Wole Shadare, 11 others inducted into NANTA Media Hall of Fame, bags award

Aviation Editor of New Telegraph, Wole Shadare has been inducted into the National Association of Nigerian Travel Agencies (NANTA) Media Hall of Fame.

According to NANTA President, Mrs, Susan Akporiaye, Shadare alongside 11 other journalists was selected into the prestigious NANTA Media Hall of Fame in recognition of his many outstanding contributions to the Nigerian travel industry.

Shadare’s aviation online platform, Aviation Metric was adjudged one of the best in the aviation and travel industry.

Other inductees are Dr. Wole Oyebade of The Guardian, Nosa Osula-Aituamen (Radio Nigeria), Andrew Iro-Okungbowa (New Telegraph), Franklin Ihejirika (Franknews), Abel Orukpe (Abel News), Chinedu Eze (Thisday), Segun Koiki (Daily Independent), Ifeoma Okeke (Businessday) Wale Olapade (Nigerian Tribune), Frank Meke of The Sun and Taiye Olayemi of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).

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The induction held at Golfview Hotel, Ikeja, witnessed some of the biggest names in travels, tourism, and aviation had in attendance President/CEO Sabre West Africa and President, Aviation Safety Round Table (ASRT), Dr. Gabriel Olowo, Managing Director, Touchdown Travels, Mr. Dayo Adeola, the top echelon of NANTA among other dignitaries.

Shadare received his award from President, Sabre, West Africa, Dr Gabriel Olowo and NANTA President, Mrs Susan Akporiaye…recently

Akporiaye thanked the media for their support over the years and extolled their contribution to the development of the travel industry in Nigeria, stressing that they have put them on their toes and made the industry much better than it was 20 years ago.

She particularly praised Shadare for his incisive reportage both for New Telegraph and in Aviation Metric, which she said has helped to shape the aviation and travel industry.

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She further stated that every year, at least two journalists who have distinguished themselves would be inducted into the NANTA Media Hall of Fame and also set up of a corner where the works of the journalists would be engraved as a reminder of their enormous contribution to the travel industry.

She stated that in many years to come, children of the inductees could visit the NANTA secretariat to see their parents’ works to appreciate their contribution to the sector.

According to her, “Our Media Hall of Fame is an expression of our appreciation and love to the Nigerian travel media. We at NANTA cannot confidently boast that our years of struggles and prosperity were a process of our strength alone.

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“The travel media was with us all the way and the Media Hall of Fame, introduced by my administration, will, henceforth, form the fulcrum of our relationship and become a permanent feature of the history of NANTA.

Adeola who is also, Chairman of, NANTA Board of Trustees, commended the media for changing the previous narrative in which members of the trade association were seen as touts.

On his part, Olowo lauded the inductees for their support, and general critique of the travel sector and to proffer solutions to the myriads of problems bedeviling the industry.

Wole Shadare