NFF bigwigs assemble for African Sports Tourism Summit

Shehu Dikko

Shehu Dikko and Seyi Akinwunmi are among the panel of discussants expected at this month’s tourism summit billed for 25th of May in Lagos. 

Nigeria Football Federation’s 1st vice president, Seyi Akinwunmi and League Management Company boss, Shehu Dikko are among the intellectuals expected at this year’s African Sports Tourism Summit.

The conference is an annual gathering of commentators and stakeholders from the tourism and sports worlds – with the intent of exploiting opportunities provided by sporting events, monuments and collections through active sports tourism for Africa’s socio-economic improvement. It's model is designed like a nation's cup, which is hosted by different African nations, every nations' cup year.

Also expected are Abimbola Ilo of Integral - 2018 World Cup Fifa Hospitality Programme exclusive sales agent, seasoned football journalist Kayode Tijani, Biola Kazeem and Mozez Praiz.

This year’s discourse topic x-rays the 1999 Fifa U20 World Cup staged in Nigeria and the 2010 Fifa World Cup held in South Africa with the aim of revealing ‘what stones were left unturned?’.

“The African Sports Tourism Summit is the headliner among the activities of The African Sports Tourism Week - a 4-day, 5-activity gathering where sports and tourism exchange a hand of fellowship. 

The whole week event will run from 23rd to 26th of May, 2018.

Nigeria ’99  was the biggest sporting event Nigeria ever had opportunity to host and it was next to a wasted chance, because organizing committee saw only sporting activity and not a prime slot to lure the world into wanderlusting after a Nigeria they could experience from every side that there is to her people and natural gems,” said Deji Ajomale-McWord, CEO African Sports Tourism Week, when quizzed on the justification of the theme.

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A charge card acceptance pundit will also be dissevering payment infrastructure deficit and how it limits African nations from hosting the world, as much as they ought to.

One of the many side attractions include a football competition among travel reporters/bloggers and interested agencies billed for May 27 at Meadow Hall, Lekki.