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Digital Technology, Best Tool To boost Tourism In Nigeria –NTDC

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The Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC) says digital tools such as Instagram, Facebook, WhatsApp, Telegram and Twitter will boost marketing of tourism in the country.
The Director General of NTDC, Mr Folorunsho Coker stated this on Friday at the South-East Tourism Stakeholders’ Forum in Enugu with the Theme: “Utilizing Digital Tools for Optimization and Destination Marketing”.
Coker said that technology had changed tourism market, increasing reach and changing the characteristics of tourism jobs, adding that the only way destination are promoted, demands new skills from tourism entrepreneur.
According to him, technology is the major fulcrum that creates momentum in the leisure-travel space and other tourism products.
He added that relying on physical contacts alone would not function optimally in the modern society as that would make them become redundant.
“The digital revolution has resulted in changes in culture of production, distribution, consumption and blurring the divide among race, wealth and culture.
“It has increased global access and reach of content across the borders in a relatively short time with larger impacts and wider reach.
“Digital tools helps to promote existing tourism assets such as music, films, fashion, sports, food and festivals,” Coker said.
In the past, he said, digital tools like websites, email marketing and search engine optimizations for Google search were the major tools for deployed destination marketing.
“But today, plethora options that include Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp and Twitter have added.
“Therefore, we are all gathered here to collectively develop proactive and sustainable ideas that will properly organise the sectors and accelerate its development in the country and South-East zone,” he said.
The director noted that the meeting was third of its series, assuring that the corporation would ensure that similar meetings were held across the country as resolutions therefrom would be given due consideration.
In his remarks, Mr Ugonna Ibe, Commissioner for Culture and Tourism, Enugu State noted that there was a wide gap between technology-drive and globally connected tourism business as traditional ones were yet to adapt to digitalise business practices.
Ibeh said Nigerians must key into high-tech digital activities to be able to match trending global digital technology, which has changed people’s way of living, doing business and travel.
“To compete globally, we must align ourselves to transformative digital technology and innovations,” Ibe said.
Discussing the theme, Prof. I.C Nwauzigbo said digital technology created opportunities and attracted foreign inflow for a country that adopted it.
Nwauzigbo from the Hospitality and Tourism Department, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka added that good quality services and customer satisfaction increased patronage and sustained the sector.
The highlights of the event were bestowing of chieftaincy title “Enyi Ndi Igbo (Friend of the Igbo) to Coker as well as cultural displays.

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Kizz Daniel Set To Drop Two  New Singles

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After kicking off 2024 on a strong note, Kizz Daniel is set to continue his fine form with the release of two new singles titled ‘Double’ and ‘Baby Sha’.
Kizz Daniel made this revelation on Tuesday, May 28, 2024, in a post of him and his wife in what seems like a video shoot for the new single ‘Baby Sha’.
The new singles were expected to be released yesterday, May 2024, and they will come off the back of the release of his hit-filled EP ‘Thankz Alot’.
Kizz Daniel has been in fine form in 2024 first releasing the Davido-assisted remix of his hit single ‘Twe Twe’ before sharing a 4 track EP that packed the hits ‘Showa’, ‘Too Busy To Be Bae,’ and ‘Sonner’.
The  Tide Entertainment reports that the award-winning sensation recently marked a high point in his career after a sold-out show at the OVO Wembley Arena in the UK where over 10,000 fans filled up the hall to see him perform his hit single.
Since revealing his marital status, Kizz Daniel’s wife has been a recurring figure in his promotional videos on social media.
Kizz Daniel’s new singles can be expected to convey the groovy signature that combines Indigenous elements with pop music and relatable writing that makes him a brilliant songwriter.

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‘I Was Told Playing Talking Drum Might Prevent Me From Having Kids-Ara The Drummer

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Famous talking drummer and the cultural ambassador of the Ooni of Ife, Aralola Olamuyiwa, simply known as Ara, has recalled how people tried to discourage her from playing the talking drum.
Ara, who is Africa’s first female talking drummer, disclosed that she was told that playing the talking drum might prevent her from having children but she broke the jinx.
”There are some drums females cannot play. I started with the traditional drums. But I evolved over the years. I played different instruments like bass guitar, keyboard, and set drums.
“But I wanted something different, so I started learning how to play the talking drum. People I asked to teach me were skeptical about teaching me because I am a woman. So I am self-taught.
“Although at some point, I was afraid. I was like, ‘what could happen to me?’ They were like, ‘you might not be able to have kids.’ It’s a traditional thing but I broke that jinx,” she said.

 

 

 

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Incompetence, Greed, Almighty Corruption – Charly Boy

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Nigerian singer and socialite Charly Boy has expressed his disapproval of the recent change of the Nigerian national anthem back to the original one.
Charly Boy slammed the change stressing that the national anthem was not a pressing problem for Nigerians.
“Misplaced Priorities, incompetence, greed and the almighty CORRUPTION can never be covered up by false propaganda. My people, What is our major challenge in this country, HUNGER or NATIONAL ANTHEM?”
Charly Boy’s followers took to the comment section, equally reacting to the recent change. A follower commented, “They don’t have bills in the house to sponsor. They can’t even recite the one we have today they want to go to learn the old one written by another man.” “The disconnect between the political rulers and the citizens is alarming,” said a concerned user. “WHICH WAY NIGERIA?” asked another person.
The Tide Entertainment reports that this comes after the Senate and the House of Representatives approved the legislation to change the national anthem from “Arise, O Compatriots” to “Nigeria, We Hail Thee.” Shortly after that, on May 29, 2024, President Tinubu signed the bill into law.
Lillian Jean Williams, a British expatriate who resided in Nigeria during its independence era, wrote the lyrics for “Nigeria, We Hail Thee,” while Frances Berda composed the music. However “Arise O Compatriots” was written by Pa Benedict Odiase, a Nigerian composer, and it was adopted from 1978 until 2024.

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