Viewers’ anticipation of another edition of the Big Brother Naija reality TV show had dominated the social media last week before the death of two notable actresses turned the table.
Veteran Nollywood actress, Ada Ameh while in Delta, on July 17, was said to have slumped and rushed to the hospital where she was pronounced dead.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the news of her death shook the social media scene on Monday as the late actress still shared a post on her Instagram page where she was having fun, few hours before she slumped.
While her fans trooped to her page to confirm the report and silently pray against her death, another veteran Nollywood actress, Sola Onayiga was reported dead on the same day.
While Ada Ameh was popular for her role as “Emu” in the popular TV series, “The Johnsons”, Onayiga played “Ireti” in the late 90s series, “Fuji House of Commotion”.
Their sense of humour when it comes to entertainment endeared them to Nigerians, so the news of their passage made people to wonder who would fit in into their large shoes.
Mourning the death of the actresses, actor Richard Mofe-Damijo wrote on his Instagram page, “It’s been from one heart-wrenching news to another today.
As Nollywood loses two of its finest actresses.
“My path crossed with both fine actresses.
Each death reminds me of how really fragile we all are.
May the soul of the dearly departed Rest In Peace.” It was a death too many as Nollywood mourned the death of the female icons.
Actress Kate Henshaw, however, doused the tension on Tuesday, when she blessed the social media scene with her pictures in celebration of her birthday.
The 51-year-old actress shared her pictures on her Instagram page with the caption, “GREAT IS THY FAITHFULNESS LORD UNTO ME.
HOW YOU ARE SO MINDFUL OF ME, KEEPS ME IN AWE OF YOU.
I AM GRATEFUL FOR ANOTHER YEAR.” On Wednesday, in what seemed like a solidarity move to sympathise and mourn with Nigerians over the death of the female icons, the national grid collapsed.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that it was the seventh time the national grid will collapse in seven months.
Major electricity distribution companies had said the national grid collapsed at 11:27a.m. but did not state the cause of the collapse.
Nigerian female footballer, Asisat Oshoala again made Nigeria proud on Thursday, when she won the award for CAF Female Player of the year.
Oshoala won the award following stiff opposition from Cameroon’s Ajara Nchout Njoya and Zambia’s Grace Chanda to become the first-ever woman to win the award five times.
On Friday, Mavin Records boss, Michael Collins Ajereh, popularly known as Don Jazzy, announced the death of his mother.
Typing what he described as the “most difficult caption” on his Instagram page, Don Jazzy shared a picture of his mother and wrote; “I lost my sweet mother this morning.
The matriarch of our family.
My supporter and backbone @indianpicolo.
“I am beyond devastated.
I have never felt pain like this in my life but I am consoled by the good life she lived.
She was loved by everyone that ever met her.
“She was so strong till the last minute for us even while she battled with cancer.
“I have never typed a more difficult caption in my life.
Please pray for our mums soul to Rest In Peace and for strength for my dad, my siblings, her grandchildren and our entire family to bear this loss.” Fans, colleagues and well wishers consoled the music label boss and prayed that God grant him the fortitude to bear the loss.
Saturday came with mixed feelings as the Super Falcons lost their third place match against Zambia while reality TV show, Big Brother Naija brought the fun in consolation for the week’s turbulence.
The African champions who could not make it to the final and the Shepolopolo of Zambia needed the bronze medal match but 0 – 1 scoreline saw the Super Falcons leave the competition without the medal.
The much anticipated seventh season of the Big Brother Naija show tagged “Level Up” priemeired with 12 housemates making it into the house already.
In what the organisers described as a double launch weekend, viewers are expecting more housemates and more fun from the reality show.
The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Port Harcourt Area ll Command, Onne Port, has generated N115.26 billion between January and June 2021.
The Customs Area Controller, Mr Auwal Mohammed, made this known in a statement on Sunday in Lagos.
The statement was signed by the spokesperson for the command, Mrs Ifeoma Ojekwu.
Mohammed said that the figure showed a remarkable difference when compared with N78.17 billion collected in the first half of 2021 and N46.67 billion in the same period of 2020.
“Further comparison indicates 147 per cent increase above the 2020 collection and 47 per cent increase above 2021 figure, showing differences of N37.09 billion and N68.59 billion for 2021 and 2020, respectively.
“Under my watch, the command’s revenue collection showed an upward progression on monthly basis resulting in the cumulative differences recorded for the three years juxtaposed,” he said.
