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Egypt Begins Restoration Work on 29 Sphinxes



Khaled al-Anany, Egypt’s Minister of Tourism and Antiquities, has inaugurated a project to restore 29 sphinxes at Luxor’s Karnak Temple.

The project is expected to restore and protect the statues, located in the temple’s famous “Avenue of Sphinxes”, destruction.

According to the Secretary-General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, Mostafa Waziri, the statues will be removed from “Avenue of Sphinxes” and a trench filled with sand and gravel dug around the area to prevent groundwater from reaching the statues again.

He added that an expert team of Egyptian archaeologists will restore the statues to their previous glory after they are returned to the site.

According to Waziri, the sphinxes were in poor condition due to improper restoration work undertaken in the 1970s, which caused groundwater to leak into the lower part of the statues.

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Tanzania Promotes Conference Tourism for Economic Recovery

Nzuki explained that the National Convention Bureau will function as a department under the coordination of the Tanzania Tourist Board (TTB) and will handle all arrangements and bookings for international conferences, symposiums, conventions, and other meetings.



In a bid to hasten up recovery from the impact of Covid-19, Tanzania has set up a National Convention Bureau to promote conference tourism as a way of speeding up the industry’s recovery.

The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Tourism Dr Aloyce Nzuki, recently said that Tanzania’s diplomatic offices in various countries around the world will be used to appeal for more international conferences to be held in Tanzania.

Nzuki explained that the National Convention Bureau will function as a department under the coordination of the Tanzania Tourist Board (TTB) and will handle all arrangements and bookings for international conferences, symposiums, conventions, and other meetings.

He described conference tourism as a key tourism product that has not been properly tapped in the past, despite its huge potential to complement the numerous beach and wildlife attractions that overflow in Tanzania.

Last month, the ministry launched an electronic database to monitor the quality of tourist and visitor accommodation services in the country.

Dr Nzuki said the database will monitor income statuses among visitors to the country and their individual abilities to afford service costs at accommodation facilities, other than expensive hotels and lodges which offer higher and expensive packages.

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According to the Permanent Secretary, the accommodation services in Tanzania will match East African Hotel Classification criteria to determine the quality-of-service delivery to tourists and other visitors to Tanzania and other East African Community (EAC) states.

The electronic database will also help tourism authorities to get information from the Approved Accommodation Facilities in Tanzania as to ensure quality services to clients to match with the East African Community standards.

Approved Accommodation Facilities are the Town Hotels, Vacation Hotels, Lodges, Motels, Tented Camps, Villas, Cottages and Serviced Apartments, and Restaurants.

By end of last year, Tanzania had a total of 308 registered accommodation facilities with Star Class, up from 67 in 2015.

The World Bank recommended in December that Tanzania and other African countries should focus on tourism diversification to cushion the impact of Covid-19 on their respective economies.

The chairman of the Pretoria-based African Tourism Board, Cuthbert Ncube, said that regional and intra-Africa tourism development could be an optional step that will help African countries alleviate Covid-19 impacts on tourism.

Tanzania is targeting to attract five million tourists annually by 2025 from the current 1.8 million, and earn $6 billion per year from the $2.6 billion figure recorded before the coronavirus pandemic.

Tourism was the leading source of foreign exchange earnings in Tanzania before the Covid-19 outbreak.

According to official data, industry earnings reached $2.5 billion in 2019, but by the end of 2020, it had dropped to about $598 million mainly due to the Covid-19 crisis.

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Tanzania to Auction 30 ‘Tourist Hunting Blocks’ in Game Reserves, Other Areas



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The Tanzania Wildlife Management Authority (TAWA) has offered for sale 30 “tourist hunting blocks” within game reserves and other areas.

TAWA, in a statement on its website, said: “Tanzania Wildlife Management Authority (TAWA) invites applications from qualified applicants for the allocation of Tourist Hunting Blocks through electronic auctioning (e-auctioning).

“Currently, there are 30 vacant hunting Blocks within Game Reserves (GRs), Game Controlled Areas (GCAs) and Open Areas (OAs) that are immediately available for e-auctioning. Eligible hunting companies can be allocated up to five (5) hunting blocks each, which shall be of different categories. Auctioning will commence on 8th February 2021 and will last for seven consecutive days.”

Tawa has set out requirements for companies interested in the blocks, including being registered “within Tanzania intending to engage in hunting of animals”, as well having at least one director with five years of experience in wildlife-based business and conservation in the country.

Some of the hunting blocks are located within the Selous Game Reserve ecosystem, which is listed as a Unesco World Heritage Site. Tourism is one of the key pillars of the Tanzanian economy.

The government initially placed 26 hunting blocks on an online auctioning platform in 2019 in order to enhance transparency and curb corruption.

Last year’s auction was reportedly shelved after the government was unable to sell many of the blocks in previous auctions.

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14th Headies Nominations: Burna Boy, Davido, Wizkid Compete For “Artiste Of The Year”



Nigeria’s most reputable and regarded music award show, The Headies, has released this year’s nominee’s list.
The headies is aimed at rewarding excellence in the Nigerian music and creative industry. Its 14th edition reviewed songs from July 2019 to September 2020.
This year, we see Davido, Wizkid, Burna Boy, Mayorkun, and Tiwa Savage contending for one of the highly sought after awards, “Artist of the Year”.

