An estimated tens of billions of old naira notes remain in circulation and are predominantly the only means of conducting transactions in exchange for goods and services in many parts of the country.
This is just as the Central Bank of Nigeria’s January 31st deadline for phasing out the old currency is fast approaching. Late last year, the CBN introduced a redesigned currency for the 1000, 500 and 200 naira denominations and asked all holders of the old currency to deposit them in banks before January 31, 2023; which is now three days away.
CBN had also asked the banks to stop dispensing old notes from the Automated Teller Machines, while most bank branches, even in Lagos and the FCT, had drastically reduced the money loaded in ATMs because of the shortage of the new notes as of Friday. Some ATMs observed by our reporters had not dispensed for days.
The acute shortage of the new notes is however been felt mostly on the streets where commuters have been left stranded, markets are struggling to stay open while businesses are being forced to rely on electronic transactions.
Our correspondents were on the streets in major cities and report that the old notes in circulation are still more than the redesigned new notes, and yet are being rejected as a legal tender.
And with just three days to the deadline for old notes to cease to be legal tender in the country, commercial banks are opening up their branches today, Saturday, January 28 and tomorrow, Sunday, January 29 for customers to deposit old notes in their possession.
Although, the Central Bank of Nigeria had last year directed that banks open on Saturdays to allow customers ample time to deposit their old notes, only a few opened up their branches on Saturdays with some opening a few designated branches.
Also established businesses had requested that customers pay either with transfer, use the POS or pay with new notes. Similarly, informal businesses had resorted to accepting electronic payments for goods and services.
“The Okada (commercial motorcycle) I took today refused to collect cash from me” Obinna, a civil servant told LEADERSHIP Weekend. “It was strange but he insisted that I paty with transfer as he said he had no intention of going to deposit old notes in the bank.”
Similarly, a petty trader who also runs an agent banking centre, Mrs Ajoke said she stopped collecting the old notes on Friday afternoon as she had gone to make the last deposit in the bank. “The crowd in the banking hall was too much. I don’t think I want to do that again so I stopped collecting the old notes.”
A survey by LEADERSHIP Weekend around Lagos on Friday showed a large crowd in the banking halls, most of who were depositing cash. There were also long queues at the ATMs for those who wanted to make withdrawals and wanted the new notes.
With barely three days to the CBN deadline on the validity of old naira notes, residents of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) are appealing to the federal government to extend the deadline for the new naira policy, as most traders and motorists have started rejecting the old naira notes.
It was observed that most residents in the territory are presently confused about how to get the new naira notes which they said has been difficult to get, following reports of hoarding of the new notes by commercial banks.
Following the rejection of the old naira notes, LEADERSHIP Weekend witnessed an incident in Dutse Alhaji market yesterday, where a woman, who simply identified herself as Mrs Donald, bought foodstuff to take home to feed her family, but when she paid the trader, the seller rejected the money, saying that it is no longer a legal tender.
The woman angrily dropped the money on the table for the trader after telling her that Tuesday, January 31, is the deadline, saying that she had no other money and that she cannot afford to let her children stay hungry, which did not go down well with the trader who angrily ran after her to collect her wares back from the woman.
“The issue of this money is becoming embarrassing because you have your money but cannot spend it on what your need. I went to where I bank in Dutse but the cashiers refused to change the money I took there, with the excuse that they do not have enough of the new notes. This is wrong and should be corrected,” she said angrily and left.
Also, it was observed that on most major roads in the FCT, passengers were seen stranded, not because there were no vehicles to take them to their destinations or because they do not have money on them, but because commercial drivers were rejecting old naira notes from them.
One of the stranded passengers along Kubwa expressway, Mr Ephraim Chukwuebuka, said that most of the passengers spent hours on the road pleading with motorists to accept the old notes from them because the deadline is Tuesday but that they bluntly refused.
“The whole thing is not funny at all. With the way things are going, there is no way I will go to work until I get the new naira notes which are presently like gold in Abuja because there is no way I can trek to the town where I work.
“The federal government should look into this new naira policy because it is now obvious that it is the poor masses that are suffering from it. When we go to the bank to change money, they will say that the new notes are not enough to circulate. So, how are we going to survive this?” he queried.
Another stranded passenger, Ms Cynthia Oluwole, appealed that if the new naira notes printed are not enough to circulate for public use, there is a need for the CBN and the federal government to extend the deadline until more new naira notes are in circulation.
“I do not want to believe that the banks are hoarding the new naira notes for their selfish reasons, or probably some rich and powerful Nigerians have collected their massive share of the money while they leave the poor Nigerians to suffer because of the policy.
Yobe state residents have decried the rejection and non-availability of the redesigned N1000, N500 and N200 notes by traders and Point of Sales (POS) operators across the state.
Some of the residents who spoke with our correspondent said “it is unfortunate, that traders have started rejecting the old Naira notes even before the January, 31, 2023. Now, I wanted to buy some foodstuff but couldn’t due to lack of the new notes.”
A bank customer, Bukar Baba said “I was at the Automated Teller Machine (ATM) point, but only few machines were dispensing the new notes with long queues while others are still dispensing the old notes. Even the banking hall was filled to capacity as many people were trying to deposit their money ahead of the January 31 deadline.”
Another resident, Abubakar Musa said, “we don’t know what to do. The old currency is scarce and people have started rejecting the old ones. Except fuel stations, most of the traders have stopped collecting the old notes,” he said.
