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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Ibadan Misconception Disproved

Ibadan Misconception Disproved

The perception Nigerians have about the city and people from Ibadan is bad and quite wrong. The city and people have been repeatedly maligned. They are branded local, uncivilized and old-fashioned. This is absolutely wrong. But, according to social norms, when you keep saying the same thing about people or a city and their way of life, such statements, whether they are true or not become acceptable. In line with this, we discuss the magnificence, beauty, and culture of the city called Ibadan to help dispel or disprove some of this perception.

About Ibadan

Ibadan is the state capital of Oyo State, Nigeria. It has a population of over 3 million and arguably the largest city in West Africa. In addition to this, it is the most populous city after Lagos and Kano. In addition to this, Ibadan used to be the headquarters of politics in West Nigeria. Ibadan, unlike Lagos, is very conservative and it is a perfect place to getaway.

Places to Visit

Cocoa House

Before Nigeria became obsessed with PMS, the nation focused on agriculture. The South West had cocoa which was well cultivated long before oil. The Cocoa house is a symbol of the impact of Cocoa had on South West, Nigeria. It was built by late Obafemi Awolowo in the 60s. This building is the first skyscraper ever to be built in Africa and it was constructed from the proceeds of cocoa sold for export.

Mapo Hall

Mapo Hall is a monument you can’t miss in Ibadan. It is located next to the Bere Market in Ibadan. The building, which was just recently refurbished is a home to the courts and visitors who will be wowed by the outstanding pillars and the general structure.

Agodi Garden

Agodi Garden is a wonderful park in the heart of Ibadan. It covers over 13 acres of land. It has a zoo, forestry, love garden, and recreation. The view of the Agodi Garden is spectacular.

The Bower’s Tower

The over 60 feet tall tower is on the hill top of Oke Are in Igbo Agala (Agala forest) area of Ibadan. It is the highest hilltop in the city and it has about 47 spiral staircases. The tower gives a panoramic view of all the important places in the ancient city.

Old Oyo National Park

The Park sits in the north-western part of Oyo State and it is about 160 kilometres from Ibadan. It has an area of about 2,500 square kilometres and harbours a wide variety of wildlife. It is a place to relax and have fun.

Hotel to stay

One of the popular hotels to reside in Ibadan is Owu Crown Hotel. The hotel is a first class hotel located in Monatan, Iwo Road highway, off the Lagos-Ojo Expressway. The Marketing Manager of the Hotel, Ayotunde Fabamwo said: “Owu Crown Hotels Ibadan is the only international hotel operating in Ibadan and is designed to extend warmth and hospitality combined with the local Nigerian flavour to visitors. The location is also in good proximity to local amenities such as the airport, motor parks, banks, shops and service stations.

“The hotel’s facilities include 80 rooms, suites, and apartments, an all-day dining room with its own private dining area, suitable for family gatherings or business functions in addition to a lobby bar and pool bar. The rooms are fully air- conditioned, with WiFi internet access, cable TV etc. Additional facilities include swimming pool, gym, meeting rooms, business center, and restaurant, private dining and lounge bar.”

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

9 Must Know Tips to Help You Fly Like a Pro For The First Time

9 tips to help you fly like a Pro

Doing something for the first time can make you very nervous and anxious. It is even worse if you are boarding a plane. Although the experience may be pleasant, the unpalatable things you have heard about flying may scare you. Beyond this, there are other important things that can disrupt your flight which you are probably unaware of because you are flying for the first time. In line with this, we share nine things first-time flyers must know to enjoy their flight.

1. Arrive at the airport super early

Whether you are travelling within or outside Nigeria, you should arrive at the airport super early. This will help calm your nerves. But if you are first time flyer and you arrive late, you would be disorganized and uncoordinated. Consequently, you may miss your flight. Alternatively, you can arrive a day earlier and lodge in one of those airport hotels.

2. Keep your carry-on bag small and light

You should carry a portable bag where you can keep your valuables like passports and other important travel documents. It is easier to reach, anytime you need them.

