Travelstart Nigeria And Uber Nigeria Announce Flight Partnership With Uberescape

Human existence is dependent on a lot of things, one of which is transportation and movement from one place to another. Nigerians are particularly people who are always on the go and can be found in most countries in the world. To make traveling super easy,  Travelstart Nigeria and Uber Nigeria announce flight partnership with Uberescape and this post will give you all the full gist about it. You stand a chance to win a trip of your dreams as well!

Travelstart is Africa’s largest online travel agency, with headquarters in Cape Town and a local office in Lagos. Founded in Sweden, Travelstart opened its doors in 1999, as the brainchild of travel visionary Stephan Ekbergh. Nearly two decades, plenty of learning, growth and one African immigration later, today Travelstart proudly employs a team of more than 200 staff with offices in Nigeria, Egypt, Kenya, Tanzania, Turkey and other countries. The Nigerian branch opened in 2012 and has grown to close to 50 staff. The company provides access to more than 500 airlines flying to more than 11,000 destinations. Travelstart Nigeria is the 2017 winner of the Best Blog at the Nigerian Tourism and Travel Awards. Affordable flights can be booked now on www.travelstart.com.ng

Uber’s mission is to help people get a ride at the push of a button – everywhere and for everyone. Started in 2009 to solve a simple problem – how do you get a ride at the touch of a button? Eight years and over five billion trips later, an even greater challenge is being tackled: reducing congestion and pollution in our cities by getting more people into fewer cars.

Uber is available in thirteen cities in Sub-Saharan Africa (Cape Town, Durban, Joburg, Pretoria, Port Elizabeth, Nairobi, Mombasa, Lagos, Abuja, Kampala, Accra, Kumasi and Dar es Salaam). Overall, the Uber network is available in over 600 cities in over 75 countries including spanning 6 continents.

To request a ride, users must download the free application for Android, iPhone, Blackberry 7, or register for Uber at www.uber.com/go. For questions visit www.uber.com

Now the good news! Travelstart, Africa’s leading Online Travel Agency has announced the launch of ‘UberEscape,’ a collaboration between itself and Uber to allow customers book flights through the Uber app. Awesome right?

In September, customers will be able to book their flights by simply opening their Uber app and clicking on ’UberEscape.’ They will then be directed to the secure ’UberEscape’ website where they can access exclusive flight deals to some of their favourite destinations. These cheap flight deals are powered by Travelstart. The company is known for their cheap flights to Dubai, London, New York, Johannesburg and more.

The journey to ’UberEscape‘ will kick off on August 31 with an exciting competition on social media titled “Snap & Share.” During the competition, Uber riders will be asked “Where To?” Participants can pick from any flight route, snap a selfie and share it with Travelstart, UBER and their social media followers to win a trip to their dream travel destination. One lucky Uber rider will win two FREE Economy return flights tickets! The competition will end September 7, 2018 and the winner will be announced by September 14, 2018.

TRAVELSTART NIGERIA AND UBER NIGERIA ANNOUNCE FLIGHT PARTNERSHIP WITH UBERESCAPE

Here is how it works:

  • From August 31 order an Uber, where select cars will contain fill-in-the-blank “Where To?” signs.
  • Use the wipeable marker to fill in your dream destination in the “Where to?” section of the board.
  • Snap a selfie with it and post on twitter or Instagram using the hashtags #UberEscape #PoweredbyTravelstart
  • Make sure you tag @travelstartng, @ubernigeria and the person you will fly with.
  • At the end of the week, 1 lucky winner will be randomly selected to receive TWO return flight tickets to their destination.

Speaking about the partnership, Commercial Manager, Travelstart Nigeria, Bukky Akomolafe said “We are excited to partner with Uber to make flight bookings even more accessible. With this partnership, customers will be able to book their flights as seamlessly as ordering their next ride via the Uber app.” This reinforces Travelstart’s promise of making flight bookings even simpler for Nigerians.

“We are constantly looking for new ways to excite and create value for our burgeoning customers, and we are thrilled to be collaborating with Travelstart through the launch of ‘UberEscape,’” says Margaret Banasko, Country Marketing Lead, Sub-Saharan Africa, Uber. ‘UberEscape’ allows Uber riders to book a flight to their next destination with just a click of a button.  “We are happy to be enabling even more options for their urban mobility needs” she added.

