5 GOOD REASONS TO VISIT ZAMBIA, WRITTEN BY NASILELE AILOLA FROM ZAMBIA

5 Good reasons to visit Zambia

1.The people are awesome

Zambians are some of the friendliest and most welcoming people you could ever meet. Throughout both the city and the countryside, It’s not uncommon for strangers to greet you in the street and ask “Muli Bwanji” (how are you?). People who have visited for leisure or even to do charity work in Zambia in the most rural of areas have often commented on the warm, familial embrace which Zambians extend to all visitors.

2. There’s lots to do and see

Some may be surprised to know Zambia has been providing luxurious holiday experiences for a while now! One can choose to live it up in one of the traditional, but comfortably designed lodges in Livingston and enjoy local attractions such as a bungee jump off the spectacular Victoria Falls, a boat cruise across the Zambezi river to gaze at the elephants walking across the waters, maybe even catch a crocodile swimming if your’e lucky! The Capital city; Lusaka offers a generous amount of shopping malls, for shoppers to get lost in and enjoy. Clubbers can dance the night away to local beats, as well as the latest worldwide tunes in local bars and clubs. There are also plenty of restaurants where you can choose to enjoy a traditional Zambian dish of Nshima with locally reared meat, or you can opt for one of the many “Western” options such as Nandoes, Indian, Chinese, Seafood, Burgers and tasty Pub cuisine. Over 33% of the country is designated to national parks, which means you don’t need to go anywhere else to get the whole safari experience.

3. Tons of vast, magical and unique landscapes

Liuwa Plain National Park is home to the second largest migration of wildebeest in the world. It is so exclusive and remote that there is only one permanent camp, Matamanene Camp, in over 3,600km² of glorious, African land where the local lions reside. There is plenty of countryside in rural areas of Western province, Copperbelt, Central and Luapula Provinces where one can get a taste of village life, as well as enjoy being closer to nature.

4.The Culture & History is so interesting

During Zambia’s rainy season in October, the Lozi tribe celebrate their annual Kuomboka Festival. This is a colourful and Historical affair which many will travel from all over Zambia and further to observe the Royal King of Loziland on his mighty boat, observed by his tribesmen and followers crossing the river. One can also visit the Museum of Livingstone to learn about Zambia’s Colonial past, the great rise to Independence in 1964, or buy some traditional artefacts at a weekend market or one of the trade fair events, which occur throughout the year.

5.Investment

Like a lot of countries in Africa, Zambia is steadily growing as more and more investment goes into it and there are many investment opportunities available to anybody wishing to move there. The Zambian Government welcomes investors across sectors and the laws relating to investment provide incentives aimed specifically at increased levels of investment and international trade, as well as increased domestic economic growth. With a thriving private sector and access to many markets, the are many opportunities to invest and succeed. As a member state of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and borders with 8 SADC nations; the largest number of bordering countries than any of the SADC countries. Zambia is also a member state of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA)as well as being under the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) of the United States allowing for quota preference and duty-free entry to the US market and a member of the World Trade Organisation (WTO).

All in all, Zambia is a great place to live and work, or even just enjoy a unique holiday experience.

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PICTURE OF VICTORIA FALLS, ZAMBIA

Article written by Nasilele Ailola

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About Tony Tokunbo Eteka Fernandez

Tony Tokunbo Eteka Fernandez is an International Award Winner, Published Author & Poet, Broadcast Journalist, MC and Youth Empowerment Consultant . He is also The CEO of AFRICA4U and The Founder of Africans in The Diaspora People also see him as a Cultural and Social entrepreneur, which means he is skilled in working with many different communities, bringing people together in successful focused events. Tony has organised many cultural events …involving both BME and mainstream communities. He is skilled in hosting events that reinforce community cohesion and bringing different kinds of people together. He has organised events in The UK, The U.S.A, Holland, Germany, Eastern Europe and Nigeria and has visited over 18 European Countries. Tony has also organised The Black History Month Celebrations at The UK House of Parliament for three years in a row (2013,2014 and 2015). He continues to promote the true life and success stories of Africans in Europe and Africans around the world and has organised several small scale literary and awards initiatives aimed at empowering young people. He has also spent time as an International broadcaster and was The Producer and Presenter for AFRICA4U International Radio Talk Show at Reading4u Radio Station for nearly three years. Tony has interviewed high profile Members of Parliament, Distinguished celebrities and some of Africas best musicians including Ivonne Chaka Chaka and Kanda Bongoman. He has also been a guest on BBC Radio on numerous occasions to discuss the community cohesion events he organises at UK House of Parliament and also to recite some of his published work in memory of Nelson Mandela, 50 Years Anniversary of The race relations act and major community issues. Tony has also a Guest on popular Radio stations in Nigeria and The States In the last few years he has been very passionate about Youth empowerment, community cohesion and cultural intelligence. Tony was born in South London and has lived in several parts of England and Nigeria . He started writing at the tender age of nine, a habit he expressed with creative enthusiasm. Tony writes Poetry, short stories and proverbs on personal development. He is currently working on his 4th book which will also be his first novel. He is also into Public Speaking at Special events and Social functions and is a Mentor for young people in the UK Community. He completed a Bachelor of Arts degree at The University of Lagos, Nigeria in English and World Literature. He later went on to attain a teaching qualification at The Frances King International Training Institute, South Kensington London, it was here he studied Teaching English as a Foreign Language. He also studied Web Design at The City University in London. He published his first book in June 1999 called “The Beauty in the Dark” (A Collection of Poetry which received critical acclamation in many circles around the world). .Tony’s aim in life is to inspire the young generation and to encourage the youth to make the very best of their dreams and aspirations,. He published a 2nd book in June 2009 called ” The Sound of Running Water” – A Family gift book of proverbs and quotations on Personal Development and Positive Thinking . In December 2009, he published his 3rd book called “One Moment of Peace”.- A collection of Poetry inspired by personal experiences and spiritual growth. Besides the fact that the Artist has won International online awards, he is mostly inspired by Life experience, love, music and cultural awareness. He was Resident Poet at the 5th London Poetry Festival in 2009 and has been a guest on BBC Radio on very many occassions including The famous Anne Diamond Show. He has also been a guest on a few SKY TV stations and several International Radio Stations around The World On Wednesday the 30th of October 2013, Tony Tokunbo Fernandez organised his biggest event ever- The Black History Month Celebration at the House of Parliament. The Special Guest on the day was The Minister for Sports and Equalities MP Helen Grant and Key Community Ambassadors in The Black Community
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