Aviation Africa Golf Tournament

[dropcap]M[/dropcap]ajor aviation and travel experts are billed to tee off  the 2nd edition of Aviation Cup Africa Golf Tournament which will be hosted on the margins of Aviation Africa Conference by Diplomacy Publishing & Events and Afri Diplomat Media in collaboration with organizers of the Conference .

The conference will be held on the 13th-14th, while the golf tournament will be held on the 15th, in IBB International Golf & Country Club — both in Abuja. 

The tournament which was last won by Dare Olayiwola of Sabre Travel Solutions — a global distribution system company operating across West/Central Africa and Bukola Rokosu of Delta Air Lines — will, this time, feature a corporate foursome for aviation brands and institutions to enter teams of two players each.  

This will hold alongside the individual participation. 

In a chat with newsmen, the CEO of Diplomacy Publishing & Events and publisher of Afri Diplomat magazine Sòókò Deji Ajomale-McWord, revealed that the organisers of the golf tournament and the organisers of Aviation Africa Conference have a collaborative understanding, and that some of the conference delegates have confirmed participation (in one form or the other)  for the tournament. 

According to him, Adefunke Adeyemi – The Secretary General of African Civil Aviation Commission, Adenike Macauley – The CEO of Wakanow Nigeria, Capt. Musa Nuhu – The Director General of Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority, Dr. Gabriel Olowo – Chairman of Sabre Travel Solutions and grand patron of Aviation Cup Africa, Alan Peaford – Chairman of Aviation Africa Conference etc., will be performing the ceremonial tee off to declare the tournament open. 

While stating the rationale behind the tournament, Sòókò Deji, said “just like we are purposeful with our other events like International Diplomacy Stableford Golf Tournament, The Consul General Cup and Sport, Tourism & Diplomacy Conversation; Aviation Cup Africa isn’t just another tournament. A lot of informed thoughts went into its conceptualization. Do you know that the words ‘flight’, and ‘apron’ are used in both golf and aviation? In fact, a renowned golf equipment manufacturer called Callaway consulted Boeing on the aerodynamic performance of its XR16 driver, which debuted on the PGA Tour in Hawaii, in 2016.” 

He went further by saying “the other time, someone asked me why is Diplomacy Publishing & Events, a brand known for diplomatic engagements interested in aviation? My response to him was that aviation is as important to diplomacy as diplomacy is important to aviation. AFCAC is a specialized agency of the African Union — a continental diplomatic entity. Aviation thrives on negotiated agreements among nations of the world, which broker diplomatic relations. There’s no BASA without diplomacy. Without bilateral agreements to allow one to fly into or through the airspace of the other, world politics and economy can’t go on. This is why we came up with this platform as a recreational ground for a cocktail of fun and serious stuff, as we advance exchanges that make aviation and world economy thrive.”



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