A trader, Mansir Ali said “yes, we have started rejecting the old notes because, we have only few days to the deadline and there are long queues in the banks. So, there is no way we can deposit our cash before the deadline.
“We, too, are in dilemma because if you go to buy goods, the dealers are rejecting the old notes. I don’t have many goods but due to scarcity of the new notes, I can’t buy goods that I don’t have.”
A hotel manager who would not want his name mentioned told our correspondent that, “As I’m speaking with you, we are no longer collecting old notes because if we collect old notes, it will become difficult to deposit them before the deadline and the cash will become useless for us. So, we are accepting bank transfers.
A POS operator, Alhaji Musa said “yes we don’t want to collect old Naira notes because people have stopped collecting it from us and when we get to the bank, there are long queues and even at that, the new notes are difficult to get.”
Anger and frustration best described the feelings of most banks’ customers and other Edo residents following the inability of financial institutions in the state to make available the new naira notes.
Some operators of POS are also not left out as most customers are refusing the old naira notes.
However, some commercial bus drivers popularly known as tuke-tuke still collect the old naira notes from commuters.
A POS operator who spoke with LEADERSHIP weekend, Ighodalo Festus appealed to the apex bank to extend the deadline on the collection of old notes.
“Government should do something about this deadline on old notes. This thing is killing our business. People don’t want to collect the old from us anymore and the banks are not giving us the new notes.
As bank customers besiege commercials banks in Delta State to beat the deadline for cash swap of new naira notes, Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has advised that it should not result to panic and apprehension.
In Delta state, there is rush associated with the exchange of old naira notes with old ones amid CBN’s January 31 deadline.
Across the length and breadth of Asaba, it’s a dirge of agonies, woes, dilemma and confusion and frustration from commercial banks over the new naira notes debacle.
Traders are now skeptical and apprehensive on whether to continue their business transactions with the old naira notes or not. They are simply confused on how to handle the issue whether to stop transacting business with the old notes when they don’t have access to the new ones.
Gift Onaiye who sells crayfish, shrimps and other seafoods for customers said she was surprised to discover that the withdrawal she was to make was to be paid in the old naira notes!
“I don’t have the new naira notes as none of my customers have paid me with them. So, how can I stop using the ones I have? I can’t just carry all my money to bank and be waiting for them to give me new notes. What will I use to buy my personal needs if by Monday, the deadline comes? I don’t know what to do.”
She expressed her dilemma: “I only have three 200 hundred naira notes of the new currency which I have kept aside. When I went to bank today to deposit all my money thinking if I withdrew some, they would give me new currency notes, it was still the old currency notes.”
But the director, Banking Services, CBN, Abuja Mr Sam Okejere and the CBN branch controller, Delta State, Mr Godwin Okafor, allayed the fears of the masses, saying there are several payment methods.
During a sensitisation programme on cash swap and facilitation of the circulation of its new naira notes, Mr Okafor mentioned some of the payments to include instant payment, online transfers, bank verification number (BVN), debit/credit cards, international bank transfer, among others.
While saying that the cash swap programme is in partnership with super agents and deposit money banks (DMBs) at different parts of the country, “The agent shall exchange a maximum of N10,000 per person. Amounts above N10,000 may be treated as cash-in deposit into wallets or bank accounts in line with the cashless policy. BVN, NIN, or Voter’s card details of the customers should be captured as much as possible.
They said the super agents refer to companies licensed by the CBN to recruit for the purpose of agency banking and will sensitise customers on opening wallets, bank accounts and the various channels for conducting electronic transactions.
“Designated agents are eligible to collect the redesigned notes from DMBs in line with the revised cash withdrawal limit policy. Agents are also permitted to charge cash-out fees for the cash swap transactions but prohibited from charging any further commissions to customers for this service,” Okafor said.
While revealing principals (super agents, MMOs, DMBs) shall be held accountable for their agents’ adherence to the above guidelines, they said these agents will render weekly returns to their designated banks regarding the cash swap transactions while the banks shall in turn render the same to the CBN on a weekly basis.
The exercise was performed on Friday in Asaba, lllah, lbusa, Ogwashi-Uku, in Oshimili South, Oshimili North and Aniocha South local government areas of the state.
Transporters plying inter and intra-state routes in Akwa Ibom State have expressed dismay at the new currency regime, lamenting that it has come to compound the already tense atmosphere chocked by the prevailing fuel crises with a litre being sold for N400 in the state.
“We don’t have the time to leave our work to go and queue at the bank to deposit the old notes because the banks are already overcrowded with the approaching deadline,” a mini-bus driver plying Uyo-Ikot Ekpene road, Udo Ekanem explained.
“I already have a lot of old notes piled up and I had to tell my wife and children to help me go and bank them, but some of them returned without depositing the cash,” he added.
Calling on government and the National Assembly to intervene by impressing it on the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) governor, Godwin Emefiele, to extend the deadline, a commuter, Effiong Inyang lamented that “today, I could not board a bus to Eket because the driver pointedly told me it’s either the new notes or perish the thought of joining my bus.
“I was stranded yesterday traveling from Uyo to Eket. The driver suddenly stopped midway to demand for fares, but was disappointed when nearly every passenger thrusted the old notes. He rejected them and offered to coney only those with the new notes to their destination in Eket.”
