Browsing the web or watching a live broadcast during your flight will become a reality on board Air France and KLM flights. In partnership with Panasonic Avionics, the two airlines are launching a joint in-flight connectivity programme on board their long-haul flights, with trials early 2013.

This will enable customers to stay connected with the world through text messages or emails as well as internet connection and ultimately through live broadcasts of TV programmes. Thanks to this new technology, Air France and KLM will offer passengers access to a broad scope of data communications during the flight. On the specially designed in-flight website, a broad range of services will be offered for free, like latest news, TV channels relevant airline and destination information and a unique offer of online magazines.

The trial phase will be conducted over the year 2013 on two Boeing 777-300s, operated by each airline. During this period, travellers will be able to hook up to the internet via their Wi-Fi enabled smartphone, laptop or tablet PC at a fixed rate, as well as use their mobile phone for sms or e-mail, whatever their travel class.

Saturday, June 23, Nollywood witnessed the birth of yet another thrilling movie titled Daisy.

At the long awaited premiere of the movie, at the Ozone Cinema, Yaba, Lagos, under the corporate support of Promasidor, Onga, Mitsubishi/Kewalram and Bella Naija, guests were held spell bound, trying to unravel the puzzle of the struggle of a mother to proof her innocence.

Daisy, written by Amechi Ossai was produced by Tony Ani and directed by award winning Bond Emeruwa. A family oriented movie, Daisy is a suspense filled drama that borders on suspicion of infidelity and trust.

Daisy tells the story of a girl in her twenties that seems not to have any trait of either parent.

According to the movie Director, Bond Emeruwa, Daisy is a result of creativity, borne out of a long thought for a movie that would teach viewers lessons contemporary in our society and also become an evergreen movie that will stand the test of time.

The turnout at the event was impressive as it provided the occasion for the showcase of the best of Nollywood stars and producers including: Chioma Chukwuka Akpota, Desmond Elliot, Chico Ejiro, Fidelis Duka, Saint Obi, Emeka Ossai among others.

The Rio+20 event `Green Innovation in Tourism´, co-hosted by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), and the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) with the support of the Brazilian Ministry of Tourism and the UNWTO Affiliate Member CNC-SESC-SENAC gathered 300 international tourism experts.

“The definition of competitiveness in tourism is closely linked with three objectives: development, inclusion and conservation,” said the Minister of Tourism of Brazil, Gastão Dias Vieira, opening the `Green Innovation in Tourism´ event. “There can be no economic growth in tourism without sustainability, without conservation of natural resources and without incentives to citizenship”.

The event highlighted that shifts in tourism practices can produce major benefits, stimulating change towards greater sustainability within the tourism supply chain and other sectors. Presentations demonstrated that an increased focus on sustainability – in particular, green innovation, can lead to more jobs and reduce environmental impacts, cutting costs and increasing competitive advantages for companies and destinations while enhancing the visitor experience.

Despite significant progress, obstacles to innovation remain, including lack of awareness among tourists – many unwilling to pay a premium price for a sustainable holiday experience; business information gaps on the perceived investment costs; limited access to finance by micro and medium sized enterprises or lack of policy integration across key sectors, such as tourism, transport, energy and environment.

Alain Dupeyras, Head of the Tourism Unit, OECD Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs and Local Development, said “A more strategic approach to fostering green innovation in tourism will require greater horizontal and vertical policy co-ordination, for example, to improve access to finance that supports the green innovation efforts of small and medium enterprises”.

“Being green is often associated with increased costs for businesses. However, the essence of innovation is to identify least cost opportunities and solutions, decoupling tourism growth from resource use and environmental impacts and using resources more efficiently. Green innovation in tourism can improve existing business models, leading to positive results to companies, customers, public authorities and local communities through job creation and better living conditions as well as the housing ecosystems” said Arab Hoballah, UNEP Chief of Sustainable Consumption and Production Branch.

“The innovations we have seen today are concrete examples of how, with the appropriate investment, tourism can become even more profitable, labor-intensive and environmentally-friendly,” said Márcio Favilla, UNWTO Executive Director for Competitiveness, External Relations and Partnerships. “With one billion international tourists expected to travel in 2012, it is more important than ever that we support green innovation as a catalyst of tourism’s sustainable growth.”

