Italy: Nigerias European Doppelganger. lol!

My Italian friend once said to me “your country is so much like ours, no” I wasn’t sure if that was a question or a statement but I understood what he meant- Italians and Nigerians do have quite a few similarities.

The Trip To Italy:

Italy, officially known as the Italian Republic, is a unitary parliamentary republic in Southeren Europe. To the north, Italy borders France, Switzerland, Austria and Slovenia.

Weather: Situated in the temperate Zone, I regard the country as a land of sunny, mild weather (something I am used too). In the Alps however, temperatures are lower and winters can be long and severe. But generally July to September is usually warm. For those who like to Ski, with climate change many ski resorts can remain distressingly snow-free until early January this days, as opposed to packed with snow from early November as it used to be in the good old days.

The country is dissimilar to Nigeria in certain areas not limited to exceptional infrastructural and technological advancement.

Similarities with Nigeria: it usually requires patience to deal with the ‘Italian concept’ of service, which like dear ol Nigeria doesn’t follow the Maxim that the customer is always right. While often courteous and friendly, some people in uniform or behind a counter (including police officers, waiters and shop assistants) may regard you with supreme indifference. (Pros: The men in uniform are atleast professional and do not hungrily seek bribes for performing their duties unlike their Nigerian Brothers lol!)

Long queues are also the order of the day everywhere.

Theft: thankfully I didn’t hear about gun men armed to the teeth and raiding peoples homes in Naples or Rome. Most issues of theft revolve around pickpockets who target poor tourist and snatch away valuables. Try to use the safe in the hotel, if you have to carry you valuables around, secure them and keep your eyes open JUST LIKE YOU WOULD IN LAGOS..

SHINE YOUR EYES THEY SAY!!!!!!!

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Perhaps 27 New Ways To Make Money Off The Internet

“Plagiarism they say is the best form of flattery” lol! Below are some direct and indirect methods money can be generated off the internet.

ENJOY!

1. PPC Advertising Networks
Google AdSense is the most popular option under this category, but there are also others. Basically you need to sign up with the network and paste some code snippets on your website. The network will then serve contextual ads (either text or images) relevant to your website, and you will earn a certain amount of money for every click.
The profitability of PPC advertising depends on the general traffic levels of the website and, most importantly, on the click-through rate (CTR) and cost per click (CPC). The CTR depends on the design of the website. Ads placed abode the fold or blended with content, for instance, tend to get higher CTRs. The CPC, on the other hand, depends on the nice of the website. Mortgages, financial products and college education are examples of profitable niches (clicks worth a couple of dollars are not rare), while tech-related topics tend to receive a smaller CPC (sometimes as low as a couple of cents per click).
The source of the traffic can also affect the overall CTR rate. Organic traffic (the one that comes from search engines) tends to perform well because these visitors were already looking for something, and they tend to click on ads more often. Social media traffic, on the other hand, presents terribly low CTRs because these visitors are tech-savvy and they just ignore ads.
List of popular CPC advertising networks:
Google Adsense
Yahoo! Publisher Network (YPN)
BidVertiser
Chitika
Clicksor

2. CPM Advertising Networks
CPM advertising networks behave pretty much as PPC networks, except that you get paid according to the number of impressions (i.e., page views) that the ads displayed on your site will generate. CPM stands for Cost per Mille, and it refers to the cost for 1,000 impressions.
A blog that generates 100,000 page views monthly displaying an advertising banner with a $1 CPM, therefore, will earn $100 monthly.
CPM rates vary with the network, the position of the ad and the format. The better the network, the higher the CPM rate (because they have access to more advertisers). The closer you put the ad to the top of the page, the higher the CPM. The bigger the format (in terms of pixels), the higher the CPM.
You can get as low as $0,10 and as high as $10 per 1,000 impressions (more in some special cases). CPM advertising tends to work well on websites with a high page views per visitor ratio (e.g., online forums, magazines and so on).
List of popular CPM advertising networks:
Casale Media
Burst Media
Value Click
Advertising.com
Tribal Fusion
Right Media

