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ALLEN ONYEMA: A distinguished peace master

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To say Barrister Allen Onyema is an aviator, nationalist and philanthropist per excellence, is stating the obvious. But the manner with which he warmed his way into the very keenly competitive aviation industry and captured the lion share of the domestic Aviation market in Nigeria, remains a puzzle for marketing strategists to unravel.

When his Air Peace made its entry into the aviation industry as a scheduled Air domestic operator in 2013 not many industry analysts gave it a chance to survive the first three years in operation, considering the high mortality rate of domestic airlines even the ones set up by well-known and experienced brains in the industry in Nigeria.

Founded in 2013, Air Peace was started with the intention of using it as an engine to provide economic opportunities to Nigerian youths. The airline, which began operations with Dornier 328s and Boeing 737s aircrafts, now operates a modern fleet of 34 aircraft, including five brand new E195-E2s and 5 Airbus 320s with many firm orders expected to be delivered before this year runs out

« It is the first airline in Africa to acquire and operate Embraer 425 fleet making it the launch customer in Africa for the E2s, the newest, most efficient and most comfortable aircraft in the segment.

« The airline is also the global launch customer for Embraer’s innovative premium staggered seating design. The airline has 13 firm orders for the E195-E2s, with 17 remaining purchase rights for the same model while it operates eight ERJs 145. Five of the 13 firm orders were delivered in 2021, with more to be delivered this year, » said the spokesman for Air Peace, Stanley Olise in a statement.

The airline within its short period of coming to the industry with a policy of leaving no city behind, operates to 20 Nigerian airports, six regional routes and two intercontinental destinations.

Air Peace, which has been operating scheduled commercial flights into the United Arabs Emirates (UAE) since July 2019, assured that it would continue to scale up its service delivery to surpass the expectations of air travellers, especially with the activation of its ambitious fleet modernization scheme and a renewed commitment to unequalled customer experience.  Air Peace has also been designated by the Federal Government to fly into other international destinations such as Guangzhou-China, Delhi-India, UK and Houston, Texas, USA.

Not minding the achievements recorded in fleet and routes expansion, the philanthropic and nationalistic image the management of Air Peace has cut for itself has kept many Nigerians querying the need for the proposed national carrier.

It is on record that Air Peace filled the gap created by the demise of the defunct national carrier, Nigeria Airways, when it volunteered itself to rescue Nigerian’s youths trapped in South Africa during the xenophobic attacks on the citizens of other African countries.

Unlike his contemporaries in the industry, it is getting clearer to many industry watchers that Barrister Onyema has not established Air Peace solely for economic motives, but to help Nigeria reclaim her glory amongst the comity of nations with viable and dependable commercial airlines.

With Air Peace as her flagship airline, Nigeria can go out there and comfortably get involved in aero politics and get her desires met. This was demonstrated recently when a United Arabs Emirates national carrier, Emirates Airlines was banned from operating into Nigeria when the government of UAE denied Air Peace a slot at Dubai airport. Air Peace suddenly attained the instrument with which Nigeria can fight and defeat mega or legacy carriers of the world.

Also, at a time the nation was in dire need of a reliable airline to fly her national teams to competitions during their qualifying matches for the African Cup of Nations (AFCON) and the World Cup competitions, Air Peace came in to register itself as the official airline sponsor of the Nigerian National teams.

With this, it is now assured that no Nigerian team would ever arrive at the venue of any of their matches late again. Apart from encouraging and motivating the players with his presence during the matches, the CEO of Air Peace also gave them financial gifts.

This was also demonstrated during the qualifying matches of the Super Eagles when he had to be there personally to motivate them and promised them cash rewards which he fulfilled.

Also, at the recently concluded AFCON competition held in Cameroon, Onyema who promised to give the Super Eagles a whopping sum of N50 million (50, 000,000) should they win the competition and brought the cup to Nigeria for the fourth time, gave the team a sum of N10million (N10,000,000) for every goal scored at the competition after defeating the Egyptian national team during their opening match.

With many more benefits coming to Nigeria through Air Peace especially with the signing of a maintenance agreement with Embraer recently in Dubai and a maintenance hangar in view, the mission of Barrister Allen Onyema to use the establishment of Air Peace to give social and economic empowerment to Nigerian youths to ensure peace and security around the country would sooner than expected be realized.

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Gallery: Diaspora Excellence Award 2023

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At the occasion organized in commemoration of the 10th anniversary of Naija Diaspora Magazine, several individuals, companies, governors, traditional rulers, business owners, government agencies and parastatals as well as politicians were honored for their outstanding performances in 2023. The publication celebrated its
10th anniversary with a two-day event that included the Symposium and Annual Diaspora Excellence Award. This platform provided a unique opportunity for collective learning, networking, and gaining insights into government policies that relate to communities. Attendees were empowered to navigate pathways of positive change. The Symposium lecture was titled: ‘Building a Nation’, with several dignitaries as speakers.

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Inaugural Anambra State Union Football Tournament Triumphs Amidst Adversity

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On the 6th of August 2023, a monumental event took place at St Michel, Terminus, Douala, marking the commencement of the First Edition of the Anambra State Union Football Tournament. Under the stewardship of Sir Emeka Uzoka, Chairman of the Anambra State Union, this tournament emerged as a testament to unity, sportsmanship, and the indomitable spirit of the Anambra community.