Fresh initiatives, greater focus, and an increasing awareness that responsible tourism should top the industry agenda, have all contributed to the success of World Travel Market (WTM) World Responsible Tourism Day (WRTD), in association with the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).

The next WTM World Responsible Tourism Day is scheduled for Wednesday, November 7, at ExCeL London.

Responsible tourism events are planned for Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, November 6, 7 and 8, although the main attention will be on the actual day.

Now in its sixth year and building on 20 years of pioneering work to establish responsible tourism as an essential part of the industry’s strategic approach, WTM World Responsible Tourism Day is going from strength to strength. The aim is to educate, motivate, and inspire the industry to carry out year-round responsible tourism activity.

“We were always in this for the long haul, and I’m delighted that responsible tourism is gradually gaining ground within every quarter of the industry,” said Fiona Jeffery OBE, Chairman of World Travel Market.

An opening ceremony will be held on the morning of WTM World Responsible Tourism Day with keynote speeches, debates, seminars, as well as the presentation of Virgin Holidays Responsible Travel Awards, organized by in partnership with World Travel Market, Metro, the International Centre for Responsible Tourism (ICRT), and Geographical.

Responsible tourism themes this year include: Wildlife and Conservation, Catering for People with Disabilities, Tourism and Child Protection, Responsible Tourism Progress, Activity Tourism, and Responsible Volunteering.

Companies, organizations, and individuals throughout the world will also be highlighting the day with their own activities such as press conferences, trade fairs, clean-up operations, consumer promotions, and competitions.

More than 100 companies have already applied to use the official 2012 WTM World Responsible Tourism Day logo on their marketing, sales, and PR material, and 70 have been approved so far. Official logo users receive valuable international profiling benefits.

WTM Speakers’ Corner is a new free initiative offering delegates the opportunity to speak out, outline their own responsible tourism activity, and even voice controversial opinions about the industry, environment, and sustainability.

The two distinctive WTM Speakers’ Corners with their traditional “soapbox” to stand on and microphone will be situated at ExCel’s popular cafes in the North and South of the venue. Each slot will be well publicized prior to World Travel Market in its global communications campaign, as well as on the website and at ExCeL.

“WTM Speakers Corner meets the growing demand of delegates who wish to speak at one of the responsible tourism seminars or debates,” said Jeffery, “Unfortunately, because the WTM WRTD program has become so well supported, there are always more people willing to participate than places available.”

WTM Speakers’ Corner is named after the time-honoured tradition of allowing public free speech in the UK, which has been copied in many other parts of the world. The most famous Speakers’ Corner is at London’s Hyde Park, where every weekend, crowds gather to hear speakers.

In addition, Spotlight, WTM World Responsible Tourism Day’s own annual colour magazine, is also spreading it’s “wings.”

Until now, Spotlight has only been available once a year, but it is now being launched online as a monthly feature with relevant pictures and videos. The features, written by professional journalists with particular interest or past experience of an area or region, will be accompanied by stunning pictures and film.

The aim of Spotlight is to recognize the unsung champions of responsible tourism who quietly work away at responsible tourism without recognition. “While there’s undoubtedly amazing work being carried out throughout the world as we showcase in Spotlight, there’s still much more to be done,” added Jeffery.

The G20 world leaders have, for the first time, recognized the importance of travel and tourism as a driver of jobs, growth, and economic recovery.

The Group of Twenty Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors (also known as the G-20) as the name suggests is a made up of finance ministers and central bank governors from 20 major economies: 19 countries plus the European Union, which is represented by the President of the European Council and by the European Central Bank.

“We recognize the role of travel and tourism as a vehicle for job creation, economic growth, and development, and, while recognizing the sovereign right of States to control the entry of foreign nationals, we will work towards developing travel facilitation initiatives in support of job creation, quality work, poverty reduction, and global growth,” stated the Leaders’ Declaration from the annual meeting of the G20 in Los Cabos, Mexico, which held from between June 18 to 19.

This is the first time that travel and tourism has been included in the G20 Leaders’ Declaration and is the culmination of long-term efforts by the industry, led by the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) and United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), to encourage world leaders to see the potential of travel and tourism to create millions of new jobs and billions of dollars of GDP.