For more information on ‘UberEscape’, please visit www.travelstart.com.ng/uber. T&Cs apply.

TRAVELSTART NIGERIA AND UBER NIGERIA ANNOUNCE FLIGHT PARTNERSHIP WITH UBERESCAPE

Terms and Conditions of Competition

  • Travelstart is responsible for the cost of the return flight tickets up to a value of ₦700,000. All other expenses (hotel, visa, transportation) are not included in the prize.
  • Travelstart reserves the right to select the airline to the winner’s selected destination.
  • This competition is promoted by Travelstart & Uber and is open to Nigerian residents, aged 18 and above that live in Lagos.
  • Employees or agencies of Travelstart Web Logistics Ltd (“Travelstart”, “We”), Uber or their family members, or anyone else connected with the Competition may not enter.
  • The winner will be contacted via social media handle, mobile and/or email used to enter the Competition.
  • The winner must respond to the email within 24 hours to claim the prize.
  • Winner agrees to supply a photograph for publicity purposes.
  • Travelstart will attempt to contact the winners at least 3 (three) times, but if Travelstart is unable to contact the winners within 2 (two) days, such winner will forfeit his/her prize and Travelstart reserve the right to re-draw the prize.
  • The winner agrees to share photos/stories of their travel experience with Travelstart & Uber
  • Failure to comply will disqualify the entrant from winning, and a new winner will be picked. Entries close on 7 September 2018. The winner will be announced by 14 September 2018.
  • The winner may be announced in Travelstart & Uber’s newsletter, social media, print media etc.
  • By participating in this competition, you agree to all the Competition Rules set out above, without exception. Entry into the Competition is acceptance of these Terms and Conditions.
  • In the event of unforeseen circumstances or causes beyond our reasonable control, Travelstart & Uber reserves the right to cancel this Competition, or to change the rules at our discretion, or to change the number or nature of any of the prizes at any time without notice to you.

The Competition Prize Includes:

  • Two free Economy class return tickets to the destination of the winner
  • Booking dates are from 15 September – 20 November 2018 and 01 February – 15 June 2019
  • Booking must be made 3 months from the date of announcement
  • Once selected the destination and airline cannot be changed
  • Tickets are issued by Travelstart Office in Lagos, Nigeria
  • Tickets cannot be reimbursed, exchanged for monetary gains, transferred, renewed or extended
  • Blackout dates, change fee, no-show fee, cancellation charges apply
  • Tickets are subject to the selected airline’s terms and conditions

Competition sounds good to you? Join in and take off for your dream destination. Where would you love to travel to?

Living – Life After Graduation and Adulthood

Looking at the blog post calendar today, I realized how much time had passed since my last blog post. I was shocked, considering the fact that one of my new year resolutions is to post more this year. But really, navigating life after graduation and adulthood at the same time is not easy as I thought it would be.

There really isn’t a survival guide to this adulthood thing. If you happen to know someone who is a boss at it, kindly recommend so I can hit them up and learn too.

Read The Big Deal About Growing Up

What have I been up to? I obeyed the clarion call for National Youth Service in April and it has been a whirlwind since then. From moving to South-South Nigeria and having to adjust to a totally different environment from my beloved Ibadan. Language was a barrier and I was honestly not ready to learn. They have fairly different food too. I taught at a secondary school for about a month. It was a good experience I tell you. Just the disappointment that came from how little the interest students have in education these days, stemming from the fact that so many illegal things are paying big money these days.

I saw some of them wondering why they should go to school when they can become politicians and steal from the country. Needless say, their performance academically were majorly woeful. Majority of them in school could not even read nor write but yet, the school keeps them just for financial gains.

Anyway, I had to redeploy back to Lagos following an attack on our corper’s lodge by armed men. They were arrested after the incident but I could not wait around without guaranteed security. Moving back to Lagos has been blissful to an extent although finding a new workplace was a big problem.

It is dawning on me now the stress that comes with growing up – making decisions yourself, responsibilities, bills and having to work. The year practically sped by. Just a couple of months ago I was dealing with final year project and it seems like it was so long ago.

Read Birthday: Chronicles of the Twenties

Turning the big twenty one on Monday August 6! I have been posting a black and white photo series on Instagram which you can find right here . Follow me and check the series out. Each photograph is accompanied with a note about life. Why black and white? In black and white photographs, colors no longer distract and you can focus on the subject(s) of the photograph as well as emphasize emotions and details, establishing a stronger connection which might not occur in colored photographs.

