by Gift/February 25 11:41 AMLast updated on Nigerians have several reasons to travel to countries all around the world. This could be for business-related matters, holidays and vacations, study, tours and a whole lot of other things. Thankfully, Nigeria is one of the West-African countries that can boast of functional airlines, both local and international. So, if you are confused about the airline to take on your next trip out of Nigeria, check out the most popular international airlines in Nigeria. Their routes, prices and other services included. Qatar Airways Qatar Airways is an airline owned by the Government of Qatar. It has its headquarters at Qatar Airways Towers, Doha, Qatar. The airline was established in 1993 but started operations in 1994. They have a fleet size of 244 aircraft which travels to over 170 destinations across Africa, Asia, Europe, and a number of countries. Passengers can choose to book either the first class, business class or economy class for a trip. Each of these classes provides varying levels of entertainment, comfort, and refreshments which is to ensure that the passenger gets to their destination without stress. Even though Qatar Airways is not a Nigerian based Airline, they can be contacted through any of the following ways: Address: 11th floor, Standard Chartered Bank Building, 142 Ahmadu Bello Way Victoria Island Lagos, Nigeria. 1st floor Murtala Mohammed International Airport Phone number: + 234-1-2798888Website: www.qatarairways.com Virgin Atlantic Virgin Atlantic Airways Limited was founded in 1984 and has been in operation since then. It is a British Airline with its headquarters in Crawley, England. The airline currently has a fleet size of 45 which is a mixed fleet of Airbus and Boeing wide-body aircraft. They are known to fly to over 30 destinations in several countries. This airline is one of the known international airlines in Nigeria. Although they also travel domestically to Lagos and Port Harcourt, they are more popular for flights outside of Nigeria. There are three classes with which the airline operates: the Economy class, premium class and upper-class. They also issue tickets for return-trip, one-way and multi-city trips. The airline was the first ever to offer personal entertainment for passengers in all classes. This has only continued to get better over the years. They are known to offer delicious cuisines, entertainment, refreshments, friendly service, and every other service to make your trip amazing. They also make provisions for your pets, cargo, and perishable goods. Virgin Atlantic routes from Nigeria are as follows: London, Manchester, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Atlanta, Boston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Orlando, San Francisco, Seatle, Washington DC, Antigua, Barbados, Cuba, Grenada, Jamaica, St Lucia, Tobago, Cancun, Delhi, Hong Kong, Shanghai, China, Hong Kong, India, and Dubai. Contact details Lagos Office Address: The Place, 25 Mobolaji Bank Anthony Way, Ikeja, Lagos.Phone Numbers: +234 (0) 14483000 ; +234 (0) 1 4612747Website: www.virginatlantic.com Most international flights require you to have a visa, however, there are certain countries Nigerians can travel to visa-free. Click here for the full list of the 45 countries Nigerians can visit without a visa. Arik Air Arik Air is a Nigerian owned airline which started operations in 2006. It operates mainly from two hubs, the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos and Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja. Arik Air initially traveled to only local destinations within Nigeria. Gradually they expanded their roots to other countries such as United States, United Kingdom, European countries, Trinidad and Tobago and certain African countries. However, in 2017, the airline was taken over by the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON) and since the takeover, all flights leaving Africa were stopped and are currently not in operation. The airline is still one of the most popular international airlines in Nigeria for destinations in West Africa. They currently run the following routes outside Nigeria: Ghana (Accra), Liberia (Harbel), Senegal (Diass-Blaisse Diagne intl (DSS)). Passengers traveling to any of these countries can do so on a one-way trip or with a return trip ticket. The return trip ticket is usually cheaper but you must know your return date before you travel in order to book a return trip ticket. Below are the average prices of a one-way trip ticket for the popular routes Arik Air runs. All ticket prices are in Nigerian Naira. Routes Economy class (NGN) Business class (NGN) Lagos to Accra 43,047 146,286 Lagos to Harbel, Liberia 86,823 205,018 Lagos to Senegal (DSS) 112,359 429,006 Abuja to Accra 79,527 213,409 Abuja to Harbel, Liberia 127,681 312,999 Abuja to Senegal 210,490 545,012 Port Harcourt to Accra 82,792 230,573 One of the benefits of booking your trip with Arik Air is that you can use the Arik Air Book on Hold option. This allows you to choose your preferred seat on the flight and then pay later using Quickteller of E-Bills. You can contact Arik Air through any of the following ways: Visiting their head office at Arik Aviation center, Muritala Muhammed Airport, Ikeja, Lagos.Calling their customer care on 01-279-9999Checking out their website on arikair.com The extensive price list of the local routes that Arik Air travels can be found here. Fly Emirates Emirates is a state-owned airline that is based in Garhoud, Dubai, United Arab Emirates. It has been in operation for well over 30 years and has been able to spread its root far and wide. The airline has about 270 fleets that travel to 159 different destinations across 80 countries. Emirates is the world's fourth-largest airline by revenue-passenger kilometers flown and second-largest in terms of freight tonne kilometers flown. It is also one of the most popular international airlines in Nigeria. They travel to about 139 destinations from the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos and Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja. They travel to the following 16 countries in Africa: Algeria, Egypt, Angola, Ethiopia, Kanya, Mauritius, Morocco, South Africa, Sudan, Tanzania, Tunisia, Uganda, Zimbabwe, and Zambia. Those who want to travel to Asia and the pacific can travel with Emirates to several destinations in any of the following countries: Afghanistan, Australia, Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Maldives, New Zealand, Myanmar, Pakistan, Philippines, Seychelles, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam. Nigerians would also find flights from Lagos or Abuja to these European countries: Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, and the United Kingdom. Other countries they fly to are Argentina, Canada, Brazil, Chile, Mexico, United States, Bahrain, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates. Most of these countries have cities in them where Emirate Airlines directly flies to. The price of each flight depends on your destination, booking date if it a one-way trip, round trip or multi-city trip and your flight class (economy, business, first-class). Regardless of how much you pay for your flight, you would enjoy luxury during your trip. Their aircraft are equipped with the latest 3D technology, you get served amazing dishes, the air hostesses are super friendly, in fact, you are to expect to be pampered. Emirates airline can be contacted through any the following ways: Lagos address: Churchgate Building, 4th Floor, Plot PC 30, Churchgate Street, Victoria Island, Lagos.Abuja address: 1st Floor, Churchgate Plaza 473, Constitution Avenue Central Business District FCT, Abuja.Telephone number: +234 1 460 99 49Website: www.emirates.com Kenya Airways Kenya Airways is one of the leading airlines in Africa. It is commonly known as the pride of Africa. Among the international airlines in Nigeria, Kenya Airways hold a prominent spot. The airline company was founded in 1977 after the dissolution of East African Airways. Its head office is located in Embakasi, Nairobi, Kenya, and they travel to about 53 destinations. From Nigeria particularly Muritala Muhammed International Airport, Kenya airways flys to 45 different destinations. They have three different kinds of flight classes which are the economy class, economy flex class, and economy super flex class. Each of these classes cost differently and have varying levels of comfort. The popular routes traveled by Kenya Airways from Muritala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos and their estimated ticket prices are as follows: Kenya, South Africa, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Rwanda, Uganda, Mauritius, United States, India, Tanzania, Seychelles, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Madagascar, Somalia, Republic of Djibouti, Senegal, Thailand, Benin, China, Netherlands, Angola, Republic of the Congo, Cameroon, France, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Zambia, Ethiopia, Malawi, Central African Republic, Hong Kong Regional, Gabon, Burundi, Mayotte, South Sudan, Mali, Democratic Republic of Congo, Itlay, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Switzerland, Comoros, and Sudan. Kenya Airways (Nigeria office) contact details: City Office: Address: Total Air Logistics Limited, 45A Oduduwa Way, GRA Ikeja, Lagos.Phone number: +2348135175708, +2349027176183Email address: [email protected] Airport Office: Address: Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos.Phone number: +234 1271 1555 / 556 Website: www.kenya-airways.com Please note that every price on this page are estimated ticket prices for one-way trips only. Additional fees such as baggage fees, tax, and the likes might be included in the total fee you would pay for your flight. All ticket prices are also subject to frequent changes based on the exchange rate.
