Goge Africa, a tourism and cultural media brand, claims to explore African countries with the aim of offering solutions to travel, trade and investment issues in Africa.
Its chief executive, Nneka Isaac-Moses, in a statement released Friday in Lagos, said the organization’s leadership team had recently visited Tanzania and Burundi in East Africa.
She said it was a working visit occasioned by her search for travel, investment and tourism promotion in Africa. According to her, the barriers that hinder interconnectivity and the lack of intra-continental trade and investment must be removed for Africa to progress. She said it was noted that African countries had refused to trade directly with each other, instead buying from distant places like Asia, Europe, America and others.
She, however, advised Africans to take deliberate steps to invest in Africa. “Our political and economic leaders must stop moving Africa’s wealth out of the continent if they want Africa to progress,” she said. According to her, Dr. Alfred Bana, the Tanzanian Ambassador to Nigeria, facilitated a meeting between Goge Africa, the Tanzania Tourism Board and the Zanzibar Tourism Commission.
“Dr Mohamed Masoko had to sail from Zanzibar to Tanzania to meet the team in the Kigamboni region, Gezaulole to Bamba Beach, a private resort on the peninsula. “At the end of the meeting, we took a guided tour of the facilities. “Bamba Beach is a very beautiful ecological complex with enormous potential for investors in the tourism sector. “It has a nice meandering lake amid green vegetation that slowly flows into the ocean,” he said.
Isaac-Moses said Dr. Gladstone Mlay, director of marketing for the Tanzania Tourism Board in Dar Es Salam, shared the country’s willingness to work with the team to promote Tanzania as a must-visit destination in Africa for tourism and investment.
She said the team also visited Burundi at the invitation of the Nigerian Ambassador to Burundi, Amb. Elijah Onyeagba. “Upon arrival, the team was taken to the office of the Mayor of Bujumbura, Jimmy Hatungimana, for a warm welcome and a meeting with the Mayor and the Ambassador, among others.
Later, the team held a meeting with the Ministry of Sports, Culture and Heritage. Were present, the deputy of the Minister, Mr. Jean Claude Kanene; Director General of Sports and Culture, Mr. Samuel Niyubahwe and Director of Sports, Mr. Laurent Nzeyimana. “We also took a guided tour with Her Excellency Mrs. Udo Onyeagba to the border of Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo and then to De La Rusizi National Park.
“It was a magical journey of discovery from the calm brown waters of the Rusizi, we watched a herd of hippos, different species of birds flying by as we clapped our hands from our boat. “Within minutes we were at the magical yet natural border where Rusizi brown meets Lake Tanganyika blue. What an incredible wonder.
“At the end of the boat ride, we had a cultural encounter with the incredible drummers and dancers of Burundi,” she said. Goge Africa Executive Director Isaac Moses noted that the experiences and information collected were such that they were not accessible on the internet.
“Burundi is not a poor country, they have enough food with the most fertile land in all of Africa, Lake Tanganyika is a fresh water lake and is home to over 200 species of fish. “I recommend the Mukeke and Sangala fish prepared the Burundian way to all those who visit Burundi.“Their avocados are very meaty.
“Burundi is not only a sufficient source of food, but Rwanda, Congo and other neighboring countries depend on it for food. Investing in agriculture will generate a quick return on investment.
“Burundi is a virgin land, full of untapped resources, the government has opened up and is ready for investors in various aspects of its economy,”
said Moses. According to him, Amb. Onyeagba, engaged Nigerians and the Diaspora community in the opportunities available in Burundi. “The team was also hosted by Kiriri Garden Hotel, Hotel Club Du Lac Tanganyika and Olivia Hotel which is owned by a Nigerian,” he said.