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I have quite a number of things planned out for the new birthday year and hope to share more on this blog. The first blog post went up December 2014, which means the blog turns 4 later this year. Not much to show for it as I have to admit, I have not been putting much work into creating content consistently.

On balancing friendships and relations, I am pretty much following the rule of reaching out when I can to those who really want to be a part of my life. I feel I have reached that point where I really don’t have to force friendships or remind people how to be friends. A close circle of people I care about would pretty much do it for me. Can you relate?

I do hope you’re living your best life and smiling wide. Keep it in mind that things could be worse and we all just have to be thankful. There is still so much that can still happen this year. How has life been so far for you? Do share below and your thoughts about this post.

Five Things To Know Before Going Into Photography

Photography is one of the major arts a large number of people have interest in, having them wondering most times what to do and know before going into it. I have had people ask me questions and things to know before going into photography quite a number of times. Ranging from the camera to software to photography itself, a lot is needed to be known and I can categorically tell you that a photographer never stops learning. However, if you’re ready to start a career as a photographer, here are five things to know before going into photography.

1. Photography is expensive!

The realization will dawn on you probably a couple of months into it when you realize the amount of gadgets and accessories you have to constantly buy as well as investment into publicity. I applaud people who use big cameras though. Some DSLR cameras cost as much as the tuition fee of private universities in Nigeria, just one camera! And the worst part of it? The prices keep increasing. So yeah, be prepared to spend a lot, even on software and upgrades.

A great option is to start with a moderately priced camera or look into used gadgets. At first it might seem somehow and skepticism comes in, but neatly used gadgets will save you a lot of money in the course. You do not need the latest and most expensive equipment to take great pictures.

2. LENS! LENS!

The type or brand of camera you get is great but most of the magic is done with the lens (and editing) used. Lens can make shooting as easy as you want as well as produce great images. The kit lens that come with most cameras is great but a second lens would suffice later for better photos. I shot for quite a while with kit lens and still do occasionally, I can tell you the difference is always obvious compared to pictures taken with standard lens. Great lens allow you to play around with focusing on subjects. Focus on getting the picture right before post-production.

3. Photography is time consuming

Going into photography means you’re ready to dedicate a large part of your day and life to everything that revolves around it, editing as well as learning more about photography. Don’t have the time to spare? Move along. I am steadily watching YouTube videos to learn how to do what. My first retouched photo was done by watching a tutorial late in the night.

Asides tutorials, textbooks and photography workshops are necessary too. Time is needed in shooting and getting better. There is a lot to be learned. If it takes 5 minutes to edit a photo, imagine how long it would take to edit 100 photos. Some shoots could take a lot of time as well.

4. Not everyone is meant to go pro

“We are making photographs to understand what our lives mean to us.”
— Ralph Hattersley

Honestly, not every camera wielding individual is meant to become a wedding photographer or portrait shooter. If you’re into photography simply as a hobby, you really don’t have to jump on every job you’re offered especially if it is one you’re not really equipped for. You will stress yourself out and might end up not delivering as expected. Going pro also demands that you know how to relate with customers. Taking on a job means a customer must be satisfied and if you lack customer relations skill, your career won’t last.

5. You have to know your camera in and out

Knowing your camera necessitates that you’re able to control it in all situations and lighting conditions. Some photographers under-use their cameras because they shoot mostly in ‘perfect conditions’. Know your camera and wield it like the gadget it is. Understand what functions what part perform and how the parts relate. Find out how the shutter speed works, each mode and the ISO level for what shots. Practice with exposure is a key part of the rudiments of photography. Shoot with high exposure and the picture might end up being too bright. Shoot with low exposure and the image will be dark.

These five tips will have you set and good to go if you keep them in mind. Photography is fun and beautiful but still not meant for everyone. You can see my work over at Playground Media. Cheers on the journey to being a photographer!

The best part of posting here is getting your feedback and comments. Ever considered a career in photography or photography happens to be your hobby? What are your thoughts about this post?

Five Types of People You Find In Church

Has it ever occurred to you how the mind wanders and thinks of the oddest things during church service? No? Well then, I confess that I belong to the percentage of people who get distracted in church sometimes.