by Gift/February 25 10:23 AMLast updated on Safety is the foremost thing on every average traveler?s mind. Everyone wants to return to their normal lives at the end of their trip and as such people tend to go for the airline that is known to have lesser casualties. They also tend to prefer airlines that provide comfort, stress-free trip and fewer delays in addition to safety. Thankfully, there are a couple of local airlines in Nigeria which have been certified to provide all these. Let?s take a detailed at these trusted airlines and the
services they provide. 1. Arik air Top of our list is Arik air. The airline was founded in 2002 but did not commence operation until October 2006. It is one of the leading local airlines in Nigeria. Their headquarters is located at Arik Air Aviation Center, Muritala Muhammed Airport Lagos, Nigeria. Apart from flying locally, they are also known to ply international routes with hubs at Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport and Kotoka International Airport. They currently operate with a fleet size of 22 which is made up of Boeing 737-700 (9 aircraft), Boeing 737-800 (4 aircraft), Bombardier CRJ900 (4 aircraft), Bombardier CRJ1000 (1 aircraft) and De Havilland Dash 8-400 with 2 aircraft. These aircraft can carry from as little as 72 passengers to up to 149 passengers. It is possible to check-in online from 24 hours before your flight up until 2 hours before take-off time. This is however for only selected flights, other passengers would have to check-in at the airport after which they proceed to scan their luggage. All passengers are allowed to have one hand luggage which should weigh 6kg. In cases where the luggage exceeds this, it would be stored in the hold. Being one of the local airlines in Nigeria, if you have a bag that weighs a maximum of 30kg, you might be required to pay excess baggage fees depending on your destination and class of travel. However, you are allowed to have as much as 10 baggage in total. Passengers can book a flight for either roundtrip which covers to and fro journey or one way which covers only going or only returning. One way flights are known to be more expensive than roundtrips. The ticket prices vary based on your class of travel (economy or business) when you book your flight, travel destination and the take-off time you choose. Prices of tickets tend to be higher if you book less than 48 hours before your flight date. The most travelled local routes by Arik Air and their average prices in Nigerian Naira for a one-way trip are: Popular routes Average price (Economy class) Average Price( Business class) Lagos-Abuja 19,277 60,360 Lagos-Port Harcourt 19,227 57,981 Lagos-Asaba 21,526 21,526 Lagos-Bauchi 36,987 - Lagos-Benin 19,227 49,873 Lagos-Gombe 41,126 - Lagos-Jos 23,716 57,650 Lagos-Kaduna 22,056 52,145 Lagos-Owerri 21,318 - Lagos-Sokoto 37,169 - Lagos-Warri 24,091 58,105 Lagos-Yola 37,584 - Abuja-Lagos 21,024 58,940 Abuja-Port Harcourt 21,614 57,990 Abuja-Bauchi 36,235 - Abuja-Benin 20,770 50,100 Abuja-Gombe 26,248 - Abuja-Ibadan 41,773 - Abuja-Ilorin 40,818 - Abuja-Sokoto 20,387 - Abuja- Warri 21,636 51,464 Abuja-Yola 20,835 - Port Harcourt-Lagos 20,496 56,172 Port Harcourt- Abuja 21,614 57,990 Asaba-Lagos 20,026 - Bauchi-Lagos 59,979 - Bauchi-Abuja 36,235 - Benin-Lagos 20,318 48,373 Benin-Abuja 20,770 50,100 Gombe-Lagos 35,487 - Gombe-Abuja 26,248 - Ibadan-Abuja 41,773 - Ilorin-Abuja 40,818 - Jos-Lagos 22,216 56,150 Kaduna-Lagos 20,556 50,645 Owerri-Lagos 19,818 - Sokoto-Lagos 35,669 - Sokoto-Abuja 20,387 - Warri-Lagos 24,091 58,105 Warri-Abuja 23,136 52,964 Yola-Lagos 36,084 - Yola-Abuja 20,835 - Contact Details Address: Arik Aviation Centre, Muritala Muhammed Airport (Domestic Wing), Ikeja, Lagos. Phone Number: 01 279 9999 Website: arikair.com 2. Med-View Airline Med view airlines popularly known as the airline of Nigeria
began operation in 2007, a year after Arik Air began. They initially started as
a charter airline for transporting pilgrims from Nigeria to Saudi Arabia and
Jeddah for Hajj but now offer other international and local services. As a local airline in
Nigeria, Med-View Airline runs about 8 scheduled routes which are Abuja, Lagos,
Enugu, Maiduguri, Port Harcourt, Kano, Kaduna and Yola. The flight prices range
from N22,499 to N75,399 for a one-way trip. Currently, Med-View Airline can boast of having 1 Boeing 767-300ER, 2 Boeing 737-400 and 1 Boeing 737-500 and they continue to expand their fleet of aircraft. Their focus is to deliver top-notch service and world-class safety. The airline established a reward system for every passenger in order to encourage them. It is tagged the Blue Flyer Program. Every mile the passenger covers is exchanged for tickets which grants them some additional benefits. The level miles are valid until 31st December each year and resets every 1st January. This membership is in three levels: Gold: grants VIP lounge access, priority boarding, and check-in transfers, extra baggage allowance, etcSilver: grants priority boarding, check-ins, and transfers.Bronze: allows the passenger to choose seat preference when possible. Other services which the airline engages in includes: Cargo Import / ExportAircraft CharterProvideTravel AgentsGround HandlingAirport Protocol Services 3. Air Peace Air peace is regarded as the least expensive local airline
in Nigeria. Even at that, their flight and trip quality is one of the best. It
is privately owned and was founded in 2013 with the Muritala Muhammed Airport,
Lagos as its headquarters. Air Peace was recently certified by IOSA as the best
domestic airline of the year. Also known as Peace Bird they currently have 23 fleets of aircraft which are 8 Boeing 737-300, 5 Boeing 737-500 SP, 1 Boeing 737-800, 1 Boeing 777-200ER, 2 Boeing 777-300, 1 Dornier 328 and 6 Embraer ERJ-145. These aircraft are used to convey passengers and for charter services to major airports/aerodromes in Nigeria. They also fly to some international countries such as the USA, South Africa, Senegal, UAE, India, Israel, and China. The airline provides a reward system for customers known as Peace Advantage. To become a member, you should have flown with Air Peace at least three or more times and must be at least 16 years of age. After registration, you begin to earn a reward currency called peace points. These peace points are valid for an indefinite period of time and can be used to upgrade to another flight class. You would get the full benefit (extra baggage space, meals, etc.) of any flight class you upgraded to. The popular routes of the airline and estimated ticket price for a one-way flight are as follows: Popular routes Estimated Fee in Nigerian Naira Abuja to Akure 23,300 Abuja to Asaba 23,300 Abuja to Benin 23,300 Abuja to Calabar 23,300 Abuja to Kano 23,300 Abuja to Lagos 23,300 Abuja to Owerri 23,300 Abuja to Port Harcourt 23,300 Abuja to Uyo 23,300 Abuja to Warri 23,300 Abuja to Yola 23,300 Akure to Abuja 23,300 Akure to Lagos 27,500 Asaba to Abuja 23,300 Asaba to Kano 23,300 Asaba to Lagos 23,300 Benin to Abuja 23,300 Benin to Lagos 23,300 Calabar to Abuja 23,300 Calabar to Lagos 23,300 Enugu to Abuja 23,300 Enugu to Lagos 23,300 Kaduna to Lagos 27,500 Kano to Abuja 23,300 Kano to Asaba 23,300 Kano to Lagos 27,500 Kano to Owerri 23,300 Lagos to Abuja 23,300 Lagos to Akure 27,500 Lagos to Asaba 23,300 Lagos to Benin 23,300 Lagos to Calabar 23,300 Lagos to Enugu 23,300 Lagos to Kaduna 27,500 Lagos to Kano 27,500 Lagos to Owerri 23,300 Lagos to Port Harcourt 23,300 Lagos to Uyo 23,300 Lagos to Warri 23,300 Lagos to Yola 27,500 Owerri to Abuja 23,300 Owerri to Kano 23,300 Owerri to Lagos 23,300 Port Harcourt to Abuja 23,300 Port Harcourt to Lagos 23,300 Uyo to Abuja 23,300 Uyo to Lagos 23,300 Warri to Abuja 23,300 Warri to Lagos 23,300 Yola to Abuja 23,300 Yola to Lagos 27,500 Contact Details Office Address: 25, Sobo Arobiodu Street GRA, Ikeja Phone Number: 0700FLYAIRPEACE or 070035924773223, 08140409808 (WhatsApp messages only) Email: [email protected] Website: flyairpeace.com Are you travelling to Calabar and need a place to stay? Check out hotels in Calabar here. 4. Dana Air Dana Air is another one of the local airlines in Nigeria which has become a popular choice among Nigerians. It is based in Murtala Muhammed Airport, Ikeja, Lagos and has only 5 aircraft. These are 1 Boeing 737-500 and 4 McDonnell Douglas MD-83. It is currently known as the most reliable airline in Nigeria. Dana Air operates as a domestic carrier with the following destinations: Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt, and Uyo. As one of the most popular local airlines in Nigeria, they specialize in providing services to make customer's trips easier. These services include a WhatsApp chat account where customers can make reservations, get flight updates, request flight upgrade, book and pay later and a whole lot more. They also have a mobile app and occasionally issue promo codes. You can purchase a ticket for either Round trip, One way or multi-city. However, below is the one-way ticket price and routes (all prices are in Nigerian Naira): Routes Economy Discount Economy Saver Economy Flexible Business Saver Business Flexible Abuja to Lagos 20,700 28,800 39,600 55,800 81,000 Abuja to Owerri 20,700 28,800 39,600 55,800 81,000 Abuja to Port Harcourt 20,700 28,800 39,600 55,800 81,000 Lagos to Abuja 20,700 28,800 39,600 55,800 81,000 Lagos to Owerri 20,700 28,800 39,600 55,800 81,000 Lagos to Port Harcourt 20,700 28,800 39,600 55,800 81,000 Lagos to Uyo 16,200 28,800 39,600 55,800 81,000 Owerri to Abuja 20,700 28,800 39,600 55,800 81,000 Owerri to Lagos 20,700 28,800 39,600 55,800 81,000 Port Harcourt to Abuja 