See the full list of nominees:

Artiste of the year
1.Burna boy
5.Tiwa savage

Song Of The Year
1.Fem – Davido
2.Nobody – Dj Neptune Feat. Joeboy & Mr. Eazi
3.Joro – Wizkid
4.Mafo – Naira Marley
5.Duduke – Simi

Album Of The Year
1.African Giant – Burna Boy
2.Apollo – Fireboy Dml
3.Afro Pop Vol. 1 – Adekunle Gold
4.Yellow – Brymo
5.Boo Of The Booless – Chike

Best Rap Album
1.God’s Engineering – Aq
2.Illy Chapo X – Illbliss
3.Ypszn2 – Psycho Yp
4.Cult! – Paybac Iboro
5.The Erigma Ii – Erigga

Producer Of The Year
1.Pheelz – ‘Billionaire’ By Teni
2.Spax – ‘Away’ By Oxlade
3.Kel P – ‘Pull Up’ By Burna Boy
4.Sarz – ‘Mad’ By Sarz & Wurld

Best R&B Album
1.Laughter, Tears And Goosebumps – Fireboy Dml
2.I Like Girls With Trobul – Sarz & Wurld
3.King – Praiz
4.Boo Of The Booless – Chike
5.Celia – Tiwa Savage

Best Alternative Album
1.Yellow – Brymo
2.Lucid – Asa
3.The Light – Bez
4.Pioneers – Drb Lasgidi
5.Roots – The Cavemen

Best Pop Album
1.Apollo – Fireboy Dml
2.African Giant – Burna Boy
3.A Good Time – Davido
4.Woman Of Steel – Yemi Alade
5.Afro Pop Vol. 1 – Adekunle Gold

Next Rated
2.Omah Lay
4.Bella Shmurda

Best ‘Alternative’ Song
1.Corner – Lady Donly Feat. Vanjess & The Cavemen
2.I Wonder – Moelogo
3.Bitter – Deena Ade
4.Anita – The Cavemen
5.Money Devotion – Gbasky
6.God Save The Queen – Olu

Best Street-Hop Artiste
1.Naira Marley & Young John – Mafo
2.Mayorkun – Geng
3.Reminisce Feat. Olamide & Naira Marley – Instagram
4.Rudeboy – Audio Money
5.Ivd & Zlatan – Bolanle
6.Olamide – Pawon

Best Vocal Performance (Female)
1.Simi – No Longer Beneficial
2.Lindsey Abudei – One On The Outside
3.Niniola – Addicted
4.J-Dess – Chi Efo
5.Yemi Alade – Lai Lai
6.Imanse – Ajala

Best Vocal Performance (Male)
Wurld – Ghost Town
2.Chike – Forgive
3.Praiz – Under The Sky
4.Cohbams – Plenti
5.Nonso Amadi – What Makes You Sure
6.Johnny Drille – Count On You

Best Music Video
1. Eli – Fireboy By Clarence Peters
2.1 Milli – Davido By Director K
3.Smile – Wizkid By Meji Alabi
4.Billionaire – Teni By Tg Omori
5.Shekere – Yemi Alade By Ovie Etseyatse

Best R&B Single
1.Under The Sky – Praiz
2.Duduke – Simi
3.Mad – Sarz & Wurld
4.Bad Influence – Omah Lay
5.Tattoo – Fireboy Dml
6.Dangerous Love – Tiwa Savage

Best Rap Single
1.Ogb4ig – Reminisce
2.Shut Up – Blaqbonez
3.Country – Illbliss
4.Get The Info – Phyno, Falz & Phenom
5.Bop Daddy – Falz Feat. Ms. Banks
Songwriter Of The Year
1.Simisola Bolatito Ogunleye (Simi – Duduke)
2.Adedamola Adefolahan (Fireboy Dml Dml – Dreamer)
3.Damini Ogulu (Burna Boy – Way Too Big)
4.Stanley Omah Didia (Omah Lay – Bad Influence)
5.Sadiq Onifade (Wurld – Ghost Town)
6.Adekunle Kosoko (1 Milli)

Lyricist On The Roll
1. Aq – Eunice
2. Blaqbonez – Define Rap 2
3. Mi Abaga – Trinity
4. Illbliss – Country
5. Phenom – Get The Info
6. Phyno – Speak Life

Best Collabo
1.Know You – Ladipoe Feat. Simi
2.Nobody – Dj Neptune Feat. Joeboy & Mr. Eazi
3.Sweet In The Middle – Davido Feat. Naira Marley, Zlatan & Wurld
4.Don’t Call Me Back – Joeboy Feat. Mayorkun
5.Totori – Id Cabasa Feat. Wizkid & Olamide
6.Get The Info – Phyno Ft Phenom, Falz

Best Recording Of The Year
Ozymandias – Brymo
Smile – Wizkid Feat. Her
Wonderful – Burna Boy
Dreamer – Fireboy Dml
Ghost Town – Wurld

Headies Revelation
1. Victor Ad
2. Fireboy Dml
3. Joeboy
4. Teni
5. Rema
6. Chike

Best Pop Single
1.Billionaire – Teni
2.Nobody – Dj Neptune Feat. Joeboy & Mr. Eazi.
3.Lady – Rema
4.Fem – Davido
5.Joro – Wizkid
6.Skeletun – Tekno

Rookie Of The Year
2.Alpha P
5.Bad Boy Timz

Headies’ Viewer’s Choice
2.Omah Lay
3.Burna Boy
5.Fireboy Dml
7.Dj Neptune

African Artiste Recognition
1.Master Kg
2.Kuami Eugene
3.Sauti Sol
4.Shaata Wale

Hall Of Fame
King Sunny Ade
Special Recognition:
Eedris Abdulkareem
Skeletun – Tekno

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