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Is Tarkwa Bay worth the Hype?

If you live in Lagos, lived in Lagos, or studied at the University of Lagos; there is no way you wouldn’t have heard of Tarkwa Bay.

Lagos is famous for its beaches (of course, most of the island is reclaimed land), and there are a number of them to have a group or private beach hangout . But Tarkwa Bay is one of the most talked about.

Like me, you might have stayed in Lagos for a long time, but never had the chance to visit the beach. So, it was made a destination point by a number of my friends to spend a day at.

What to Expect 

One of the most fun parts of the experience for me was the boat ride. I had never been on any waterborne vessel and it was a treat. 

There is no need for nerves. Asides from my ungraceful ascent into the boat, and squealing at the initial rocking, everything went without a hitch. 

 

It was miles and miles of faultless aquamarine waves that gave the feeling like you could walk on it as the boat glided through the ocean.

There were plants of different varieties floating on the surface of the ocean, interspaced with clear waters and other waterborne vessels. It was a special delight to look at the buildings from the water.

All in all, it felt like riding a bus with a marine view.

What Tarkwa Bay was like

Upon descent, we had to pay a gate fee of 300 naira before we were let in. As beaches go in Lagos, that was really cheap.

There are rows of wooden cabanas facing the beach. The lean-in chairs were the perfect touch for a beach vibe. It looked like the picture of a beach out of a book: shirtless men playing volleyball, people taking dips and pictures in the ocean, and mellow music.

The cabanas cost a thousand naira per head, so depending on the number of people taking one, the price could be split.

Photo Cred: Cassie Davies

You are allowed to take your food and drinks without question, but there are available spots to get a variety of food from chicken and chips, barbecue fish, jollof rice, and lots more. 

We brought our own food and drinks for games and chills.

Some available activities are horse riding and quad bike rides.

What I felt

Unlike other beaches I have visited in Lagos, Tarkwa Bay was quite unimpressive. The sand was more solid than the loose feel you get off other beaches in Lagos. There were a lot of seaweeds and plants on the shore that made it look quite unappealing.

It wasn’t too crowded and there was enough room to settle in; the flipside was that it made it feel like a ghost town-like there was something missing.

The waves weren’t massive which made for a less exciting watch.

But in all, the environment made for better bonding, and it was a trip I was especially glad I made with my friends, if for no other reason, for the boat trip and cruise. 

Valentine on a Budget

The time of the month is approaching: the one lovebirds have marked and started anticipating since Mid-January.

The time of the month puts us in our best behaviors so the surprise that comes on that day is not a lack of surprise. The time of the month that isn’t a holiday, but might as well be with the fervor of energy it brings. Of course, we are talking about Valentine’s Day – the season of love.

Every year, it seems like a war is waged where packages, getaways, dinners, and gift items for Valentine’s compete to see which will be the most highly-priced. Recently, it feels like the day has become a project one has to save up for months to achieve.

But, no more! Love is meant to be expressed, and there are many budget-friendly ways to echo the words your heart feels to your loved ones, be it a significant other, close friend, or family member. 

 

Breakfast in Bed

You don’t have to be a participant in Top Chef to pull this off. Breakfast is one of the easiest meals to make. You just have to get creative with it and make splashes of red in all you do.

Heart-shaped pancakes, strawberry dips, red wine, store-bought muffins, and a love note is a step in the right direction. 

To make it more heartfelt, it would not be a bad idea to time it with your loved one’s wake-up routine. You can sneak back to bed, and watch their reaction when they see the spread waiting for them.

 

Picnic on the Beach

Recommendation: For a more romantic setup, the most preferred time is late in the evening when the glow of the tealights or candles is able to cast that haze of softness over everything.

Grab a blanket, with a spread full of your favourite dishes, and feel the salt air weave over your skin while you clink wine glasses.

The beach is the perfect location but you could use your backyard, or somewhere you have favourite memories in.

 

Dinner Date

This has to make the list. Although some dinner dates can be expensive, there are some affordable restaurants if you do the research and make reservations beforehand. 

It doesn’t have to be a Valentine-themed dinner reservation. It is, however, the perfect excuse to dress up. Wherever you choose, you get to nurture the first date feelings while you pick outfits specially for your loved one.

You can also recreate the experience at home. But make sure to dress up for it, and keep dinner lights dim to make a romantic atmosphere. 