According to WTTC, the industry directly will contribute US$2 trillion in GDP and 100 million jobs to the global economy in 2012. When the wider economic impacts of the industry are taken into account, travel and tourism is forecast to contribute some US$6.5 trillion to the global economy and generate 260 million jobs – or 1 in 12 of all jobs on the planet.

Research by UNWTO and WTTC, released at the T20 Ministers Meeting last May, showed that the G20 could boost their international tourist numbers by an additional 122 million, generate an extra US$206 billion in tourism exports and create over 5 million additional jobs by 2015 by improving visa processes and entry formalities. Findings showed that of the 656 million international tourists who visited G20 countries in 2011, an estimated 110 million needed a visa, many of whom were deterred from traveling by the cost, waiting time, and difficulty of obtaining a visa. Facilitating visas for these tourists, many from some of the world’s fastest-growing source markets such as the BRICs, could stimulate demand, spending, and ultimately create millions of new jobs in the G20 economies.

Speaking after the publication of the G20 Leaders’ Declaration, UNWTO Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai, and WTTC President and CEO, David Scowsill, said: “We commend the G20 world leaders for recognizing the importance of travel and tourism as a driver of economic growth and job creation for the first time and stand ready to support all efforts by the G20 countries in this respect. This is a significant success for the industry, facilitated by the relationship between our two organizations and widely supported throughout the industry. By facilitating visas, the G20 countries stand to gain 5 million jobs at a time of rampant unemployment across the world. These are in addition to the hundreds of millions of direct and indirect jobs already being supported every day by the sector.”

Johannesburg will be the second most visited destination city in Africa, with a projected 2.5 million international visitors expected to enter the city in 2012, according to the latest MasterCard Global Destination Cities Index.

In addition, international visitors are projected to spend more while visiting Johannesburg than any other destination city on the continent, with US$3.3billion estimated to be injected into the city during 2012, an increase of 8.1 per cent on 2011’s figures.

Thirteen African cities were ranked within the 132 cities including Cairo, Johannesburg, Casablanca, Accra, Nairobi, Beira, Cape Town, Dakar, Durban, Kampala, Lagos, Maputo, and Tunis.

Ahead of Johannesburg in terms of visitor numbers, and taking the top position in Africa, is Cairo with 3.3-million visitors expected in 2012, while Casablanca, with an anticipated 2.1-million visitors, is third.

“This is the second instalment of this MasterCard Index, which is used as a barometer for understanding the global economy and the dynamic flow of commerce across the world,” said Dries Zietsman, country manager, MasterCard Worldwide, South Africa. “The Index ranks 132 global cities by their total international visitor arrivals and the cross-border spending by visitors in the destination cities. It also forecasts visitor and passenger growth for 2012.”

Looking at international visitor expenditure in the African cities surveyed for 2012; Cairo takes second place after Johannesburg, with the city expecting to attract US$3-billion (about R25.2-billion $/R8.43) in cross-border spend followed by Casablanca at US$1.9 billion.

The three cities where most visitors to Johannesburg originate from are London (328, 000 people), Frankfurt (196, 000 people) and Dubai (166, 500 people). Combined, these visitors are expected to inject US$975-million into the city’s economy in terms of cross-border spend during 2012.

In more detail, Londoners are expected to spend US$638-million during 2012 (an average of US$1, 945 per person), those from Frankfurt will spend US$182million (an average US$929 per person) while Dubai visitors will spend US$155million (an average of US$930 per person).

Interestingly, 143, 000 visitors are expected to travel to Johannesburg from Paris, however they will spend an anticipated US$332-million in the city during 2012, a substantial amount compared to visitor numbers and an average of US$2 320 per person, the highest average spend per person of all visitor

“The Index also reveals the destination cities where those from Johannesburg are travelling to, and it was found that in most cases they are opting for African destinations before they travel overseas,” said Zietsman. “Four of the top five outbound destinations for Johannesburg travellers are within Africa. Windhoek and Nairobi are the top two outbound travel destinations; London comes in third, followed by Harare and Luanda.”

In addition to Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town were also surveyed. The Index reveals that Durban will be the fastest growing city in Africa for both visitor numbers and expenditure, and is predicted to be the second fastest growing city of all the 132 cities surveyed worldwide, with a projected 33.3 per cent growth in the number of international visitors and 41.3 per cent in visitor expenditure in 2012, albeit off a low base.

