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“Two weeks ago, we dropped ‘Motherland Beckons,’ the tourism product that called on all Africans and lovers of Africans in the Diaspora to connect with the continent and we called on them, that they must heed the call,” said Otunba Wanle Akinboboye at his luxury 65 acres beach resort in Lagos, where he was welcoming guests who had come to witness the African New Year cross-over celebrations, live, at the beachfront.
“We believe that if Dubai with less than 4 million people-population and zero Diaspora population, could achieve so much, then the whole of the continent of Africa should be able to record a minimum of 50 million people, putting together all tourism products available throughout the continent and as the 50 million Diasporans come into the continent, we are not asking for handouts, we are asking them to come and take advantage of the vast opportunities in Africa. And we are giving them open opportunities, for them to have easy connection to the entire continent that will be championed by Nigeria. And they will be using Lagos State as the gateway, being the biggest economy in Africa, and the largest concentration spot in Africa, it is the gateway to get people of African descent and lovers of Africa to connect with the continent.
“We also must honour our legends, because Africa has never honoured and celebrated her heroes. So we are picking one hero each year, in what we call Ose Awards, a Yoruba word that means ‘thank you.’ We as a continent never celebrated our legends like Pele, Mohammed Ali, Louis Armstrong, and so on. We need to correct this anomaly by picking one hero, who will be awarded 21 chieftaincy titles, by 21 African first-class kings in a mega celebration during the Ipada Carnival and will also be awarded 21 acres of land to build a structure of his or her volition and he or she will get a 21-carat gold emblem, a staff, that will represent what will be a singular award with that level of recognition in the world.
“We are not competing with Miss World, but we are discovering the most beautiful African woman on the planet, that we will endow with a plot of land in all the 54 African countries. She will also have investment opportunities in Corporations and companies throughout Africa.
“We will also have business unusual where Africans in the Diaspora will connect with their brothers in the continent to look at different business opportunities.Google+