Less than four days to the deadline for the redesigned naira by the CBN, some Point-of-Sale (POS) operators in Bauchi State who are still using the old currencies have increased charges for transactions in the old banknotes.
A check by LEADERSHIP Weekend showed that the operators increased deposit charges by about 50 per cent.
The operators are now charging between N150 and N200 for N5,000 and N10,000 deposits as against N100, while others simply refused transactions in the old naira notes.
A POS operator, Mrs Grace Simon said she rejected the old naira notes because it was difficult for her to deposit it in the banks due to long queues.
“There is a multitude of customers in the banks, you have to spend several hours in the queue to deposit the old naira notes.
“Honestly, I don’t have the strength, and that is why some of us increased charges for old naira notes.
“The charge for a transaction in the new banknotes still remains the same,” she said.
According to him, the new notes are not readily available. He narrated that all efforts to obtain the new notes from the banks to satisfy his customers proved abortive.
Nwakwe revealed that over 30 percent of cash outlay with him are of the old notes and intends to pay into his account waiting for further details.
A transporter, Chima Ibezim, expressed dismay in respect of the hardship he is passing through, according to him, the new notes are not in full circulation as commuters still pay with the old notes.
He appealed to the Federal Government to extend the deadline so as to save the citizenry from further sufferings and untold hardship. He urged the CBN to make available the new notes in larger quantities.
A visit by LEADERSHIP Weekend to many POS operators in Damaturu, the state capital, revealed that many are rejecting the old naira notes while few others still collect it.
“I collect the old notes because our ogas said they don’t have problem till on Sunday but, many artisans that we roam about together in the town, reject the old notes,” a cola nut seller, Mohammed Nura said.
Governor Buni had in a statement issued by his director-general on Press Affairs and Media, Mamman Mohammed sought the extension to the deadline as only 4 out of the 17 LGAs have banks.
Commercial Activities have been paralysed in Jigawa State as people spend days on cues to withdraw money from ATM while old notes are been rejected ahead of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) deadline.
Local markets, traders, food vendors as well as other small and medium business are virtually shut down which has consequently thrown families into untold hardship.
Going round the state, people seemed confused as new notes were difficult to get to meet their family needs while many lamented how the CBN policy is unfriendly to rural communities.
A trader in grains, Bashir Maidaura narrated how he kept going to an ATM point for two days to get money for buying grains at local markets as old Naira notes are no longer accepted there.
Saifullahi Ibrahim of Kudai town Dutse local government who was found standing frustrated on a queue at an ATM point said he was very exhausted as he spent more than 12 hours without getting the new note to feed his children.
“This CBN policy is very disgusting, unfriendly and unfair to us the electorate who voted this government into power.
Mustapha Sulaiman of Kuma town Buji local government revealed that, there was no single CBN or any commercial bank agent providing the people with new notes in exchanging with old notes.
“Please, we in villages lack access to the new notes. Life is becoming very unbelievable for us as the old notes are rejected. We are calling on the CBN governor to extend the deadline to avoid total breakdown of law and order in our society. The security situation is already very alarming,” Mustapha stated.
“We are politicians. This policy has potent negative impact on our campaigns.
Please Baba Buhari and the CBN governor should look into our future and the difficulty our rural people are facing. Extend the deadline and increase the withdraw limit for the sake of God,” Talatu called.
Residents of Ilorin, Kwara State are going through difficult times due to the twin-problem of acute fuel scarcity and rejection of old naira notes by petty traders.
Commercial drivers, including motorcyclists and tricyclists, have hiked transport fares as only a few filling stations that dispensed fuel as at the time of filing this report now sell a litre of petroleum at N350.
The hike notwithstanding, there were long queues at the filling stations.
Most poor residents were also starving because of the rejection of the old naira notes by food sellers.
LEADERSHIP Weekend gathered that food vendors, especially in the downtown in Ilorin were insisting on collecting new naira notes or N100, N50 and N20 notes.
Three residents of Okelele, Alagbado and Oja-Oba area of Ilorin, Alh Mubaraq Salahu, Raheem Onibembe and Alhaja Adenike Khadija confirmed the rejection of the old naira notes by food vendors and marketers.
Worse still, the commercial banks were still paying their customers with the old naira notes.
A bank customer, Alh Umaru Yerro said:”I was at a bank at Taiwo Road, Ilorin this morning (Friday) to withdraw money. The bankers offered me the old naira notes which I rejected. Apparently, they didn’t have new naira notes. I left the bank dejected.”
A seller of beans cakes popularly called akara, Alhaja Salamat AbdulGaniyu said, “I cannot take the old naira notes again from my customers as the January 31 deadline is fast approaching. I don’t want to be caught unawares.”
On the rise in transport fares, transporters blamed the hike on astronomical increase in the price of petroleum and the man-hour spent at the filling stations queuing to buy fuel.
When LEADERSHIP weekend visited some ATMs at UBA, Unity, Zenith and Access banks along Ahmadu Bello Way in the state capital, customers were on long queues waiting for the management of the banks to put new notes in their ATMs.
Our Correspondent gathered from some customers that most of them were at the banks from as early as 5:30am till midnight.
In Benue State, most banks are still dispensing old Naira notes to their customers, even at the ATM points.
In an interview, one of the customers who vowed to return the old notes he withdrew from the ATM in one of the banks in Makurdi metropolis, appealed to the CBN to extend the time for the usage of the old Naira notes since the new notes are limited in circulation.
