Former Lagos commissioner, Steve Ayorinde, celebrates 50th birthday with virtual conference on African tourism

Steve Ayorinde

Former Lagos State Commissioner for Tourism, Arts and Culture, Steve Ayorinde, will be hosting a virtual conference on African tourism after the coronavirus pandemic in commemoration of his 50th birthday.

The conference scheduled for July 19 will bring together stakeholders in African tourism and creative industry to deliberate on how best to revive tourism on the continent and how creative and entertainment contents can serve as catalysts for the needed revival after four months of coronavirus-induced lockdown.

According to a statement issued on Monday by the lead organiser, PRM Africa, the virtual conference is designed as a pan-African event tagged “Close the Gap Conference” with the theme “Post-COVID-19: For African Tourism to Revive, Reboot & Refocus.”

The Zoom webinar with Zoom ID: 93542315938 will run between 12noon and 2pm (WAT).

The statement said participation is free but registration is required on this link:

The two-hour conference will be moderated by South African brand and communication expert, Matlou Tsotetsi, together with her Nigerian counterpart, Olisa Adibua.

Goodwill messages are expected from the Head of Culture, Social Affairs Commission, African Union Commission, (AUC), Angela Martins; and Minister of Information, Culture and Tourism, Lai Mohammed.

The pan-African panel will include President, Ecoplannet Sarl, Morocco who is also the President of Tourism Leadership Forum, James MacGregor; Regional Head-West Africa, South African Tourism, Thekiso Rakolojane; Founder, Villa Sands Hotel Group, Ilha de, Mozambique, Gisela Antman; Head of International Jury Department, Cairo International Film Festival, Egypt, Nayera Soliman; and President, West Africa Tourism Organisation (WATO), Ola Wright among others.

Born July 9, 1970, Ayorinde is a renowned Nigerian journalist, media consultant, author and publisher who has devoted close to three decades to promoting the arts, creative enterprise and tourism across the continent.