3. Direct Banner Advertising
Selling your own advertising space is one of the most lucrative monetization methods. First and foremost because it enables you to cut out the middleman commissions and to determine your own rates. The most popular banner formats on the web are the 728×90 leaderboard, the 120×600 skyscraper, the 300×250 rectangle and the 125×125 button.
The downside of direct banner advertising is that you need to have a big audience to get qualified advertisers, and you will need to spend time managing the sales process, the banners and the payments.
Related links:
How to Find Advertisers for Your Website
Finding Advertisers for Your Blog
Direct Advertising Sales for Beginners
Openads Ad Server
OIO Publisher Ad Platform

4. Text Link Ads
After Google declared that sites selling text links without the nofollow tag would be penalized, this monetization method became less popular.
Many website owners are still using text links to monetize their sites, though, some using the nofollow tag and some not.
The advantage of this method is that it is not intrusive. One can sell text links directly through his website or use specialized networks like Text-Link-Ads and Text-Link-Brokers to automate the process.
Text link marketplaces and networks:
DigitalPoint Link Sales Forum
Text-Link-Ads
Text-Link-Brokers
TNX
LinkWorth

5. Affiliate Marketing
Affiliate marketing is a very popular practice on the Internet. Under this system you have a merchant that is willing to let other people (the affiliates) sell directly or indirectly its products and services, in exchange for a commission. Sometimes this type of advertising is also called CPA (cost per action) or CPL (cost per lead) based.
Affiliates can send potential customers to the merchant using several tools, from banners to text links and product reviews.
In order to find suitable affiliate programs you can turn to individual companies and publishers like Dreamhost and SEOBook, or join affiliate marketplaces and networks.
List of popular affiliate marketplaces and networks:
Commission Junction
ClickBank
Azoogle Ads
Link Share

6. Monetization Widgets
The latest trend on the web are widgets that let you monetize your website. Examples include Widgetbucks and SmartLinks. Some of these services operate under a PPC scheme, others behave like text link ads, others yet leverage affiliate links.
Their main differentiator, however, is the fact that they work as web widgets, making it easier for the user to plug and play the service on its website.
List of companies that provide monetization widgets:
WidgetBucks
ScratchBack
SmartLinks

7. Sponsored Reviews
PayPerPost pioneered this model, with much controversy on the beginning (related to the fact that they did not require disclosure on paid posts). Soon other companies followed, most notably Sponsored Reviews and ReviewMe, refining the process and expanding the paid blogging model.
Joining one of these sponsored reviews marketplaces will give you the opportunity to write sponsored posts on a wide range of topics. Not all bloggers are willing to get paid to write about a specific product or website (because it might compromise the editorial credibility), but the ones who do are making good money out of it.
If your blog has a big audience you could also offer sponsored reviews directly, cutting off the commissions of the middleman.
List of sponsored reviews and paid blogging networks:
PayPerPost
Sponsored Reviews
ReviewMe
BlogVertise
Smorty

8. RSS Feed Ads
With the quick adoption of the RSS technology by millions of Internet users, website owners are starting to find ways to monetize this new content distribution channel.
Feedburber already has its own publisher network, and you can sign-up to start displaying CPM based advertising on your feed footer. Bidvertiser recently introduced a RSS feed ad option as well, with a PPC scheme.
Finally, some blogs are also opting to sell banners or sponsored messages on their feed directly. John Chow and Marketing Pilgrim are two examples.
Related links:
Feedburner
BidVertiser
Pheedo

9. Sponsors for Single Columns or Events
If you website has specific columns or events (e.g., a weekly podcast, an interview series, a monthly survey, a special project) you could find companies to sponsor them individually.
This method increases the monetization options for website owner, while giving advertisers the possibility to target a more specific audience and with a reduced commitment.
Mashable illustrates the case well. They have several advertising options on the site, including the possibility to sponsor specific columns and articles, including the “Daily Poll” and the “Web 2.0 Invites.”
Problogger also runs group writing projects occasionally, and before proceeding he publicly announce the project asking for sponsors.