 

Shows and Concerts

Some artists have shows, album listens, and mini-concerts curated for Valentine’s Day. It is even better when it is an artist you both love, or has a number of love songs you can hum together while you revel in the moment.

In Nigeria, John Drille, who is famed for love songs, has an album listening for Valentine’s. 

 

Personalized Gifts

You don’t have to break the bank to get gifts for your loved ones. It is the thought that counts. 

Pay more attention, and pick up hints for what he/she really loves or has wanted to get for a while; have it engraved with their initials, or simply put a smile on their face by handing it to them. Personalized gifts make for a more appreciated gift item.

 

Group Activities 

The more, the merrier…and cheaper. Many restaurants or spots offer discounts for groups. You could plan a group wine tasting, paint and sip, picnic, karaoke, and many more. The list of activities to choose from is endless.

To make it fun, everyone can invite their significant other or close friend. This keeps the number even and vibes positive. With this, it doesn’t matter where you go, you are sure to have a fun experience at a discounted rate.

It is the feeling you need to express. We show love every day, and in many ways, but take this time out this year. Tuck your kids in bed early, pamper yourself at the spa, bake something to be shared. Enjoy the season of love.

 

Is Green Africa the cheapest airline in Nigeria?

   

 

It may have been challenging for other airlines in the Nigerian aviation industry as Green Africa Airways announced launching its much awaited airline services in June 24th, 2021, with flight tickets available for purchase by the public for as low as ₦16,500. Considering the negative effect of covid-19 vividly affecting the progress of other airlines in the country, the industry’s newcomer, Green Africa choose a perfect time to hit the Nigerian aviation world, stand out and make a glaring difference. 

 

They were offering to carry passengers almost less than half the amount other local airlines were conveying their passengers! Destinations routes included Abuja, Akure, Enugu, Ilorin, Lagos, Owerri and Port Harcourt. 

The CEO of Green Africa Airways, Babawande Afolabi,  made it clear that one of the main areas of concentration was to focus on the economic interest of it’s customers and provide low cost fares for passengers. 

“We are crafting a network plan that will afford more customers the opportunity to pursue their economic interest or simply spend more time with family and friends,” Afolabi said while announcing the new route.

     

However, months later along the line, after kicking off operations and bringing in fresh competition to the aviation industry in Nigeria, industry experts argue that Green Africa Airways is by far not the cheapest airline in Nigeria. 

Aviation professional analysts suggests that when airlines charge less than  ₦40,000 per passenger, there would be a loss in operational costs of the airline which is risky, as aviation fuel is estimated to cost about  ₦220 per litre and a whooping amount of 8000 litres ( ₦1.7 million)  or more is needed to operate a one way local flight route! 

An unhappy passenger simply identified as Wanger Barnabas Akaazua, stated “If anyone told you this airline is cheap then they don’t know the truth about this airline. They’ve painted a picture that they’re affordable but in the actual sense they are one of the most expensive,” he stated.

 Akaazua lamented that there are so many hidden charges that are only revealed at the counter and not included anywhere on their website.

“What they don’t tell you is that you are entitled to only 7kg (both hand luggage and baggage). So, for every extra 1kg you pay N600.

“Imagine travelling with your family. For a flight of N25,000 I was made to pay an extra N10,000. Even hand luggage is weighed. How will I pay N25,000 and be entitled to only 7kg? That’s how I ended up paying N35,500 when Air Peace was N30,000,” the passenger complained. 

There are three types of economy class on the Green Africa Airways, which are the gSaver,  gClassic and gFlex.  The prices of these ticket types differ on baggage allowance. Passengers’ flight fares vary based on the amount of luggage they carry. 

The gSaver flyer enjoys 7kg hand luggage, the gClassic flyer enjoys all the benefits of the gSaver ticket plus an additional 15kg checked in luggage while the gFlex passengers has access to 7k hand luggage, 15kg checked in luggage, free seat selection, free online check-in and flight ticket changes at no additional fee.

 

Beach Activities to Try Today

There is much to do on the beach than breathe the healing air or bite into savory food options. The seaside is a fun place to spend time in, and that is why many people like to take relaxing trips to the beach. 

We know a lot about the numerous benefits that come with spending time on the beach, but the next time you find yourself there, try out these activities to create a more fulfilling experience.

