Uganda Tourism Board, led by Anthony Ochieng, captured the attention of Nigerian journalists during an engaging interview in Lagos. The delegation aimed to showcase Uganda’s abundant natural beauty, cultural richness, and immersive experiences. Also, to establish it as an enticing destination for Nigerian travellers seeking extraordinary adventures in East Africa.
Uganda has an array of awe-inspiring attractions and a tailored focus on various tourism sectors. It will leave an indelible mark on the hearts and minds of Nigerian explorers.
During the interview, Anthony Ochieng unveiled Uganda’s breathtaking allure as the “Pearl of Africa.”
He emphasized, “Uganda is known as the Pearl of Africa because of its diverse natural endowment and beauty as described by various leaders like Winston Churchill.”
With some of Africa’s most sought-after species, including the Big Five and the opportunity to witness mountain gorillas and chimpanzees, Uganda offers unparalleled wildlife experiences.
Faith-based tourism emerged as a key focus.
Ochieng stated, “We are targeting faith-based tourism, talking about the different denominations. Uganda hosts the Namugongo Shrine and the Uganda Martyrs. From statistics, Catholics and Anglicans make the major religious stakeholders in Uganda.”
The delegation emphasized the significance of promoting this unique pilgrimage experience among Nigerian travellers. He said it will help foster cultural ties and invited them to embark on a profound spiritual journey in a land of rich heritage.
While highlighting Uganda’s diverse offerings, Ochieng noted, “Apart from the faith-based [tourism], we have things like adventure, wildlife, culture, cultural diversity, culinary tourism.”
He further added, “From the statistics and research we’ve done, most Nigerians love entertainment tourism… Uganda has it all and I believe that is what the Nigerian traveller needs.”
Addressing safety concerns, Ochieng reassured Nigerian travellers, stating, “Uganda is one of the safest countries to be… There’s security everywhere, and in the last 10 years, there’s no report of the killing of tourists in Uganda.”
The Uganda Tourism Board representatives highlighted their commitment to fostering collaboration and communication.
Ochieng mentioned, “We have your contacts in our list, we send you information, and newsletters at the end of every month so that you get equipped with what Uganda has to offer.”
The board also aims to promote inter-Africa tourism, facilitating cultural exchange and strengthening relationships between countries.
With Uganda’s vibrant entertainment scene, delectable cuisine, and warm hospitality, the interview sought to captivate Nigerian travellers. The Uganda Tourism Board’s efforts, combined with the country’s remarkable natural wonders, cultural heritage, and diverse tourism offerings, invite Nigerians to embark on a transformative journey filled with wonder, exhilaration, and lasting memories.