20,700 28,800 39,600 55,800 81,000 Port Harcourt to Lagos 20,700 28,800 39,600 55,800 81,000 Uyo to Lagos 16,200 28,800 39,600 55,800 81,000 Contact Details Office Address: Dana Airline Ltd, Murtala Muhammad Airport 2, Ikeja, Lagos Phone number: 0700FLYDANA (07003593262), 01-280-9888, 07051190363(WhatsApp) Email Address: [email protected] Website: flydanaair.com 5. Aero Contractors Airline Aero contractors online are among the oldest airlines yet one of the most popular local airlines in Nigeria. It is actually registered as Aero Contractors Company of Nigeria Limited but popularly referred to as Aero Contractors. They are based in the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Ikeja, Lagos. Aero Contractors operate in two types of wings. The fixed-wing which are domestic and international passenger schedules, air charter and the rotary-wing which provides helicopter services across the country. Their popular routes for one way trip and the average ticket prices in Nigerian Naira are as follows: Routes Flexible Economy Business Class Abuja-Asaba 21,645 62,460 Abuja-Kano 21,645 62,460 Abuja-Lagos 21,645 62,460 Abuja-Port Harcourt 21,645 62,460 Abuja-Sokoto 21,645 62,460 Abuja-Warri 28,260 - Abuja-Yola 25,053 62,460 Asaba-Abuja 21,645 62,460 Asaba-Kano 36,333 71,660 Asaba-Lagos 19,088 62,460 Benin-Lagos 19,088 62,460 Kano-Abuja 19,088 62,178 Kano-Asaba 36,333 71,660 Kano-Lagos 21,645 62,178 Lagos-Abuja 23,145 63,960 Lagos-Asaba 23,145 63,960 Lagos-Benin 20,588 63,960 Lagos-Kano 23,145 63,678 Lagos-Port Harcourt 20,588 63,960 Lagos-Sokoto 37,833 73,160 Lagos-Warri 29,760 - Lagos-Yola 37,833 73,160 Port Harcourt-Abuja 21,645 62,460 Port Harcourt-Lagos 21,645 62,460 Sokoto-Abuja 21,645 62,460 Sokoto-Lagos 36,333 71,660 Warri-Abuja 29,760 - Warri-Lagos 29,760 - Yola-Abuja 21,645 62,460 Yola-Lagos 36,333 71,660 Contact Details Office Address: Muritala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos Phone Number: +23416284140 Email Address: [email protected] Website: flyaero.com
by Mosimileoluwa Alabi/February 21 03:58 PMLast updated on ?A Holiday in The Maldives would be perfect for you
and Nadu?, said Bella one cool evening. I had just spoken to her about how lost
Nadu, my husband was in deciding on what country to pick for our honeymoon. We
got married a week before but had to push our honeymoon a bit further due to
work deadlines and all. I did not really buy the idea because I wanted a place
that was closer to Nigeria. ?Stop having second thoughts, tell Nadu about it and
thank me later. I want to spend a night in one of the top hotels in Lagos. See
it as your appreciation gift to me? She smirked. ?How do I know I?d enjoy my
stay in The Maldives and secondly, how on earth would I know top hotels in
Lagos?? I queried her. ?Are you living in the ?70s? Aunty, visit hotels.ng to view top hotels in Lagos and book one for me when you return plus forget about your first question, you?d definitely enjoy your stay? She replied. Bella is my best friend and most times I trust her judgment. I decided to tell my husband and surprisingly, he agreed to it. I feel it?s because the Maldives is one of the countries that offer tourist visa on arrival for a period of 30 days. Meaning, you do not have to go through the hassle of visiting an embassy and going for interviews. Click here to read on visa-free countries Nigerians can visit. We fixed our travel for the first week in March,
which is one of the best months to visit the country. Where is the Maldives? Before we go in-depth into my experience of the Maldives, I?d love to share basic information that gives you a better understanding of this awesome city. The Maldives is a small island country in South Asia, located next to India and Sri Lanka. It is also known as the Republic of Maldives. This beautiful country consists of about 1192 coral islands scattered across the Indian Ocean-only 200 islands are inhabited, the others are majorly used for tourism and agriculture. It is a tropical paradise having immaculate beaches, blue-green lagoons and the most amazing beach resorts, making it the perfect honeymoon for me and my husband. Although Islam is the official religion of The Maldives, tourists are not restricted to practicing it. The capital and largest city of the country is Male. After my research on the Maldives archipelago, I discovered that there are about 90 resorts in the Maldives. We settled for Anantara Kihavah Villas located in Kihavah Huravalhi Island, not just because it is one of the best resorts for a romantic getaway but it is also about 35 minutes from the Male International Airport, Male by speedboat. The 2 days spent in the beautiful archipelago were literally the best 2 days of my life. Getting
to the Maldives Travelling from Nigeria to the Maldives was easier than I imagined. All we needed were valid passports, proof of sufficient funds, and valid health certificates. That sounds super easy yeah? We packed our bags, headed for the airport, paid our flight tickets and boarded our flight from Muritala Mohammed Airport, Lagos and off we went to the beautiful country of Maldives. We spent about 17 hours in the air (all to go on
this beautiful journey to the other side of the world) after which we landed at
the Male International Airport. On getting to the airport, the resort we booked
to stay sent a representative with a boat to escort us there. The boat ride
from the airport to the resort lasted for about 35 minutes. Things to do in the Maldives Anantara Kihavah Villas Traveling to the Maldives was very pivotal to my peace of mind as it helped me disconnect from the hustle and bustle of Lagos and reconnect with myself by getting completely immersed in the beautiful and exotic island we stayed in. On our first day, we did not do much as we were totally exhausted from the flight. So, we had dinner and slept. The next morning, I felt rejuvenated and was surprised to wake up to the beautiful soothing sound of water below the villa-we chose the overwater villa. The staff was friendly. I realized that the bathroom in the overwater villa is next to the private swimming pool which means from your bathtub, you could swim out into the pool!! Dolphin
Watching One of the best things to do on your holiday in the Maldives is to watch wildlife and I love Dolphins so why not? This was the first thing we did in the morning of the second day. We saw spinner dolphins and bottlenose dolphins. The dolphins seemed to like us and stayed around for a while. Bike
Around The resort Islands in the Maldives may be small but
are not too small for driving a bike. The piers and sand paths offer the best
biking experience. Riding a bike on these piers gave me a feeling of riding to
Snorkeling Snorkelling while on a holiday in the Maldives is something you shouldn?t miss. I missed it though as there are certain places in the country that are perfect for Snorkeling. I was not in that part of the archipelago. However, if you plan to have a holiday in the Maldives, Baros Maldives and ?Bandos Maldives have the best snorkelling reefs. Underwater Dining at Anantara Kihavah Underwater Restaurant in Anantara Kihavah Villas On the 3rd day, I had the memorable
experience of dining underwater with Nadu. Anantara Kihavah Villas has the
first underwater wine cellar and offers the best romantic experience for
couples. I fell in love over again when I saw big fishes swim past as I was
enjoying my delicious meal and sipping wine. Trust me; It is a beautiful sight
to behold. Cinemas under the Sky Movies under the sky in the Maldives I really do not enjoy going to see movies in a cinema but the idea of having it under the sky, while listening to the gentle sounds of waves lapping the beach was something I had to experience. It was undoubtedly surreal. Sinking into oversized bean bags while enjoying popcorns and beverages, I watched Crazy Rich Asians for the one-millionth time. Sunset
Cocktails In the evening, we had cocktails at the rooftop of
the restaurant. We watched the sunset in the most amazing setting. Trust me;
this is a perfect way to end the day. I really wished we could stay for longer but our
flight back to Lagos was scheduled for the next day. Ohh and yes, I booked Bella
a room in Golden Tulip hotels as my experience in the Maldives was incredible
and I absolutely had the time of my life. Since a holiday in the Maldives is uncomplicated and relaxed-the complete definition of a stress-free life, I plan to go back to the country, on solo travel though. Read more: Luxury Hotels To Visit in Lagos Note: This article is not the writer's personal experience
by Mosimileoluwa Alabi/February 17 11:23 PMLast updated on Cape Verde also known as Cabo Verde is an island
country that is not so famous, therefore undermining its beauty. The country
consists of nine inhabited islands and one uninhabited island making it an
archipelago. This beautiful archipelago is known for its volcanic islands and
warm tropical climate. The islands include Santo Antao, Sao Nicolau, Brava, Santa Luzia, Maio, Sal, Boa Vista, Santiago, Fogo and Sao Vicente. Cape Verde islands are places of striking differences, with each of the islands offering unique experiences to visitors. Its picturesque beaches, mouth-watering delicacies and attractive villages all make it a perfect holiday destination. Holidays in Cape Verde are full of fun, sand and sun. Where
is Cape Verde? Shaped like a horseshoe, Cape Verde lies off the West
Coast of Africa, in the Atlantic Ocean. It is bordered by Senegal, Guinea, The
Gambia and Guinea Bissau. The archipelago was uninhabited until the 15th
century when explorers from Portuguese discovered and took over the islands.