10.Premium Content
Some websites and blogs give away part of their content for free, and charge for access to the premium content and exclusive tools.
SEOMoz is a good example. They have a very popular blog that gives advice and information on wide range of SEO related topics. On top of that visitors can decide to become premium members. It costs $48 monthly and it grants them access to guides, tools and other exclusive material.

11. Private Forums
While the Internet is populated with free forums, there is also the possibility to create a private one where members need to pay a single or recurring fee to join.

SEO Blackhat charges $100 monthly from its members, and they have thousands of them. Obviously in order to charge such a price for a forum membership you need to provide real value for the members (e.g., secret techniques, tools, and so on).
Performancing also launched a private forum recently, focused on the networking aspect. It is called The Hive, and the monthly cost is $10.
These are just two examples. There are many possibilities to create a private and profitable forum, you just need to find an appealing angle that will make it worth for the members.
List of popular forum software:
vBulletin
Simple Machines Forum
phpBB
Vanilla

12. Job Boards
All the popular blogs are trying to leverage job boards to make some extra income. Guy Kawasaki, ReadWriteWeb, Problogger… you name it.
Needless to say that in order to create an active and profitable job board you need first to have a blog focused on a specific niche, and a decent amount traffic.
The advantage of this method is that it is passive. Once you have the structure in place, the job listings will come naturally, and you can charge anywhere from $10 up to $100 for each.
List of popular job board software:
JobThread
Web Scribe Job Board
SimplyHired Job-o-matic
Jobbex

13. Marketplaces
Sitepoint is the online marketplace by excellence. Some websites and blogs, however, are trying to replicate that model on a smaller scale.
Depending on your niche, a market place that allows your visitors to buy, sell and trade products could work well. Over the time you could start charging a small fee for new product listings.
The problem with this method is that there are no standard software on the web, so you would need to hire a coder to get a marketplace integrated into your website.
You can see an example of a marketplaces being used on EasyWordpress and on Mashable.

14. Paid Surveys and Polls
There are services that will pay you money to run a small survey or poll on your website. The most popular one is called Vizu Answers.
Basically you need to sign up with them, and select the kind of polls that you want to run your site. Most of these services operate under a CPM model.

15. Selling or Renting Internal Pages
Million Dollar Wiki made this concept popular, but it was being used on the web for a long time around (check Pagerank10.co.uk for instance).
These websites sell for a single fee or rent for a recurring fee internal pages on their domain. Usually they have either high Pagerak or high traffic, so that people purchasing a page will be able to benefit in some way.
Implementing this method on a small blog would be difficult, but the concept is interesting and could be explored further.

16. Highlighted Posts from Sponsors
Techmeme probably pioneered this idea, but somehow it has not spread to other websites. The tech news aggregator displays editorial posts on the left column, and on the sidebar they have a section titled “Techmeme Sponsor Posts.”
On that section posts from the blog of the advertisers get highlighted, sending qualified traffic their way. Considering that the monthly cost for one spot is $5000 and that they have around 6 sponsors at any given time, it must be working well.

17. Donations
Placing a “Donate” link or button on a website can be an efficient way to earn money, especially if your blog is on a niche where readers learn and gain value from your content.
Personal development and productivity blogs, for instance, tend to perform well with donation based systems (one good example being Steve Pavlina).
A small variation of this method appeared sometime ago with the Buy Me a Beer plugin. This WordPress plugin enables you to insert a customized message at the bottom of each article, asking the readers to chip in for a beer or coffee.

