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Iyabo Ojo Slammed With ₦18M Tax By Lagos Government



Iyabo Ojo, Sanwo-Olu

Lagos state government has told Nollywood actress Iyabo Ojo to pay a total sum of N18,640,092.00 as personal income tax within seven days.

According to Lagos government, Iyabo Ojo has a tax liability of N7,376,000.00 for the year 2022 and an outstanding liability of N11,264,092 for 2021 income year.

The actress was given a 7-days ultimatum to pay up of face consequences.

In an Instagram post, she shared documents of a personal income tax letter and expressed her frustration with the exorbitant amount demanded by the government.

In her post, the actress voiced her concerns directly to Governor Sanwo-Olu and the Lagos State government, demanding an explanation for the hefty tax bill.

She questioned the basis for such high personal income taxes and criticised the lack of transparency in the calculation process.

The actress referred to a previous encounter where she complied with the government’s request to explain her earnings and declare her income but received no response.

“Last time, you people asked me to come to your office, I came, you asked me to explain & declare what I earn, which I did with my tax consultant, but noooooooooooooo you did not respond to my letter, because you want me to pay you an outrageous amount that I do not have,” she expressed in her Instagram caption.

Feeling overwhelmed by the mounting financial burden imposed on her, the mother of two raised concerns about the government’s insensitivity to the challenges faced by individuals and businesses.

She questioned the contributions of the government to her life, stating, “What have you people ever done for me as a government? NOTHING!!! I have single-handedly raised my kids & so many others, plus myself without a single penny from the government.”


“The Real Housewives of Lagos”, season 2, showcases in Lagos



Showmax, a streaming platform, on Saturday in Lagos held the screening party of its original series, “The Real Housewives of Lagos”, season two, ahead of its launch on Sept. 29.

The show looks into the lives of some Lagos most affluent and influential housewives, revealing their ambitions and personal triumphs.

Set against the backdrop of the vibrant and cosmopolitan city of Lagos, the show also reveals the housewives’ extravagant lifestyle while navigating the intricacies of their high society circles.

Speaking during the event, Dr Busola Tejumola, Executive Head of Content, West Africa, MultiChoice Nigeria, said the season two would be launched exclusively on Showmax on Friday, Sept. 29, with new episodes released every Friday.

Tejumola said that the show would continue to showcase turbulence, drama, fashion, friendship, culture, lifestyle and conversations that would keep the audience glued to their screens.

“Beyond the show’s entertainment value, the real housewives of Lagos cultural impact cannot be ignored.

“The show has put one of Africa’s most important city and its vibrant culture on the map. We are open to doing it again, even bigger and better.

“We are excited to introduce to you the cast for the season, Faith Morey, a model and an entrepreneur; Tania Omotayo, an entrepreneur, model, actress and an author; Iyabo Ojo, Toyin Lawani, Chioma Ikokwu, Laura Ikeji-Kanu and Mariam Timmer,” she said.

Tejumola noted that MultiChoice was encouraged over the success of the first season of the show which had spurred the release of the second season.

According to her, the first episode of The Real Housewives of Lagos, season one, broke the first day streaming record on Showmax Nigeria.

She said the show was the only African title on the top ten most watched shows in Nigeria, Ghana and South Africa.

She said that the season one won the award for the best costume designer in 2022 at the Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards (AMVCA).

“We decided to come up with this season following the massive success of the first season in 2022.

“Season one trended on X, formerly twitter, and remains on the trend list for the 14 weeks duration of the show.

The season also trended as number one on X in South Africa and featured on the trend list in the United Kingdom.

“The Real Housewives of Lagos was the first West African installment of the global Real Housewives franchise which is distributed internationally by NBC univeral format,” she said.

Earlier, Morey expressed her excitement over being enrolled as a cast for the season two.

She said “the city of Lagos means a lot to me, in spite being born and raised in Port Harcourt.”

According to her, Lagos remains the city where she began her modelling career and became successful.

She said, “The Real Housewives of Lagos is a huge franchise, when I received the call to come on board, I was so excited. I am so glad I got that call.”

For Omotayo, the city of Lagos continues to inspire her as she described it as an amazing city where no hardworking individual remains poor.

“I was born and raised in Isale Eko; Lagos is an amazing city; it inspires me alot; it pushes me to do more,” she said.

Ikokwu said, “The tenacity and hardwork in Lagos is what I admire most.”

Also Opeoluwa Filani, General Manager, Showmax Nigeria, said “As Africa’s original streaming service, we are committed to telling great local stories, working closely with local talents and expertise.

“We can’t wait to unveil our slate of exciting Showmax original in the coming months. We are going to blow your minds.”

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2023 Miss Nigeria USA Pageant holds in Texas Sept. 3



2023 Miss Nigeria USA Pageant holds in Texas Sept. 3

The Miss Nigeria USA Organisation has called on the Nigerians in the Disapora to participate in the forthcoming 2023 edition of the beauty pageant slated for Sept. 3, at Houston in Texas, U,S.

The President of the organisation, Joy Fakhoury, in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in New York said that the event would showcase beauty, talent and purpose.

“The upcoming Miss Nigeria USA 2023 Pageant is poised to be an enchanting and empowering event, spotlighting grace, beauty, and talent while promoting humanitarian endeavors.

“The pageant which will be held at the prestigious Match Theater, Houston, promises to transcend traditional notions of beauty contests by emphasising character, intelligence, compassion, and charisma in addition to physical appearance,’’ Fakhoury said.

Themed “BEAUTY WITH A PURPOSE,” the Miss Nigeria USA 2023 Pageant underscores the significance of inclusion and the individual narratives that define each contestant’s shine.

Participants from different states will not only showcase their extraordinary qualities and aspirations but also the depths of their personalities and commitment to excellence.

The US-based contestants will represent their Nigerian states while enhancing their native country’s knowledge and promoting their cultural values, creating a breed of leaders and goal-oriented individuals.

“The contestants will be provided with the opportunity to improve their social skills, improve confidence level, poise, communication skills, personality development, goal setting, career planning, health and fitness.

“They will also participate in cultural celebrations, parades and fashion shows throughout their pageant experience.

“The title is earned through hard work and dedication, demonstration of self-confidence, intelligence, beauty and elegance,’’ Fakhoury said.

Currently, five contestants have won the title since the inception of the pageant; Frances Udukwu (2014), Olutosin Araromi (2015), Lola Adeoye (2016), Idara Inokon (2017), Funmike Lagoke (2019)

The event will hold in the city of Houston in Texas after four years break of Covid-19 pandemic.

In addition, she said beyond the glamour, participants in the Miss Nigeria USA 2023 Pageant would engage in philanthropic initiatives through the non-profit organisation “Miss Nigeria USA (MNUSA) Cares.”

“Contestants will partake in charitable activities in Nigeria and beyond, volunteering, engaging with communities, and undergoing skill training.

“Tickets for the Miss Nigeria USA 2023 Pageant are now available, offering a chance for people from all backgrounds to participate in the celebration of culture, talent, and beauty,” she said.

To secure a spot at this prestigious event, she urged interested people to visit

Founded in 2014, the Miss Nigeria USA was established with the aim of celebrating the Nigerian woman while appreciating the beauty, talent, skills and other unique attributes and goals she exhibits.

The organiser plans to achieve its goal through the Miss Nigeria USA Pageant Event where contestants will be given the opportunity to demonstrate their physical, cultural and intellectual attributes.

The Miss Nigeria USA Pageant is also a humanitarian pageant providing a unique opportunity for these beauty queens to not just showcase their beauty to the world but also make a positive impact in their communities by supporting causes and platforms that they are passionate about.

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