 

  • Paintball

Some beaches in Lagos, like Landmark Beach and Elegushi beach, have outfits in them where you can have a battle with paintballs. Teams covered in protective gears of different colours try to overpower each other by shooting paintball guns in a charted obstacle course. 

Paintball at Landmark Beach

The loose sand on the beach makes for softer cushions to fall, and the natural cool air from the ocean gives a more soothing feel. It’s fun with a view too!

A paintball war is an activity you should go to the beach for.

 

  •  Quad Bike Riding

If you have James Bond tendencies you are waiting to unleash, quad biking is an activity for you to experience on the beach. Quad bikes are ideal for less accessible roads, and the beach’s sand structure places it in this category.

Photo Credit: Tripadvisor

You can feel the wind and salt spray on the skin while you rev the engine up. If you do not have experience riding a quad bike, you can also take tutorials before going on a test drive on the beach.

 

  • Horseback Riding

It is easy to understand how horse riding is an Olympic sport when you feel the thrill that comes with it. It’s not like driving a car or a bike, it is a different feeling of powerful muscles moving you from one location to another. If you aren’t nervous, you would have time to marvel at the strength of a horse.

Photo Credit: Lola Akinmade

Horseback riding is particularly fun on the beach because there is enough room to enjoy the ride without feeling awkward as there would be others to share this experience with you. Most beaches in Nigeria have horseback riding as one of the main attractions.

 

  • Beach Football

Football is one sport that seems to connect all men regardless of age while females tend to stick to sports like Volleyball. Whatever your preferred sport, the seaside is the perfect location to engage in it as a group.

The seafront breeds friends out of us all. Don’t be surprised when people you have no connection to decide to jump in the sport being played. It is all part of the beach experience.

 

  • Building Sandcastles

Contrary to popular belief, sandcastles are not for children alone. You wouldn’t understand how tricky it is to build a structure out of sea sand and saltwater with buckets and plastic shovels as your only tools till you try it. 

It is an activity that requires a bit of strategy and the reward pays out when you see your glorious structure standing proud and tall. Throw in added excitement by making a competition out of it, and you’ll see just how much fun one can have building castles with your knee-deep in sand.

 

6 Restaurants in Lagos to Reserve Today

The Coronavirus outbreak resulted in the lockdown of restaurants and a careful re-opening, making us think carefully about our movement to certain places. You wouldn’t want to get to a restaurant and find it filled to its maximum capacity. As people stretch their limbs to explore more after being cooped up, it is smart to ensure places you intend to visit can accommodate you. 

Another thing the pandemic did is make restaurants acclimate faster to the digital environment. Restaurants offer contactless deliveries for orders placed via online platforms, and many offer reservations to track capacity in a bid to enforce social distancing. 

While you plan a get-together with your friends for food and drinks, note these restaurants in Lagos offer online or call-in reservation options.

 

  1. Hard Rock Cafe
source: Travel Landers

If you like a mix of great cuisine, live music events, and a calming ambiance for the little ones (if you have any), Hard Rock Cafe is a perfect fit.  You can make table reservations via a contact number on their website; or make inquiries about other services they offer without being in their outlet physically.

Ease the stress of the day with Happy Hour.

 

2. Cactus 

The sweet tooth has a home in Cactus. From pastry like macaroons and croissants, ice cream in different flavors, gluten-free and vegan options to vegetarian meals, Cactus covers this all. With a great view to add to the list, this is one restaurant you should make an online reservation for before you leave your home.

 

3. Ocean Basket

source: Trip Advisor

Ocean Basket has outlets in Lagos Mainland and Island where they serve a gourmet of seafood and other Mediterranean dishes. If you don’t want to place an order for takeaway or delivery, you can always make reservations to dine in and enjoy the treats of the Sea.

 

4. The Grid Restaurant and Winery

The Grid Restaurant is a hub for African dishes. They also have a selection of continental dishes as well as an extensive drink menu. With murals depicting the Lagos environs and Nigerian Art, the ambiance is satisfactorily cozy. 

For safety reasons, The Grid Restaurant requires making reservations first. It is also open for order deliveries.

 

5. Samantha’s Bistro & Grill

source: Cassie Davies

When we talk about reservations opening doors, Samatha’s Bistro & Grill is high on this list. Her doors are open daily only by making reservations which can be done via their website. 

Meals from Nigerian, Italian, and French cuisines are prepared fresh; this gives you a wide range of options to choose from. Samantha’s Bistro & Grills also has a food delivery system.

