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Memoirs of an #AfricanBusinessTraveller

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Welcome to the first installment, I look forward to have fun with you on my journey and make it even more pleasurable with freebies and gifts. The first comes from Lufthansa German Airline with up to $500 discount codes on ticket purchases. See details at the end and link in my bio if you are too impatient :).

I had just got back from Abidjan and Liberia when I got a call that I had to be in Kenya in two days. I had looked forward to spending the next three days in Lagos before heading to the UK for my speaking engagement at the Said Business School, Oxford but not anymore. I spoke to a friend and mentor who was also billed to speak at the same conference and (thankfully) he said ‘Hey, come ride with me on my plane’. Cool, I thought. So I would return from Nairobi on Friday morning to catch three meetings in Lagos then jump back on his plane at 6 p.m. to arrive London by 11 p.m. ahead of the conference in the morning. Seemed like a good plan.

On Wednesday, I got a text ‘Hey, Sorry, I’ve had to go to London today to be back tomorrow. Won’t be making the conference anymore’. He offered to get me back in on Thursday but I won’t arrive Nigeria till Friday. Shoot! I reached out to my friend, Shade Ladipo of Avienti Travels and in conjunction with my office, they set out to find me an itinerary that was affordable (Important much ☺) and will get me there in good time. After a few hours, I received tickets for Lufthansa.

I hadn’t flown Lufthansa for about six years but I still remember the very professional service I received the last time except for the quite unfriendly lady at a restaurant in Frankfurt; I had missed my connecting flight and they put me back on for free. Six years after and the people are much nicer, everyone seemingly going about their business with courtesies as necessary.

Leaving Lagos, the check in was smooth and easy with the usual dedicated desk for business travelers and a concierge assistant of some sort. The lounge, except for the spiral staircase, was calm and comfortable – something quite important to me.  On my trip four days prior, I had the option of the SDS lounge which I hear has a lot of food (I won’t say great food as I haven’t tried it) or another lounge that was quiet and peaceful with little or no food.  I took the bold step to take a peep in the SDS lounge and the chaos that hit me sent me straight into the latter.

The lounge, though not a Lufthansa exclusive, attracted a high profile clientele and good array for nibbles and drinks. My flight was 11:50 and in my usual style I left the lounge at 11:25. ‘They can’t leave me’, I always tell myself.  The flight is obliged to make three announcements of my name and as far as I get there before 15 minutes to departure, I am very alright else they get a lawsuit. ☺

In true business fashion, the seats were compact and straight up but soon as we took off, I activated the stretch buttons and it sucked me in like a new duvet. I received the menu and was excited by the items listed. A seafood dinner looked like a good idea but before I could say Jack Robinson, the comfort of the seats overpowered me and not only did I miss dinner, I missed breakfast. Beat that! I woke up to the voice announcing ‘We are now descending…’ Seafood dinner gone. My first thought was ‘Lufthansa has to pay me back for missed meals’ but I have to admit, the sleep was restful. I had been slightly dizzy and shaken before boarding (the several connecting flights seemed to have been taking a toll) that I considered even cancelling the trip but somehow I woke up energized.

We arrived Frankfurt and I proceeded straight to the lounge which was right at my gate. Took a long hot shower (I never understand lounges that don’t have showers) and changed clothes as I had to head straight to the conference soon as we land london. I’m sure no one would have noticed the change since I came out looking almost the same except the fresh smell from the bathroom gel trying to overpower my perfume.

I settled for a small slice of wheat bread, jam, some scrambled eggs, a banana and a latte macchiato with a shot of espresso. Ready, set, go! We strolled back on board to London.  I find Lufthansa’s stopovers to be impressively short hence the business-like nature of the lounge and many of their services. The flight from Frankfurt to the UK is about 40 minutes and we were there in no time.

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Love,

Your #AfricanTraveller.

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The potential for iGaming in Nigeria uncovered

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There is a growing positivity surrounding the Nigerian iGaming industry. As the nation breathes a collective sigh of relief following the announcement of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA), it’s hoped that many burgeoning industries such as the world of iGaming can be allowed to flourish and bring much-needed tax revenues to the country.

Many analysts within the iGaming industry believe Nigeria has the potential to become Africa’s iGaming hub. Its domestic market is already forecast to be worth $2 billion, due largely to sports betting and the fascination with Nigerian soccer stars overseas like Odion Ighalo at Manchester United. Meanwhile, the domestic penetration of smartphones is also recognised, with some 83% of the population now owning a mobile device.

Nigeria was also a major focal point during this year’s SBC Digital Summit Africa, which was understandably conducted virtually earlier this month. Ahead of the summit, experts enrolled in the event were asked to vote on which African country offered the best foundations for iGaming operators to thrive. Nigeria outperformed every other nation, with 31% of all votes labelling Nigeria as the country with the highest potential to make a real
success of its domestic iGaming sector.

Even South Africa, which has a well-established domestic iGaming market, ranked second with just 28% of the vote. Prospective Nigerian iGaming operators should certainly take a leaf out of the book of South African iGaming brands, many of which have cultivated a strong customer base through the use of incentives and sign-up bonuses. The vast majority of offers available at platforms like Casinos.co.za, direct gamers to the safest and most reputable
platforms.

One of the main reasons that industry experts believe in Nigeria’s iGaming potential is that it already boasts an engaged target demographic. Many of its young adults are already betting on sports like soccer and boxing, and there is a feeling that introducing them to casino gaming verticals would not be too difficult a stretch. Marry that with a growing number of smartphone users, which is predicted to reach over 140 million people by 2025, and you can
see the potential for iGaming apps and web applications to provide immersive, secure gaming
on the go.