This is why Portuguese is the official language used in formal settings in the
country. However, Cape Verdean Creole is also widely spoken. Due to its strategic location, Cape Verde is quite
difficult to spot on the map of Africa; this does not mean the country does not
have a lot to offer. Cape Verdeans have a unique sense of belonging-being
partly European and partly African with about 70% of the population being of
mixed race. Requirements
for Travelling to Cape Verde from Nigeria As a Nigerian travelling to Cape Verde for tourism, you do not need a visa for a stay of up to 90 days. Click here to view visa-free countries for Nigerians. All you need
is; Your Nigerian Passport that would be valid for the duration of your trip.A valid return ticket.Proof of sufficient funds to cover your expenses throughout your trip.Proof of accommodation which could be in the form of hotel receipts.Health Certificate. Visitors
under the age of eighteen, travelling without a parent or guardian are required
to have a letter of authorization from a parent/guardian. Things
to Do In Cape Verde Cape Verde is a destination for all groups of people. If you are a nightlife person seeking to enjoy loud music scenes or you are looking to simply relax by the sea or you are an outdoor enthusiast, Cape Verde will definitely captivate you. Let?s explore things to do while in the country. Enjoy the Nightlife Nightlife in Cape Verde Nightlife in Cape Verde is characterized by live music and dance. The music is a combination of sounds from Africa and Europe resulting in the appealing upbeat Creole music that is popular in the archipelago. During weekends, you could join the locals at the
resort areas and enjoy the lively spirit sprouting from all angles as you dance
to local beats. However, some islands are livelier than others-Sal and Sao
Vicente are livelier than the rest of the islands at night while Boa Vista is
the quietest of the islands. Go Quad Biking on Sand Dunes Quad Biking in Cape Verde There are Quad biking tour guides available across the islands that direct tourists from site to site and around the impressive sand dunes of the various islands especially Sal and Boa Vista. Go Fishing Engage in Fishing in Cape Verde Fishing is a highly popular sport in Cape Verde. It is more or less a way of life in the archipelago. Various types of fishing are available, from deep-sea fishing and rock fishing to big game fishing. On most of the islands, you do not have to start looking far before you find a wide range of fishing boats lined up along the coasts. Diving and Snorkelling Since the islands in the archipelago boast of awesome wind conditions from November to June, you can enjoy water sports on their beaches. Sal Island is one of the best places to enjoy diving and snorkelling. Explore Santa Maria Santa Maria, located on the island of Sal is a beautiful place to stroll around. It is a relatively large city that offers an amazing number of things to get involved in. After a day or two of enjoying the sand dunes of Cape Verde, Santa Maria should be your next stop to help you soak yourself in the richness of the archipelago. Relax at the Beach A day at the beach in Cape Verde If you want to have quiet fun while in the country, there are a number of beaches to choose from. Santa Maria Beach on Sal, Santa Monica and Praia de Chaves ?both on Boa Vista are some of Cape Verde?s finest beaches. The beaches boast of turquoise waters that look like they came straight out of heaven. So for all the beach lovers, you can sit back, and soak up the warm African Sunshine of Cape Verde. Hike to a Volcano Pico do Fogo Volcano in Cape Verde For visitors who would love to get very active and adventurous, the Island of Fogo is a perfect place to go hiking. Here you can hike to the summit of Pico Do Fogo-the highest point in the country. For the hike, you will need to wear protective but comfortable items of clothing. Do not worry about a volcano eruption, there hasn?t
been any in about 400 years and there is serious monitoring for signs of any
volcanic activity. Surf at Kite Beach Kite-surfing in Cape Verde Kite Beach is the perfect place to go kite-surfing in the country. It is located on Sal Island. Whether you are a seasoned professional or a humble beginner, there is a wide range of facilities to enable everyone to engage in the sport. Read this article to know why you should visit Abu Dhabi instead of Dubai Whale and Turtle Spotting Boa Vista is one of the world?s most important breeding sites for Loggerhead turtles and Humpback Whales. If you visit Cape Verde between February and May, you will be able to see the Whales in their natural habitat. If you also go around July and September, you?ll be thrilled by the sight of these turtles coming to lay their eggs in the sand. Tour guides are usually available to offer direction to visitors.
by Mosimileoluwa Alabi/February 11 12:04 AMLast updated on The United Arab Emirates is a popular travel destination for foreigners especially Nigerians with Dubai being the major city of attraction. The best part of travelling to the UAE is the quality of life the country has to offer and the opportunities available in the country. Most people when booking a trip to the UAE immediately pick Dubai as their chosen destination. However, about a one and half-hour drive away is Abu Dhabi and tourists should consider exploring this awesome city. While a holiday in Dubai is characterized by shopping, the city vibe and all, Abu Dhabi is much calmer being the governmental centre of the UAE. Dubai serves as the country's international hub for business and tourism. The city houses the tallest buildings, hottest clubs and the most popular attractions in the UAE making it a world-class tourism infrastructure. However, Abu Dhabi is a far more conservative city. People who are interested in having a quiet time in the country and who also want to experience the country?s rich Islamic culture would prefer the option of Abu Dhabi. The city is also usually less crowded with foreign tourists. As a result, it is a great place to escape the unsettling crowds in Dubai. What
Makes Abu Dhabi Special? Abu Dhabi is the capital city of the United Arab Emirates and sits comfortably on an island in the Persian Gulf. It is not only the country?s capital, but it also occupies about 80% of the country?s landmass. Abu Dhabi is also home to the UAE?s president, Sheik Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyen. In short, all presidents of the country must be from the Al Nahyen family in Abu Dhabi. Abu Dhabi at Night Thinking of a trip to France? Read this article Tourist
Attractions in Abu Dhabi Nigerians travelling to Dubai can attest to the fact that the city is usually packed especially during the peak months of October- March. Tourists from all over the world fly to Dubai during these months. As a result, Airports are packed and hotels are super expensive. The beautiful truth is that Abu Dhabi has tourist attractions that are just as fun and exciting as Dubai, with much less hassle, therefore making the city a much better tourist destination. In the city, visitors will be more in touch with the local culture because it is the best place to see the Emirati costumes, the garments and also have a feel of the country?s tradition. Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Some of the tourist attractions include: The Yas Marina Circuit.Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque.Yas Waterworld.Ferrari World.Sir Bani Yas Island.Emirates Palace.Louvre Abu Dhabi.Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital.Manarat Al Saadiyat.Alain Museum.Heritage Village.Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre. Louvre
Abu Dhabi The Louvre Abu Dhabi, designed by Jean Nouvel is a civilized art museum merging different cultures together to share stories of humanity. It illustrates the similarities from various human experiences that go beyond nationality, history and geography. Opened on the 11th November 2017, the museum came to be as a result of the partnership formed between the UAE and France. The partnership aimed at combining the UAE?s bold vision of cultural progression and openness with France?s expertise in museums and art. The Louvre Abu Dhabi Louvre Abu Dhabi shows
the rich Arabic heritage alongside the incredible French architectural design.
Built on a man-made peninsula, the museum forms the shape of a dome having
thousand of stars layered on top of each other to let sunlight filter through
to the galleries below and is open to water on three sides. The museum is quiet- except for the sound of
water and birds. The overall effect is like walking through a place of worship.
Some of the world?s finest works are housed here such as the likes of Van Gogh
and Da Vinci. The Museum is usually open by10am to 8 pm from Saturdays to Wednesdays and by 10 am to 10 pm on Thursdays and Fridays. However, it is usually closed on Mondays. Yas
Island Yas Island is an island
in Abu Dhabi. It is an emerging entertainment destination. It houses the Yas
Marina Circuit, the Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, Yas Waterworld, Yas Mall, Yas
Beach, Warner Bros World and the Yas Links Abu Dhabi. The island is a short
drive from Louvre Abu Dhabi making it an excellent holiday destination. Be prepared to experience
a world of fun at the Island as each park has a wide range of fun activities
and shopping options for everyone. From the splashing experience at Yas
Waterworld to the thrills at Ferrari Abu Dhabi, from the live characters at
Warner Bros World Abu Dhabi to the other rides and attractions, Yas Island is
an adventure playground for everyone. Yas Waterworld The Yas Waterworld in Abu Dhabi As Nigerians, we love to have fun. Yas Waterworld offers non-stop fun to quench your thirst. Whether you are an adrenaline junkie or a quiet fun lover, Yas Waterworld would leave you wanting for more. The water park covers an area of about 15 football pitches, having 43 rides and slides. Visitors could also try the 238-metre long hydromagnetic-powered waterslide. It is the first of its kind in the world. Yas
Mall Yas Mall houses the UAE?s second-largest shopping centre and is located at the heart of the Island. It has about 400 of the world?s top fashion and food brands and also houses the region?s largest family entertainment zone. Ferrari World Ferrari World, located in Yas Island has the world?s
fastest roller coaster. This Ferrari-branded theme park offers ?fast and
furious? fun to visitors of all ages. Warner Bros World Abu Dhabi Warner Bros. World Warner Bros World is UAE?s Disneyland. It is a climate-controlled theme park divided into 6 immersive lands for exploration. The lands which were inspired by the Warner Bros. characters are expertly designed such that each one is cooler than the last. The park also has the Batman: Knight Flight that allows visitors to experience flying in Batwings. With its state of the art attractions, top-class restaurants, awesome beaches and many other natural and man-made attractions, Abu Dhabi is a perfect destination for your next holiday. You could also view: How to get a Dubai visa
by Gift/February 10 07:17 PMLast updated on France, home to the most exquisite culture set to fascinate everyone on a tourist trip to France. The country presents experiences that must be experienced and enjoyed to the maximum. It can be very frustrating to go through the visa processing hustle only to realize that you have no idea where to begin your tour when you arrive in France. Travelling on a tourist trip to France as a Nigerian can be an expensive affair especially if you are planning to travel on a budget but you do not have to feel left out if you are in that category as we have gotten some of the best places you can visit in France on a budget and still have so much fun. However, before you even begin to look for what to do during your trip and where to visit, you have to fulfil certain conditions which include: Having a valid visa into FranceA place to stay during your tripTravel insuranceEnough money for the planned duration of your stay If you have not gotten your visa, read this for the full France tourist visa requirements. After fulfilling all the requirements, you are good to go! Here are some of the best places Nigerians can visit on a tourist trip to France: Eiffel Tower The Eiffel tower is one of the most dreamt about places to visit. It was constructed to celebrate the 100th year of the French Revolution and show France?s industrial power to the world. The Eiffel tower is the most popular tourist destination in Paris and even if you are travelling on a budget, from the top Eiffel tower, you would feel like you have seen entire France. If you feel you are bold and not afraid of height, go on and climb your way to the top of the tower. One thing to ensure though is that you do not miss the delightful Eiffel Tower light shows. Louvre Museum Louvre Museum, popularly known as Louvre is the world?s largest art museum. It is located in Paris and is another feature that makes the city of Paris extremely beautiful. Those with even a slight interest in art must visit the Louvre. Among the historical features that can be found in the museum are sculptures of Mona Lisa, Great Sphinx of Tanis, Venus de Milo, and a few paintings of the Last Supper. Taking a tour around the museum is another great way to get value for your money during your tourist trip to France. Palace of Versailles The Palace of Versailles is a historical monument and UNESCO world heritage site famous for its hall of mirrors, the garden of Versailles which contains about 400 sculptures and 1400 fountains. The palace was specifically built to impress visitors and reflect the power of the king who built it and it is nothing short of impressive. Although it is located on the outskirts of Paris, it is an incredible place to visit. Disneyland Paris Disneyland which welcomes a whopping 