Our correspondent who went round to monitor some of the banks observed that most banks were overcrowded because customers who came to withdraw money were rejecting the old notes.
In an interview, one of the bank staff who pleaded anonymity said for over three days now, their bank is yet to get the new Naira notes from the CBN. So, they were dispensing what they had – old notes – to customers.
He said, “We don’t know what is really the problem but most of the commercial banks including ours, since the beginning of this week, are yet to get the new Naira notes from the CBN and our customers are rejecting the old ones.”
A POS operator who did not want her name in print informed that instead of collecting 10 per cent for every amount deposited or withdrawn, they were collecting 20 per cent for anyone that is collecting new notes and 10 percent for new notes.
They set up a six-man committee led by Anambra Governor Soludo.
Governors of Nigeria’s 36 states under the aegis of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) have said they are not opposed to the naira redesign policy by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).The position of the governors has ended the speculations that those opposed to the naira redesign would lobby the 36 governors to put pressure on the governor of the apex bank, Godwin Emefiele, to suspend the policy.The governors, however, faulted the recent directive by the Nigeria Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU) banning banks from executing demands for cash withdrawals from all public accounts, saying the guidelines were outside the agency’s mandate.But in a swift reaction, the NFIU on Saturday said that there is no going back on the cash withdrawal limit guidelines it issued earlier this month regarding the financial operations of the three tiers of government.To address the challenges of financial inclusion and under-served locations, the CBN has launched a cash-swap programme in partnership with super agents and Deposit Money Banks (DMBs).
The programme, which will come into effect tomorrow (Monday), allows people in rural areas or those with limited access to formal financial services to exchange old naira notes for redesigned notes.The apex bank has also appealed to the traditional rulers to help in enlightening their subjects on the new notes and the cashless policy of the apex bank in their respective communities.In a communique issued yesterday following a virtual meeting held on Thursday where they received a briefing from the Governor of CBN, Emefiele, on the naira redesign policy and its economic and security implications, the governors expressed resolve to work closely with the CBN leadership to ameliorate areas that required policy variation.The governors also said in the communiqué signed by the interim Chairman of NGF and Governor of Sokoto State, Hon. Aminu Tambuwal, that they have set up a six-member committee to engage the CBN to address anomalies in the country’s monetary management and financial system.On October 26, Emefiele announced the plan to redesign the naira to control the money supply and aid security agencies in tackling illicit financial flows.The CBN governor had said the introduction of new notes was a deliberate step by the government to check corruption and counterfeiting of the notes.
The governors said that while they were not opposed to the objectives of the naira redesign policy, the apex bank should consider the peculiarities of households and states, especially on financial inclusion and under-served locations.“We, the members of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF), received a briefing from the governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Mr. Godwin Ifeanyi Emefiele, on the naira redesign, its economic and security implications including the new withdrawal policy. Governors are not opposed to the objectives of the naira redesign policy,” the communique said.“However, we observe that there are huge challenges that remain problematic to the Nigerian populace. In the circumstances, governors expressed the need for the CBN to consider the peculiarities of states especially as they pertain to financial inclusion and under-served locations and resolved to:“Work closely with the CBN leadership to ameliorate areas that require policy variation particularly the poorest households, the vulnerable in society, and several other citizens of our country that are excluded. “Collaborate with the CBN and the Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU) in advancing genuine objectives within the confines of our laws, noting that the recent NFIU Advisory and Guidelines on cash transactions were simply outside the NFIU’s legal remit and mandate.“Finally set up a six-member Committee to be chaired by the governor of Anambra State, Prof. Charles Soludo, and the governors of the following states: Akwa Ibom, Ogun, Borno, Plateau, and Jigawa as members, to engage the CBN in addressing anomalies in the country’s monetary management and financial system,” the communiqué added.The governors, however, insisted that the recent NFIU Advisory and Guidelines on cash transactions were simply outside the NFIU’s legal remit and mandate.
Tukur had on January 5 argued that the ban on cash withdrawals was meant to halt the indiscriminate manner in which cash was being taken out of public accounts without regard for the extant provisions of the Money Laundering Act.Tukur said the ban, scheduled to take effect from March 1, covers cash withdrawal from public accounts and payment of estacodes and travelling allowances.
Meanwhile, in a move to address the concerns raised by the 36 governors on the challenges of financial inclusion and under-served locations, the CBN has launched a cash-swap programme in partnership with super agents and the banks.The programme, which will come into effect tomorrow, allows people in rural areas or those with limited access to formal financial services to exchange old naira notes for redesigned notes.The central bank disclosed this in a circular dated January 20, 2023, which was addressed to DMBs, Mobile Money Operators (MMOs), Super Agents and Agents, and signed by both CBN Director, Banking Sector Supervision, Mr. Haruna Mustafa, and Director, Payments Systems Management Department, Mr. Musa Jimoh.Under the programme, the old N1,000, N500, and N200 notes can be exchanged for the newly redesigned notes and/or the existing lower denominations including N100, N50, and N20 among others which remain legal tender.The CBN explained that the agents shall exchange a maximum of N10, 000 per person, adding that amounts above N10, 000 may be treated as cash-in deposits into wallets or bank accounts in line with the cashless policy.The apex bank, however, directed that the BVN, NIN or voter’s card details of the customers should be captured as much as possible.The central bank added that to promote financial inclusion, the service is also available to anyone without a bank account.Also, agents may on request, instantly open a wallet or account leveraging the CBN Tiered KYC Framework. This ensures that this category of the populace can exchange or deposit their cash seamlessly without taking unnecessary risks or incurring undue costs.Under the initiative, agents are mandated to sensitise customers on opening wallets/bank accounts and the various channels for conducting electronic transactions.