18. In-text Adverting
In-text adverting networks like Kontera and Vibrant Media will place sponsored links inside your text. These links come with a double underline to differentiate them from normal links, and once the user rolls the mouse over the link the advertising will pop. Should the user click on it the site owner will make some money.
Some people make good money with this method, but others refrain from using it due to its intrusiveness. It is also interesting to note that very few mainstream websites have experimented with in-text advertising.

19. Pop-ups and Pop-unders
Pop-ups are a common yet annoying form of advertising on the Internet. If you are just trying to make a much money as possible from your website, you could experiment with them.
If you are trying to grow the traffic and generate loyal visitors, however, you probably should stay away from them. Just consider the hundreds of pop-up blockers out there: there is a reason why they are so popular.
Ad networks that use pop-ups:
Tribal Fusion
PayPopup
PopupAd
Adversal

20. Audio Ads
Also called PPP (Pay Per Play), this advertising method was introduce by Net Audio Ads. the concept is pretty simple: play a small audio advertising (usually 5 seconds) every time a visitor enters into your website. The user should not be able to stop it, creating a 100% conversion rate based on unique visitors.
The company is still rolling tests, but some users are reporting to get from a $4 to a $6 CPM. Regardless of the pay rate, though, this is a very intrusive form of advertising, so think twice before using it.

21. Selling the Website
Selling your website could be your last resource, but it has the potential to generate a big sum of money in a short period of time.
Market places on online forums like DigitalPoint and Sitepoint are always active with website buyers and sellers. Keep in mind that they most used parameter to determine the value of a website is the monthly revenue that it generates, multiplied by a certain number (the multiplier can be anything from 5 to 30, depending on the expectations of the seller, on the quality of the site, on the niche and other factors).
Some people also make money trading and flipping websites. They either create them from scratch or buy existing ones, and after some revamping they sell them for a profit.
Related links:
How To Buy A Website And Flip It For Profit
How To Sell A Website – How Much Is Your Website Worth?
Where to sell a website? How to go about selling it?
Indirect Methods

22. Selling an Ebook
Perhaps one of the oldest money making strategies on the web, using a website to promote a related ebook is a very efficient way to generate revenue.
You could either structure the website around the book itself, like SEOBook.com, or launch the ebook based on the success of the website, like FreelanceSwitch did we the book How to be a Rockstar Freelancer.
Related links:
Writing an ebook for your blog
How to sell ebooks
Processing payments for your ebook
How to sell digital products online
List of ebook selling software

23. Selling a Hardcover Book
Many authors and journalists leverage their blogs or websites to sell copies of hardcover books. Examples include Guy Kawasaki, Seth Godin and Malcolm Gladwell.
While most of these people were already renowned authors before they created their website, one could also follow the other way around. Lorelle VanFossen did exactly that with her Blogging Tips book. First she built her authority on the subject via her blog, and afterwards she published the book.
List of self publishing and publishing services:
Lulu
Self Publishing
iUniverse
WordClay

24. Selling Templates or WordPress Themes
As more and more people decide to get an online presence, website templates and WordPress themes become hotter and hotter.
On this segment you have mainstream websites like TemplateMonster, as well as individual designers who decide to promote and sell their work independently.
Brian Gardner and Unique Blog Designs are two examples of websites that make money with the sales of premium and custom WordPress themes.

25. Offering Consulting and Related Services
Depending on your niche, you could make money by offering consulting and related services. If you are also the author of your blog, the articles and information that you will share will build your profile and possibly certify your expertise on that niche, making it easier to gain customers.
Chris Garrett used a similar strategy. First he created a highly influential blog on the blogging and new media niche, and afterwards he started offering consulting services to clients with related problems and needs.