 

6. Maison Eric Kayser

With dine-in, takeouts, and reservations available in Eric Kayser, you have the luxury of planning for a magnificent time here in whatever way you prefer. Eric Kayser is both a cafe and a restaurant and the menu spans from hot chocolate and ice cream to lasagna and other pasta dishes. It also has both indoor and outdoor dining options.

 

Lagos Marriott Hotel Ikeja, now open.

The wait was definitely worth the while, as the newly constructed Lagos Marriott Hotel Ikeja, officially opens its doors to the public!

 

 Setting an almost unbeatable standard in the Nigerian hospitality industry, Lagos Marriott Hotel Ikeja stands out with 206 guest rooms and 44 suites, inclusive in all rooms are 55′ inches smart televisions, complimentary WiFi, exceptional Marriott luxury bedding, and many more amenities. 

Marriott brand, making a debut in Nigeria will definitely remain a lucrative move considering the population and level of travel in the country. Also, the location of the hotel is the heartbeat of Lagos making it close and accessible to a wide range of individuals.

 

The newly built hotel also has specially designed amenities for it’s guests including the Great room, the M Club for elite club members, a luxury spa, a fitness center, and an outdoor swimming pool, making it perfect for business and leisure and the modern-day travellers.  

Volker Heiden, the Marriott International – Sub Saharan Africa area vice-president stated: “We are excited to have opened the Lagos Marriott Hotel Ikeja, bringing ‘Marriott Hotels’ transformed vision to Nigeria.”

 

“Lagos is a vibrant and bustling city with much to see and do for leisure and business travellers.

 

“What better place to debut the Marriott Hotels brand in Nigeria with its thoughtful service and intuitive spaces that enable guests to be inspired during their stay.”

Marriott brand has a whooping 580 Hotels and resorts in over 60 countries across the world! The Marriott brand is of USA origin and is among one of the most popular hospitality brands in the world presently. 

Popina fine-dining restaurant of Ebonylife place is back!

Exciting news for Lagosians as Ebonylife Place located in Victoria Island, Lagos, well known as the classy multi-purpose event venue has reopened it’s luxury dining restaurant, Popina.

Popina fine-dining restaurant is one of a kind and will continue to have the attention of gourmet lovers! It was temporarily shut down on 19th March 2020 to comply with covid 19 precautionary measures and ensure customer safety.

 

Now life is slowly returning to normal and having fewer covid-19 cases, Popina fine-dining is back to steal the show!

 

Famous visible artist, Gerald Chukwuma put together the incredible style and design of the posh restaurant. The interior has a touch of elegant foreign features and a fusion of colorful African culture. There is also an enchanting poolside terrace for those who prefer fresh air and the outdoors.

       

Gavin Blaauw who is the chief chef elaborated on the unique menu having a rich blend of French methods, Italian flavours, native ingredients, and a top-notch meal presentation. 

Now the tip of the iceberg which a lot of people do not know of yet is that there is a 50% discount on three-course meals ordered from the common menu! This offer kicked off on Saturday 22nd May 2021 and lasts for seven days. The final day for this offer will be 28th May 2021.

 

Who wouldn’t want to be present at this glamorous dining with delicious cuisines at just half the original prices? Make those reservations on time now!

 

To book and for enquiries, +2349139264355 and also connect to them via Instagram on @popina.lagos

 

Turkish tea

 

 

Most mornings when I wake up, my favourite way to start the day is with a hot cup of black tea with a Turkish blend.

Don’t look at it as your regular tea mix because it’s famous around the globe, rich in ingredients, tasty like none other, and has great health benefits! Whether or not you’ve visited Turkey, you most likely must have heard about Turkish tea. 

 

Turkish tea is made with black tea and is drank differently from how the British take theirs. Turkish locals take their tea black without milk or lemon but with sugar.

Turkish tea is produced in Turkey, in Rize province, and is actually prepared as black tea however it is world known for it’s rich red colour. The unique tea came about to be in the late 1930s, from a plant called Camellia Sinensis and a fascinating feature of the tea is that it’s produced without any additives or chemical substances.

 

Traditional Turkish tea is usually made in a double teapot, the bigger pot is used to boil up water, then it’s poured into the smaller teapot containing the tea and it’s allowed to brew for 15 minutes before drinking. 