Looking at Cape Town, the majority of international visitors to the Mother City are from London, with 185 000 visitors expected to spend US$361 million throughout the year. This is followed by 127 500 travellers from Dubai spending US$118 million, and 76,000 visitors from Amsterdam spending US$68 million.

In 2011, Tripadvisor, an influential online travel website, named Cape Town as the world’s top holiday destination, which led to British Airways using bigger planes on this route to increase capacity, as well as increasing its weekly flight schedule.

“Cape Town is popular with many travellers because of the wide-range of experiences it offers visitors, from surfing and sailing, mountain climbing and beaches, to its wine farms and world-renowned fine-dining establishments,” said Zietsman. “Its World Heritage Sites, magnificent natural surrounds and superior shopping opportunities add to its irresistible appeal.”

London topped the world’s cities by visitor numbers globally for the second consecutive year. Its number one ranking is based on a predicted uplift of international visitor numbers by 1.1 per cent to a record 16.9 million. Paris, in second position, expects 16 million inbound passengers. Making up the rest of the top five global destination cities are Bangkok (12.2 million visitors), Singapore (11.8 million visitors) and Istanbul (11.6 million visitors).

Surprisingly, no US cities made the top 10 by visitor arrivals, with New York the first city to achieve a ranking at 13th spot, with 7.6 million inbound passengers expected.

London also ranked first in cross-border expenditure, ahead of New York in second place, with estimated spend in these cities for 2012 amounting to US$21.1 billion and US$19.4 billion respectively. Bangkok, Paris and Singapore make up the rest of the top five with visitor expenditure at US$19.3 billion, US$17.8 billion and US$12.7 billion to be spent in 2012 respectively.

While cities in Europe and the United States still ranked highly on the Index, Dr. Yuwa Hedrick-Wong, global economic advisor for MasterCard Worldwide and author of the report, said that the number of emerging market Asian cities featuring in the top ten global destination cities on the Index showed Asia’s growing role in the global economy.”

“In addition, cities in Africa are also showing strong growth. Tunis, after the political upheaval in early 2011, is expected to show growth of 19.8 per cent in visitor spend with an increase in visitor numbers of 17.7 per cent. Nairobi also expects double figure growth; a 10 per cent growth in visitor spend is expected off a 16.7 per cent growth in visitor expenditure. Cairo, in spite of ongoing turmoil in Egypt, expects an 8.4 per cent growth in spend off an 8.3 per cent growth in visitor numbers,” explained Dr. Hedrick-Wong.

“In spite of the ups and downs of the business cycle, the overall pattern is clear: cross-border travel by air is a resilient trend that is embraced by a growing number of people across Africa, underpinned by visitors’ robust willingness and capacity to spend,” he concluded.

Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC), Sunday, in Abuja said the country needed more than N3 billion to classify hotels in the country.

Director General of the corporation, Otunba Olusegun Runsewe, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that classification of hotels was an international matter that required lot of money to embark on.

“To classify and grade hotel is not just a one-off thing. It is not a local government thing. It is an international thing where your invite the body responsible for classification to come and study the hotels before classifying them.

“They have to live in the hotels for months without your knowledge to observe all the activities going on in the hotel to give their judgment.

“You have to pay for their transportation, lodging and feeding for the period they have to stay in your country to study the hotels and all this entails a lot of money,’’ he said.

Runsewe, who, however, noted that government was working toward the classification of hotels that would assist in boosting the tourism industry, said that the corporation was equally working to reduce crime and fraud in the industry, adding that some persons who claimed to be tour operators were fakes.

“I am trying to introduce bio-metric system in tourism. We want to do bio-metric so that we have information of every staff working in the hospitality industry.

“This is the practice all over the world. Regulations in the hotels are new to Nigerians but we must start and push to get things right. We are making people to understand it must happen,’’ he said.

Runsewe who also called on state government to be committed to the development of tourism sites in their state to create jobs, increase internally generated revenue and boost tourism, said that if states are committed to the development of tourism in their state, it would go a long way to bring development at the centre.

He said that the corporation was committed to the development of tourism and cultural festivals, adding that NTDC was supporting more than 150 festivals across the country.

In a related development, Area Manager (West Africa) for Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc., and General Manager, Sheraton Lagos Hotels, Mr. Alex Gassauer, has maintained that the process hotel classification and grading anywhere in the world remains subjective and totally dependent on the hotel guest.

