Dating is a part of the human mating process whereby two people meet socially for companionship, beyond the level of friendship, or with the aim of each assessing the other’s suitability as a partner in an intimate relationship or marriage. It can be a form of courtship consisting of social activities done by the couple. While the term has several meanings, it usually refers to the act of meeting and engaging in some mutually agreed upon social activity in public, together, as a couple.
The protocols and practices of dating, and the terms used to describe it, vary considerably from country to country and over time. The most common idea is two people trying out a relationship and exploring whether they are compatible by going out together in public as a couple who may or may not yet be having sexual relations. This period of courtship is sometimes seen as a precursor to engagement or marriage.
Dating as an institution is a relatively recent phenomenon which has mainly emerged in the last few centuries. From the standpoint of anthropology and sociology, dating is linked with other institutions such as marriage and the family which have also been changing rapidly and which have been subject to many forces, including advances in technology and medicine. As humans have evolved from hunter-gatherers into civilized societies and more recently into modern societies, there have been substantial changes in the relationship between men and women, with perhaps one of a few remaining biological constants being that both adult women and men must have sexual intercourse for human procreation to happen.
Humans have been compared to other species in terms of sexual behavior. Neurobiologist Robert Sapolsky constructed a reproductive spectrum with opposite poles being tournament species, in which males compete fiercely for reproductive privileges with females, and pair bond arrangements, in which a male and female will bond for life. According to Sapolsky, humans are somewhat in the middle of this spectrum, in the sense that humans form pair bonds, but there is the possibility of cheating or changing partners. These species-particular behavior patterns provide a context for aspects of human reproduction, including dating. However, one particularity of the human species is that pair bonds are often formed without necessarily having the intention of reproduction. In modern times, emphasis on the institution of marriage, generally described as a male-female bond, has obscured pair bonds formed by same-sex and transsexual couples, and that many heterosexual couples also bond for life without offspring, or that often pairs that do have offspring separate. Thus, the concept of marriage is changing widely in many countries.
Lagos, Nigeria’s commercial city, home to over 20 million people, is known for its ‘owambe‘(party) spirit. Popularly reffered to as the city that never sleeps and Africa’s special. The city is packed with a range of events irrespesctive of weekdays or weekends, high-end locations or slums. This however, has contributed to growth in event vendors in this city and also making lagos a profitable market for FMCGs (fast moving consumer goods).
Rising from it’s reputation, Lagos as a city and residents of this great city, constantly strive to build on the already achieved reputation and as such understand the importance of details in every event. Today in this article, we are going to focus on event centres and give you a surface look and feel based on public impressions.
- Eko Hotel & Suites: This is known to be the heart of shows/concerts and top events not just in lagos but in Nigeria. it is also often referred to as the biggest (not just in size but in brand) event center in Lagos. Its USP (Unique Selling Point) is the EKo Convention centre which a population capacity of 5,000 people. It is fully air-conditioned with state of the art facilities/equipments.
- Oriental hotel (Grand Ball Room): This is regarded as the eye for weddings, it has seen weddings of all calibres held at its location, because it is believed to have its own siganture flavour of class and poise, which is added to your wedding, to give you the wedding of your dreams which you very much deserve. it has a capacity of to sit over 500 people comfortably, an ample parking space for all your guest, and all the facilities you desire to make your occassion one to remember.
- Shell Hall Muson Centre: The strategic positioning of this venue makes it an eye catching location. it is positioned for a blend of corporate and social functions as such you can have the best of both worlds. it is equipped with state of the art facilities, with extra provisions made avaliable upon your request. So if what you want is something more than an exprience, look no further. The best part is it always fits your premium budget.
- Golden Tulip Hotel, festac: Situated in the heart of festac, it is the event hub of festac. Approaching this Giangantic hotel from the road, one will be totally stunned by the massive structure with the astonishing lights illuminating from the rooms. The Golden Tulip Hotel hall can host over 1000 people with top notch facilities for guarantneed entertainment and convenience.
- Others: Other event centers include: Bespoke event centre(Lekki) Agip Hall( Muson Center), Jevinik hall (GRA Ikeja) Koga Entertinment hal (ikeja),
First thing in planning an event, is to understand the nature of the kind of event you are planning. i.e if its a concert or a party, or a seminar, workshop product launch etc. Events that are non-profit oriented hardly requires alot of planning time, but for profit oriented events or other wise paid events such as concerts, comedy shows etc, there are two basic plans you need to draw out
- Marketing Plan
- Sales Plan
People often misake marketing plan for sales plan, in that when you have a good marketing strategy, it translates into sales, but trust me. Marketing and sales are two different ball games. If you notice most big comapnies/multi-nationals usually have a marketing department and sales department. This is because although they may have one end goal, but their mission are different.
Generally for the success of any event you are planning, it is important to take this key guide;
- Have a jotter where you have your daily plans and targets filled a day to the subject day
- Any idea that flies into your head must be written down, therefore always carry your jotter with you anywhere you go
- Have a well structured team, and carry everyone on your team along
- If you are the Team-lead, ensure good welfare of your team especially at meetings and keep to time (little things like this have psychological effects on team performance)
- Be open to views of your team members
- If you are working for a client, always notify him/her on progress of the project
- If you are religious, be Prayerful!