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Nigeria Set to Lose 300 Millionaires in 2023, Becoming Second Biggest Wealth Exodus in Africa

The 2023 edition of the Henley Private Wealth Migration Report predicts the departure of 300 dollar millionaires from Nigeria



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In a disheartening revelation for Nigeria’s economy, the 2023 edition of the Henley Private Wealth Migration Report predicts the departure of 300 dollar millionaires from the country this year, marking a significant increase from the 200 recorded in 2022.

This surge in millionaire emigration places Nigeria as the second-largest loser of wealthy individuals on the African continent, trailing behind South Africa, which is expected to witness an outflow of 500 millionaires.

The report focuses specifically on high-net-worth individuals (HNWIs) who have relocated and reside in their new country for more than six months each year. Shedding light on global wea

lth and investment migration trends, the report reveals that the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is projected to welcome approximately 4,500 millionaires in 2023, a figure significantly higher than the pre-pandemic average of 1,000 HNWIs per year.

While the exodus of millionaires from Nigeria and other countries serves as an indicator of economic health, Andrew Amoils, head of Research at New World Wealth, highlights that nations consistently attracting affluent families through migration tend to possess robust economies, low crime rates, and attractive business prospects.

China takes the lead in global millionaire outflows, with an estimated 13,500 leaving the country, followed by India with 6,500. The United Kingdom and Russia secure third and fourth positions, respectively, with 3,200 and 3,000 millionaires leaving their shores.

Regarding Nigeria’s plight, Investors King previously reported a 30% decline in the number of dollar millionaires within the country over the past decade, largely attributed to the depreciation of the Nigerian naira and other economic challenges.

The complexity of foreign exchange policies and currency depreciation have adversely affected the wealth of affluent Nigerians, as most of their businesses operate within the country and their wealth is denominated in naira.

Temitope Omosuyi, investment strategy manager at Afrinvest Limited, emphasizes that the recent global economic challenges have particularly impacted non-globally competitive companies, especially those not operating in the technology sector.

Nigeria has experienced two economic recessions in the past seven years, leading to a decrease in foreign inflows and creating liquidity challenges in the foreign exchange market. The subsequent depreciation of the naira against the dollar further exacerbates the situation, with the official exchange rate dropping to 448 naira per dollar from 157 naira per dollar in 2012. On the parallel market, the naira fell to 740 per dollar from 159 per dollar.

These economic circumstances have also contributed to Nigeria’s soaring inflation rate, which reached 22.22% in April 2023, the highest in 17 years, compared to 12% in December 2012, according to the National Bureau of Statistics.

Is the CEO/Founder of Investors King Limited. A proven foreign exchange research analyst and a published author on Yahoo Finance, Nasdaq,, Investorplace, and many more. He has over two decades of experience in global financial markets.

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FBI Analysis Reveals Shocking Details in Mompha’s Trial



A Lagos High Court recently admitted into evidence a comprehensive report from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) during the trial of Ismaila Mustapha, popularly known as Mompha.

This report sheds new light on the alleged fraudulent activities of the accused, including the use of his iPhone in a series of financial transactions.

The FBI report, presented by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) as evidence, has revealed a string of suspicious activities carried out through Mompha’s iPhone.

According to the report, Mompha’s phone was used to send account details to a United Arab Emirates telephone number, searched for Swift Codes of a bank, and, shockingly, had a compromised Microsoft 365 account.

The charges against Mompha and his company, Ismalob Global Investment Limited, include conspiracy to launder funds, retention of proceeds from criminal conduct, money laundering, failure to disclose assets, possession of documents containing false pretense, and the use of property derived from an unlawful act.

The prosecution alleges that they conducted financial transactions amounting to over N5.9 billion with the intent of promoting unlawful activities.

During cross-examination, the witness from the FBI revealed that Mompha’s iPhone was employed in changing payment delivery methods from cheque to wire transfer after two failed attempts, ultimately succeeding on the third attempt.

The defense counsel, Kolawole Salami, initially objected to the admissibility of the FBI report, arguing that it needed certification by the United States Consulate.

However, the objection was overruled by Justice Mojisola Dada, who deemed the documents to be in their original state and not requiring certification.

As the trial progresses, these shocking revelations from the FBI analysis have cast a new light on the case against Mompha.