Presently, the country has three separate bodies responsible for licensing online betting activities – the Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission (NIPC), the Special Control Unit against Money Laundering (SCUML) and the National Office for Technology Acquisition and Promotion (NOTAP). At the time of writing, online betting at a domestic Nigerian site is strictly prohibited by law. Loopholes regarding offshore operators make it possible for
Nigerians to play elsewhere, but it seems somewhat short-sighted for the Nigerian government to steer clear of creating its own regulated, revenue-making iGaming industry.

In a nation of substantial population, supporters of developing a domestic iGaming industry in Nigeria believe that the most would be a positive step, creating new career opportunities for everyday people. This could be in customer support, game development or any other facet of an iGaming operator. All the while, generating tax revenues for the Nigerian government and helping to breathe new life into the domestic economy.

There is a general feeling that Nigeria’s gaming industries tend to follow the same path as South Africa’s. The SBC Digital Summit Africa revealed that there has been a “seismic shift” from sports betting markets to casino games in the last eight months, including live dealer tables, that’s according to Sean Coleman, CEO of the South Africa Bookmakers Association.

Live dealer games seemingly “appeal to millennials” across South Africa. Dean Finder, CEO of Evolution Services SA believes the fact that live dealer games are “not gender biased” is an opportunity to reach out to female players, which are an often “unserved market” across Africa.

For these trends to follow suit in Nigeria, operators will need to build further trust in their
games and regulatory measures to curry favour with the country’s legislature.

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Femi Otedola Reacts To Lekki Tollgate Shooting

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Femi Otedola Finally Reacts To Lekki Tollgate Shooting
Femi Otedola

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Nigerian businessman, Femi Otedola has finally reacted to the shooting that took place at Lekki Tollgate, Lagos on Tuesday.

Information Nigeria recalls men dressed in military wears opened fire on unarmed #EndSARS protesters, who convened at the area.

Otedola took to his Instagram page on Sunday to commiserate with the families of those who lost their lives in the unfortunate incident.

Sharing a photo of the Nigerian flag, he wrote;

“The horrors that have been unfolding in our country have left me filled with sadness. I deeply commiserate with those who have lost their loved ones and as a father, I share the sentiment of my three daughters who protested in Lagos and London. As a young boy of 16, I participated in the ‘Ali Must Go Protest’ of 1978, so I understand the determination of our youths who rightly want our country to be better. We must all do our part to make Nigeria great! I will continue to do my own quota in providing for those who are most in need of support in our country in these tough times .…F.Ote💲”

Read Also: Femi Otedola Spotted Dancing With His Children (Video)

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“Oke Wasn’t Killed By Stray Bullet, He Was Stabbed By Thugs” – Brother Claims

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“Oke Wasn’t Killed By Stray Bullet, He Was Stabbed By Thugs” - Brother Claims
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Information Nigeria recalls a graphics designer identified as Oke, was killed hours after tweeting “Nigeria will not kill me” on Wednesday.

It was reported that the young man had passed away after he was hit by a stray bullet.

The deceased’s younger brother, Daniel has come out to clear the air regarding the circumstances leading to his death.

Daniel revealed his brother was stabbed on the neck by thugs who infiltrated and ransacked their home.

In his words;

Good day, My name is Obi-Enadhuze Daniel younger brother of the now deceased Okechukwu Obi-Enadhuze @O_Okee . I, my brother and mother lived at makinde police barracks, mafoluku, Oshodi, Lagos State.

Today at about 11 o’clock in the morning the police station at makinde was attacked by thugs who wanted to destroy the station, I my mom and brother were holed up in our house.

 The attack went on for hours before the thugs eventually breached the police and proceeded to set the station on fire, after accomplishing this they set their sights to the barracks and began the assault, they proceeded to destroy every car in the barracks, my mom’s 2 cars where destroyed and set on fire and then they infiltrated our house by breaking the door they then proceeded to ransack the house and carted away with everything we own. 

 my brother on trying to get them to take everything but spare us was pushed to my mom’s room and stabbed on the neck, the attacker then proceeded to attack me but missed my neck but got my chin instead, after this my mom and I carried my brothers body to the entrance of the station soliciting for help from the thugs still ravaging the barracks, we were finally able to put him in a wheelbarrow and took him to a hospital where he was rejected because “he was already dead” unfazed we moved him to another hospital where he met the same treatment this was where he bled his last drops of blood and died, his body has now been moved to a morgue

we have lost every single thing we own, as our house was completely ransacked and set on fire the only thing left is my brothers phone and at about 8 o’clock this evening the barracks was still on fire but Okechukwu has paid with the ultimate price

I and my mother are homeless with nothing now but we’re safe for now, we thank everyone that has been able to reach out to us, and were able to share consoling words with us in these trying times, God bless you

While we were holed up in the house the three of us said these words together and we say it again ” THREE OF US ARE HERE, THREE OF US ARE TOGETHER, THREE OF US ARE SAFE”

Let it be known that my brother @O_Okee  was NOT killed by a police bullet but died a hero protecting my mother and I.

If you see this please retweet, let the world know how Okechukwu died. He was NOT killed by a police bullet but thugs in his home!”

Read Also: RIP Oke: Barely 3hours After Tweeting “Nigeria Will Not End Me” #EndSARS Protester Dies From Gunshot

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