. Travelers are also interested in... A Travel Guide From Lagos To Accra By Road Accra,?the capital city of Ghana, is a popular West Africa destination for tourists around the world. The city offers a perfect atmosphere for relaxation and yet maintains the bustling nature?of a metropolitan West African city. There a couple of reasons you should travel from Lagos to Accra and make the journey by road. Accra is perfect for?a family vacation or a couples? getaway for those on a budget. It offers beautiful beaches, historic monuments, and hospitable people. A Quick Guide From Lagos to Abuja by Road Lagos, the former federal capital of Nigeria and Abuja, the present capital city of Nigeria are a long distance away from each other. Abuja is calculated to be 734 kilometers away from Lagos.?Leisure travelers, who want to delight in and appreciate every traveling moments, prefer road trips. Road trips have a lot of enticements compared to air travels: you have a better view of the cities you drive the past, you can buy local delicacies from the road-side hawkers, e.t.c. This quick guide will help you plan your journey from Lagos to Abuja by road.
by Jennifer/April 19 07:41 AMLast updated on Lagos, commonly known as Eko in the Yoruba language, is the commercial heartbeat of Nigeria. Located in the South-western part of Nigeria, Lagos is the largest city in Nigeria and was once the capital of Nigeria from 1914 to 1991 before Abuja. Lagos is where the headquarters for a majority of Nigeria's financial institutions and corporations are located. ?It is also home to one of the biggest, most active ports in Africa. ?Lagos has an estimated population of 16 million (as at 2015). It is also Nigeria's highest GDP producer and considered one of Africa's fastest-growing markets. If you are a business traveler, this business traveler?s guide to Lagos?will help you make the most of your business trip. Getting to Lagos You can travel to Lagos by air, train, boat/ship, or bus/car, depending on where you are traveling from, and what your arrival plans are. For all business travelers, especially international ones, air travel?is the best option. You may fly in from different cities across the world such as Paris, London, Dubai, New York, Madrid, and Frankfurt, amongst others. International airlines operating flights to Lagos include Virgin Atlantic, British Airways, Turkish Airlines, Air France and KLM. If you are in Nigeria, you may travel by air from Kaduna, Abuja, Port Harcourt and almost any other state with an airport. In Nigeria, local airlines like Arik Air, Air Peace, Medview Airlines, Discovery Air, Dana Air,?and Aero Contractors operate flights to Lagos. Book a flight to Lagos If you want to travel by train, there is a railway station from Kano through Kaduna to Lagos. It takes about 30 hours from Kano to Lagos via train. The average price is N1,900 for the economy class and N2,900 for the executive class. There are train terminals at Abeokuta, Ibadan, Osogbo, Ilorin, Minna, Jebba and Port Harcourt. You may be able to travel by ship/boat to the Port of Lagos in Apapa. However, this is neither a popular nor an advisable means of travelling for business travellers. If you want to travel by bus, several bus transport service providers are available in different parts of Nigeria. They include ABC Transport, The Young Shall Grow, Ifesinachi and God is Good Motors. What to Take Along Apart from your business?documents, you need to carry along your cash and credit card(s). It appears quite a number of international credit card processors restrict transactions from some countries, so it is sometimes important to notify your credit card company about your business trip to Nigeria. Since American Express is not widely accepted in Nigeria, it is advisable you travel with your Visa or Mastercard. Nevertheless, Nigeria is hardly based on a cashless economy so ensure you have enough cash with you to be able to purchase desired items from shops, restaurants, pay