3. Get in your seat and power down

You do not need to show everyone on the plane that you are a first-time flyer. It will simply reveal your stupidity. When you get on board, choose your seatmate carefully, sit and switch off your phone or place it on flight mode.

4. Do not tip indiscriminately

There is nothing wrong with tipping. You can if you want to. However, don't just tip everyone that demand money from you. You may end up tipping them with all your pocket money.

5. Avoid junk food

Eat proper food, not junk. You do not want to throw up at the airport or on the plane. It is highly possible that you may throw up because you are overwhelmed or anxious.


6. Don’t carry cash

It is not advisable to carry cash when you are flying let alone for the first time. You may lose your money. Before you travel, contact your bank to know how you can get an ATM card that you can use anywhere in the world. Besides, if you want to carry cash, do not carry too much cash.

7. Do not patronize touts to exchange money

There are all sorts characters at the airport. So, be careful who you deal with. Never patronize touts especially when it has to do with currency exchange. They may change the money at a higher rate or give you fake currencies. There are bureau de Change wherever you are travelling to.

8. Bring your headset

Your headset will keep you company when you are bored or anxious. You can listen to your favourite music. This will distract you from your worries about flying for the first time.


9. Don’t be fearful

Do not think about all the stories you have heard about flying. You should believe that nothing will happen. If you dwell on it for too long, you may end up not travelling. It is not easy but you have to ditch your fear or paranoia.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

4 Reasons to Visit Owerri This Easter

4 Reasons to Visit Owerri This Easter

Owerri is located in the heart of Igboland in Eastern Nigeria. It is the capital of Imo state and one of the most tourists friendly state in that part of the country. As Easter beckons on us, so many people will be searching for destinations to visit and getaway. Jumia Travel, the leading online travel agency recommend that you include Owerri to your Itinerary. We share reasons why you visit Owerri during Easter.

You can fly to Owerri as they have the Sam Mbakwe Airport which is about 14 miles (23 km) south of the city. That is if you do not want to go by road.

There is so much to do

You must have heard about the statue of Jesus Christ in Imo State. It was modelled like the statue of Jesus Christ in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. It is located at St. Aloysius Catholic Parish, Abajah and it has a height of 28ft. You can check out the statue. Besides the statue, you have the Oguta lake, Nekede Zoo, Owerri Amusement park, and Mbari Cultural and Arts Centre among others

It is inexpensive

You don't need to break the bank to travel to Owerri. It is inexpensive to explore the many tourist attractions in the state. It is devoid of all the shenanigans of a typical city like Lagos. In fact, you can book a hotel for as low as 3,000. Wow!

Owerri is always animated during Easter

For Igbos who didn't travel home in December, Easter is the only opportunity they have to go see his/her people. Hence, Owerri during Easter, Owerri is bubbly and lively and their hospitality and warmth won't allow you to return to your abode.

Ng-ofe-oweri tasty food

Tasty Meals

The gastronomic endowments of Owerri are one of the best in South East Nigeria. You will salivate when they serve you the indigenous Ofe Owerri. This is the most widely eaten soup in Owerri and it is usually eaten alongside Akpu. Just ask a local to take you to the best restaurant in town for you to have a taste of this soup. You will lick your plate. In fact, without tasting this soup; your visit to Owerri is incomplete.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

5 Simple Beach Hacks For Beach Lovers

5 Simple Beach Hacks For Beach Lovers

The beach is an amazing place to have fun and relax with your either your friends or significant other. But if you truly want to have an unforgettable time at the beach, and avoid regretting going, here are some beach hacks to ensure that you enjoy every second you spend at the various beaches in Lagos including Elegushi, Eleko, and Kuramo. The only thing you need to do is to take certain small items along with you to the beach.

Rub baby powder to get rid of sand

The beach sand is one of the annoying things about going to the beach. In some cases, it may be impossible to remove the sand when it sticks to your leg and foot. You can rub baby powder on your legs to prevent the sand from sticking. Also, you can use the same baby powder to get it the sand off.

