Nigeria: Femi Adefope chosen as Travel Personality of the Decade 2010-2020 and Eko Hotels is Hotel of the Decade


Akwa Ibom State owned carrier, and Nigeria’s fast rising airline, Ibom Air has won the 2020 Airline of the year award for its exceptional operational performance in the aviation industry, according to the organisers of the famous Travellers Award. Also, Nigeria’s Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika bagged the Aviation Man of the Year award 2020 in the country.

This is according to the organisers of Atqnews/Travellers Award. The Organisers said that the awards which has been held since 1996 was cancelled last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic which impacted major events across the world forcing them to either post-pone or outright cancellation.

Every year since 1996 Travellers has had annual awards for the Best Performers in the industry. Travellers Magazine is the first travel magazine published in West Africa since 1993. is the Premier Travel news website in Africa published since 2014.

We have used the public voting method. We have used survey monkeys and we have used voting by only travel professionals using weighted averages but our annual ‘Man of the Year’ Awards is strictly chosen by Travellers.

Magazine/Atqnews and its associates.
It is chosen every year based on performance by winners in the preceding year. It is usually celebrated in June at the annual #accraweizo event in Ghana.

Last year because of the Covid19 lockdown the 6th edition of the West African Travel Expo Accra Weizo did not hold. Also, last year the 7th edition of our Abuja Jabamah event did not hold in November as usual. The 16th Akwaaba African Travel Market was held as a virtual conference.

In a statement from the organisers signed by the Publisher Mr. Ikechi Uko “We plan to host our first event since November 2019 in March this year. We have fixed our first event in Abuja for the end of March. “To this end we are announcing some of our Winners Based on their performance in the difficult year of 2020.”

  1. Aviation Man of the Year 2020
    Capt. HADI Sirika

    The completion of the Enugu runway within the lockdown period once again reinforces his reputation as a Man who gets his brick and mortar projects done on time.
  2. Aviation Man of the Decade 2010- 2020
    Capt. EDWARD Boyo, Overland Airways

    Silently, Overland has established itself as one of the most solid airlines in Nigeria. It has passed the 10 year Survival Milestone for Nigerian Airlines and it is still flying. LandOver Aviation School and Businesses are a testimony to his vision and capacity.
  3. Travel Personality of the Decade 2010-2020
    OLUFEMI Adefope

    HRG, GHI Assets Tour Brokers, RwandAir, Delta Airlines, Kenya Airways, Air Cote D’Ivoire and many more brands owe their success and visibility in Nigeria to this man. He has opened more ways in Travel Business than most will ever connect to him.
  4. Airline of the Year, 2020
    IBOM Air

    The brand new airline established itself in the consciousness of Nigerians within a short time. With rapid fleet acquisition and station expansion Ibom Air cruised itself through 2020. It ended the year as the best ontime performer in Nigeria with good customer experience.
  5. Airline of the Decade 2010-2020

    With all its problems that saw it ending the decade in the hands of the receiver almost bankrupt nobody will deny Arik the credit of being the most dominant Nigerian Airline till 2017 when its problems multiplied. Arik served Nigerians with brand new aircraft. It extended its reach to USA, UK, South Africa, UAE, Angola, Ghana, Gambia, Sierra Leone and Liberia. Though most of the glory is now waning it stills holds the flag of it’s time in the sun.
  6. Hotel Man of the Year 2020
    BRIAN Efa

    Former Acting GM Ibom Golf Resort Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.
    One of the few Nigerians to have run an international hotel in Nigeria he was credited with turning around the loss making Hotel into a profitable property.
  7. Hotel of the Year 2020
    IBOM Golf Resort Uyo, Akwa, Ibom

    When most hotels in Nigeria were down and out this hotel found a way to stay open and make money in 2020.
  8. Hotel of the Decade 2010-2020

    One of the few World Class Hotels in Nigeria. This hotel or collection of hotels has managed to serve different classes of travellers with ease. With offerings like the Eko Suites, Eko Signatures, Eko Classics and the Eko Gardens it is the go to place for foreign visitors to Lagos. Its flagship product is the massive Eko Convention Centre. It is one of the biggest in West Africa.
  9. Tourism Personality of the Year 2020
    To be announced
  10. Tourism Personality of the Decade 2020
    To be announced
  11. Travel Personality of the Year 2020
    To be announced
  12. Hotel Man of the Decade
    To be announced
  13. Tourism Governor of the Year
    To be announced

More details to be released in the coming days.

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