for taxis or hotel accommodation and so on. Packing clothes which can be easily worn to various types of events are one way to keep your bags light. For men, you may take two suits. While for women, two blazers with a matching pair?of pants and a skirt. You can wear one of them over a?casual shirt, while the other is packed. Clothes like T-shirts and sweaters which can be worn alone or combined to suit weather changes are always a great idea. A great tip for preventing wrinkles with packed clothes is to pack them in dry cleaning plastic. It is recommended that you travel with clothes that have dark colors as they hide stains better than clothes with bright colors. Moving around Lagos Moving around Lagos is not too difficult. Although the roads are often congested, you can easily get a bus or car to your destination. If you don?t want to move around on a public bus, you may hire a car from a car hiring company, which is likely expensive. At the airport, you can get the yellow taxi to take you to your destination at an agreed price. You can also use Taxi apps like Uber and Taxify to get from one place to another at affordable prices. If you have a guide or a friend in Lagos, moving around will most likely be easier for you. Ensure you mind briefcase and carry-on bags at all times to avoid losing them. Where to Stay On arrival at Lagos, if you have to stay the night, have no worries because Lagos has so many comfortable hotels you can stay in. There are amazing hotels tailored to fit all pocket sizes and depending on your budget, you can always find what suits you. Book a Hotel in Lagos Conference Centres in Lagos Interestingly, most of the available hotels have a good conference room for you to hold your business meetings. ?If the hotel you decided to book doesn't have any conference room, you may check out places like the Eko Convention Centre, Civic Centre, LCCI Conference and Exhibition Centre or Anchor Events Place. Exploring Lagos After your business deal, you may want to explore Lagos before you travel back. There are several interesting places to visit in Lagos like the beach and luckily for you, Lagos has several. The beaches in Lagos include Eleko Beach, Tarkwa Bay Beach, Lagos Bar Beach, Lekki Beach, Alpha Beach,?Akodo Beach, Ilashe Beach, and?Badagry Beach. If you're looking for a caf? where you can get coffee and some work done, then you could visit the nearest Caf? neo, Jade caf? or Belgian Rose. You may want to visit some interesting places like The Jazzhole (a bookshop/caf?/music hub), Lekki Conservation Centre and any of the different shopping malls around Lagos. If you're into art and history, you can check out the National Museum, ReLe art gallery, Omenka gallery, Osh gallery, the Nike Art Gallery or Terra Kulture. To see movies, visit the cinema at Ozone, Silverbird Galleria, Filmhouse Imax, Genesis Deluxe Cinemas, Filmhouse Surulere and so many more. Where to Get Food To keep yourself nourished on your trip, there are some cool food spots you should check out. They are Yellow Chili, The Cowrie Restaurant, the Whitehouse, Bangkok Restaurant, Prime Chinese, Nimbus, Bungalow Restaurant, Debonair's Pizza,?Le Saison,?Chocolate Royal, or Thistle Bar & Restaurant. Shopping If you plan to shop at any point during your trip, there are some cool shopping centers in Lagos. Some of them are The City Mall, Ikeja City Mall, King's Plaza, Lekki Art Market, Mega Plaza, and the Palms Shopping Centre. You may also like to read... Spending 48 Hours in Lagos The buzzing,?energetic and fast-paced city of Lagos may seem a little overwhelming, especially if you only have a few days to stay. If you?re in Lagos for only a weekend or a few days and still want to get to enjoy all that the city has to offer, don?t fret, we?re here to help out. Here?s a simple guide to 48 hours of fun in Lagos! Top 35 spots to visit in Lagos Lagos is a metropolitan city with lots of interesting sights to behold. Below are the top 35 spots to visit in Lagos.