26. Creating an Email List or Newsletter
Email lists and newsletters represent one of the most powerful marketing and money making tools on the Internet. They offer incredible conversion rates, and the possibility to call people to action in a very efficient way.
Creating a big list is a difficult task though, so if you have a popular website you could leverage it to increase the number of subscribers on your list.
Yaro Starak is a famous Internet marketer, and if you visit his blog you will notice that right on top he has a section encouraging visitors to subscribe to his email newsletter. Yaro generates five figures in revenues each month from his email newsletters, proving that this method works.
List of software to manage email newsletters:
AWeber
SendStudio NX
PHP Autoresponder
Constant Contact

27. Creating a conference around the website
If your website takes off and becomes an authority on its niche, you could create a conference around it. Depending on the size of your audience, the event could attract thousands of people, and you could make money directly from conference passes and sponsors.
Search Engine Land, for instance, created a series of conferences that visit several cities on the United States and on other countries as well. The conferences are called Search Marketing Expo, and the tickets and passes cost thousands of dollars.

Develop The Nigerian Tourism Industry

The so-called commitment of the Nigerian government to developing the tourism industry to help diversify the economy should be met with skepticism. The recent claim to a commitment to develop our economy through tourism isn’t new and has been pushed around with every new administration. Despite the huge potential tourism in Nigeria has and the revenue and jobs it will definitely provide the Nigerian government (Federal and State) will only be paying lip service for the foreseeable future, Why? Well because it is not oil, we don’t have visionary leaders and to develop tourism you will need to work harder for probably less revenue than oil brings in.

It does not require a genius to appreciate the enormous tourism resources that Nigeria is endowed with but the wisdom and the will to exploit them as mentioned are forever lacking. The opportunities are unbelievable: Land mass, naturally occurring structures, a large population of diverse peoples, a wide range of cultures with attendant ceremonies, festivals, cuisines, artifacts and crafts, whew!

I mean if the Osun festival in oshogbo, the Ojude Oba festival in Ogun State, Kwanghir masquerade festival in Benue state, through to the Argungu Fishing Festival in Sokoto State, to the Calabar Dance Festival and the Igboukwu festivals were better managed Nigeria will be a different place. Foreigners are always looking for new places to go for the love of Christ. Instead of wasting millions on stupid bullet proof cars for aviation ministers, we can invest in those festivals for one. Make it more organised, increase safety, develop the communities e.t.c. GOVERNMENT OF NIGERIA, all you need to do is to Provide INFRASTRUCture and your job is half done. It is called creating an enabling environment for US(Nigerians) to grow and we will pay back enough in tax to sustain infrastructural development (We the people promise today).lol!

It is perhaps important to note that a Nigerian Tourism Development Master Plan was developed and launched in 2006 by the Obasanjo administration with both funding and consultancy support of the United Nations and World Tourism Organisation. It has been reviewed and is said to be a thoroughly prepared 35 page working paper with a three phased action plan said to have the potential if judiciously implemented to radically transform the tourism industry by 2015.

According to reports though the tourism sector has seriously under-performed. In 2011 only 715,000 tourist came into the country, between 1995-2011, Nigeria’s highest earnings from tourism was a meager 688 million dollars in 2008. International tourism generated 0.72 per cent of Nigerias total export earnings in 2011, finally on the WTO rankings Nigeria is nowhere to be found on the top ten travel destinations in Africa.

So what does the Federal Government through the ministry of tourism do? Well more talk: Minister of Tourism talks about driving the Nigerian Project with ‘brand diplomacy’ or like you have seen on CNN ‘fascinating Nigeria project’ is the new slogan. Director General of N.T.D.C , Sally Mbanefo aims to grow the tourism sector into a 4 billion dollar industry. By establishing travel hubs as well as one stop tourism centers in the six geo-political zones.

So much for a the rhetoric of President Jonathans nebulous transformation agenda. They all should read the end of the third paragraph of this write up: FOCUS ON THE BASICS. Provide roads, electricity, water, tax system and an enabling business environment for locals and foreign investors to thrive Shikena!

If the government can focus on this and less on its proverbial ‘white elephant projects’ Nigeria will grow.

BOOM!

Prostitution and the Hospitality Industry

The Unique Relationship Between Hotels and Prostitutes/Ladies of The Night/Call Girls/Escorts: A case study of the Hilton, Abuja.