The courtroom drama continues, with the case adjourned until Wednesday, November 1, leaving both the prosecution and the defense with much to consider in the days ahead.

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Nigeria Holds $783 Million in Blocked Funds, IATA Engages with Government for Resolution




The International Air Transport Association (IATA) reported that as of August Nigeria holds approximately $783 million in blocked funds belonging to various airlines.

This significant financial concern was communicated via an official statement released by the trade association.

Kamil Al Awadhi, IATA’s Regional Vice-President for Africa and the Middle East, has been actively engaged in discussions with the Federal Government in an effort to find a resolution to this pressing issue.

Foreign airlines operating within Nigeria have faced ongoing challenges in repatriating their commercial revenues due to a prolonged shortage of foreign exchange in the country.

The official statement from IATA stated, “Mr. Al Awadhi also held discussions with Nigeria’s newly appointed Minister of Aviation and Aerospace Development, the Honorable Minister Festus Keyamo. During these discussions, he urged the new government to maintain and strengthen consultations with the industry while developing both short-term and long-term solutions to address foreign exchange access issues for both domestic and foreign carriers.”

Highlighting the severity of the situation, the statement said, “As of August 2023, Nigeria accounts for $783 million of airlines’ blocked funds.”

According to the statement, IATA commends the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) for its commitment to enhancing infrastructure and service standards at Lagos’s Murtala Muhammad International Airport within a twelve-month timeframe.

In related news, IATA had previously raised concerns about safety, security, and passenger service levels at Lagos Airport in the past year.

A recent high-level meeting between IATA and FAAN, represented by Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer Kabir Mohammed, concluded with FAAN committing to expedite improvements in these areas as part of a corrective action plan.

Kamil Al Awadhi, IATA’s Regional Vice-President for Africa and the Middle East, said, “We welcome FAAN’s commitment to upgrade Lagos Airport, which serves as a vital domestic and international hub connecting Nigeria to the rest of Africa and beyond. This strategic focus not only strengthens the aviation sector but also acts as a catalyst for Nigeria’s broader economic and social progress. IATA is ready to provide support and expertise to FAAN to ensure that international standards are met through the corrective action plan. Safety, security, and efficient infrastructure are crucial for a well-functioning air transport system, as is the ability of airlines to access the revenues they generate in Africa.”

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Federal Government Reopens D Wing of Murtala Muhammed International Airport




In a bid to address the escalating flight disruptions and enhance the efficiency of air travel, the Federal Government has officially reopened the D Wing of the old international terminal at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos.

The move is part of a broader effort to tackle the challenges faced by both travelers and airlines operating in Nigeria.

This challenge emerged following the sudden relocation of foreign airlines from the international terminal of the Lagos airport to an adjoining new terminal that opened in March.

The announcement of the reopening of the old international terminal, which had temporarily closed for renovation, was made by the Minister of Aviation, Mr. Festus Keyamo, on Monday.

According to a statement signed by the Director of Public Affairs & Consumer Protection at FAAN (Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria), Abdullahi Yakubu-Funtua, Minister Keyamo emphasized the government’s unwavering commitment to improving the aviation sector and ensuring passengers enjoy a seamless travel experience.

The statement reads in part, “We are pleased to inform the traveling public that Hon. Minister of Aviation, Mr. Festus Keyamo, has graciously permitted the use of the D Wing of the Old Murtala Muhammed International Terminal to complement the New International Terminal, aimed at facilitating the smooth movement of passengers through the airport.”

Minister Keyamo had originally ordered airlines to relocate to the new terminal starting on October 1, 2023. However, FAAN took the initiative to forcibly relocate the international carriers to the new facility on Wednesday.

The sudden relocation by FAAN coincided with a fire incident that occurred in part of the baggage hall of MMIA on the same day. This incident compelled the agency to evacuate passengers and personnel from the facility.

In response to the situation, Mr. Abdullahi Yakubu-Funtua, the Director of Media at FAAN, stated that the airport fire and other developments affecting power supply had necessitated the abrupt relocation of foreign carriers. He assured the public that FAAN is actively addressing the situation.

The utilization of the D Wing for passenger processing has already commenced, promising improved travel experiences for all passengers.

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