by Ifeoma/April 19 07:26 AMLast updated on Business travel can sometimes be consuming. The constant packing, the airports, jet lag, homesickness, (yes, homesickness) and many other unappealing aspects make them more stressful than they should actually be. Traveling to the Federal Capital Territory on business can either go without a hitch or be "The Interview" all over again. There are certain things one should know when traveling to Abuja on business. ?From what to take, how to get there safely, possible places to stay, things to do in your spare time, and sights to visit. Getting to?Abuja You can either get to Abuja by road or by air. Regardless of where in the world you are coming from, you can book a flight to Nigeria, specifically to land at the International airport in Abuja which is the Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport. From Lagos, you can travel by road or by air via any of the bus transport services like God is Good Motors, ABC Transport, Chisco Transport or by simply driving. You can also book a flight going to Abuja at Murtala Mohammed Airport. Travelling by road from Lagos takes approximately 10 hours, and by flight, it takes at a maximum, 1 hour 30 minutes. If you are out of time and you would rather not endure the hassle of traveling by road, flying is a better option, but it costs more than travelling by road. Book a flight to Abuja What to Pack? When traveling on a business trip to Abuja, it is very important to pack the right clothing items -first impressions and all that about being dressed the way you want to be addressed. It is important to pack a dark-colored?suit, a number of shirts according to the duration of your stay, a native attire like Agbada for the men and an Ankara or lace dress for the women. Also, a casual outfit like Jeans, ?a T-shirt and comfortable footwear, like sneakers or ballet shoes. Abuja is known to be cold sometimes?and even more so during the Harmattan months which are from November to February so it is important to pack protective clothing like sweaters, shawls, scarves and so on. It is also important to carry along the following items which include, necessary work documents, sunglasses, a journal or text to read, fully charged Cell phone and or laptop, ID Card, Debit/Credit Cards, Lip balm, moisturizer and a hat or face cap. Where to Stay If you plan to stay overnight while on business, there would surely be need for a safe, clean and comfortable place to stay. If you are planning to stay either in Wuse, Garki, Utako or Maitama, these are a few hotels that you can consider staying at. For the Wuse area, hotels like Grand Ibro Hotel, Orient Hotel, Rockview Hotel Classic and Bjorne suites are but a few. In Garki, Reiz Continental Hotel, Ritman Hotel, Nicon Luxury and Sharon Ultimate Hotels are viable options. In Utako, Tranquil Mews Boutique Hotel, Chida International Hotel?and Haribina Hotel are a few options. In Maitama, some hotels incude, Transcorp ?Hilton, Summerset Continental, Sheraton Abuja Hotel and Berkshire Hotel. Each of these hotels have different room types and offer services that will make your stay more comfortable. There are room and laundry services available and complimentary breakfast as well as ?shuttle services on some room types. Book Hotels in Abuja on hotels.ng to get great deals on any of these hotels and more. Conference Centres in Abuja Some of the conference centres in Abuja include: Shabak Multipurpose Centre in Utako Haven Event Centre in Miatama, Abuja International Conference Centre in Wuse Citilodge Hotel and Conference Centre in Garki Where to Relax Abuja is a peaceful city that has a very groovy nightlife. If during your business trip, you decide you want to unwind, relax and have a good time, here are some things you can do, or places you can visit. Apart from the suya spots that line the streets and roads, places like Millennium Park in Maitama, Magicland Amusement Park in Kukwa (entrance fee is N300 ), the stunning ?Gurara Falls in Suleja and the historical Eagle square in Phase 1 can be found here. You can also visit places like club Cubana, The Bank and Sueno. Another fun activity that you can engage in at your spare time is to take a tour of the city. The Federal Capital Territory has many monumental and historically important places like the Aso Rock, the offices of the nation's leaders and so on. You can also shop and sight-see in the local markets. Some of the locals make and sell beautiful crafts and artifacts that could serve as unique gift items for friends and family back home. Travelers are also interested in... A Business Traveler's guide to Lagos Lagos, commonly known as?Eko?in Yoruba, is the commercial heartbeat of Nigeria. Located in the South-western part of Nigeria. The city houses major headquarters for Nigeria's financial institutions and corporations. ?It is also home to one of the biggest, most active ports in Africa.? The city is considered one of Africa?s fastest-growing markets. If you are a business traveler, this business traveler?s guide to Lagos?will help you make the most of your business trip. Top 20 Hotels for Meetings and Conferences in Abuja Conferences and meetings are a good way to discuss and improve your brand and to ensure proper networking and foster new market. Are you looking for hotels for meetings and conferences in Abuja? Or do you plan to travel to Abuja for business purposes? To ensure that you have a memorable conference or meeting, we?ve prepared a list of 20 hotels for meetings and conferences in Abuja.