14.8 million visitors yearly is an all-in-one package. It comprises of parks, resort hotels, shopping mall, golf, Disney nature resorts and several other recreational and entertainment venues. Even if the only place you tour during your trip is the most visited theme park in Europe, your trip is complete. The park occasionally issues discount packages for tourists who book a visit there in advance. The package mostly includes accommodation in choice areas, access to parks, Disney characters meet and greet, among other things. Taking advantage of these packages is the best option for Nigerians for a tourist trip to France on a budget. You might also be interested in: visiting abu-dhabi on your next vacation. Ancient Roman Ruins Exploring Roman ruins in France is one of the best ways to explore the country. Many of France?s great cities such as Paris, Marseille, Lyon, etc. can trace their history back to Roman times. The best place to admire the roman remains in France is in the city of Nimes which has a number of well-preserved sites such as the Maison Carree. The Maison Carree is the best-preserved Roman temple anywhere in the world. Nigerians interested in history would learn a lot from a trip to these sites. Other places that Nigerians can visit on their tourist trip to France include: Mont Saint-MichelThe Ch?teaux of the Loire ValleyThe C?te d'AzurCity of NiceReims and its Gothic CathedralBrittanyAlsatian villagesThe French AlpsLourdesLyon Apart from visiting these places, there are other enjoyable activities you can engage in during your trip, some of which are: Going on a picnic With a picnic mat, food basket and a few friends, you can have fun outdoors without having to spend a lot. If you visit France during the summer season, you would find a lot of other people engaging in this activity. In fact, picnics are a part of French Culture. A few great picnic spots in France are the Luxembourg gardens in Paris, Bois de Vincennes, Les Quais de la Seine which offers a stunning view of the Notre Dame, etc. The outskirts of the country is also a great picnic spot for nature lovers. The best part is that these picnic spots are free to use. Skiing Another way to have a wonderful stay in France is to go skiing. Skiing typically involves using skis to glide on snow mainly as a recreational activity. This would be best enjoyed if your travel falls around the winter season. The top five best ski resorts in France are Chamonix, Val d?Isere, Avoriaz, La Plagne and Alpe-d?Huez. Before you go skiing though, ensure you have your complete ski gear for safety. Shopping Shopping does not have to involve going to malls and buying expensive clothes, shoes and other things. It is also visiting the local market in France and appreciating its beauty. You would also find that some great souvenirs can be bought at the local market. Visiting the beach France is known to have the best beaches in Europe. Some of them with natural rocks like limestone found in them and others with wild dune landscapes. Tourists can visit one or more of these beaches during their trip. A trip to France is not complete without visiting a beach. Eat and drink With its reputation for having the finest cuisines in the world, not tasting a few of these French dishes is an error. Eating and drinking are a big part of the French culture and this creates an opportunity to bond with other French citizens. Lovers of cheese would find about 400 different kinds of cheese in France, this earned the country the name ?country of cheese?. No matter what you do, ensure you have a taste of France?s tantalizing dishes and wine. If you have experienced the beauty of France to your satisfaction and you still have extra cash, you can throw a party or go clubbing and let the country know how it is done in Nigeria. Staying Healthy It would be really horrible to travel to France and not enjoy
your stay due to illnesses therefore the best way to avoid such is to observe
certain hygienic and safety practices. Although tap water in the country is mostly drinkable, if you do not feel comfortable drinking it, do not drink it. Bottled water of different varieties such as mineral water, fizzy water, slightly fizzy and salty water can be found in supermarkets and stores around the country. Do not drink tap water found in train bathrooms especially if you find a sign saying Eau non-potable. There are also people who react to changes in the environment and no matter how careful they are, they would still be sick. Such people need not worry as healthcare in France is of impeccably high standards. Enjoying their tour would only be delayed for a while longer. Daily expenditure The estimated daily expenditure for a tourist to France is a minimum of ?45 and a maximum of 'as much you can afford to spend' lol. This would cover accommodation, transportation, feeding, visit attraction sites and other basic things but in varying qualities. France also offers travelling discounts for students younger than 26 years who are holders of the ISIC (International Student Identity Card) so get one if you want to reduce your travel costs. Etiquette Before visiting any country, there are some rules tourists should note so as to stay out of trouble in the country and to continually remain in favour of the citizens. A few of these etiquettes for the French are: Learn a few French words, especially greetings. Greet friends with a double kiss on both cheeks and stranger with handshakes. Always dress nicely so you do not feel out of place as the French are known to have high taste in fashion. Do not visit a host empty-handed. Do not talk about business when eating.If you are eating with others, do not start your meal until everyone has been asked to. The French do not talk much about religion, you should do the same. Do not keep your phone on the table when eating, it is considered rude.Always be punctual to meetings. Do not be involved in any form of criminal activity. Finally, no matter how much you are enjoying your stay in France, do not overstay your visa. S'amuser!
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 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 Rebecca/January 24 02:14 PMLast updated on There are lots of jobs in Canada that you can easily get, so long as you have the right information and an accurate qualification. Canada actively seeks foreign workers and professionals to help grow its strong national workforce. This means that it is much easier to be gainfully employed in Canada as a foreign national. You should know that a work permit is needed before you can be able to work in Canada. You can apply for a temporal work permit, permanent residence through the skilled worker category, or provincial nomination which allows you the right to work in Canada. Canada commits $10 million to help newcomers find work and enter the job market faster. This tells you that the job environment in Canada is really conducive to foreign nationals. There are lots of benefits that come with obtaining a Canadian work permit that goes beyond employment alone. Working in Canada affords you a chance at permanent residence en route to citizenship. There are as well very strict labor laws in Canada that protect workers from labor injustices. All members of the Canadian workforce are protected by the Canadian labor standards that defend the right of employees and ensure fair and equitable treatment regarding employment conditions. When you consider the strength of the Canadian economy and the abundance of available jobs the salaries and wages are fair compared to what is obtainable in many countries. The lowest basic minimum wage in Canada is C$15 per hour. It?s easy to get jobs in Canada, with a little perseverance of course. While having a degree will definitely give you an edge in terms of getting a job and a promotion, having no degree, on the other hand, will also provide you more opportunities for jobs. One very important thing to note though is that it is strongly impossible to get a job in Canada from outside Canada. Canadian employers don?t have the time or resources to try to verify out-of-country references/qualifications, especially those in an unfamiliar language. Nor are they willing to hire someone they have never met since collaborative teamwork is an important part of Canadian workplaces. You can check out the article below on how to get a Canadian work permit without a job offer. https://hotels.ng/guides/can-i-get-a-canadian-work-permit-without-a-job-offer/ Most available jobs in Canada never get advertised publicly as well. It is what they refer to as the hidden job market, so don?t sit at home waiting for that job to come and find you. Networking is very crucial to finding jobs in Canada. You need to get your name out there across your industry so that when a job comes up, you are in a position to be called in. Anyone who tells you different - especially if they're asking you for money to find you a job in Canada - is probably trying to scam you to get your money. College or Vocational Instructor Instructing at the college and vocational level is one of the careers in demand in Canada thanks, in large part, to growing retirement rates among the current workforce. According to data from 2016, half of the workforce is over the age of 46, and many instructors retire around 64 years old. During the 2017-to-2026 period, the country could be short of about 3,500 instructors. And that number could grow as provincial and federal governments continue to reinforce the post-secondary system. Registered nurse When it comes to the most-needed jobs in Canada, nursing may very well top the list. Two major factors drive the demand for more nurses. The first one is that baby boomers ( those individuals born between 1946 and 1964) are reaching retirement age. As a result, it's expected that more and more nurses who are a part of that generation will soon be retiring from their jobs. In 2016, the median age of registered nurses (RNs) in Canada was almost 42. So roughly half of the RN workforce is between about 42 and 65 years old. Plus, a substantial number of RNs retire before the age of 65. (The median retirement age was 62 in 2016.)2 https://hotels.ng/guides/my-experience-as-a-nurse-immigrating-to-canada/ The second major factor that's driving nursing demand is Canada's overall aging population. Seniors and elderly people typically have higher health care needs than those in the younger generations. So, as baby boomers continue to age, it's expected that the demand for medical care will grow, resulting in a number of new jobs. In fact, from 2017 to 2026, there could be a shortage of about 13,200 registered nurses across the country. Licensed Practical Nurse Licensed practical nursing is up near the top of the list of the most in-demand jobs in the country?for the same reasons as registered nursing. An aging population is placing more demands on the health care system, and a retiring workforce is creating a need to replace workers. Although the licensed practical nurse (LPN) workforce is younger than the RN one, a growing number of retirements is still expected in the coming years. In fact, from 2017 to 2026, about 4,300 LPN jobs could go unfilled across the country due to a labor shortage.2 So, if you want to make a difference and play an important role in the delivery of high-quality health care, then becoming an LPN could be an incredible opportunity. Business Management Consultant In an expanding global marketplace that's becoming increasingly competitive, it's more important than ever for businesses to be lean and productive. In order to achieve that goal, businesses often hire management consultants to help them. Due to an expected increase in the demand for professional consulting services, combined with workers retiring and transitioning to other positions, management consulting is one of the top jobs in demand. Occupational or Physiotherapy Assistant Overall, the senior and elderly population is living longer. And many of those Canadians want to enjoy healthy lifestyles for as long as possible. Occupational and physiotherapy assistants often play a part in making that happen. Additionally, hospitals have moved toward outpatient care models in order to free up beds, so they frequently offer occupational therapy and physiotherapy services as a part of that strategy. Psychologist With more attention being paid to issues of mental health and wellness in all sectors of the population, psychologists will have one of the most in-demand jobs in Canada for the next five years. In fact, government projections show that as many as 1,100 jobs may go unfilled between 2017 and 2026 due to a shortage of trained psychologists. Truck Driver The Canadian economy relies on truck drivers, but there may not be enough young adults entering the trucking industry in order to fill the gap from retiring workers. In 2016, the median age of transport truck drivers was almost 46 years old. So approximately half of the truck-driving workforce is between the age of 46 and 65. That means a substantial number of workers will be retiring in the coming decades. It's why the country could be short almost 11,500 truckers during the period from 2017 to 2026 Other jobs that are in demand in Canada include legislators, senior managers, human resources managers, telecommunication carriers, administrators, library managers, construction managers, executive assistants, insurance underwriters, chemists, architects, dentists and a whole lot. You don't want to find just any job. You want to explore careers in demand so that you pick a field that has greater potential for job security and high pay. Many of the in-demand jobs in Canada for the next five years offer great earning opportunities since employers need to attract and retain quality workers due to anticipated labor shortages. If you know of any other easily accessible jobs in Canada, kindly include them in the comment section.