Furthermore, designated agents are eligible to collect the redesigned notes from DBMs in line with the Revised Cash Withdrawal Limit policy.Agents are also permitted to charge cash-out fees for the cash swap transactions but are prohibited from charging any further commissions to customers for the service.The CBN also stated that agents shall render weekly returns to their designated banks regarding cash swap transactions. DMBs shall in turn render the same to the CBN every week.Also, cash swap agents will be readily identifiable in all local governments, particularly those in rural areas.The principals shall, however, be held accountable for their agents’ adherence to the above guidelines.The apex bank stressed that the cash swap programme is in furtherance of its naira redesign policy to sustain nationwide awareness/sensitisation programmes, enforce speedy collection of the new banknotes at CBN branches by DMBs and mandate issuance of the new notes through ATMs to ensure distribution is fair, transparent and evenly spread across the country.On his part, the Managing Director of NIRSAL Microfinance Bank, Dr. Abdullahi Abubakar Kure, also urged Nigerians to approach their banks to get the new notes and return the old ones.
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Oyo State Governor Seyi Makinde on Thursday boycotted the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential campaign rally held by Atiku Abubakar in Ibadan, the state capital.
Mr Makinde is one of the five dissident governors of the PDP who have been staying away from Atiku’s campaigns.
The governors are demanding the resignation of the party’s national chairman, Iyorchia Ayu, as a condition to support Atiku’s presidential ambition.
The rally held at Mapo Hall in Ibadan started around noon and ended around 4 p.m.
The presidential candidate, Atiku, and his running mate, Ifeanyi Okowa, were accompanied to the rally by five state governors. They are Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal, Osun State Governor, Ademola Adeleke, Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, and Akwa Ibom State Governor Udom Emmanuel.
National leaders of the party that attended the rally include former Vice President Namadi Sambo, the wife of the presidential candidate, Titi Abubakar, and a former senator from Kogi State, Dino Melaye.
Governor Adeleke, while addressing the rally, expressed optimism that the PDP presidential candidate will be victorious in all the six South-west states in the election.
The party currently has only two governors in the region, including Mr Adeleke who was elected in July after defeating the incumbent governor of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
“I have seen the high level of turnout and goodwill the PDP enjoys across Yorubaland. This was demonstrated in Osun State when I was massively voted into office. The light of grace started in Osun and Alhaji Atiku Abubakar is spreading it to all parts of South West and Nigeria,” he said.
“Yorubas will support Atiku/Okowa candidacy because he is the most experienced, most tested, and the most stable to protect the interests of all Nigerians. Yorubas want an all-inclusive Nigeria and only Atiku can deliver on that,” he added.
“Osun State will vote PDP. Same for Oyo, Ekiti, Ondo, and Lagos states. Atiku’s blueprint is the only one that can take Nigeria out of the wood”, Governor Adeleke declared.
Governor Adeleke urged Nigerians to vote massively for the PDP presidential candidate in the February presidential election.
“Next month is around the corner. Vote PDP at all levels. Secure your future. Osun people have shown the template. We must copy Osun State. Osun State hosts the cradle of Yorubaland and Osun is now PDP enjoying rule of law, due process, and good governance.
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On Sunday, Multichoice, organisers of the popular Big Brother tv reality show, kicked off the premiere season of Big Brother Titans.
This year, the Big Brother franchise merged contestants from two countries (Nigeria and South Africa), ten from each country, making it the first of its kind on the African continent.
The Big Brother Titan housemates are to stay in the house for ten weeks and contest for a $100,000 grand prize.
During their stay in the Big Brother house, viewers will have the privilege of deciding who stays and who is evicted from the Big Brother house.
At the end of the show, a winner will be crowned through popularity votes by viewers.
On the opening night, the show hosts (BBNaija Ebuka Obi-Uchendu and BBMzansi host Lawrence Maleka) gave viewers insight into what to expect on the show.
The ninth and final edition of Big Brother Africa, also known as Big Brother Africa: Hotshots, was held in 2014.
The show was initially put on hold as the Big Brother house in Johannesburg got burnt down.
Producers found and revamped a house for the season nearby and launched a shorter season of only 63 days on 5 October 2014.
The show featured 26 housemates who competed for the grand prize of US$300,000.
Producers found and revamped a house for the season nearby and launched a shorter season of only 63 days on 5 October 2014.
The show featured 26 housemates who competed for the grand prize of US$300,000.
Thirteen countries participated in the season, and Tanzanian photographer Idris Sultan won the competition.
Here are the 20 new housemates.
Originally from KwaZulu-Natal, she lives in Johannesburg, South Africa.
She’s a journalist, and Khosi claims she is talkative and open-minded. While adventurous, she is also self-aware.
Yemi is from Ekiti State in Nigeria but stays in Lagos. He’s a model and actor. Yemi claims he is confident and outgoing.
While highly competitive, he’s also known for wearing his heart on his sleeve.
From the Eastern Cape in South Africa. He’s a semi-pro rugby player.
He describes himself as charismatic and energetic. Juicy Jay claims he likes to mingle and party. This proud Xhosa man is highly competitive and loves living on the edge.
