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Tunisia’s tourism rebounds despite high terror alert

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Holiday-makers lie on sun loungers at a Tunisian luxury hotel where everything from the swimming pool to the wall paint, furniture at the shiny reception hall, police post at its gate and even its name is new.

Nothing reminds holiday-makers of the day in June 2015 when an Islamist militant shot dead 39 foreigners in this beach resort, triggering an exodus of tourists from the North African country and severely damaging its economy.

Thanks to a massive security presence and advertising abroad some tourists have returned, helping boost revenues from the sector by 21 percent to $851.06 million in the first nine months of 2017 compared to last year, according to central bank data.

Westerners are still reluctant to come back despite most countries having lifted travel warnings.

But hotels have managed to fill rooms with Algerians and Russians, the latter group avoiding Egypt since Islamic State downed a Russian plane in October 2015.

Alexander Maslenikov from Siberia, Russia said he was enjoying the temperatures, while Lidia Maslenikov approved of the whole resort.

“It’s cheap, good price, good time, good hotel, I like everything,” she said.

The Steigenberger Kantaoui Bay in Sousse – a tourist beach town located some 150km south of the capital Tunis – reopened this summer after undergoing a facelift, dropping even its old name, Imperial Marhaba.

“In terms of safety, we have taken a very big step forward,” said the hotel’s owner Zohra Driss. She says the hotel is fully booked until October.

Tourism accounts for about 8 percent of Tunisia’s gross domestic product, provides thousands of jobs and is a key source of foreign currency, but it has struggled since two major attacks in 2015.

The first at the Bardo National Museum in Tunis left 21 tourists dead, while 39 mostly British holiday-makers were killed in the Sousse attack.

But with hotels resembling fortresses many holiday-makers book “all inclusive” tours benefiting hotel chains while staying indoors – leaving souvenir traders and cafes idle in the old city.

Shopkeepers in Kantaoui Port miss their traditional clientele.

“We are happy when there are English, Europeans in general, French, Italian, Dutch, really happy when we exchange with them, when we give them information, they leave happy and we stay happy,” said shopkeeper Charfeddine.

Officials say tourism revenues are rising, despite risks from I.S. and a weak dinar.

“Revenues for the period from January to September 20 in Tunisian dinars increased by 21 percent, in euros, we recorded a slight increase of 6.4 percent,” said head of the national tourism office Neji Ben Othman.

He said Tunisia aims to attract tourists from new destinations like China and Canada as well as its traditional markets like the UK and Germany.

Tunisia has increased security in Sousse and other tourist spots, erecting checkpoints on main roads and at hotels after police came under fire for a slow response during the 2015 attack.

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Nigeria: IPOB’s leader Nnamdi Kanu spotted in Jerusalem (VIDEO)

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The leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) Nnamdi Kanu has been spotted praying in Jerusalem on Friday 19th October 2018.

Various questions have been asked about Nnamdi Kanu’s whereabouts and it has been rumoured by different sources that he is dead.

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The news of his appearance was however made known by Uche Mefor who is the deputy leader of IPOB via his Facebook Page.

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The Message reads

“Fellow Biafrans, friends of Biafra, men and women of goodwill and of good conscience, warm greetings to all. We wish to reliably inform you that The Supreme Leader of the lndigenousPeople of Biafra, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu would within an hour from now praying in Jerusalem Live on facebook. All are enjoined to hook on. Chukwu Okike is in charge!

Signed: Uche Mefor, . Deputy Leader, Indegenous People of Biafra (IPOB) ”



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2019 according to Ifa oracle – Traditional religion adherents

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Traditional religion adherents under the umbrella of Ancient Religion Societies of African Descendants International Council (ARSADIC), have urged Nigerians to shun calamitous predictions by groups and individuals who have predicted that Nigeria will break up, doomed or ceased to exist after the 2019 general elections.



They made this known on Wednesday while revealing some of the messages from Ifa (divination), to Nigeria ahead of the 2019 general elections during the second annual general meeting and peace prayer service for Nigeria and Diaspora organised by ARSADIC at Oba Okunade Sijuwade Memorial Hall, Oke Mogun, Ile Ife, Osun State.

According to reports, ARSADIC which is a conglomerate of traditional religion associations across Nigeria and in the Diaspora is made up of organisations such as Traditional Religion Worshippers Association of Nigeria (TRAWSO) Oyo and Osun state chapters, International Council for Ifa religion, International Congress for Orisa Tradition and Culture and Orisa Worshippers Union among others.

 ARSADIC President, Dr. Sola Olalekan Atanda while revealing some of the messages from Ifa to Nigeria, said contrary to insinuations that Nigeria may disintegrate after the 2019 general elections, “Nigeria will not disintegrate, it was revealed that we should continue to be prayerful ahead of the general elections in 2019”.
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ARSARDIC President while speaking said, “A God fearing person that believes in God must be optimistic, to be pessimistic is very dangerous, pessimism kill ambition. If you don’t have ambition, you may not have achievement. God is a great God, God will not destroy his handwork, we are God fearing people in Nigeria. A lot of people worship God in Nigeria, Christians, Muslims and traditional religion adherents, we all worship God. So, how can we now say that Nigeria will be doomed in 2019? No.

“We see prosperity and that is why we always consult God, that is why we had a divination in September this year, to ask God what we can do, what should be done to make Nigeria to continue to be giant of Africa, to give good life to our President, Muhammdu Buhari and his team. 

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