The organiser of Akwaaba African Travel Market, Mr Ikechi Uko have honoured The Oba of Benin, Omo N’Oba N’Edo Uku Akpolokpolo, Ewuare II with the Africa Travel 100 Global Personalities Award in recognition of his cultural and historical upstanding. The award was presented to him at his palace during the just concluded National Festival of Arts and Culture (NAFEST) in Benin City, Edo State. Oba Ewuare II who is the custodian of all Benin Heritage,the Benin Moat and Igue Festival becomes the third monarch to win the award after the Ooni of Ife Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi and the Oba of Badagry. The presentation was done with the support of the DG of NCAC Otunba Segun Runsewe.
The Africa Travel 100 Awards is part of the Annual Africa Travel Awards that is now in her 18th year. It has recognized over the years leaders, industry practitioners, and the government officials who have promoted tourism and improved travel using unique platforms and new information in Africa. In 2017 it hosted the Top100 Travel awards for Women in Tourism and in 2018 the Top 100 African Tour Operators. The awards were presented to winners at the 15th Akwaaba African Travel Market that was held at Eko Hotel and Suites in Lagos on the 23rd of September. Other notable winners of the award are former Tourism Minister of Seychelles, Alain St. Ange, Chief Mike Amachree, Oscar Ibru, Mayor of Addis Ababa and Jamaican Tourism Minister, Edmund Barlett.