by Rebecca/January 23 01:51 PMLast updated on There are various European countries you can travel to for various purposes. Irrespective of why you would want to Immigrate out of Nigeria, there are some easy European countries you can travel to and there are the hard ones. This article has made a detailed outline of the easy European countries to immigrate to from Nigeria depending on what you want from such countries. In this article, we will be listing the top easy European countries to immigrate to from Nigeria. The article contains details on European countries like; Austria, Sweden, Portugal, Finland, Norway, Germany, Belgium, Spain, France, England, New Zealand, Australia, Ukraine, Hungary, Russian Federation, Italy, Switzerland, Denmark, Slovenia, and Luxembourg Immigrating to Austria from Nigeria Austria should not be mistaken for Australia. Austria is a European country located at the center of European traffic between east and west along the Danubian trade route and between north and south through the Alpine passes, the country remains a top tourist attraction in Europe. It is one of the easy top countries to immigrate to in Europe as a student. Students who apply to this country can receive free tuition education. The cost of living in Austria is very cheap. There is an Austrian visa application center at Lagos and Abuja and you can visit them to know the full requirements for whatever visa type you would require. Universities like the University of Vienna. The university of Leopold-Franzes and the University of Graz are universities that you can check out if you hope to immigrate from Nigeria to study in Austria. The major requirements include the new biometric passports, health insurance, travel insurance amongst other documents. You can submit your application at the physical center. You are also required to prepare various documents in advance as the embassy can request various documents at different times so it is important that all the documents you provide are original. After submitting your documents at the physical center, you can check the status of your application online by providing a unique VAC ref number provided to you and your date of birth. If you would rather apply for other visa types then you can apply for the Austrian Airport Visa, Austrian Tourist Visa, Austrian Visitor Visa, Austrian Business Visa, Austrian Visa for Official Visit, Austrian Medical Visa, Austrian Visa for Cultural, Sports and Film Crews. Immigrating to Sweden from Nigeria Sweden is another European country that is easy when you are considering or looking for permanent residence. If your reason for immigrating to Europe from Nigeria is for job employment then you might be in luck. According to the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), unemployment in Sweden is very low and the economy is also strong. The currency of Sweden is the krona and their major religion is Christianity. You should know that immigrants in Sweden take 8 out of every 10 new jobs available. When you look at the news agency in Sweden, named The Local, you will appreciate this fact more. This tells you that when considering easy European countries to immigrate to Nigeria for employment, Sweden should be your pick. You will be required to provide A valid passport. If you are not applying online, you need the form titled "Application for a residence permit to settle in Sweden." The following documents are to be scanned or photographed and sent with your application, copies of the pages in your passport which show your personal information, photograph, signature, passport number, passport issuing country, the passport's period of validity, bar code on the identification page and whether you have permission to live in countries other than your country of origin Immigrating to Norway from Nigeria Norway is one of the Scandinavian countries in Europe. According to the United Nations Human Development Index, Norway is the number one country. You should know that it is a wonderful country to live in and work in. There is a good balance between work and your normal life activities. If your reason for immigrating to Europe from Nigeria is for job employment, then Norway is another one of the easy European countries to immigrate to. It will interest you to know that Norway is a very peaceful country. This tells you that you won?t have to worry about your security. You can check with the official website of the Norwegian embassy in Nigeria. In order to apply for a residence permit from Nigeria, you must either be a citizen of Nigeria or have a residence permit in Nigeria. You must have had the residence permit for at least six months before you apply for the Schengen residence permit. Before you can hand in your passport and other documentation at the embassy or consulate, you must register your application in the Application Portal. If this is the first time that you are registering an application in the portal, you will first need to create a user account. Immigrating to Portugal from Nigeria If you wish to immigrate to Portugal and you have regular income from a pension or investments, you may apply for a Temporary Residence Permit. If your reason for immigrating to Europe from Nigeria is for job employment then Portugal should be a very high consideration. It is a Northwestern European country located along the Atlantic coast of the Iberian Peninsula. You may get a temporary residence permit if you have regular passive income from your investments and you wish to settle in Portugal. Usually, the permit is granted to those who can prove that they have a monthly regular income. The Temporary residence permit will be valid for one year, renewable for two-year periods, provided that you still meet the requirements for which it was issued. Evidence of Health Insurance, Original Police Clearance Certificate, Receipt of payment of fees, Bank Statement, Original Bank Reference Letter (Not older than 6 month), Original and photocopy of passport, Original or Certified copy of Birth Certificate (if applicable), Original or Certified copy of Marriage Certificate (if applicable), Proof of income Immigrating to Belgium from Nigeria When you are considering permanent residence, then Belgium is a very good choice. It is a country that is located in Western Europe and is very well known for its renaissance architecture. It will also interest you to know that it is the current headquarters for NATO and the European Union. The capital of Belgium is Brussels and the official language is German, Dutch, and French. If you are looking for an investor-friendly country and business-friendly, then Belgium will be a great option. As an investor or business entrepreneur, Belgium offers you residence by investment. If you are relocating to Belgium or planning to come for a significant period of time (longer than a year), you will need to apply for a category D long-stay Belgian visa. Which visa you apply for depends on the purpose of moving to Belgium. The standard cost of a long-stay immigrant visa is ?180 plus the same additional surcharges as the non-immigrant visas. Generally, you will have to apply for this visa at the Belgian embassy or consulate in your home country. If you apply from within Belgium, you should do it through the local Belgium civil administration offices or town hall Residence in Belgium has many advantages for you as a Nigerian. These advantages include: There is no limitation on your number of stay for one yearThe Belgium business environment is very friendlyThere are no restrictions on dual citizenship. Under the Belgium residency program, you can also permanently move to Belgium with your family. I know as a Nigerian, you definitely like the sound of this one. The applicant is required to submit their application personally at the application center. In the case of a minor, a parent or guardian must accompany them on the day of submission. Make a clear copy of all the original documents, three clear copies of passport data pages and applicant?s any previous visas. fill Online application form Pay the applicable visa fee and service fee at the bank teller counter at the Visa Application Centers (Lagos & Abuja). Belgium allows many EU residents to passport-free travel into the country and it has developed a reputation Immigrating to Finland from Nigeria Finland is one European country that should top the list when you search for easy European countries to immigrate to from Nigeria. According to the Migrant Immigration Policy Index (MIPEX), Finland is the leading European country in granting political participation to immigrants. This also includes Nigerians as well. The easiest way to migrate to Finland from Nigeria is to study an academic degree to gain high qualifications for a profession that would offer you employment in the service of a Finnish company that values enough your expertise and special skills. Please bear in mind that those jobs are few and the competition is very tough, as you would necessarily need to find an employer using English as the working language, you will probably not learn Finnish well enough for working life for several years. For more detailed information on this, visit the official website It will interest you to know that Finland is a Northern European country that borders Russia, Sweden, and Norway. The capital city is Helsinki. The people of Finland are seen to be the happiest people on earth. This only goes further to tell you that your stay in Finland will be very enjoyable. Immigrating to Luxembourg from Nigeria Luxembourg a small country in Central Europe. It shares borders with France, Germany, and Belgium and is a member of the European Union. This is as well one easy European country to immigrate to from Nigeria when you are seeking political participation. Luxembourg is among the smallest European countries that you can visit. The capital city is known as Luxembourg City. The political involvement of immigrants in Luxembourg is more like what you will get in Finland. So, as a Nigerian going to a European country that allows you to partake in politics, you should consider Luxembourg. The foremost thing to do is to the Visa Application Centre, in your area of jurisdiction on the type of visa you intend to obtain. Download the visa application form online and print out the hard copy Your International passport with at least 6 months validity and unused visa pages, allows for the visa sticker on your passport. Two recently taken photograph sized photographs with white background. You will as well need a photocopy of the data page of your passport, Travel medical insurance with a minimum coverage of ? 30,000 covering the whole of the Schengen area, Basic traveling allowance sufficient to cover your entire stay in Luxembourg. Or proof that you can take care of yourself or you have relatives that can provide for you during your stay in Luxembourg. Your bank account statement for the last 6 months duly endorsed by the Bank, Police clearance certificate, Evidence of hotel reservations for the duration of your stay in Ireland or private accommodation from your person in Luxembourg, Photocopies of all previous visas in your passport. A proof of flight booking, indicating the airline, departure and arrival dates. (Please note that you are not expected to buy tickets in advance until you obtain the visa) and a Written statement for the purpose of visitor why you choose Luxembourg. They have the Belgium visa application center in Nigeria at ABUJA Belgium Visa Application Centre, No. 38, Lobito Crescent, Wuse 11, Abuja. Belgium Visa Application Centre in Lagos is at Ground Floor, Manor house, Plot 110, Admiral Ayinla Way, Opposite Treasure Garden Estate, 3rd Roundabout, Lekki-Epe Expressway, Lekki Phase 1, Lagos. Immigrating to Germany from Nigeria Germany is the second most popular migration destination in the world. The reasons for the interest in immigrating to Germany are varying. Germany is the largest economy in all of Europe and focuses on innovation. This attracts many companies from abroad to Germany. Social security, a high standard of living and the fact that German passport is the most powerful in the world are further reasons for immigration to Germany. You should as well consider when you are immigrating to Europe if you have the mindset to become a citizen of such a country one day. If that is your dream, then Germany will work just fine. According to the Migrant Integration Policy Index (MIPEX), Germany is ranked very high for granting citizenship to immigrants. The country of Germany is in Western Europe, with Berlin as its capital city. There are also other well-known cities in Germany like Munich which is known for the celebration of Oktoberfest. https://hotels.ng/guides/germany-visa-nigeria-apply/ Immigrating to France from Nigeria This is also another one of the easy European countries to immigrate to should you intend to apply for citizenship. France is located in Western Europe and it very well known for its wines and international cuisines. Curious about how to live and work in France? If you want to stay longer in France than three months (90 days), usually for work, study or family reunification, unless you?re an EU/EEA/Swiss citizen or from Andorra or Monaco, you have to apply for a long-stay visa (visa de long s?jour) from the French embassy or consulate in your home country, before you can enter France. You can submit a French visa application for a long-stay if you are: employed (with at least a year-long contract).a