Tourism icon, Otunba Wanle Akinboboye has released Ose Awards as the tourism product for the week, in the continuous journey, to present 52 products in 52 weeks.
“Ose Awards as a tourism product, is an opportunity to celebrate and honour our legends who hail from across the 54 African countries and the entire world,” said Otunba Wanle Akinboboye.
“And that’s 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.’ The tourism icon reiterated.
“We as a continent never celebrated our legends like Pele, like Mohammed Ali, like Louis Armstrong and so on.” Akinboboye noted and went further, “we need to correct this anormaly by picking one hero, that will be awarded with 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.”
The beautiful part of this tourism product is that, it is embedded in another tourism product which is Ipada Carnival. Ose Awards will be celebrated as one of the components of Ipada Carnival.
As a reminder, IPADA carnival is that two weeks celebration of the heeding of the Motherland Beckons call for Africans in Diaspora and lovers of Africa, to return to Africa, and unite with lost brothers and sisters.
“A minimum of 50 million people are expected to visit the continent of Africa throughout the year. This number of people, are expected to arrive through Nigeria, at different times of the year taking advantage of our deep sea port at lekki, transforming slave ships to cruise ships and then luxurious airlines celebrating in view of all the atrocities perpetuated against the continent, through the heinous era of the slave trade. Ipada carnival will this year be celebrating our prosperity, our resilience, our growth, our development and our contribution to the world economy.”
The celebration of Ipada Carnival could be likened to the carnivals from other many African settlements all over the world, from Calabar carnival to the Brazilian carnival train, to the carnivals from the Carribeans, to different Carnival trains from different parts of Africa, Ipada Carnival shall stand out all over the world.”
“So also will Ose Awards which will honour the African legends when they arrive for the Ipada carnival celebration later this year,” added Otunba Wanle Akinboboye.