Archive for August, 2010

LEARNING VISIT TO GHANA

Posted: August 22, 2010 by CalabarBeckons in Uncategorized

Esther speaking with a conservation staff of the park

As part of her MILEAD summer institute, Esther Eshiet, CEO Verge Development Solutions embarked on a learning visit to some of Ghana’s tourist attractions. The visit which was aimed at exploring the  tourist potentials the Ghana, identify best practices for domestication , as well as harness networking opportunities commenced at 6.00a.m. with fellows awaken by the bangs on their doors .

On the Canopy walkway(Photo:Nancy Beshay)

After two hours of drive on the highways we arrived at the Kakum National Park, where we saw biodiversity in its raw form, the forest was think and green with an amazing Canopy Walkway with a dizzying height of 350metre above the forest.Some fellows requested to write their wills before getting on the walkway,but at the end of it was a rewarding dare!

The next point of call was the Cape Coast Castle,the sound of the castle got us expectant of a Cinderella’s fairy tale,but on arrival, we came  face to face with the horrors of  Slave Trade and colonialism. The appalling experience at the castle made us feel the pains of our ancestor’s right under our skins as goose bumps gripped all the tourists as we walked through the dungeons.

The Door of No Return

One striking feature of the Cape Coast castle  was the door of no return, passage trough which our ancestors were forcefully taken out and never allowed to return,some made it to the slave master’s country while others meet their death on the Atlantic.

The nerve racking experience at the Cape Coast  Castle was still gripping as fellows needed to unwind and wash off all the hate that boiled at the castle,this lead us to visit the Anomabo Beach Resort, where we were welcomed at touch down by the sandy nature of the soil, walking towards the beach we sighted the rolling waves and the crystal blue sky.

Anomabo Beach (Photo:Nancy Beshay)

We were swept off our feet by the perfect waves, it cleared all our stress and set us in the mood for the mouth watering meals  served by the Anomabo Kitchen after which we played some amateur beach soccer.

One of the outstanding lessons learnt from this trip is the culture of maintenance which is facilitated  through public private partnership,it sure works in Ghana and why not in Nigeria?

2010 Carnival Calabar Theme Unveiled

Posted: August 9, 2010 by CalabarBeckons in Uncategorized

As part of activities to mark the annual Calabar Christmas festival, the theme for the 2010 Calabar Carnival was recently unveiled in Calabar. In a colourful ceremony which also featured the prize presentation of Five Million Naira to Sen. Florence Ita Giwa , leader of the Seagulls Band,  and Mrs. Margret Agibe , representative of  the Passion 4 Band, who were the tie winners of the 2009 edition of the Carnival.

Dignitaries at the occasion included; H.E Sen. Liyel Imoke the Cross River State Governor, the wife of the Governor, H.E  Mrs. Obioma Imoke,  His Eminence Edidem Ekpo Okon Abasi Otu V; the Obong of Calabar and the Representative of MD First Bank, Mr Onche Ugbagbe as well as leaders and members of other competing bands, captains of industry and the general public.

The 2010 Carnival theme, Our Strength and Resilience; the bedrock of our future, would be interpreted by the bands through their costumes, choreography and truck decorations.