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‘They say prostitution is the oldest trade, well if that is true then the hotel business must be its greatest asset“ J

Quietly sitting in the Capital Bar at the Hilton hotel in Abuja, like many bars on a weekend in the city you notice a wide variety of girls. For the unassuming you probably will think these girls are just independent seeking fun-loving girls that like to come into bars on their own or in mini-groups. WRONG! As we mostly ended up observing, they are ‘ladies of the night’. They mill about, walk up to your table, signal you from afar, a bit of a dance here some there- they try to get your attention and measure your responses. If you are game BANG! They walk you to your room and probably assist you with your bad back as soon as the doors are closed ;). So as usual our concerns were with the staff – we ask them how this is being allowed to happen and nothing is being done about it. They mostly have no response, some point to the fact that expatriates seem to patronize them a lot, the rest of the staff seem to insist that hotel policy forbids prostitution and action will be taken.

Obviously nothing happened or will happen. You then begin to wonder if as a wise man once said “silence is tacit approval of an action”, are the hotels deliberately opening their doors to prostitutes, is this some sort of business strategy? Working in a bigger hotel chain in England I can definitely say that the hotel industry frowns on prostitution. The hotel policies are usually very strict when it comes to staff soliciting prostitutes for guests but there is never much hotel management can do when guests bring in prostitutes to the bar or take them up to their rooms.

Before I quit my hotel job, we had a guest stay with us every week and he always made sure he brought back two hot looking females to warm his bed. The relationship is established; men leave their wives in other cities and come over to new ones for ‘business’. At the close of ‘business’ however a couple of them bring in these ladies to keep them company, but rarely do you see them milling about in the hotels bars soliciting clients tactfully within the hotel premises.

At the Hilton, Abuja and honestly many other properties in the city, prostitutes hang out in the hotels bars and there isn’t much hotel management can do. Or is there? Can they do more to chase out ladies that they ‘suspect’ are prostitutes? Well you won’t want to be the manager who approves accidentally kicking out the GM’s daughter just because she dressed like a hooker and you mistook her as one.

There has to be a way some hotels do it, it is not in my place as usual to proffer solutions- it’s perhaps in my place to just type out what my brain is struggling to relate to my hands 🙂

I leave you with a quote from an expatriate resident at the Hilton hotel – “so many girls working to make a living off the expatriates at the hotel, its disgraceful. I will never bring my children here” LOL!

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Planning A Trip To Seychelles

Thinking about going to the Island of Seychelles? A little bit of information would do no harm aai 🙂

Capital: Victoria
Continent: Africa(without much of the African problems, seemingly at least)
Official Languages: French, English and Creole.
Currency: Seychellois Rupee

BACKGROUND

The Republic of Seychelles is a 115-island country spanning an archipelago in the indian ocean, some 1,500 kilometers east of mainland Africa, North East of the Island of Madagascar.
Usually the country caters to honeymooners, celebrities and relatively high-end tourist. It is a good place to visit at least once in your life time, it is on my bucket list I hope its on yours too 🙂

FOOD: Like in most tourist cities, STAY AWAY from fancy hotel restaurants if you are on a budget. OR visit them once or twice through your stay. If you have money though, go all out try the fancy, try the local restaurants TRY THEM ALL. If it is not worth it you will at least not regret trying :p

TRANSPORTATION: Bikes are the best way to get around, cost $32 for a day rental. A car is anything from $150-$250 per day. A ferry schooner between Mahe and Praslin or La Digue runs for about $10 but is the slowest option. High speed catamaran rifes between Mahe and Praslin runs for $47 per person.

