It’s often said that journalists are writers who fell by the wayside. After an interesting five years working as a journalist and producing volumes of content with the support of, and in collaboration with, a truly amazing team of creative minds, I think that saying is economic with the truth. My journalistic experience at Afro Tourism in the last few years has no doubt moulded me into the writer I want to be and opened up a more global opportunity for me to make a difference in our world. 

I must say a big thank you to everyone who made my stay a very interesting one. It’s difficult to mention every name, but some are so important that it will be a sacrilege not to mention them. Top on this list is Mr Olaleye Adebiyi, the Vice Chairman and Managing Director of the company who provided the platform for me and many others to flourish. Others are Ayo Oyewole, Miriam Chiazor-Nwegbe, Jude Obaseki, Omoniyi David, Udochi Anyogu, Oladimeji Shekete, Chinenye Egwuonwu, Kelechi Obuah, Nkiruka Osuji, Samuel Adeleke, Tony Nwachukwu, Funsho Peters, Banke Otubanjo, Chike Okoye, ‘Bosun Oke, Seun Adeola, Abraham Olujimi, Michael Akintola, Tolulope Popoola, Olusegun Oguntunase, Jumoke Apatapiti, Nkem Okuoyibo and Daniel Sylvester among many others. I also appreciate everyone who contributed to each edition of S.E.E. Africa and www.afrotourism.com.

I must also appreciate the team I am leaving behind, and the new CEO, Ms Mojereola Mustapha, for their commitment to keeping the good work on. The task ahead is enormous, but I trust that with focus, vision and continued commitment to meeting the goals, the sky remains the starting point.

Indeed, I will miss all the fun and glamour associated with the travel/media industry that I am leaving behind. But I will relish each memory I made in the industry, and continue to hold tightly to all the friends that made my time in the industry wonderful. Indeed, as I go on to join the international criminal justice and human rights research community, I will continue to look back and say thank you to the travel and media industry for the remarkable contributions made to my career so far. 

Indeed… this isn’t goodbye; it’s merely a wave from the next door…

and like Beyoncé, let me sign out by saying “I Was Here”!

 

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Michael Alvin

Michael Alvin

Creative Writer
Michael Alvin is a lawyer and a UNESCO certified journalist. At Afro Tourism, he blends creativity with his training in telling moving stories about his personal experience on his various trips across Africa.
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