Yesterday, I did a bit of thinking between choir ministration and sermon and it dawned on me how there were so many people in church but each person is there for different reasons. You see well dressed folks with smiling faces and then the opposite. I mentally grouped these people into five sets.

1. The Normal Christians

This set of people have a strong stand in the faith, are aware of their problems and willing to pray their way into solving them. Fasting is normal to them and they hold on to every word the pastor says. They are in church for serious business and prayer. At every instance they shout “I receive!”, “I believe!”, “Yes Lord!” etc.

2. The Dancers

This set of people have only one mission in church and that is to dance. A quick investigation might show some of them are regular at Friday turnups at the club and there are some sisters that have to restrain themselves from twerking in service as the groove is still in their body. They are the life of praise and worship however you’d find them dozing or pressing phone during sermon as it really isn’t any of their business.

3. The Slayers

These men and ladies are red carpet material. Their outfits are tailored to perfection or purchased from a designer. The ladies are the ones whose highlight can blind from a mile away and the men can be seen adjusting agbada or their suit. They are in church just to show off and of course, to take pictures to post later. Praying is not in their agenda as they feel they have their lives in order. If they do pray, it’s simply for thanksgiving of how good life is. Ask them what went down in service and they’d have nothing to say.

4. The Fuckboys

A male subset of The Slayers whose mission is to find and get with as many girls as possible. The sad part? There are girls who fall into their traps. Some of them have great jobs and are sweet mouthed as stipulated by The Demons constitution. During service, they are preoccupied with checking out girls and targeting how best to approach the light skinned usher or the sister with the big booty. They rarely function in workers’ role and if and when they do, it’s for access to more girls or to impress a particular one. In other words, they help add to the population of the church.

5. The Single Ladies

All the single ladies, all the single ladies 🎶
These sisters have been single for a while and have plans of getting married as soon as possible. Fighting for bouquet at weddings could be their speciality. They are well dressed and have eyes for detecting who is single and who is not amidst the brothers. Hearing a brother they have eyes on is taken is followed by a hiss. Half of them aren’t really religious amd are just in church to find a man.

In addition to the five, we have The Clueless who have no idea why they are in church. They just know it’s morally necessary to go so they get dressed and come. Also, there are The Gossips who know everything going on in church. There you have them. Which group do you fall into? Be honest with yourself lol. Leave a comment below.

Thanks for stopping by ❤

Poetry || Of Lies Doctors Tell

Of Lies Doctors Tell

Doctors are
unfortunately liars

The one who promised
the injection wouldn’t hurt
and it would be swift
– but the needle said otherwise
The buttocks know the story of the pain

The one that promised
Uncle B was fine
and would soon be discharged
– but two days after
had death pay him a visit

The one that promised
he was different from other guy
– but like many of his demon caliber
on a heart breaking spree
Forgive me
Forgive him lord

The one who dispenses
lenses to help see better
– but just for profit
and years down the line still shortsighted

I don’t believe or like them doctors
They make pain too easy.

– Dammy

Of Lies Doctors Tell is a piece from my book Heartistic. To read more, get a soft copy on Okada Books here and hard copy via Amazon here. You can find my writings under the Writings category. Read and share your thoughts maybe? Thank you.

Nigerian Music Platform: We Talk Sound

Hi readers!

If you’re regular here, you can probably tell how ecstatic I am about music from some of my previous music related posts. Well, if you are a music junkie and lover of everything music related, I’ve got information about the latest way to access Nigerian music on the web.

We Talk Sound is a music platform that seeks to celebrate Nigerian music using technology as well as a highly digital online presence. The online platform www.wetalksound.com launched yesterday, 12th August. It would provide music reviews, polls, lists, analysis and features on artistes and their works.

Founded by Dolapo Amusat, with roots in Ibadan Nigeria. The overall goal is to give a voice to everybody in music conversations.

He sees a big picture ahead, where Nigerian music is presented and sold globally to the entire world in the most attractive and celebratory manner.

We Talk Sound (WTS) started humbly as a WhatsApp group of like-minded music-lovers, artistes, critics and producers a year ago. The community has grown, hosting two music events in Ibadan within the space of one year. Now, they are launching officially on the web as a digital music reviews and content platform, but they have bigger plans.