CRIME: RUN! RUN! RUN! Its the sound of the erm robbers lol! Really though stay away from dark alleys and don’t show off your fancy gadgets at any opportunity you get and you should be fine. Its generally a safe country have no worries 😉

TAX and TIPPING: Tips in restaurants, taxis and hotels staff are usually included in all bills as a 5-w0 per cent addition. If you are feeling magnanimous or have been wowed by the service an additional 5-10 percent will be well appreciated. Tax free shopping as with all modern countries can be enjoyed at the international airport in Victoria.

Health: A yellow fever vaccination certificate is required by all travellers arriving from infected areas. Typhoid occurs in rural areas(you have no business visiting) and Hepatitis A and B occur throughout the country.
Advice, avoid unprotected sex with locals 😉 Hepatitis is nasty like that…..

Two words Highly Recommended..

For more relevant information copy the link below to your browser:

http://www.seychelles.travel/en/home/index.php

Have a lovely weekend

Nigerian Universities

Disgraceful Public Nigerian Universities

It is a shame that ASUU let it get to this in the first place. I constantly ask, why is it that despite ASUU consistently going on strike for years the infrastructure in public universities have decayed so much? Is it that they were only focused on fighting for their earnings? Way before I enrolled for a university degree (thankfully not in the public system) I was well aware of ASUU going on strike for mostly negotiating higher salaries for lecturer and other staff but never once heard of this fight for infrastructural decay.

Its so sad going from the posted pictures (sourced from Linda Ikeji’s blog) how the school authorities have allowed infrastructure get so bad.

I don’t entirely blame the government because I know that the school authorities cannot claim that they have not been getting funds to maintain infrastructure. Is it possible that the government hasn’t been allocating revenue, enough to even maintain hostel toilets? If they haven’t why not shut down schools as soon as monies were being held back?

Is it not wicked to provide accommodation without toilets, or rooms without beds? If it is a challenge why not provide a ground for private businesses to establish in conjunction with Universities proper, well maintained hostels outside the universities. How did cultism become such an issue?

Where was ASUU when most university classes were over crowded? In my opinion this standoff with government was due at least 12 years ago. ASUU should not back off this time because of greed and increased salaries.

This is a highly opinionated piece and wasn’t researched (don’t take it too seriously).

Common ASUU do what is right, keep the Nigerian universities shut until long term funding and management commitments are agreed upon.

Pardon any grammatical errors I am a product of the Nigerian system :). Really though I was driving and typing BOOM!

IBRO HOTEL ANNEX II

We went in to sort of have lunch and half review the restaurant and the rooms at the Ibro Annex hotel, right beside the Guarantee Trust Bank in Wuse Zone 5.

The Annex II is a smaller version of the main Ibro Hotel just up the road. They have still managed to squeeze in a lovely poolside bar and as expected limited but essential parking spaces.

We didn’t make a booking at the restaurant partly because no one seems to be bothered with that around here. The bliss of being in Nigeria 🙂
We made our way to perfectly set tables and ordered the same old boring Rice and Yellow Eba.lol!

Ok! My colleague had the yellow eba and some afang soup while I had the jollof rice, some peppered stew and a cheeky bottle of heineken :). It was exactly mid-day and MY RULE OF DRINKING states: ‘it is a sin to drink before NOON” whew!

Service was excellent actually, the lady who waited the bar and the guy that did our table were attentive and helpful. When we asked about the origin of the fish we also had he went on to give us a detailed origin of the fish and that surely satisfied our curiosity. Apparently the fish are a special breed, tended to maturity by dedicated fish breeders in Rivers State, Nigeria. Hell! We didn’t care if he lied, we enjoyed his story.

There is a nice artificial turf laid out on the balcony over-looking the city where you can choose to have a meal or a drink in the open, looked beautiful I must add.

Their prices were reasonable and we thoroughly enjoyed the experience at the Ibro Annex II.

We took a quick look at their rooms also, less impressed because we had to walk up the stairs :(.

We recommend the Ibro Annex II, it shouldn’t be your first choice when visiting Abuja but should come in number 15-22 on your list.

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Happy erm, rest of the week maybe? :p