Originally from Imo State, Nigeria. She’s an aspiring actor. Olivia is a glam girl with a little bit of a wild side. The bold and daring aspirational actor is a big dreamer.
Originally from the Eastern Cape, now in Johannesburg, South Africa. Melissa is dynamite in a small package.
She is lively, wild and soft-hearted.
Blaqboi hails from Plateau State in Nigeria and lives in Jos. He’s a content creator and an aspiring filmmaker.
He describes himself as cool, calm, and level-headed. He’s also charming, funny, and confident, and he claims to be street-smart.
From Hillbrow, Johannesburg, South Africa, He’s a content creator and model.
Email is fearless and street-smart, with a mischievous streak. He has no issues with what others think about him.
He claims he loves to party and is devoted to his bachelor’s lifestyle.
Originally from Kaduna State, Nigeria. She is an entrepreneur.
While soft-spoken, Nana doesn’t conform to social norms. She comes off as timid, but it may be a case of still waters running deep.
Originally from the North West, she now lives in the Gauteng province of South Africa.
She is a law student. Ipeleng has both a great sense of humour and a shy side. She is close to her parents and has the utmost respect for them.
Originally from Port Harcourt, Nigeria, now in Texas, USA. He is a chemical engineer and fitness model. Marvin is a charismatic guy who comes from humble beginnings.
The well-travelled adventurer is protective of those he loves. He says he is a cute boy with brains and a sense of humour to match.
Originally from Soweto, he now lives in Johannesburg, South Africa.
He’s a sports data analyst. Thabang is a go-getter who knows his game. He describes himself as big-voiced, charming, and level-headed; he’s also in touch with his emotions.
He claims his drive and focus does not diminish his love for fun.
She’s from Lagos, Nigeria. She’s a nurse and model. Jaypee is a liberal lover of love and loves to take risks in this regard. To this end, flirty confidence and an open mind serve her well.
Originally from the Eastern Cape, she now lives in Johannesburg, South Africa.
She’s a plus-size model. Yaya says she’s talkative and has a big, bold personality.
She is quietly confident and mature and is not afraid to be vulnerable.
Originally from Anambra State in Nigeria, he now lives in Lagos.
He’s an actor and model with a dynamic personality and claims to be street-smart.
Ebubu is open-minded and interested in the world around and beyond him. Humour, resilience, calm, and determination also mark his personality.
From Imo State, Nigeria, she now lives in the USA. She’s a health and safety specialist. Jenni O describes herself as a fiery and spontaneous talker. She’s a colourful daredevil with opinions and no time for nonsense.
Justin is from East London, South Africa.
He’s a photographer and describes himself as easygoing. Justin is generally fun and engaging. He’s happy-go-lucky; he loves to laugh, but he’s also a responsible friend.
He hails from Abia State in Nigeria and lives in Lagos. He’s a model and an aspiring actor.
The athletic Kanaga Jnr is charming yet candid, expressive yet calm. Coming in with good boy charm, he is mature for his age and is a sensitive young man who loves older women.
Also from KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. He is a sales executive and describes himself as a self-aware person and brutally honest.
Lucca is also highly empathetic and a traditionalist; he moved to KwaZulu-Natal to re-establish a relationship with his parents.
From Pretoria, South Africa. Tsatsii is an Engineering, biotechnology, and biomedical student. She is cerebral and grounded yet equally curious about life; she claims her brain matches her beauty.
Originally from Akwa Ibom State, now in Lagos, Nigeria.
She’s a model and content creator. Yvonne was made for the quiet life and is used to getting what she wants. However, this pastor’s kid is also resilient and bold.
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The Big Brother Titans reality TV show kicked off on Sunday evening with the expected razzmatazz and glitz as 20 housemates were unveiled.
The reality show, which will hold for 72 days, is co-hosted by famous On Air Personality (OAP) and Big Brother Naija anchor, Ebuka Obi-Uchendu, and Big Brother Mzansi’s host, Lawrence Maleka.
Big Brother Titans is a fusion of the South African and Nigerian versions of the Big Brother franchise featuring contestants from both countries.
Meet the housemates in the BBTitans:
* The show began with the first housemate Khosi, who was unveiled on Sunday night. Elated and gorgeously dressed Khosi is a journalist from South Africa ans aged 25.
* Yemi Cregx from Nigeria is a fashion influencer and he is 30 year-old.
* Juicy Jay, a semi pro ruby player from South Africa aged 30.
* Olivia is an actress and content creator from Nigeria, she is 23 year-old.
* Nelisa, the fifth housemate is a South African, born in Durban and raised in Cape Town. The 25-year-old said she her great energy and trouble follow her everywhere. She fancies men that are tall dark and handsome.
* Blaqboi is a film maker and content creator from Jos, Plateau State, Nigeria. He is 26-year-old.
* Mmeli, a South African, is a model and he is 25-year-old.
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* Nana is an entrepreneur who dropped out of school. She is from Kaduna State, Nigeria, aged 22.
* Ipeleng is a Law student and aspiring content creator. She is 25-year-old.
* Marvin exuded much energy and showed some of his qualities including his athletic body and six-pack, and ability to
move it to rhythms. He is 29-year-old chemical engineer and model from Nigeria.
* Thabang is a Data analyst from Soweto, South Africa. He said he is always ready to groove.
* JayPee is a Nurse from Lagos State, Nigeria. She said she is ready to show off her drip in the House.