by Grace Stephen/April 19 07:17 AMLast updated on Calabar is the beautiful Capital City of Cross River State. It is home to various landmarks and Business sites in?Nigeria. As a result, the city has scores of visitors on a regular basis, ranging from tourists to Businessmen. Business travelers aren't known for staying really long in a city because, in no time, they're off to another. Sometimes, they travel light and are at the mercy of whatever their destination has in store for them. As a business traveler coming down to Calabar, the following should be prioritized in planning your trip: booking an affordable airline or bus, and booking a convenient hotel. You also hope to find good places to eat and have your business meetings. You will find more than a handful of useful resources in this bountiful city. Below are some useful guides to help you plan your journey business trip to?Calabar. What to Pack The necessity of dry cleaning bags and dark-colored clothes cannot be overemphasized. Keeping your ironed clothes in a dry cleaning bag helps them remain wrinkle-free. Traveling with dark clothes will reduce your risk of getting soiled and needing an emergency laundry intervention. Also, before you head off to the Bus Station or Airport, double check all the important items for your business meetings and personal needs. Getting to Calabar This totally depends on your budget, the distance between your current location and Calabar and when you would prefer to arrive in the city. In a matter of urgency, flight?are the best option. Aero Contractors, Arik Air and Air Peace are some of the airlines that operate flights to Calabar. The prices vary depending on your location but if you are in Nigeria, you can book any of these airlines at the average price of N40,000 for a return ticket, and N25,000 for a one-way ticket. Book a Flight to Calabar If you would prefer road travel, you can make the trip with companies?like ABC transport and God Is Good Motors. These are buses you can easily board from whichever part of the country you are. Where to Stay Once you arrive in Calabar, you will want to lodge at a nice hotel to unpack and rest, ?preferably a hotel you could easily locate or one that is close to the area you will be conducting your business at. You might also like hotels really close to the Airport. Some of the hotels closest to Margaret Ekpo Airport and their distances from it are: Treasureland hotels (1.1 miles away), ?Tinapa Lakeside hotel (1.5 miles away), Channel View hotel (1.8 miles away), ?and Axari Hotel & Suites (2.2 miles away). These hotels all provide standard services and also have adequate facilities that will cover your business needs like a meeting room, WiFi connection, concierge services etc. ?Their on-site restaurants also offer delicious meals, both local and international. Book a Hotel in Calabar Conference Centres in Calabar There are also some Conference Centres in the city like the prominent Calabar International Conference Centre, Channel View Conference Hall and the Pyramid Hotels & Conference Centre. Exciting and Interesting Spots in Calabar This beautiful city boasts of attractions like a Botanical Garden, an International Museum, a Cultural Centre, and a Sports Complex. You could also relax at exciting spots like Tinapa Business and Leisure Resort or travel up the mountains to see Obudu Cattle Ranch at the Obudu Mountain Resort. ?Don't miss out on the fun that this city of culture & tourism has to offer.?You will be really glad you took the time out to explore some of the exciting and interesting spots in Calabar. You might also be interested in... 5 Things To Love About Calabar The City of Calabar for all its splendor and fun is definitely one to have a swell time in. With its luxury hotels, exquisite cuisines and friendly indigenes... Be sure to have a wonderful time in the city.. Here are five things to love about Calabar. A Guide From Lagos To Calabar By Road Calabar is the capital city of Cross River state.?The original name for Calabar was?Akwa Akpa, from the Efik language. It is also referred to as?Canaan city. It is a beautiful industrious city and as a result, ?many people travel from the city of Lagos to Calabar for a change of pace.