After taking a hiatus towards the end of the year 2020 to give people a chance to celebrate the Yuletide, while strategizing for 2021, the Wonders of Africa project is set to resume.
Created to inspire intra-African travel, while revitalizing and revolutionizing the tourism industry on the continent, the Wonders of Africa project is brainchild of Ambassador Ikechi Uko, publisher of ATQNews.com, the Premier Travel News Site and Travellers, the first travel magazine in West Africa.
The project is expected to identify the wealth of amazing attractions spread across the six regions of Africa, namely: North, West Southern, East, Central and African Diaspora.
After a process of identifying, registration and voting by a strong panel of industry experts and the general public, 24 attractions will be selected in addition to the Pharos of Alexandria, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, to make up the first 25 Wonders of Africa.
Last year, following the harrowing effects of the COVID-19 pandemic which brought the global tourism industry to its knees, statistics show that Africa’s economy suffered significantly due to the lockdown and international flight restrictions.
Most African countries relied on tourists from outside Africa, i.e. Europe, America and Asia, while few Africans travel to other African countries.
The Wonders of Africa project, through it series of Zoom meetings aims to help re-orient Africans to explore their own backyards and discover the riches of their heritage and attractions both natural and man-made.
On May 25, 2020 the Wonders of Africa project was launched to commemorate the African Union (AU) Day. The first presentation by countries on Zoom took place on October 9, 2020 as Kuyanga Angela Diamantino from Angola led a team of representatives from the PALOPS nations (Angola, Equatorial Guinea, and Mozambique).
The next presentation which was scheduled for October 23, had to be postponed due to the riots that followed the October 20 shooting of #endsars protesters at Lekki Toll-gate in Lagos, Nigeria.
It eventually took place on October 30th and featured representatives from Benin Republic, Nigeria, South Africa and Uganda. (Click here to read about the presentation. For the video clip, click here)
On November 6, 2020, another presentation took place, this time featuring representatives from Kenya, Namibia and Zimbabwe with African-American, Kumi Rauf as the first Diasporan to take centre stage. (Read more here.
The next presentation took place on November 20 with representatives from Ghana, Eswatini and Kenya showcasing their favourite destinations in and out of respective their countries. (Read more here.
The final episode of the year took place on November 27 with presentations by representatives from Ghana and Zambia and the Diaspora with Sharon Palacio from Belize and Fabien Anthony, Chairman of the Pan-African Council.
(Read more here. For the video clip, click here)
The Wonders of Africa webinar is set to resume in March with gusto as the project is slightly behind schedule, according to the organisers.