Bring slippers. Don’t walk barefooted

Sometimes the beach may be unbearably hot that you find it difficult to walk. So, never forget to bring along a flip flop. This will also prevent you from walking barefooted when you remove your boots, sandals or simple wear. It is easier to just wear slippers.

Use balloons to unblock ears after swimming

When you swim or dive in the beach, it likely that your ears will be clogged or blocked with water. So, rather than using your hand to hit your ears to remove the water, you can inflate a balloon several times to unclog your ears.

Deal with sunburn with fresh aloe vera

When you expose your skin to the sun for a long period of time, it burns and turns red. So, if you are sunburned at the beach, you can use fresh aloe vera to smear the sunburn spots. You don’t need to worry.

Keep your wallet, keys, and cell phone

You can’t leave your money, phone, and wallet at home because you are going to the beach. You have to get creative and develop your own exclusive beach locker. Whatever you come up with, ensure that your valuables are not stolen.If you are staying in one of the best hotels in Lagos, you can leave them in the room.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Good Business Travel Insurance For a Worry-Free Trip

There are times when you need to go out of town and to another country for business reasons. This often happens if you're an executive or a high ranking official of an organization or company. If you're one of those 'important' office personnel, you should make sure that you don’t travel without business travel insurance.

Now, why is that? Well, suppose you urgently need medical assistance abroad. Your employer is not present and the medical bills will be shouldered by you alone. What if you don’t have enough money to pay the medical bills? But if you have business travel insurance, you don’t have to worry about a thing.

There are also other situations wherein a good business travel insurance can benefit you especially if you're a self employed individual on a business trip. For instance, you become a robbery victim. Your lost valuables may cost a lot but since you have business travel insurance, the insurance provider will take care of your stolen things.

Before choosing any business travel insurance, you have to check with the country of destination if the insurance is acceptable there. You can also ask the insurance provider about this matter. Remember, if the insurance cannot be used in the country that you're in, all medical and emergency costs will be shouldered by you. Business travelers need a specific business travel insurance because the policies differ from one another. You can find worldwide, backpacker, and specialty policies that is a variation of the business travel insurance.

Simply follow these things and you can find good business travel insurance:
  1. When you're comparing several insurance policies, you need to look into the cover benefits, product features, and exclusions. Do not focus mainly on the policy's price.

  2. Give yourself time when choosing an insurance policy. This way, you can cancel a policy if you realize that it does not meet most of your needs. Don’t worry because you can refund your money afterwards.

  3. You have to choose between a single and annual travel insurance. If you're going abroad on one occasion only, you'd better go for the single travel policy. But if you need to travel several times within a year, choose the multi-trip annual insurance.

  4. By choosing the multi-trip annual travel insurance, business trips conducted during weekends can still be covered.

  5. Tour operators and travel agencies often give special offers to their clients. Remember that you should not jump into any of their promo offers unless your business will benefit from it.

  6. Whenever you're traveling, it would be best to bring a copy of the insurance policy and the helpline number. Keep it somewhere safe; not in your wallet.

  7. Good business travel insurance should have medical coverage. Try to understand the coverage of the policy.

  8. If you're the boss and you're sending your employees abroad for business trips, you need to have them insured as well.

  9. While you're looking for good business travel insurance, why not consider getting one that also covers car rental.

  10. Be sure that you choose a provider who's been in business travel insurance for quite some time now. The company should have a good reputation and entertains customer's questions.
By following these things, you're bound to find good business travel insurance. Start your search now and the next time you travel, you can relax and enjoy the trip without any worries.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

6 Ways to Cope With The Closure of Abuja Airport

How to cope with the closure of Abuja airport

The Federal Government of Nigeria has finally closed the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja for much maintenance and repairs. Hopefully, it will be reopened on April 19th. Although quite a number of Nigerians and foreigners have expressed reservations about the closure, the safety of passengers should be the ultimate concern. Hence, the Federal Government has no choice than to shut down the airport. Expectedly, the FG has made arrangements to ferry passengers to Abuja. So, if you have anything to do in Abuja, Jumia Travel, the leading online booking agency shares ways to deal with the closure of Abuja airport.

