Calabar Blog CEO Hope Obeten nominated for Top 100 Tourism Personalities in Nigeria

Calabar Blog CEO Hope Obeten nominated for Top 100 Tourism Personalities in Nigeria

By Obeten Godfrey, Calabar

The CEO of Calabar Blog, Mr. Hope Obeten, has been nominated for the 2019 Top 100 Tourism Personalities in Nigeria.

The Tourism 100 Club was set up to recognise individuals who have distinguished themselves as foremost and outstanding drivers in the travel and tourism industry in Nigeria, and who through their efforts or that of their organisations have impacted positively on the sector, stimulating and helping to achieve the country’s tourism goals and forging interactions among stakeholders and customers across the country.

According to the magazine’s publisher, Ikechi Uko, “In 1998, the Travellers magazine published its first compilation of the Nigerian Top 100 Tourism Club and the compilation served the industry well as it provided a database of ‘who is who’ in tourism business in Nigeria.

“Twenty years after, an update is needed and we came up with the list of Top 100 tourism personalities who have made tourism in Nigeria what it is.”

The event which is part of activities for the 7th edition of the Abuja Jabamah – foremost domestic tourism event in Nigeria, is set to take place on the 18th of November, 2019, at the Exhibition Hall of the International Conference Centre (ICC) Abuja.

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The one-day event will feature the induction of the Tourism 100 Club (Class of 2019).

Travellers magazine, as one of the prominent voices in the travel, tourism, hospitality and aviation industry in Nigeria and Africa will use the opportunity of the event to honour industry players who have made a mark through their contributions to the development of tourism in Nigeria.

Other nominees on the list include, Justina Ovat – CEO Calabar Hospitality House; Dr. Iyam Ugot – Carnival Calabar Band Leader; as well as the Akwa Ibom state Chairman of the Federation of Tourism Associates of Nigeria, Mr. Ubong Ekpe.

The list has categories for youth tourism promoters, emerging leaders of the industry, media, events, association heads, among others.

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Abuja Jabamah is a Travel Expo put together by the organisers of Akwaaba African Travel Market in its efforts to drive domestic tourism. It seeks to play host to a huge travelling population, hotels, tour operators and travel agents for B2B sessions and exhibitions, while specifically showcasing the tourism attractions of northern Nigeria.

Other events lined up for Abuja Jabamah 2019 includes: Familiarisation Trip, Sampling of Northern Cuisine with Chef Fatima, and a B2B Session, while the Induction and presentation rounds up the day.

See full list of Nominees below:

Youth Tourism Promoters:

  • Lola Adefope
  • Olugbenga Omotayo Sunday
  • Odion Chigbufue
  • Oguntoye Taiwo Oye
  • Oguntoye Kehinde Oladele
  • Anago Osho
  • Omotosho Hakeem Olamilekan
  • Bolaji Seun
  • Debbie Egwuogu
  • Michael Balogun
  • Emerging Leaders of the Industry:
  • Jennifer Awoh
  • Adun Okupe
  • Justina Ovat
  • Geraldine Itoe
  • Nneka (Nne Tomato Jos) Unachukwu-Okaro
  • Lydia Akpadiaha
  • Johnpaul Ezeani
  • Mofe Runsewe
  • Aminat Akanbi
  • Funmi Oyatogun
  • Diala Chibuikem
  • Bukola Olowude
  • Oludayo Taiwo Gideon
  • Olusola Segbenu
  • Patricia Ozioma
  • Victoria Onyemuwa
  • Derinsola Shotunde Taiyeloolou (Deerin Èlèran)
  • Ubong Ekpe Okon
  • Rita Obidike (SKAL President)
  • Samson Aturu (HATMAN)
  • Precious Okonji (FTAN)
  • Ime Udo (NATOP)
  • Hassan Abdulmalik (NANTA)
  • Shalom Asuquo (Travelab)
  • Patrick Chidi (Joliewaka)
  • Peace Iyare (PeacefulSky)
  • Capt. Oudah Kenneth Anate (Stay Up Aviation School)
  • Capt. Emmanuel (Exodus Academy)
  • Piriye Kiyaramo (Travel Club)
  • Erhahon Uhnamure (Brisks)
  • Ib Uloma Kemabonta (Retz)
  • Aniedi Udofia (EDC)
  • Ifeoma Aneke (Allure)
  • Jibola Oluseye
  • Wole Ayorinde (Travel Beta)
  • Balqees Olubunmi Olaniyi
  • Ajibola Ogunkeye (Ufitfly)
  • Makanjuola Ibrahim Sholar (Youth Tourism)

Media List:

  • Andrew Okungbowa
  • Justina Okpanku
  • Hope Obeten
  • Niyi David
  • Hannah Oni
  • Taiye Baiyerohi Olayemi
  • Dozie Uzo
  • Fisayo Olayinka-Bello
  • Chinyere Nwanma Ogidi


  • Ayo Shadare Shaddie Bobo (Lagos Jazz festival)
  • Abom Ephraim Okon
  • Chinedu Okeke (Oriteme Banigo Gidifest)
  • Ozo Chinedu Idezuna Ezemuo
  • Dr. Iyam Ugot (Carnival Calabar Band Leader)
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