TOURISM WOMEN LUNCHEON: THE REASON
March is International Women’s Month. And to celebrate it, I hosted a “Tourism Women Luncheon” on Sunday 15th March, 2020 at Dooney’s Tearoom & Wellness Cafe situated on the 1st floor last wing, Lennox Mall, Admiralty way, Lekki, Lagos.
The idea was to bring together women in the Nigerian Tourism space to just mingle, connect and have fun. No serious talk. Just bonding over lunch and games.
It was also a great opportunity for women who are upcoming, existing and veterans in the Tourism space to network and build relationships.
“Networking is not about just connecting people. It’s about connecting people with people, people with ideas, and people with opportunities.” – Michele Jennae
As guests started arriving, my amazing coordinator, Kemisola Adetola engaged the early birds with a card game. At a point they were having so much fun they did not want to stop.
The event kicked off with an ice-breaker. To introduce themselves, each guest picked a number from a bowl and based on their number, they told us things about themselves. Mine was No. 6 *laughs*
THE GIST: IWD 2020 THEME – #EACHFOREQUAL
Next while we ordered our lunch, we took about an hour to discuss the International Women’s Day (IWD) 2020 theme: #EachForEqual. It was quite an interesting and eye-opening session as women shared their experiences and insights relating to the theme.
THE COMPETITION: GAME TIME!
After enjoying our gist and eating our lunch, game time was next. Coordinated by Kemisola, guests were divided into two groups. The game was so interesting…it was ‘war’ between the groups as they answered questions to score points. The winning team won cord organizers from The Ajala Store.
THE SIDE ATTRACTIONS
FACE PAINTING BY ABIOLA OF PENIEL ART
PORTRAITS BY T’BRIGGS
A big thank you to the following brands for partnering with us:
Dooney’s Tearoom & Wellness Cafe: Their ambience is so beautiful!!! It fits the #IWD theme color with their purple flower and butterfly backdrops 🦋 Their meal was so delicious! And their ice tea drink, you should try it…very tasty and healthy too.
The Ajala Store: Looking for a one stop store for all your travel essential items? The Ajala Store has got you! They sponsored our event with cord organizers for the winners of the game competition. We also got travel shoe bags as souvenirs for our guests.
T’BRIGGS: Looking for ways to spice up your event? Then get your guests to have their portrait taken by a professional photographer! T’BRIGGS made sure all our guests had their beautiful portraits taken to celebrate #IWD.
Peniel Art: Another way to spice up your event is getting your guests to have their face painted, just for fun and the grams! Abiola of Peniel Art made our guests look colorful and artistic with their different facial designs. Mine was exclusive *wink*
Vudoh: The outfit theme for our event was ‘Afrocentric’. So I reached out to Vudoh and they made me their signature ‘Orisirishi’ gown. Fitted perfectly: Food and Afrocentric Arts! Call me Afrocentric Foodie! *shines teeth*
Jub Travel Films: What’s an event without a way to document it for memories sake? Thanks to Jub Travel Films for partnering with us to record our event in video and photo formats *smiles*
Games: Special thanks to Kemisola Adetola, the Founder of BookHangout Tribe, for coordinating the games.
Peaches n Cream: As someone who believes in pampering yourself, having a ‘spalicious’ experience is essential. Peaches n Cream sponsored our events by giving our guests a discount on their massage. Looking forward to our guests enjoying a ‘spalicious’ experience like I did *wink* Find out more about their services on their site.
ANOTHER WOMEN IN TOURISM HANGOUT?
I am still literally overjoyed that these beautiful women came, connected and had fun over lunch and games.
There were requests for us to do this again…regularly. Let’s see how that goes *smiles*
Do share with me: “How did you celebrate #IWD2020?”
Photo Credit: AzeMaye DaNiels