temporary worker (with a contract between three months and one year).a scientific researcher.a student or intern.the spouse of a French citizen.the spouse of foreign nationals legally living in France and wish to be reunited.coming to France as a visitor (not working) and have accommodation, travel insurance and sufficient funds to live off during your stay. You will need a French long-stay visa in order to get a residence permit. You can?t get one on a short-stay visa. Some long-stay visas (VLS-TS), valid for stays between three months and one year, also act as a temporary residence permit as long as the visa is validated https://hotels.ng/guides/france-visa-apply/ Immigrating to Spain from Nigeria If you are considering immigrating to a European country and to later call your family to join you, you should consider Spain as a top option. It is a European country that is located on the Iberian Peninsula with 17 autonomous regions. The capital city of Spain is Madrid. The official language is Spanish, while the currency is Euro. You should know that Spain is the only European country that has a physical border with an African country. Spain also has other four official languages that include the Catalan, Galician, Occitan, and the Basque. When it comes to reuniting with your family members after immigrating to Spain, it is very much simpler. This is when you compare it to other European countries as well. As a student. This is really the real way for most Nigerians, but this requires the previous qualifications, learning the language and getting admitted by a university. Master's are a bit more friendly, so go for it. The kind of Schengen visa you will apply for will be dependent on the reason you would like to travel to Spain. Immigrating to Slovenia from Nigeria Slovenia is a mountainous region located in central Europe. Some artifacts that are believed to belong to the first modern humans were discovered there. It is a nation of caves and the most visited caves in all of Europe are located there. If you are considering immigrating to a European country and to later call your family to join you, you should consider Another European country with a relaxed policy for the reunification of the family members in Slovenia. Although there are terms and conditions for obtaining your family reunification application. When you consider it with the regulations of other European countries, you will appreciate Slovenia. Most of the younger Solvenes speak English so you would have no problem communicating. This country is located in central Europe and is well known for its mountains and lakes. The capital of Slovenia is known as Ljubljana. Slovenia uses the Euro just like many other European countries. Immigrating to Russian Federation from Nigeria The Russian Federation emerged as a great power in the early twenty-first century, it is also considered to be an energy superpower. The country is considered the Soviet Union's successor state in diplomatic matters and is a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council. If you are considering immigrating to Europe for studies, you can try the Russian federation out. Considering the continuous ASUU strikes and other issues, Europe can be your best destination to study. In Nigeria, it is always impossible to categorically state your date of graduation due to many factors. As a result of the bilateral education agreement between Russia and Nigeria, you can easily be allowed to study in Russia. As it stands, Nigerian students are among the majority among immigrants studying in Russia. Russia is the world?s largest nation in terms of landmass located in Eastern Europe. It will interest you to know that Russia borders both Asian and European countries. For this, Russia is called a transcontinental country. The capital and the largest city is Moscow. The Federation of Russia also borders the Pacific and Arctic oceans. Russian, Tuvin, Chuvash are the official languages. You should also know that Russia does not use the euro, rather they use the Russian ruble. So, when you are considering easy European countries to immigrate to from Nigeria Immigrating to Hungary from Nigeria Hungary is among the top tourist destinations in Europe with Budapest as its capital, it is also regarded as one of the most beautiful cities worldwide. For many international students, the Hungarian climate can be very different from that of their countries, as Hungary has four different seasons. Whilst summers are warm, winters can be really cold; average temperatures range from -4 ?C in January to 26 ?C in July. You should know that Hungarian universities offer relatively very low tuition fees for international students, including Nigeria. They also have very affordable housing programs for immigrant students. It will also interest you to know that Hungary also has scholarship programs for immigrant students. When it comes to the cost of living in Hungarian cities, you should know that Hungary is cheaper than in many European countries. If you are immigrating from Nigeria for your studies, then you should consider Hungary. Some of the top Universities in Hungary that admit immigrating students include: The University of DebrecenSzeged UniversityThe Corvinus University of Budapest, andEotvos Lorand University. So, when going to Hungary from Nigeria for your studies you should lookup these Universities. They will greatly be of immense help to you. Immigrating to Italy from Nigeria Italy is also one of the easy European countries to immigrate to from Nigeria for your studies. It will interest you to know that most of the Italian universities offer affordable tuition fees for international students, even those from Nigeria. If you want to study fashion, history, liberal arts at a very low cost, then Italy is the country for you. The top Italian universities include: The University of BolognaRome La Sapienza UniversityThe polytechnic university of Milan, andUniversity of Rome Tor Vergata. You should consider Italy should you want to study the aforementioned courses. Immigrating to Ukraine from Nigeria Another one of the top easy European countries to immigrate to from Nigeria for studies is Ukraine. This Eastern European country has some of the cheapest universities in Europe. They offer education courses in Engineering, Medicine, etc. They don?t need the TOEFL and ILETS as well as bank statements. Your payment can be made when you arrive in the country. You can also take-up available job opportunities during the summer break. Some of the best Ukrainian universities for immigrant students include: The Kharkiv National Medical UniversityDnipropetrovsk State Medical AcademyUkrainian Medical Stomatological Academy, andThe Odessa State Medical University Why not look up these universities the next time you want to immigrate to Europe for your studies. If you are an immigrant to any of these European countries, kindly share your immigration experience in the comment section. Someone who needs your experience might be reading.
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], [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/December 09 01:54 PMLast updated on Kano is the state capital of Kano in North West, Nigeria. Kano is the commercial nerve center of Northern Nigeria and is the second-largest city in Nigeria. It is situated in the Sahelian geographic region, south of the Sahara. Kano is a major center for the production and export of agricultural products like hides and skins, peanuts, and cotton. Kano State is also the largest industrial center in Northern Nigeria with major industries including textile, tanning, footwear, cosmetics, plastics, enamelware, pharmaceuticals, ceramics, furniture, and other industries. Others include agricultural implements, soft drinks, food and beverages, dairy products, vegetable oil, animal feeds, etc. Kano State is officially called Nigeria's Center of Commerce, with daily trade volumes of over N20 Billion. Best time to visit Kano Kano is typically very hot throughout the year, though from December through February, the city is noticeably cooler. Nighttime temperatures are cool during the months of December, January and February, with average low temperatures of 11 to 15 ?C (52 to 59 ?F). It is best to visit anytime you please, but it is important to dress lightly due to the hot weather. How to get to Kano Going to Kano is as easy as it gets, with or without travel agents or tour guides. Entrance into the city can be made via the major means of transportation available including airplanes, trains, and vehicles. By Air Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport operates flights coming in from other airports in countries within and outside Africa. Airlines are available at the airport including EgyptAir, Middle East Airlines, Sudan Airways, etc. There are also domestic flights at the airport, which are operated by airlines such as Arik Air, IRS Airlines, and Aero Contractors. By Road Contractors are available for inter-state transportation into Kano State. ABC Transport Plc, Chisco Transport, Peace Mass Transit, Young Shall Grow Motors, Bestway Transport Ltd, Gide Transport and Logistics Ltd, Gobison Motors Nigeria Ltd, Ground scale Nigeria Ltd, and Ogoja Travellers are all ideal road transport companies for road travelers. Sabon Gari Luxury Park is the major bus park in the city. https://hotels.ng/guides/lagos-to-kano-by-road/ By Train This is an inter-state train station. If you plan on journeying by rail to Lagos, Port Harcourt, and other parts of the country, this is your starting point. Before heading to Kano Railway Station, here are some helpful things to take along with you: Your boarding ticket. Getting Around Kano The most common means of transportation in Kano are the motorbikes. There are also city cabs which wear a blue and yellow look. The cabs can be flagged anywhere in the metropolis. Transportation costs are generally at a minimum of a hundred naira from one location to another within the metropolis. Lodging In Kano There are a number of wonderful hotel accommodations available for both business and leisure travelers. Hotels are available for both budget and luxury categories. Grand central hotel at 1 Bompai Road, Sabon Gari, Kano. Prices of rooms start from N16, 000. Nassarawa Guest House at 314, Lamido Road, Kano. You can book these rooms for prices as low as N7, 000. Tahir guest place at 4 Ibrahim Natsugune Road, Kano. Room prices start at N20, 000 Prince Hotel at Tamanu Road, off Audu Bako Way, Kano. Room categories include the standard room, executive room, villa, and 2-bedroom villa. 10 Things the Media Won?t Tell You About Kano City https://hotels.ng/guides/kano/ Places To Eat In Kano Cilantro Restaurant and Lounge This restaurant is open every day of the week and offers a wide selection of items on its menu including Indian and Chinese cuisines, Vegan options, and Halal delicacies. Guests at the restaurant can enjoy the delicacies for prices between N1, 600 - N4, 800. Corner Corner, located at Lafia Road, serves exquisitely prepared Indian cuisines, Arabian grilled chicken, barbequed kebabs, as well as Cappuccinos. They also run a full bar where drinks can be bought. Prices range between N1, 920 ? N7, 360. You can make reservations, order takeout or request delivery of food. Pizza & Burger Hott Pizza & Burger Hott is located at 131, Lamido Crescent, Kano. You can enjoy quickly yet deliciously prepared pizza for an affordable price. The pizzas come in different varieties and toppings depending on your choice. How To Spend 48 Hours in Kano https://hotels.ng/guides/how-to-spend-48-hours-in-kano/ Interesting Places to Visit in Kano Kofar Matar Dyeing Pits https://hotels.ng/guides/experience-the-best-of-african-fashion-at-kofar-mata-dyeing-pit/ The Kofar Matar Dyeing Pits is a 500-year-old in Kano state. Operations in the pits have never ceased since its creation. The Kofa Matar dyeing pits are famous all over the world and is a major reference point in international museums and other artistic literature. Here, you can have the first-hand experience of how the dyeing process is carried out. Kurmi Market https://hotels.ng/guides/shopping-made-golden-at-kurmi-market/ The age-long traditional market, once known for its involvement in the transatlantic slave trade, is the ideal destination to purchase almost everything in Kano. Afrocentric tourists would find the Kurmi market very attractive for its sale of cultural items like handcrafted beads and jewelry, dyed textiles, sculptures, and other woven materials. Top 10 Things To Do in Kano https://hotels.ng/guides/top-10-things-to-do-in-kano/ Drinks in Kano Zobo, Kunun aya, and Fura de nunu are local drinks made from natural products. They can be bought from roadside traders or hawkers. Alcohol might not be easy to come by due to district religious laws. Therefore, you might need to negotiate your way into getting them from hotel staff or ultimately get them from one of the night bars. Nightlife In Kano TDB Bars This is a popular hangout for both foreign and indigenous guests. It serves affordable drinks and food and is a well-guarded facility. Le Circle and Mingles This is the perfect destination for people who like to dance. For a night of nonstop music and dancing, do visit the Le Circle and Mingles Bar. California Nightclub California Nightclub is an extension of the California Hotel at Sabon Gari, Kano. It is suitable for guests of the hotel who can head down to the bar after enjoying dinner at the restaurant.
