Goge Africa, a tourism and cultural media brand, says it explores African countries with the aim of providing solutions to intra-African travel, trade and investment issues.
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 their pursuit of intra-African travel, investment and tourism promotion.
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 has been observed that African countries have refused to trade directly with each other, but rather buy from faraway Asia, Europe, America and all.
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’s progress,” she said.
According to her, Dr. Alfred Bana, 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 Kigamboni region team, Gezaulole at Bamba Beach, a private resort on the peninsula.
“At the end of the meeting, we took a guided tour of the establishment.
“Bamba beach is a very beautiful ecological resort with enormous potential for investors in the tourism sector.
“There’s a nice meandering lake in the middle of the green vegetation slowly flowing into the ocean,” she 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.
“The team then held a meeting with the Department of Sports, Culture and Heritage. Were present, the assistant to 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 waters of the brown-colored Rusizi, we watched a group of hippos, different species of birds flying around as we cheered from our boat.
“Within minutes we were at the magical yet natural border where the brown colored Rusizi meets the blue of Lake Tanganyika. Such an awesome wonder.
“At the end of the boat ride, we had a cultural encounter with the incredible Burundian drummers and dancers,” she said.
Goge Africa’s chief executive, Isaac Moses, noted that the experiences and information collected were such that they could not be viewed on the internet.
“Burundi is not a poor country, they have food self-sufficiency with the most fertile land in all of Africa, Lake Tanganyika is a freshwater lake and is home to over 200 species of fish.
“I recommend the Mukeke and Sangala fish prepared in the Burundian style to anyone visiting Burundi.
“Their avocado pears are very fleshy.
“Burundi is not only a sufficient source of food, but Rwanda, Congo and other neighboring countries depend on it for food. Investment in agriculture will produce a rapid return on investment.
“Burundi is a virgin land, brimming with untapped resources, the government has opened up and is ready to welcome 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 Nigerian-owned Kiriri Garden Hotel, Hotel Club Du Lac Tanganyika and Olivia Hotel,” he said. (NOPE)