Gassauer who was addressing a media conference inside the Four Points by Sheraton, Lekki, Lagos, recently to formally announce the signing of an agreement for a new hotel in Benin City, the Edo State capital to be flagged by Starwood under its Four Points by Sheraton brand.

Starwood currently operates five hotels in Nigeria, including Le Méridien Ogeyi Place, Le Méridien Ibom Hotel & Golf Resort, Sheraton Lagos, Sheraton Abuja and Four Points by Sheraton Lagos. Le Méridien Ikoyi Towers will open in December 2013.

The event also served as platform to officially introduce the newly-appointed General Manager of the Four Points, Lekki, Austrian-born Mr. Christian Tomandl, who replaces the pioneer General Manager, Mr. Peer-Christian Fritz, the Swiss national who had served since the hotel’s opening in the fourth quarter of 2010.

Maintaining that the regulation and grading may still be necessary, Gassauer stressed that present economics of hotel administration relies strongly on guests’ opinion and grading, as, according, to him, it is the guest who ultimately decides if a hotel’s grading is appropriate.

“This is my personal opinion, the whole practice of grading and classification in today’s hotel business seems no longer necessary because it is now the guests who decide if a hotel is truly it claims to be in terms of its rating. If you say your hotel if 5-star and the guests come and don’t get a 5-star treatment, then expect that they’ll take to the social media and run you down. And it is so because the social media today is a strong influence in business in the hospitality industry,” Gassauer.

The travel and tourism industry must act together and speak with one voice to create a green future, according to Helen Marano, the Vice President of Government and Industry Affairs at the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) at the just-concluded Rio+20 Summit in Brazil.

WTTC, which runs the industry-leading Tourism for Tomorrow Awards each year, recognizes that the business imperative for sustainability is no longer deniable; that companies are moving beyond focusing on cost-saving efficiencies to adopting a new sustainable business equation, which balances “people, planet and profits.”

Marano, who moderating a panel discussion at the “Tourism for Tomorrow’s Green Economy” event, Monday, during the UN Global Compact Corporate Sustainability Forum, said that more needs to be done across sectors and across borders

“Although the industry has gone quite a long way in moving towards more sustainable approaches, we still need to work on mainstreaming sustainability. And as a leading global industry, we are well placed to raise the bar further.

“The industry’s core products are substantially linked to the preservation of natural resources, cultural heritage, and people. Travel and tourism, as one of the world’s fastest-growing industries, generates more than 9 percent of global GDP, supports 255 million jobs, and continues to grow by around 4 percent a year. The industry, therefore, has the global opportunity but also the responsibility to show leadership – and steer green growth.

“We need to focus on a sustainable long-term future and facilitate transparency and accountability within the industry by developing common industry approaches to common problems such as the WTTC/International Tourism Partnership Hotel Carbon Measurement Initiative launched last week. This initiative is a powerful example of industry collaboration where the 23 leading hotels worked together to develop a common methodology to measure and communicate carbon emissions for a meeting and hotel stay. The industry needs to encourage innovative partnerships like this, as well as foster entrepreneurship opportunities and innovative thinking which promote sustainable solutions.

“[The] travel and tourism industry must seek and foster collaborations at all levels, especially with the public sector. We need to present ‘one voice’ on sustainability issues, especially in the national and international policy arena, and work with each other and governments to achieve mutually beneficial goals,” she summed up.

World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC), and the International Tourism Partnership (ITP) in collaboration with 23 leading global hospitality companies, Tuesday, launched a methodology to calculate and communicate the carbon footprint of hotel stays and meetings in a consistent and transparent way.

The groups which said they saw an opportunity to improve how the hotel industry communicates its impacts, stressed that because current approaches to measuring and reporting on carbon emissions varied widely, the situation can lead to confusion among consumers, particularly corporate clients, looking to understand their own potential carbon footprint and meet their own goals/targets in this area.

In addition, they maintained, the number of methodologies and tools in use make transparency of reporting within the hotel industry difficult to achieve.

The Hotel Carbon Measurement Initiative (HCMI) Working Group, comprises hotel members within ITP and WTTC, was formed in early 2011 at the request of member companies to devise a unified methodology based on available data to address inconsistencies in hotel companies’ approaches.

