Tourism: Africa Travel 100 Women Awards Returns After 5 Years

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The Organisers of Akwaaba African Travel Market and the Publishers of are putting together another edition of the Africa Travel 100 Women Awards tagged “The Reunion”.

In September 2017 over 100 Travel Professionals from all Shades of Tourism and Travel converged in Lagos, Nigeria for the First Edition of the Africa Travel 100 Women Awards.

They came from over 20 countries. It was the First Time African Women in Aviation, Hospitality, Tourism and Leadership had come together to network and fraternise at an event of such magnitude.

The event at the 13th Akwaaba African Travel Market created a lot of relationships and partnerships that still stands till today bringing Africa much closer.

The Organisers are of the view that the best way to bring Africa out of the 2 years of the pandemic experience is to rebuild Old Partnerships and Build New Ones.

The Reunion will bring together Winners of the 2017 Edition and expected New Winners of the 2022 Edition.

READ: Africa Travel 100 Women: The Leaders, Pioneers and innovators of Tourism and Travel

The nominations for New Winners will start in May 2022.

The nominations will be open to the public but the votes of the past Winners will carry double the value of that for non-winners.

Most of the New Winners will be those nominated by past winners. They will have higher chances of being selected. Past Winners will be allowed 2 nominations only. The Nominees with the highest scores will be announced in July.

Akwaaba African Travel Market 2022 will hold on the 31st of October and the 1st of November at Eko Hotels Convention Centre in Lagos Nigeria. The 2022 Edition of Akwaaba will be the 18th Edition. There was no Physical Akwaaba in 2020 but a mini Akwaaba was held in 2021.

The 2017 Winners of the Africa Travel 100 women were

1. HE Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
2. Catherine Afeku, Hon. Minster, Tourism Ghana
3. Arlette Soudan Nonault, Minister of Tourism, Congo Brazaville
4. Tokozile Xasa South Africa Tourism Minister
5. Belise Kariza Chief Tourism Officer, RDB
6. Anastancia Ndlovu, Deputy Minister of Tourism Zimbabwe
7. Devota Mdachi, CEO Tanzania Tourism
8. Betty Radier CEO Kenya Tourism Board
9. Jacinta Mbithi, Marketing Director, KTB
10. Elcia Grandcourt Regional Director of UNWTO for Africa
11. Desta Meghoo, AU Diaspora Office
12. Eiman Kheir, CIDO AU Addis Ababa
13. Jackie Capeheart, Asst. Minister of Tourism Liberia
14. Fatou Mas Jobe, Former Minister of Tourism Gambia
15. Sherin Francis CEO Seychelles Tourism Board
16. Senator Florence Ita Giwa, Female Band Leader Carnival Calabar
17. Nike Davies Okundaye, Nike Art Gallery Nigeria
18. Fatima Garbati, NATOP Nigeria
19. Magaret Fabiyi, WEBISCO Tourism

20. Julie Dabaly Scot, Tour Operator Kenya
21. Monique Swart Founder ABTA,South Africa
22. Carmen Nibigira, Travel Expert East Africa
23. Akporiaye Susan, NANTA VP Nigeria
24. Ngozi Ngoka, CEO, Zigona Travel and Tours Ltd , Zonal VP South East FTAN Nigeria
25. Fifi Rurangwa, Wakanow East Africa
26. Rita Ikechi-Uko, Co founder Akwaaba African Travel Market
27. Shadrene Howard, Founder, Liberia National Tourism Association
28. Stella Obinwa,Regional Director Africa for Dubai Tourism
29. Lisa Sebogodi, Batsumi Travels South Africa
30. Judy Kepher Gona Sustainable Tourism Kenya
31. Mai Bright Urey, Acting Head, Liberia National Tourism Association (LINTA)
32. Waturi Wa Matu African Legend of Tourism
33. Bunny Bhoola, Africa Link, SATSA South Africa
34. Stella Appeteng Apstar Travel Agency
35. Glory Brisbane, Stellar Tours Ghana
36. Zainab Ansell, Zara Tanzania adventures
37. Chiquita Afuluenu Johnson, Tour Consultant Liberia
38. Zodwa Mkandla, MD, Traverse,Zimbabwe
39. Mukhthelwa Kachie Nzama, Travel Blogger www.travelwithkatchie. com
40. Farzana Dhanji ARYAN Tours and Blogger
41. Nneka Isaac – Moses, Goge Africa