On anti-smuggling and enforcement, Mohammed said that during the period under review the command made 28 seizures, comprising of nine containers, with a Duty Paid Valued of N531.39 million.
“This half year’s number of seizures is higher than 20 seizures made between January and June 2021,” he said.
Mohammed said that among the seized items were machetes brought into the country without end-user certificate, military wears, vegetable oil, whisky, soap and used clothing.
He said that other seizures recorded included used tyres, foreign parboiled rice, tomato paste, used vehicle parts and other items, either classified as prohibited or for which duty payment were being evaded.
On export, Mohammed said that a total of 876,775.60 metric tonnes with $495,384,221.99 free on board (FOB), value, translating to N203,969,499,562.18 and Nigeria Export Supervision Scheme (NESS) value of N1,075,060,914.52 were processed through the command in the period under review.
“The 2022 export statistics showed an improvement on the 2021 figures which is a fallout of my trade facilitation strategies .
“Comparatively, as of June 2021, the command processed 331,356.40 metric tonnes, with free on board (FOB) value of $141,422,075.87.
”The FOB value in naira was N58,229,125,518.73 with NESS value of N260,150,300.13,” he said.
Mohammed noted that the Federal Government had approved a Domestic Export Warehouse (DEW) at Onne.
He said that the DEW would enhance opportunities for exporters to process and package their exports, including packaging, while enjoying the seamlessness of export cargo warehouse in Onne directly to vessels.
“Due diligence by regulatory and government agencies functions, including Customs examination shall be conducted in the DEW facility and the command has aligned with ahead of it’s full take off,” he said.
Mohammed added that the revenue, seizure and export figures coming at the end of first half of the year attested to a good outcome from their efforts.
“Compliant traders are our partners in progress. Indeed, we as a service in this command will continue to lawfully support them .
“It is also expedient to appreciate other agencies of government for their cooperation, intelligence sharing and camaraderie in implementing government policies to enhance national security and economc interests,” he said.
The Nigerian Customs Service Area 2 Command at the port of Onne raised N188.6 billion from January to December 2021.
This was made known Monday in a statement made available to journalists by Ifeoma Ojekwu, customs public relations officer for the Onne Port Command in Rivers.
Ms. Ojekwu stated in the statement that the Command's Customs Area Controller, CAC, Comptroller Auwal Mohammed, described the collection as the highest in the command's history.
The statement quoted Comptroller Mohammed as saying that the command's revenue generation in 2021 exceeded the 2020 collection by N69.6 billion.
According to the statement, a total of N118. The command generated $ 96 billion in revenue in 2020.
On law enforcement and anti-smuggling activities, the CAC revealed that 34 seizures were made in 2021 with a total value of duties paid of N11. 98 billion for such seizures.
He said: “Among the seizures are 1,387 boxes of tramadol falsely declared to evade detection.
"Other seizures include rice, engine parts, vegetable oil and other concealed items with the intent of defiant agents and importers to evade precise duty payments."
Mohammed said the command also processed 1,083,846 metric tons of cargo with a total FOB value of $ 402,367,568 in exports within the period under review.
According to the statement, Nigeria's Export Supervision Plan, NESS, the value of total exports is N764,462,724 within the period.
Mr. Mohammed congratulated the officers and men in command for their tireless commitment to ensuring the facilitation of legitimate trade and preventing smuggling in any form.
He urged them to step up efforts to carry out all NCS functions in command by 2022.
He also recommended that they prepare with the technology, as the scanners purchased would be deployed soon for faster cargo dispatch and easier detection of hiding places.
He assured that the command will continue to build on the successes recorded through customs community relations efforts.
In addition, the CAC in an end-of-year interaction with senior officials praised them for "feats achieved jointly in revenue collection, law enforcement and trade facilitation."
“In fact, they are laudable milestones that we must not only maintain, but also enhance for the benefit of our country's economy and national security.
“In fact, our various meetings with stakeholders and port users paid off in 2021 as we have seen notable improvements in compliance levels.
“As we enter 2022, let us continue to combine our law enforcement capabilities with intelligence, to always detect all attempts to circumvent the law through false statements, statements and cover-ups.
“In 2022, whoever tries to do something wrong, such as smuggling through the port of Onne, will have their cargo seized and risk being arrested for prosecution under the Customs and Excise Administration Act (CEMA).
“We cannot afford to compromise our positions or defraud the trust placed in us. I hereby advise, once again, that all importers and agents who use this area for their business remain in compliance at all times, '' he said.