MOTHERLAND Beckons has continued to build on its Continent Building project as it extends its influence in promoting and marketing the African continent to Ghana. This time specifically to the northern district of the West Africa country, picking on the famed Akosombo town as its next destination to expose to the world.
To this end, an all inclusive promotional tour package, labelled Destination Akosombo Ghana (DAG) has been designed to draw traffic to this sleepy, but richly endowed community in the south of Asuogyamna District, Eastern Region of the country.
It is a naturally richly blessed and endowed destination of choice with serene and picturesque scenery boosting the famed Akosombo Dam, which has plants in nearby Kpong, Tema and Aboadze. There is also the Lake Volta, which is reputed as the biggest and largest artificial lake in the world and of course, a friendly eco tourism environment signposted by the existence of a monkey sanctuary.
In its bid to further entrench the new found love for destination Ghana by exposing business travellers and tourists to other equally enriching and attractive regions of the country that Ghanaian High Commissioner to Nigeria, William Azumah – Awinador Kanyirige, approached the founder of Motherland Beckons, Otunba Wanle Akinboboye, seeking the deployment of his expertise and platform in this regard.
Besides holding discussion, the envoy alongside over five of his aids hosted Akinboboye and his team on tour of the various districts of the country, at the end of which Akosombo was settled for as the next destination to be promoted given its enduring and rich history, development, business opportunities and tourist attractions.
Motherland Beckons, which has the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, Ojaja 11, as its grand patron, is designed primarily to serve as a link between the people of African descent in The Diaspora to Africa, their ancestral root. Over the years it has succeeded in bringing thousands of the over 700 million people of African descent in The Diaspora to the continent with them engaging in tours across the various countries and investing in businesses among other profitable and adventurous engagements.
Therefore, Destination Akosombo Ghana is geared towards giving vent to this belief by encouraging and creating a platform, particularly for Nigerians and other Africans on the continent and in The Diaspora to travel to Ghana to explore its rich history, culture, tourism, businesses and people among others.
To jumpstart this new move, a comprehensive tour package has been put together for October 22 with the following activities: Kamp Africa – A camp for children aged 5-17.The essence of this camp is to inculcate African cultures, values and norms in children in an African themed eco friendly environment. Activities at the camp would include learning how to prepare African cuisine, tying head gear (gele), playing simple African instruments, African dance, experience simulated African wedding and naming ceremony, and tales by moonlight every night around the bon fire.
YATE (Youth Africa Tourism Expedition) -This is aimed at encouraging youth to travel and explore Africa. YATE is designed for undergraduates and young business executives. CAER (Corporate African Eco Retreat) – A corporate retreat in an eco friendly African themed environment spiced with team bonding exercises such as volleyball, basketball, paint ball, swimming, tug of war, and kayaking.
Musical jamboree, which is to deliver a first entertainment to the people with a mix of Nigerian and Ghanaian musical artistes slated to perform. Also, comic and fashion shows as well as other culture performances that would expose the people to the rich and colourful cultural heritage of the people would be on display.
Going forward, the partnership deal would also see the building of a mountain resort and lake resort both a reflection of the La Campagne Tropicana Beach Resort African themed type resort in Ikegun Village, Lagos, the home base of Motherland Beckons. While a yearly festival and other sports and adventure tourism related activities are expected to be created and weaved round the uniqueness of Akosombo so as to offer different options to the expected tourists.
Also collaborating on the October 29 debutant tour is African World Airlines (AWA), which is the official carrier, Best Western Hotel, Accra, and Royal Senchi Hotel as well as Volta Hotel, both located in Akosombo.