This tea remains special and has stayed popular because of its many health benefits. One of the many ingredients in Turkish tea include flavonoids which have antioxidants and can help prevent high cholesterol, heart attacks, weight gain, stroke, high blood pressure, etc 

 

According to British dietician, Lesley Reid~ “The common cuppa is well-known anecdotally for its stress-relieving properties, but scientists have found that it can actually reduce anxiety levels by up to a quarter. Research has also shown that black tea may even help reduce the risk of coronary heart disease in adults with mildly high cholesterol levels.”

Modern-day Turkish tea bags can easily be found in local supermarkets around you but any day you find yourself in the beautiful country, Turkey, be sure to try out a nice cup of traditionally made Turkish tea. 

 

Virtual Tours by Concept3D

Technology will blow you away and catch you right back. Waking up to a new reality every day is amazing and in a special way, it gives us hope for a better tomorrow. Picture walking through hotel pathways, restaurants, resorts, bars and so much more without being physically there! Pretty fascinating, isn’t it?

The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic have made it somewhat difficult for travel agencies, tourism, hospitality, and so many more companies to find a reasonable balance in revenue.

Concept3D is a world-known company famous for it’s online success with virtual experiences via it’s 3D modelling techniques. A digital leader in creating interactive maps and virtual tours for it’s clients,  so their audience can have an intense feeling of being present in a particular destination or place without actually being there physically.

With so much travel and movement restriction due to the COVID-19 pandemic, these virtual tours and maps are quickly becoming essential power tools for professionals in the hospitality, theme parks, educational, travel, and tourism industries, as it serves as a virtual trip advisor for travellers who are yet to visit a place and want to have more detailed information about their destinations before visiting. 

Concept3D was founded in 2006 with the main aim of optimizing virtual sales success. This software was designed to make realistic virtual experiences, so people anywhere on the globe can view and learn about their destinations in realistic form, helping them to make clear decisions and plan ahead.

 

Gordon Boyes, the CEO of Concept3D stated  “With people staying home and unable to travel, the tourism and hospitality industries have been hit hard, and we’re hopeful that this offer and our software can help make a difference as hotels, resorts, restaurants, and many others are doing whatever they can to bounce back,” 

“If a virtual tour or interactive map of your grounds and facility would help, our team is ready to make it happen.”

This means good news to companies in the hospitality, aviation, and tourism fields hit badly by the on-going pandemic, as Concept3D has announced they will be offering their software free of charge to assist such companies in these trying times! This will run throughout the month of December 2021.

For further details on this offer visit their website.

Ebonylife kick-starts it’s Creative Academy

Great news to aspiring and even professional filmmakers, screenwriters, actors/actresses, cinematographers, visual producers and even our society as a whole as Ebonylife launches a creative academy in partnership with Lagos State Government through Lagos State Creative Initiative (LACI) under the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture

Ebonylife creative Academy officially opened on the 8th of March, 2021. It stands out from other institutions in the country as it’s top-notch standards are specifically aimed at letting talented, creative, and passionate enrollees explore a world of opportunities in the film and media industry.

CEO of EbonyLife, Mo Abudu, stated “We have so much talent in Nigeria and our people are ready to work. Unfortunately, very little training is available locally and most people cannot afford to go abroad for training. EbonyLife Creative Academy is meant to fill that gap and make world-class training available. Thankfully, the Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, understood our vision and gave us the support we needed to establish the academy here in Lagos, the hub of Nigerian filmmaking.”

 

ELCA( Ebonylife creative academy) offers short, free and practical courses put together by local and international industry experts in courses ranging from film making, directing, producing, visual/audios, media content production, screenwriting, acting and so much more!

 

What’s more amazing is that all classes will be held at the new and fully equipped campus in Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria. The lecture rooms are designed to accommodate 15 students per class which will enhance better assimilation of courses taught and practiced. This implies that about 120 students are expected to graduate each semester and also means that there are limited slots to register for each semester.

             

Registration for these programmes commenced on 17th December and the first batch of enrollees are set to begin training away! 

Registration is still currently on and the next batch of enrollees are expected to be selected from 26th April 2021. 

After each session, students from different course specialties are grouped to create an actual television show or short film for exhibition, which paves way for talent showcase, internships, and even golden career opportunities! 

 

Does this match your career path or passion? Then go for it! 

 

Visit www.ebonylifecreativeacademy.com for more details.