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CultureGate Nigeria award goes to Anago James Akeem Osho,

Anago James Akeem Osho recieved an award as the best Tour Guide in Nigeria 2019, presented by Mr Morgan Okunnuga of CultureGate Nigeria, on the 21st of April 2019. The award was presented to him in Badagry, Lagos, Nigeria. Anago said, "this is another motivation to continue to follow passion and work harder". According to Anago Osho, "The travel and tourism industry is growing and could be better if the government provide an enabling environment for the practioners. The airport should be well taken care of both administratively, infrastructure enhancement and human relations with visitors, both local and international". Anago lamented on the condition of the airports. "The first contact with the country is the airport, and extortion mechanism devised by airport staffs should be discouraged because it embarrasses tour operators and organizations who brings visitors to the country". Despite the unfavourable condition experienced by practitioners of to…
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Tourism managt. and Tour Guide Training in Nigeria

Imani Bridges U.S.A in collaboration with Anago Osho Adventures and Heritage Preservation, presents training on Tourism Management and Tour Guiding. 6 modules training that builds upon each other for 3 years. The venue is the transformation center, Badagry, Lagos, Nigeria. 5 days in March and 5 days in October 2019. 5 days in March and 5 days in October 2020. 5 days in March and 5 days in October 2021. The training is with international certification. It is an opportunity for tourism enthusiasts, tour guides, culture advocates, and youths to acquire skills and be a professional. For enquiries: +234(0)8037043233 anago.tourism@gmail.com

Abeokuta: Wars and the founding of an an historical town By Anago James Akeem Osho

Abeokuta is an historically important town in Africa. It is located in the South West of Nigeria. It was founded around 1830 by the Yorubas who left the hinterland as a result of the Owu war of 1821-1827. Majority of those who first settled there were the Egbas and other groups like the Owus followed them although at first in small numbers until around 1834, when Sodeke, the head of the town heared that the Owu's are heading toward Whydah to resettle. He met the Owu's whom were the lead characters in the Owu wars to settle down in Abeokuta with them. The Owu leader responded to Sodeke that the IFA oracle instructed them to settle down near a river. And excitingly, Sodeke reminded them of the Ogun river in Abeokuta. They settled down there but some members of the group did not stayed but rather continued their journey to Whydah, hence today just as there are Owu Abeokuta, Owu Kuta, Orile Owu, etc. There is Owu Whydah in today's Republic of Benin. The Owus settled i…

Yoruba Slaves: The biggest numbers taken to the Americas By Anago James Akeem Osho

Yoruba Slaves: The biggest numbers taken to the Americas By Anago James Akeem Osho It is no more news that many enslaved people were stolen away from Africa against their will. The Arabs organized the trans Saharan human chattel trafficking that lasted for about 1,400 years. They were selling enslaved Africans to the Europeans at a time to places like Italy, Spain etc. The Europeans understudied the Arabs and perfected the art of human trafficking that lasted for about 300-400 years. The biggest slave port is not the issue because if the Arabs sold enslaved Africans for about 1,400 years, we should know that it would have been huge. Both East, Central, West and some Southern Africans were devastated by them. Remember the migrations from Egypt, Nubia, etc. to West Africa. Many of our Ancestors were taken from Congo, Angola, Gabon and other places in that region. I don't know why some scholars in their classification of where the enslaved were taken from also classify these pl…

In search of Osun: Response to Damiana's mail By Anago James Akeem Osho

The Osun deity is revered and acknowledged across Yorubaland and West Africa by the olorisa(s) and Vodun adepts. Osun temples could also be found at different towns and villages with headquarter at Osogbo in Osun state. Osun is an important Orisa in Nigeria, Benin, Togo, Ivory Coast, Brazil, Cuba, Trinidad and Tobago, U.S.A, Mexico, etc. Osun is the goddess of fertility and love in Nigeria. The source is Osogbo and the Osun grove is an eco reservation with art works on the walls and most of it were the handiwork of the late Susan Wenger Aduni Olorisa and other artists. Yorubaland in Nigeria is the source of the orisa/oosa/African faith and in the Americas are known as candomble, Santeria, etc. For someone to have an in-depth knowledge of Osun, the person must learn and if the person want to really be connected, then an initiation is a must. To be initiated into Osun and experience the ceremonies, consultation with Ifa, and complete rituals and sacrifices will take minimum of three…

The spiritual essence of Egungun and Zangbeto by Anago James Akeem Osho

The African spiritual system is of the believe that the physical can not be isolated from the spiritual.

The Africans belief that the unseen controls what could be seen. African belief system believes that the end to physical life is not the end of the human life. Life continues in the spiritual realm after the physical death of a person.

It is believed in some African societies that the deceased has the power to visit his family after death. Hence, the importance of Egungun.

The first International Tour Guides Day In Nigeria celebrated by WATGA-NIGERIA

The first ever International Tour Guides Day in Nigeria was celebrated in Badagry by West African Tour Guides Association Nigeria (WATGA-NIGERIA) on the 21st of February 2017, and the support by members and tourism practitioners was encouraging.
The event began with an opening prayer by Mr Ijinla at the Heritage Museum.

The introduction speech and purpose for the celebration of International Tour Guides day was presented by the President, Anago James Akeem Osho. He gave words of encouragement to the participants and the importance of tour guiding in tourism destination development.

Mr Peter Olaide-Mesewaku was excited about the celebration and the fact that the first ITGD in Nigeria was held in Badagry, Lagos. Lagos state ministry of Arts, Culture and Tourism supported the event and promised to be a part of the event annually. The principal of WAPA skill acquisition program suggested and desired that his school partner with WATGA-NIGERIA so that Tour Guiding could be taught in their ski…

WEST AFRICAN TOUR GUIDES ASSOCIATION NIGERIA (WATGA-NIGERIA)

West Africa Tour Guides Association Nigeria (WATGA-NIGERIA), is a member of the fledging West African regional Tour Guide Association known as West Africa Tour Guides Association / Association des guides touristiques de l'Afrique de l'Ouest ( WATGA/AGTAO).

WATGA-NIGERIA was accepted to West Africa Tour Guides Association on the 1st of April, 2017 through the President of Tour Guide Nigeria, Anago James Akeem Osho (former member of the UNIDO/UNWTO COAST PROJECT demo-site management committee 1999-2014, founder of Anago Osho Adventures, President of WATGA-NIGERIA).

The membership of WATGA-NIGERIA is blossoming and the group is eager to partner with both local and international tour guides groups to promote the profession of tour guiding.

Member countries includes Benin, Burkina Faso, Cote D'Ivoire, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Togo. The regional office is in Ghana and founded by