Tamara Egbedi

My name is Tamara Egbedi and i am the Founder of “PachaMama Foods” which is an agro-business company based in Nigeria and our business is centered on producing healthy food products that are easy to make, affordable, proudly Nigerian, value driven and a means to change the narrative of Africa by helping eradicate malnutrition and address poverty.

I have known Lauretta for 5 years when she directly taught me continental cuisine and hospitality when I enrolled in Wavecrest College of Hospitality for a customized course. I was impressed with her level of professionalism, expertise in food technology, customer service, knowledge on quality, food and most importantly her passion for hospitality and top standards. These were the key factors that made me work with her from the initiation of my food business 3 years ago and she has been key to its establishment. Lauretta has greatly contributed with her expertise to my food business, formula creation, assistance in obtaining our certification from the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), training of my staff in quality, factory cleanliness, mentoring to our all-female staff and coaching for myself on running a food factory and business.

She is one of the best in the food and hospitality as she never compromises on standard which is an added value in Africa and is very technically sound on the science behind food; this she showed when she directly worked with the Nigerian fabricator of all my processing equipment in order to ensure each machine produced the expected results. Till date, we work together to create delicious and healthy meals for the family and they are published on the company’s website. More

Chinenye Gift Obiakor

I am graduate of hospitality Management from Wavecrest college of Hospitality. I discovered hospitality at the college with lecturers like Miss Bickersteth who won’t give up on me. Ms B as she is fondly called has got a remarkable style of teaching that gets every student on their toes. Her toughness when it comes to classroom matters made me understand that Hospitality as a career takes discipline and hardwork. She has an excellent rapport with every student, which helped every student communicate with her freely making her the Favourite lecturer of Most of the students. Her course is one which requires loads of course work and research and this has helped sharpened my research and presentation skills. She’s a perfect definition of discipline and Encouragement as she challenges me in all areas helping me discover more of my hidden potentials.

I am sure she never knew she was building a strong professional as her push and strong will has helped me develop a “Can do” attitude where i believe i can achieve anything. Graduating from the college with an excellent grade, I never relented. My career goal is to become one of the highly sort after hospitality expert both home and abroad.

 I started my Hospitality Career after my NYSC in 2013 with The Federal Palace hotel and Casino in Victoria Island. Few months later, I joined the FMCG distribution company (Blue Arrow tsw Limited) as a Front Desk executive in the head office branch. With passion and hardwork, I relocated to Dubai in February 2015 to join the Canadian owned brand (Fairmont Hotels and Resorts in Dubai UAE) as an in room dinning telephone operator / cashier. Within the 1st 6months of joining, I won the Employee of the month for June 2016 and in less than 1 year, I was awarded the Star front of house Employee of the quarter in December 2016.

I Joined The Ritz Carlton Hotel in Doha, Qatar  in May 2016 as a Lead Waitress, Hostess and Cashier and was Nominated for the 5 star Employee of the quarter in October 2017. I am currently working in the capacity of Food and Beverage Captain (acting) in one of the busy high ends and famous bar of the Ritz Carlton Doha (Admirals Club) . And will be transferring to Our British Overseas Territory branch (Cayman Islands) located in the Caribbean as an In Room Dinning Order taker/Cashier in July 2018.

Fisayo Ibitara

MS Togonu-Bickersteth Lauretta is a very wonderful woman and very easy to relate with. She is one of my role Model. She is someone that puts an
effort towards the progress of hospitality and tourism coupled with her passion for the growth of the young people.

She has mastered the art of living not for herself alone
but for others especially the youth. She is a trainer and consultant in
hospitality and tourism career.

Been with her for some years, she has taught me how to be better, stronger and more bold in the hospitality career. She has motivated me in many things especially in the recent HATMAN (Hospitality and Tourism Management Association of Nigeria) award I received. She has helped me in believing in myself.  She is an inspiration to the youth.


Ms Bis like an Angel that is sent to me .Some people thinks she is a strict and an inconsiderate person but No! she is not. She is a mother and a best friend. She gave me hope when there was no hope for me.

I met Ms B at Iwollo Conference Centre, she came for a Retreat. The administrator of the Conference centre, Ms Elizabeth spoke to Ms B a little about me because I applied to study at Wavecrest college of Hospitality where she works as a lecturer from there she became my best friend; and a Mother to me even without her Knowing.

I got admission in 2014 but I lost the admission because there was no money to start school so I lost the admission. But Ms B gave me hope and let me know that God’s time is the best.

Around January 2015, MsB introduced me to a Muslim Family in Lagos State called Mr&Mrs Bakare for me to work for them as a cook , I didn’t think it twice because I trusted Ms B with all my heart, knowing that she cannot ask me to go anywhere that will not be good for me. I worked for them for 7 months and they were so good to me.

I got the second admission in 2015, started school in November. Ms B was my Lecturer throughout the 2 year I spent at Wavecrest college of Hospitality. She made me aware that I have a lot of potentials and taught me a lot of things like to have self confidence and she made me believe in myself.

Ms B is an Angel that was sent to me from above and I mean every word of it. She is the best friend I have ever had and the best Mentor. Ms B keep doing the good work of God and He will always be there for you. Thank you so much Ms B


Oboasehki Cynthia

Hospitality is they say is a service of receiving, welcoming, hosting or entertaining people, including strangers from various works of life. Hospitality is creating and giving an impeccable service and experience. It’s a common knowledge that most of our today’s youth do not know the essence of hospitality, being blindfolded to what it actually is.

They believe hospitality to be a give take thing lacking the actual skills of being hospitable which have destroyed many morale, relationships, and lives in general. Well, I once belonged to this school of thought until I was brought to the lime light of what hospitality truly and really is.

I have no other person to thank and appreciate, other than *Ms B.* this, perhaps, is the most appropriate appraisal on how I got to be hospitable to everyone and of course, to myself as well.

During the LSETF program sponsored by Lagos state government, I had the rare privilege of having great encounter with this eloquent, dynamic and sizzling Ms B. She thought me that hospitality begins with you (yourself) because what you have you give, and what you are, people emulate.
Discovering hospitality has made me have great and fantastic confidence in myself than ever before, thereby, being social/sociable, helping people and bringing smiles to their faces.