The methodology, named “HCMI 1.0,” is a consolidated move, led by the hotel industry, to establish a global standardized approach to this common problem for the hotel sector and its corporate customer base.

The methodology, informed by the GHG Protocol Standards, was first developed in 2011 and has since been tested in hotels of different style and size in different geographical locations and refined through a stakeholder engagement process, with input from consultants KPMG. It has also been reviewed by the World Resources Institute.

HCMI demonstrates how effective collaboration can provide solutions which benefit customers, individual companies, and wider industry. Through common measurement and language, stakeholders will now be able to greater understand their footprints and impacts.

“WTTC has long been advocating that industry speaks with ‘one voice.’ Through this initiative, we have seen major hotel companies come together to agree to a means of communicating carbon impacts, which ultimately will result in more transparency and clarity for the consumer. HCMI has broken new ground in its industry-driven approach, and I congratulate the companies involved on their leadership in ensuring this important initiative comes to fruition. We expect this industry-common language to be widely used within the next two years,” said Mr. David Scowsill, President and CEO of WTTC.

Stephen Farrant, Director of ITP, said: “This has been a model of competitive collaboration that may serve as a useful template for other industry sectors to learn from in addressing the challenges of carbon management. It is inspiring to see so many leading hotel companies across the industry working together over so many months to make this unique and ground-breaking initiative a reality.”

Yvo de Boer, KPMG Special Global Advisor, Climate Change & Sustainability, added, “Carbon measurement is one of the key challenges of our time, and the myriad of systems to measure and report carbon usage, particularly in the hotel sector, results in confusion and scepticism among consumers. This initiative to ensure that hotels are aligned in their approach to carbon measurement is a vital step in addressing the challenge.”

The Working Group is comprised of leading international hotel companies such as Accor, Beijing Tourism Group, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, Diamond Resorts International, Fairmont Hotels and Resorts, Hilton Worldwide, Hong Kong & Shanghai Hotels, Hyatt Corporation, InterContinental Hotels Group, Jumeirah Group, Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group, Marriott International Inc, Meliá Hotels International, MGM Resorts International, Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts, Orient-Express Hotels Ltd., Pan Pacific Hotel Group, Premier Inn – Whitbread Group, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc., Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts, The Red Carnation Hotel Collection, TUI AG, and Wyndham Worldwide.

The priority for the Hotel Carbon Measurement Initiative moving forward will be to maximize the take up and recognition of the methodology by a broader range of hotels and their customers. A review process has been put in place to ensure the methodology may be further refined as user feedback and new research come to light.

Segun Olusola passes on at 77

Posted: June 22, 2012 in arts/culture

Culture aficionado and the patriarch of Nigerian culture, Chief Segun Olusola passed on Thursday June 21,. A hyperactive culture activist, he suffered a brief illness.  Born March 18, 1935, and living a life full of activities in the entire culture sector and other branches of endeavour, he passed on at 77.

Chief Segun Olusola will be remembered from four fronts. First is the Arts and Culture (he was an actor, playwright and a founding member of The Players of the Dawn, an amateur theatre outfit that held sway until 1959, prior to the emergence of the 1960 Masks, a more professional theatre outfit established by Prof. Wole Soyinkna. He was an art connoisseur whose family gallery, Ajibulu-Moniya Gallery transformed into a full-blown commercial gallery open to public to date.

In Broadcasting, he became the first African television broadcaster when television debuted in Africa with its first transmission in Nigeria at the WNTV, Ibadan in 1959. In Diplomacy, he was the longest-serving Ambassador of Nigeria to Ethiopia (1987 – 1993).

He was reputed as a Culture Ambassador who employed the instrumentalities and functionalities of arts and culture to drive Diplomacy. In Humanitarian circle, he was moved by his experiences as a diplomat when he dealt with many critical refugee issues, to eventually found the African Refugees Foundation in 1993 shortly after his service as Ambassador.

He is survived by his wife, Chief Mrs. Beatrice Fehintola Olusola; his children: Ms. Aderonke Ajibulu-Moniya, Mr, Jimi Olusola III, Mrs.Toyin Laditi, Mr. Sabitu Olusola, Mrs. Toyin Adejumo and Mr. Samuel Olusola; his immediate younger sister, Chief Mrs. Biodun Kehinde and others.

Burial arrangement will soon be announced by the family.