42. Angela Andrews Njie, West African Tours Gambia
43. Chiamaka Obuekwe , CEO, Social Prefect Tours. Youth Tour Operator
44. Sonto Mbanambi, Syavava Tours, South Africa
45. Praise Mazhandu, Head Domestic & Africa Zimbabwe Tourism Authority
46. Juanita M. Yiah, Director of Tourism, Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism Liberia
47. Evelyn Mahlaba,Head Africa for SAT
48. Emem Affia, Carnival Calabar Director
49. Ida Jeng Njie Gambia Tourism Authority
50. Sophia Zirebwa, Executive Director, Zimbabwe Tourism Authority
51. Fatima Bashir Regional .Marketing ManagerKenya Tourism Board
52. Esmare Steinhofel, Regional Director, ICCA
53. Gifty Kwansa, Ghana Tourism Authority
54. Lindiwe Rakherebe, CEO Albert Luthuli, Convention Center Durban South Africa
55. Bontle Madiba SAT
56. Mputle Dikobe, Gauteng Tourism South Africa
57. Lumka Dlomo, Jo’burg Tourism South Africa
58. Safia Ali Uganda Tourism Board

59. Lilly Ajarova, Ngamba Chimp Sanctuary , Uganda

60. Duduzile Cynthia Myeni, Chairman South African Airways
61. Captain Irene Koki Mutungi, Kenya Airways 1st B787 Female captain in Africa
62. Sally Osure Head IATA East Africa
63. IATA Africa, Funke Adeyemi, Nigerian
64. Iyabo Sosina secretary AFCAC Nigerian
65. Mrs Ify Megwa CPU Nigeria Civil Aviation Agency
66. Chinyere Kalu, First Female Pilot in Nigeria
67. Siza Mzimela, Founder, Fly Blue Crane, Ex. SAA/SA Express CEO. First Female Airline CEO
68. Hon. Cecilia Dapaah, Minister For Aviation, Ghana .
69. Rahel Assefa VP Ethiopian Airlines
70. Hanna Atnafu, Manager, Corporate Communications, Ethiopian Airlines
71. Victoria Takyi, Marketing,Africa World Airlines Ghana
72. Babra Adrosso,Uganda Tourism Association
73. Charity Githinji, Tour Operator, Tandaza Tanzania
74. Farma Njie, Discovery Tours, Gambia
75. Uloma Egbuna, MD/CEO, Tour Brokers International, Lagos, Nigeria
76. Olanma Ojukwu, MD, GOTA Voyage, Benin Republic
77. Nancy Sam Quartey, MD/CEO, Staple Travel and Tours, Accra, Ghana
78. Annie Uwase Anuarite First Female driver guide Rwanda

79. Rosemary Mugambi,Director Marketing Serena Hotels.Kenya
80. Denise Benzinge-Omany Serena Hotels Rwanda
81. Vickie Muyanga, Radisson Blu Kenya
82. Anne Murungi, Kempinski Hotel Kenya
83. Abby Sarr, Director of Public Relations and Marketing at Kairaba Beach Hotel, Banjul, Gambia
84. Elaine Okeke – Martin Spa & Wellness Association of Africa(SWAA)
85. Jennifer Beattie , Director Sun International
86. Florence Njau, GM Utali College Kenya
87. Mrs. Jean Byamugisha, CEO, Uganda Hotels Association
88. Simone Kuhn, Carlson Rezidor Africa
89. Ida Cham , Yabouy Gambia
90. Jeanette Moloto, Director of Sales, Marriott International Africa
91. Mrs. Awa Gueye Sow, CEO, Tashman Lodge, Senegal
92. Victoria Obiakor, Director Sales Kempinski Gold Coast City Hotel Ghana
93. Ubongabasi Nseobot, Sales & Marketing Manager, Southern Sun, Ikoyi, Nigeria
94. Violet Rukande,Zimbabwe Hospitality Association
95. Sharon Stead, CEO, Camp Amanlihala Zimbabwe
96. Nev Jiwani, Managing Director, Go Places, Kenya
97. Bertha Degraft Johnson, Golden Tulip Hotel, Ghana.
98. Thabani Ndlovu Hilton Hotel
99. Pastor Mrs. Omolaja Lawal, CEO God’s Power Travels Limited Lagos
100. Mrs. Marigold Mingles of Ridge Royal Hotel



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