But guess what? The launch is merely the first step. The website intends to start a music incubation program very soon. This which would basically treat upcoming musicians, producers, sound-engineers and more as startups. It provides them with the resources they need to churn out and market their music, as well as guidance.

Also, there are intentions to launch a social networking application for music lovers, artistes, and other creatives to encourage conversations about Nigerian music. They would as well facilitate interactions and collaborations among creative people.

You can support the movement by writing about them on your website, following their accounts and sharing their posts on social media (@wetalksound), giving feedback and any other possible form of support.

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Birthday: Chronicles of the Twenties

Hi readers!
Welcome back to the blog. Long time no post? Blame it on exams and other stuffs I have been busy with. So I turned a year older yesterday and it was indeed a great day. Unlike other birthdays I have had, I was really excited about this one due to reasons I can’t even explain. Fast forward and the chronicles of the twenties have officially begun.

The previous year had its lessons and memories, some of which were good and others were not but God was faithful through it all. So I am a technically a grown up now and expect several responsibilities to follow.

My mother cracked the joke of me bringing home husband by my birthday next year and I gave a nervous laugh. My dad said the same thing when he sent his wishes. Like seriously? Jeez. There’s really the marriage thing to think about soon and by the way, Dammy is still single. I have no plans of being married before 25.

So my friends and family pointed out some of my annoying habits yesterday, one of which was not being time conscious. Guilty as charged but not all the time. I think it has to do mostly with socialising and going out. Although I will work on it seriously this year.

Another problem mentioned was leaving chats hanging and having mood swings. I really don’t think I could change this that much. Can’t help it as it is part of me already.

Someone mentioned how shy I could be sometimes. Like I said in this post, I am not shy around people I am comfortable with. My cousin said I nag too. Hahaha. I disagree.

All in all, I look forward to graduation and preparing myself for all adulthood brings. Will share some lessons I have learned from life as a 20 year old so far in the next blog post. Got any tips for surviving adulthood? Share below.

P.s: If you’re yet to get a copy of my book Heartistic, are you really supporting or even a fan? 😞 Download it here

Open Letter: Dear Future Husband

Dear Future Husband,

If all has gone as planned, it is probably 2024 and we are newlyweds. I salute your persistence and the fact that we have made it this far. I can be stubborn and annoying I know, so me rocking your surname must have taken a lot of effort.

Did you propose in the public? Did I faint? I always imagined I would. We had that moderate wedding I suppose. Was my wedding dress a stunner like I imagined? Honeymoon in Paris too? Hahaha.

As we set out on this journey of forever, I pray God takes complete charge. I have been praying for our marriage even before it happened. Why? Because being married is not easy. There is so much I have heard, read about and seen.

We will have our ups and downs and moments we’d get tired of it all but so long as you are trying, I am trying too. I am not a quitter and neither should you be.

I am ambitious husband but also a chicken. I have dreams bigger than I can imagine and intend to achieve a lot. Support me and I will have your back too.

Husband, I want to see the world. Travel to places, have a shelf filled with awards, another with books and to be a name to reckon with while impacting lives positively.

We will do a lot together love, achieve a lot. I cannot promise to be a perfect wife because I don’t know what perfection is. I can however be understanding, to communicate and be patient.

Yes, I am complicated and yet I am not. I am crazy and yet sweet. My mood swings are terrible and yet I have my fun sides. Looking forward to being goofy, naughty and yet serious with you.

When the time is right, we will make beautiful children. We will have all the time for them and raise them to be the best of what they want to be. I look forward to having cute children that are artistic and yet smart, a combination of the both of us. We will raise them well and growing old together would be fun.

Yes, your wardrobe is our wardrobe. I cannot promise I won’t wear your clothes more than I wear mine. Can’t promise not to get mad if you complain books litter the house. I will support you and be your biggest cheerleader. But I cannot promise not to kick you out of bed in the middle of the night or be an attention hoarding somebody.

I cannot make promises really as I don’t know how life would actually play out. Things won’t be perfect always but so long as the vow to stay together binds us, we will work things out. I look forward to being married to you.

Yours sincerely,
Wifey.

Ever imagined how marriage would be like? Bloggers, jump on this writing challenge. What are your thoughts about this post? Do comment below.

P.S: My book Heartistic is live on Okada Books. It is a poetry collection that tells the story of love, heartbreak and the essence of living. Download here. Thank you!

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