Let your mind be at rest

The main concern of travelers and tourists about Kaduna is security due to recent events in the city. However, the Federal Government has assured passengers that they don’t need to worry about their security. The distance from Kaduna Airport to Abuja Airport by road according to Google map is 242.6 km (3h9m). Different security apparatus will be on the way all through your trip. So, let your mind be at rest and believe that nothing will happen. Kaduna has always been a safe and secure city.

Reduce your luggage

If you are traveling to Abuja for now, you should reduce the amount of luggage you carry. The stress of getting your luggage at Kaduna airport, then loading them into the bus coupled with the 3-hour travel can be unbearable. To cope with this, you should only carry essential items. Doing this will stop you from paying anyone to carry your luggage.

Make your own transport arrangement

You can also make your travel arrangement from Kaduna to Abuja. It is not compulsory to go with the buses provided by the government. So, if you have a friend who is familiar with the Kaduna to Abuja route, put a call through to him to pick you up at the Kaduna airport.

Travel by road

Some travelers may not be too disposed to fly to Kaduna en route Abuja. Then, your best option is to travel straight to Abuja via road. It is even cheaper to travel via road than flying. But, safety is always a major worry.

Avoid evening travel

You won’t like to be on the Kaduna road in the evening or wee hours of the night traveling to Abuja. Even if you get to Kaduna airport in the evening, delay your travel until the next day and spend that evening in a hotel.

Book a hotel close to Abuja Airport

You should book a hotel close to the airport to reduce the stress of arriving at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport and then you start another journey to your hotel. If you don’t know which hotel to book, Jumia Travel can conveniently help you search for hotels near Abuja airport.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

5 Reasons to Dine in a Lagos Hotel

5 reasons to dine in a Lagos hotel

Make this vow for better dining: I will eat in a Lagos hotel restaurant at least once a month from henceforth. Say it loud, mean it and you will be rewarded with better meals and richer travel experiences.

Quite recently, I visited one of the popular hotels on the Lekki Peninsula, LilyGate hotel for dinner and I had the most fabulous experience. Perfectly situated in the sumptuous surroundings of Lekki Phase 1, Lilygate hotel effortlessly fuses glamour with contemporary twists and is a good representation of a typical Lagos hotel. And here are five reasons why anyone should dine in a Lagos hotel.

Food is Incredible

The food at the Lilygate, as it is in most Lagos hotels, is incredibly sumptuous and most importantly, is of a wide variety. From local cuisines to intercontinental featuring inventive dishes, inspired by the unexpected intersection of global flavors, e.t.c, there truly is something for everyone on this menu. You can actually afford to be as adventurous with your choice of food. Usually, overseeing the hotel restaurant is a seasoned chef and as such, the food is quite tasty as well.

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Service is Impeccable

Most of the good hotels in Lagos tend to hire the “crème de la crème” in hospitality management and staff. As such, you are bound to be taken care of by some of the best hotel staff in the industry. At Lilygate, the staff were attentive, polite and extremely helpful especially when it came to menu selection, I definitely was tempted to order almost everything.

The Surroundings

The physical structures of most Lagos hotels are quite aesthetic with a generally enveloping ambiance. Lilygate boasts of a beautiful building, which would please any architecture lover and the restaurant is arranged in a very classy style which would appeal to the class of people who live in the area within which the hotel is located. Basically, the environment is peaceful and elegant and is perfect for an evening of contemporary dining in a refined space.

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Interactive and Informative

Before I went to dine at Lilygate, I was able to call them to find out what they had on their menu, discuss details of the menu, make sections ahead of time and and to make reservations. The correspondence was quite impeccable and this is the practice with most hotels in Lagos. This makes for a delightful experience, successfully engaging diners in an interactive meal.

Value

Although the meals may seem a little expensive, it is important to factor in the generous portions and excellent service, Basically dinning in a Lagos hotel is an excellent value.

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