by Mosimileoluwa Alabi/November 26 12:56 PMLast updated on Dalai Lama once said, ?Once a year, go someplace you?ve never been before?. This kept ringing in my head on the day I was granted my sabbatical at work. I?ve always wanted to visit a country in East Africa and when I suggested this to Ammae, my friend, the first thing she said was ?Try Rwanda, you?d love it?. For a moment, I was like, ?What is the fuss about Rwanda? You did not even advise me to try Mauritius?? Also, after watching Hotel Rwanda and discovering the gory past of the country, it was not top on my list of countries to visit. I spoke to Chioma about it too and she pulled me to a chair and began to lecture me on why I should not jump into conclusions about a particular place. I decided to read about people?s travel experiences in the country. I was blown away by the stories but I still had my reservations. Eventually, I decided to give the country a try. Guess what? I was beyond dazed. My visit to the country?s capital, Kigali is one I?d not forget in a long time. It made me believe the saying ?Never judge a book by its cover?- Do not jump into conclusion about a person or place just because you are privy to information about their past. Chioma was very happy her lectures were not thrown in the bin. A breathtaking view of Kigali Visiting Kigali was done with an open mind and without much expectation and after 2 days of exploring Kigali, my mindset changed. The first thing I started with was how I would get a Rwanda tourist visa. I checked various sites but they were not giving me the amount of information I wanted/needed. I finally came across this article about acquiring a visa to Rwanda on Timbu.com. I was also able to garner information on the currency used in the country and other basic travel information I needed. I had to brush up on a few Swahili phrases as that is the official spoken language in the country. The next thing was to book my flight from Rwanda to Lagos. I eventually settled with Rwandair. Guess where I got my flight information from? Click here for cheap flights to Rwanda In honor of solo travel August, I packed my bags and boarded Rwandair from Muritala Mohammed Airport, Lagos and off I went to Rwanda. What was I thinking when I decided to travel alone? For some weird reasons, the trip had me feeling nervous than usual. Thoughts like Will I be okay? Will it be worth it? kept haunting me. After about 4 hours of flying, I finally got to Kigali International Airport around 3:00 pm Nigerian Time, 4:00 pm Rwandan Time (Rwanda is 1 hour ahead of Nigeria). I purchased my visa for 30 USD and got my passport stamped. I was captivated by how clean the city looked - I mentally praised the government for the complete ban of plastic. Unlike in my dear country, Nigeria, where you would find the streets littered with various forms of plastics. I feel this law would be very useful in Nigeria as well. Booking my hotel was the next important thing. Of course, I had to book the Hotel des Milles Collines, the historical hotel in Hotel Rwanda. I wanted to feel like I partook in history. Cheesy, right? But I did not care. Hotel des Milles Collines was a safe house for thousands during the genocide that occurred in the country. However, there is currently no evidence of the part the hotel played during the genocide. This could probably be because the country has been trying to rid itself of its gory past and come into the light of a new beginning. There were other top hotel options like the Kigali Marriott Hotel, Radisson Blu Hotel (This hotel is very expensive, but if you are ready to have splendor sniffing around your wallet, you can opt for it), Onomo Hotel, Kigali Serena Hotel, Ubumwe Grand Hotel and The Retreat. My room at Hotel des Milles Collines was tiny but I loved it. It was so beautiful and it gave me a perfect view of the hotel. The hotel food was great too. I?m not trying to over-hype things. Remember I traveled to the country with an open mind. I planned to tour the city the next day because I had two more days left. A view of Hotel de Mille Collines Going round Kigali was not a problem as I hired a chauffeur for the day - I love comfortable travel. It was quite affordable. There were other options too. SafeMotors, a transport company similar to Uber was also available. My first stop was the Presidential Palace Museum. This was the residence of the late President of Rwanda, Juvenal Habyarimana, but it is now a museum. The tour guide took his time to explain every piece of work in detail and gave me a full tour of the building. It is one of the most relatable museums I have ever visited. He also explained how the President lived, which was totally unbelievable (It was real but it felt too good to be true) I mean how can you have weapons in every room, security gadgets strategically placed around the house and a witchcraft room, yet death still came from within that house. Apparently, the President?s wife and her brother planned his death. It was there I began to relate with the African proverb that says, ?The insect that eats the vegetable is inside the vegetable?. The president?s wife is still mysteriously alive by the way. The killing of the President is believed to be the catalyst to the Rwandan Genocide. I also visited the Kigali Cultural Village. I found very beautiful Rwandan clothes, bags, accessories and jewelries from different sellers all under one roof. The market happens to be a place where you can buy something very unique that nobody among your friends will have. I was opportune to meet some of the best designers and local artists in Kigali there. I ended up buying beautiful jewelry from the market. Inside Kigali Cultural Village Finally that day, I went to the Kigali Genocide Memorial. I wished that was the first place I visited. No trip to Rwanda or Kigali is complete without spending some quality time at the Kigali Genocide Memorial. This is the best place to learn about the Rwandan Genocide which is one of the most unpleasant historical times in Africa. My visit there started at the reception where there is an introductory video showing a few Rwandans whose lives have been changed by the genocide. I then proceeded to the main building where an audio guide explained the chronology of events across the museum. Inside the museum, there are also halls dedicated to victims of the genocide and there are about 100 pictures of people displayed on the walls. Outside the main building, there are gardens and a real cemetery where the remains of the victims of the genocide were buried. I could not continue going because at a point I actually started crying. Talking about the genocide was really difficult for Rwandans because it was very tragic. The good thing is that the Country has done a good in building a Rwanda that the citizens can now be proud of. A section of the Kigali Genocide Memorial dedicated to victims of the genocide After the whole tour for the day, I was both excited, tired and hungry. I did not want to eat any European food as the hotel where I lodged already did justice to that. Cocobean did not disappoint as there was a bevy of fantastic Rwandan cuisines. I eventually opted for the Goat Mafe, which is goat cooked in peanut sauce. I thought I was going to puke as this was way out of my regular Nigerian dish but it was a great choice. The goat was super tender and was served in a thick gravy and peanut sauce. Who would ever think that one day I'd be eating goat meat without pepper? Ohh and the view was breathtaking. Goat Mafe My guide took me for lunch the next day at Afrika Bite. Everything served there is 100% Rwandan/ East African and is very affordable. I tried Ugali, a Rwandan dish of corn fufu with plenty of things. It had baked beans, water spinach, sweet potato mash, unripe banana mash and some things I do not know served alongside peanut sauce. I actually enjoyed it even though it did not look physically appealing. My flight back to Lagos was by 10 pm that day and I wished I had planned on staying longer. Solo travel to Kigali was incredible and I am glad to have experienced a new country and to have been received with warmth and hospitality. It was exciting to have crossed off a place off my East Africa bucket list. There was a lot of history, lessons on nation-building, intriguing stories and quite a number of therapeutic views in Kigali. I could not have asked for more. There is so much more to Rwanda than its gory past and mountain gorillas. 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