The opening ceremony set the stage for what would become an unforgettable showcase of camaraderie and competitive fervor. A true celebration of tradition and athleticism, the tournament kicked off with a Veteran Match at 2:00 pm. The clash between Aguata Local Government Union and Nnewi Local Government Union resulted in a gripping encounter, with Aguata securing victory with a 2-0 score line.

Distinguished figures graced the event with their presence, adding prestige to the occasion. Among them was Mr. Oliva Ochi, Consul 1 at the Consulate General Douala, representing the esteemed Consul General, H.E. Amb. (Mrs.) Efe A. Clark-Omeru.

The honorable gathering was further enriched by the participation of key personalities, including: Hon. BIC Okwujiaku, President of the Nigerian Community Douala, HRH Eze Jonathan T. Onyenagubor, Eze Gburugburu 1 of Ohanaeze Ndi Igbo, Cameroon, Sir, Lovinus Ezeh, Vice President, Nigerian Community Douala, Chief Alex Nwoye, Vice President 2, Nigerian Community Douala, Chief Uche Obiekwe, Patron of the Nigerian Community Douala, Chief Innocent Obiorah Odoh, Patron Anambra State Union, Chairmen of Imo and Enugu States Union, Esteemed members of the Anambra State Union.

The event also extended its reach to include esteemed guests from Douala and beyond.
In recognition of the paramount importance of safety and well-being, the organizers ensured the presence of dedicated medical health and security personnel, assuring attendees a secure environment throughout the event.

Despite the inclement weather characterized by heavy rain, the unyielding spirit of the Anambra community remained unshaken. A testament to their passion for football and unity, a remarkable number of attendees braved the elements, converging to witness the unfolding of history on the lush fields of St Michel, Terminus.

The final was held on Sunday 12th of November 2023 @ Bonamousadi Stadium Douala. Oyi Local Government lifted the trophy while Aguta Local Government took the bronze and Idemili Local Government took silver.

The inaugural Anambra State Union Football Tournament stands as an embodiment of shared values, intercommunity collaboration, and the timeless appeal of sport. This event not only etched a significant mark on the sporting calendar but also served as a reminder of the resilience and unity that define the Anambra community.

As the tournament concluded its first chapter, it left in its wake a legacy of camaraderie, sporting excellence, and the promise of more remarkable editions to come.

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CAMEROON: Miniature Africa

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Cameroon, nestled in the heart of Central Africa, is a country with a captivating blend of rich cultural diversity, stunning landscapes and abundant wildlife. Often referred to as « Miniature Africa, » Cameroon offers travelers a unique and multifaceted experience, showcasing the continent’s essence in a single destination.

With more than 250 ethnic groups and languages, Cameroon is a melting pot of diverse cultures, traditions and customs. The capital city, Yaoundé, and the economic hub, Douala, provide excellent starting points to dive into Cameroon’s cultural wealth.

Cameroon’s diverse geography offers a plethora of breathtaking landscapes, each with its unique charm.
In the West, the mist-covered peaks of Mount Cameroon, the highest mountain in West Africa, beckon adventurous hikers to climb and witness awe-inspiring views of the surrounding scenery.
Towards the North, the Sahelian region boasts vast savannas and semi-arid landscapes, offering visitors an opportunity to spot magnificent wildlife, and in the East, the dense rainforests of the Congo Basin teem with a rich variety of flora and fauna, including gorillas, chimpanzees, and exotic bird species.

Tourism Spots on a Budget
Here are a selection of the most distinguished and captivating tourist destinations in Cameroon. These remarkable locales boast accessibility without undue strain on one’s financial resources, making them irresistible choices for tourists.

Mefou National Park:
Mefou National Park houses the Mefou Primate Sanctuary, a rescue center managed by Ape Action Africa. With over 300 rare and endangered primates, it’s a significant conservation project in Africa, providing lifelong care and rehabilitation for animals rescued from illegal trades.

Limbe:
Formerly known as Victoria, Limbe is a port city with a diverse flora and fauna influenced by its colonial past. The Limbe Wildlife Centre/Botanical Centre offers a close-to-nature experience, rescuing and caring for ill-treated and endangered animals.

Mount Cameroon:
Mount Cameroon, also called the « Chariot of the Gods, » is West Africa’s highest mountain and an active volcano. A popular destination for adventurers and hikers, the trek offers stunning views, diverse landscapes and encounters with wildlife like monkeys and birds.

Kribi Beach:
Kribi Beach, in the southwestern region, boasts long white sand beaches and clear waters. It’s perfect for swimming, sunbathing and water sports. Visitors can also enjoy the Chutes de la Lobé waterfall, where they can swim under the falls. Local cuisine and seafood delicacies await at various restaurants.

Korup National Park:
Korup National Park, renowned for its bird species, offers pristine tropical wilderness. Visitors can enjoy lodging infrastructure and spot unique primates like the Nigeria-Cameroon chimpanzee and Perseus’s red colobus. Located near the ocean, Mundemba serves as a starting point for tours to the park, where guides often speak the local Cameroonian language.

Cameroon stands tall as a remarkable destination for audacious travelers seeking a blend of cultural diversity, awe-inspiring landscapes and thrilling adventures. From the depths of the rainforests to the heights of its mountains, and from the bustling cities to the serene beaches, the land beckons with open arms, ready to share its enchanting beauty and warm hospitality with all who venture to explore its wonders. As tourism in Cameroon continues to grow sustainably, the country’s potential as a captivating and memorable destination will undoubtedly flourish.

 

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