Meet Peter Swanepoel: The Expertraite Who Runs Obasanjo's Dream Edifice- GREEN LEGACY RESORTS
-Peter Swanepoel, Obasanjo’s Green Legacy Expatriate Manager Speaks on the imposing Edifice
Simply amazing!! Or how else can one describe the still undergoing and near completed massive Chief Olusegun Obasanjo’s IMPOSING over hundred -room Green Legacy Resort is nothing but a masterpiece, overlooking the much orchestrated masterpiece expansive Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library (OOPL) complex.
Though when G.CERUTTI MEDIA GROUP visited the resort and spent the night in one of the heavenly set up, we realized that So far, majority of the suites/room are furnished and open to guests. The suites/room come in four broad categories:(1) Ambassadorial suite; (2) superior double suite; (3) executive double suite; (4) studio/executive room. And tarriff begin from 18,000/night to 65,000/night.
Give it to the brains that are running the hotel, they sure knows there onion. On hand to grant us an elaborate interview was none other than the amiable Peter Swanepoel, General Manager of the hotel
For this egg head hotel expert to be head hunted to Nigeria simply means one thing…. The retired General wants to live nothing but a global legacy, whenever he decides to step out of the big stage
For starters, the South Africa head of the breath taking resort, we can reveal is not small fish in the hotel and tourism business, here is expert of our midnight chat with the expatriate
ON HIS SOJOURN AS HOTEL EXPERT...he divulged….
‘ I have been in the Hospitality Industry over 25 years and counting.
Sorry for the late response Mike have been so busy here it’s really crazy but good
I have worked for Carnival Corporation which is one of the world’s largest Luxury Cruise liners.
These ships are actually floating Hotels with everything from casinos, restaurants, shopping malls.
These liners catered up two 2500 guests per any given time per cruise in the Caribbean.
I was working as food and beverage manager for four years for them in Miami Florida USA.
I was also working for Kapama Game lodges in SA as Manager for one of the biggest privately owned resorts in SA.
I have also worked for the Sheraton Hotel group in SA with the opening of some of their Hotels in SA.
ON WHY THE HOTEL IS CALLED GREEN LEGACY….. Mr. Peter posited
‘ Baba(Chief Obasanjo) have never pretended or shy over his love for color green, he loves anything green with a passion, green is his weak point, that goes a long way to tell you that, he is very passionate and patriotic Nigeria because Nigeria stand for green’’
AS REGARDING WHAT TO EXPECT FROM THIS MEGA RESORT…Mr. Peter divulged: ‘ I can assure you that this will be the place to be, you cannot beat the serenity of Abeokuta, this is very heavenly city, not like the very noisy and breezy mega cities like Lagos or Abuja, this is mountain city, you want to be close to nature, then here is the place, the resort will at the end of the day boast of facilities like library, lake, fish pond, zoo, all the old cars that Baba once used in his life time, beautiful fountains, among many other facilities that will at the end of the day make green legacy ONE OF THE TOP tourist attraction in the continent, though not officially opened, the patronage so far is overwhelming, the best is in front of the hotel of legacy I ca assure all and sundry
ON FINAL NOTE, IS MR PETER NOT MISSING HIS South Africa HOME?
‘I KNOW NO LONELINESS, this is my home, anywhere I work, I adopt easily, I can tell you categorically that am more at home in Nigeria, this is like my Country, am a workaholic so there is no time for loneliness, and come to think of it, who can be lonely in a beautiful and bursting place like this Country, for me, Nigeria is my home’’ He closes