PROSPECTS of career opportunities in the hotel and hospitality industry in Nigeria and other African countries have received a tremendous boost with the debut of the African Hospitality Academy in Lagos.
The Academy, operated with the support of The Hague Hotel Schools of the Netherlands, intends to revolutionise and enhance the nation’s hotel and hospitality industry by training Nigerians and providing employment for them.
Speaking during the open day of the Academy at the Golden Tulip Hotel, Festac, Founder of the Academy, Mr. Amaechi Ndili, said the initiative became necessary as the country is not turning out enough graduates for the industry.
Ndili, an entrepreneur and investor in the hotel and hospitality industry, said “gaps in the skills sets, were limiting available opportunities. I realised that with respect to manpower among West Africans, within the industry, not only was there a skills set gap, the opportunities within the industry are so vast that we would not have possibility of careers therein.
“The Academy was born because we are not turning out enough quality graduates to take over, .”
“Part of what we intend to do is help the graduates secure employment. As soon as they graduate, we will be spreading them around the country and even to countries in the sub-region. Applicants must have some form of tertiary education in any discipline to qualify to register.”
Speaking, the Dean of Faculty, The Hotel School, The Hague, Mr. Peter Starks said The Hague Hotel School is ranked among the top five hospitality business schools in the world and wants to be in Africa.
“Your GDP generally runs around 2.4% yearly, while hospitality runs around 4.6% yearly which means the potential to grow is there. This is Africa’s growth story of the 21st Century.”