* Yaya is a model, actress and TV presenter from South Africa, aged 31.
* Ebubu is an actor and a model. He is 28-year-old from Anambra State, Nigeria and feels ecstatic and elated as a housemate. He intends to fall in love in the House.
* Khehla is a sales executive from South Africa and aged 31.
* Jenni O is a Health and Safety specialist from Nigeria. She is 25.
* Tsatsii is an art lover and a scientist from South Africa. She is 24.
* Kanaga Junior from South Eastern part of Nigeria, came dancing, full of energy and showing different steps.
* Justin is a content creator from South Africa. He is 21-year-old.
* Yvonne is a model, skincare enthusiast and interior designer from Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria. She is 27-year-old.
All the 20 housemates will be vying for a cash prize of $100,000 and other mouth-watering prizes over the 10 weeks.
Viewers can watch ‘Big Brother Titans’ on DSTV Channel 198 and GOtv Channel 29.
According to the organisers of the reality TV show, viewers across the continent can keep their favourite housemates through the voting options available on Africa Magic website, MyDStv and MyGOtv apps.
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Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State has urged politicians not to threaten the unity of Nigeria in their quest to capture power.
Emmanuel who spoke during the Armed Forces Remembrance Day celebration in Uyo on Sunday said the nation’s fallen heroes paid the price for peace and harmony in the country, therefore the political class should reciprocate the gesture with unity, justice, equality, fairness and love.
He said: “As we get ready to elect our new set of leaders, I urge our political class to understand that we need the country to be one indissoluble entity, in order for our aspirations for leadership to be actualized.
“We must not threaten the unity of this nation for the narrow desire to be in power. If these gallant men and women paid the ultimate price for us to remain in peace and harmony, we must also pay them a corresponding price of appreciation and gratitude by ensuring that the cords of our unity, justice, equality, fairness and love remain our abiding articles of faith.”
The governor explained that the nation’s diversity is being exploited for narrow political advantage, and encouraged Nigerians to extend the frontiers of love and brotherhood so the sacrifices of the gallant fallen officers will not be in vain.
He said: “As we honour these great patriots, let us be reminded that the factors that led to the various wars they participated in, or the internal operations to secure our peace for which they paid with their lives are still with us.
“All across the nation, some rhetoric that enlarge the chasm of separation and weaken the cords of our national unity are still being propagated and amplified through various echo- chambers.
“We should fan the embers of our unity deeper and extend the frontiers of love and brotherhood further, so the sacrifices of these gallant officers and men of the Nigerian Armed Forces we have come here today to honour, will not be in vain.”
Governor Emmanuel also commended security agencies in the state for the peace and security enjoyed in Akwa Ibom, noting that he has carried out some projects in appreciation.
The projects he mentioned include the remodelling and construction of 168 blocks of flat for the Nigerian Army Battalion in Ibagwa, with water reticulation; construction of internal roads and residential blocks of flats at the 2nd Brigade of the Nigerian Army Headquarters in Mbiokporo, Nsit Ibom, as well as the donation of gunboats for Marine Response Unit.
He stated that these projects earned Akwa Ibom ‘Nigeria’s Best Security and Safety State’ during the last African Security Summit in Banjul, Gambia, last November.
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Nigerian actor known as Yomi Gold has announced his separation from his wife, Amina. In a now-deleted Instagram post, the actor revealed that he and his wife had made the decision to go their separate ways.
While speculation about the cause of the separation flies, Gold hinted that love had died between them as a couple.
He wrote: “Meenah and I decided to go our separate ways. I want all our families, friends and fans to understand. This is not the time to judge anyone. When love dies in a relationship. No one should force it."
He further added that his wife deserved a much better person than him and said, “I want to use this time to thank everyone who has cared and supported. Meenah is a good person. She doesn't deserve a man like me.
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“She will make a great and loving companion to a person so much better than me. I am not perfect. I will work on myself and be a better person. This has to be published because we want everyone who knows us to be aware of our decision. The weather will be fine again."
This is the second time the actor's marriage has failed, as Gold was previously married to Victoria Ige. When the marriage failed, he married Amina, also called Meenah, in January 2022.
The marriage that barely lasted a year was blessed with a son in April 2022.Credit: https://dailytrust.com/nollywood-actor-yomi-gold-wife-part-ways/
A statement from the Anambra State Ministry of Women and Social Welfare on Saturday said the girls, all from Akwa Ibom State, were rescued on Thursday night in a joint operation conducted in conjunction with the State Police Command. of Anambra.
The Anambra State Government, through the Commissioner for Women and Social Welfare, Ify Obinabo, rescued four adolescents between the ages of 13 and 15 from a human trafficker 48 hours before Christmas.
A statement from the Anambra State Ministry of Women and Social Welfare on Saturday said the girls, all from Akwa Ibom State, were rescued on Thursday night in a joint operation conducted in conjunction with the State Police Command. of Anambra.
The operation was a continuation of the information made available to the commissioner about the crime, during which her team and security agents arrested and tried the suspect in court on Friday.
The rescued teenagers who narrated their experiences said that they were taken by an Aunt Success who told them that she had a job opportunity for them in Agbor, Delta State, where they would sell drinks at a brewery, but upon arriving there, they discovered that it was a prostitution work for which they were brought.
According to them, around five different men had carnal knowledge of them each night.
The victims further said that their scant clothing was also bought with the proceeds according to what they were told, noting that they made several attempts to escape, but were severely punished when one of the other girls reported their plans to Madam Success.
They said that after the punishment they were taken to a herbalist who forced them to take an oath that they would never run away or die.
The adolescents regretted that it was their search to secure their school fees that attracted them to the act, but they appreciated the effort of the state Commissioner for women and the social sphere to rescue them and provide them with refuge.
After her arrest, the suspect was arraigned before the Child, Sexual and Gender Based Violence Trial Court in Awka, where the court denied her bail and sentenced her to prison.
Reacting to the incident, the Obinabo commissioner reiterated the state government's determination to ensure that human traffickers are not coddled in the state.
He warned that the administration led by Professor Chukwuma Soludo would leave no stone unturned in making sure that traffickers are dealt with in accordance with the stipulations of the law which urges members of the state to always report any suspicious activity within their area.
Four adolescents have been rescued from child traffickers thanks to the intervention of the Anambra State Commissioner for Women and Social Welfare, Ify Obinabo.
The girls, who are between the ages of 13 and 15, all come from Akwa Ibom state.
They were said to be headed for Agbor, Delta state, before being taken to a car park in Anambra state en route to another destination.
It was in the motor park where the suspect was rescued and detained.
According to the Commissioner's spokeswoman, Chidimma Ikeanyionwu, the rescue operation was carried out on Thursday night in conjunction with the Anambra State Police Command after the women and the social welfare chief found out.
Ikeanyionwu said the commissioner swung into action with her team and security officers and ensured that the suspect was prosecuted in court the next day.
The suspect, whose name was given simply as Success, was arraigned before the Child, Sexual and Gender Based Violence Magistrate Court in Awka, where she was denied bail and placed in prison custody.
Obinabo reiterated the state government's determination to ensure that human traffickers are not coddled.
Obinabo said: “The administration led by Prof. Chukwuma Soludo will leave no stone unturned to make sure that traffickers are dealt with in accordance with the stipulations of the law which urges members of the state to always report any suspicious activity within their area".
Recounting their experiences, the girls said they were taken by an Aunt Success, who told them she had a job opportunity for them in Agbor, Delta State, where they would sell drinks at a brewery, but when they got there, they discovered it was work. of prostitution for which they were brought.
The victims revealed that around five different men have carnal knowledge of them every night.
They claimed that the men pay the sum of N1,000 to N2,000 directly to the said Madam Success, who only gives them N400 every day to feed them, explaining that with the direct payment to Madam Success, they were unable to have cash. by hand.
They also stated that their skimpy clothes were bought with the proceeds.
The girls pointed out that they had made several attempts to escape, but were severely punished when one of them reported their plans to Madam Success.
They noted that after the punishment they were taken to a herbalist who forced them to take an oath that they would never run away or die.
They lamented that it was their quest to secure their school fees that drew them to the act, but appreciated the commissioner's effort to rescue them and provide shelter.Credit: https://punchng.com/four-teenage-girls-rescued-from-traffickers-in-anambra/
• Bayelsa will host the 2023 edition Abia State's Donastars FC came back from 0-2 goals with just a few minutes remaining in stoppage time to earn a draw and win the second edition of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) Paz Under-17 Soccer Championship on Sunday.
Playing in an Abia State final against El-Godz FC at Stephen Keshi Stadium, Asaba, Delta State, Donastars FC wowed the spectators with their exhibition of winning-out football.
In the earlier third-place match, Campus FC of Imo State defeated Ine Stars of Edo State 1-0, following in the footsteps of another Imo team, Sam Decent Academy, which finished in third place in the first edition.
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Abia's Donastars FC was rewarded with N5 million for emerging as champions, El-Godz FC got N3 million for finishing second, while Campus FC went home with N2 million as the third best team.
The MVP of the tournament went to Imo Campus FC captain Chukwuemeka Prince, who, incidentally, was the youngest captain in the competition.
Jida Justice of Ine Stars, Edo State won the top scorer award, after finishing the tournament as joint top scorer with seven goals, but was awarded for scoring first, ahead of Abia's El-Godz FC's Odoemena Pope who he was also awarded a medal for his performance.
Goalkeeper Solomon Agoziem of Imo's Campus FC won the Best Goalkeeper of the Tournament award, with Ondo's Kifa FC emerging as the Best Behaved Team, while the tournament's youngest player award went to Cyril Eta of Safe Side FC of Cross River, who is only 11 years old.
Presenting the trophy to the winners, Niger Delta Affairs Minister Umana O.
Umana praised the Grassroots Sports Federation of Nigeria (GRASOF) for initiating the tournament and the Delta state government for providing an environment conducive to the success of the competition.
The minister, who was represented by Mr. Matthew Pukuma James, said: “The Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs is privileged to be a part of this tournament, which provided an opportunity for youngsters to showcase their talents to the world.
“The soccer tournament will not only help players develop their individual skills, but it will reinforce the importance of teamwork and sportsmanship.
These traits, by the way, are in line with the theme of the tournament, which is Peace,” he stated.
Former internationals Christian Obodo, Sam Sodje and Baldwin Bazuaye were at the grand final, where they presented medals and trophies to the winning teams, as well as individual players who earned honors in the different categories.
Tournament Coordinator and GRASOF President John Ekpenyong announced that Bayelsa State will next host the football competition, which will tentatively take place in December 2023.