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Joke Silva Quashes Death Rumors, Confirms Olu Jacobs is Alive

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Veteran Nollywood actor Olu Jacobs, whose illustrious career has spanned over four decades, has once again been the subject of unfounded rumors about his death.

On Sunday, June 30, social media was abuzz with claims that the beloved actor had passed away.

However, his wife, actress Joke Silva, swiftly debunked the rumors, assuring fans that Jacobs is alive and well.

“He’s very much alive and doing fine,” Silva stated emphatically during an interview with TheNEWS.

This marks the second time in recent years that false reports of Jacobs’ demise have circulated online, causing distress among his fans and admirers.

Olu Jacobs, fondly referred to as Uncle Olu by his colleagues and fans, is a towering figure in the Nigerian film industry.

Trained at the prestigious Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London, Jacobs has appeared in over 120 films, earning a reputation as one of Nollywood’s most talented and versatile actors.

His extensive body of work includes roles in international films such as “The Dogs of War” and “Pirates,” as well as numerous British television series in the 1970s and 1980s.

Jacobs’ contributions to Nollywood have been recognized with numerous accolades, including the African Movie Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role in 2007 and the Industry Merit Award at the 2013 Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards.

In 2016, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from AMAA, further cementing his status as a pillar of the industry.

Despite his professional success, Jacobs has faced significant personal challenges in recent years, particularly regarding his health.

He has been battling dementia, a condition that has profoundly impacted his life and that of his family.

In a candid interview, Silva spoke about the emotional and psychological toll of caring for her husband.

“It hasn’t been easy,” Silva admitted. “There was a point of acceptance for me that everything happening is reality. It is like the person I married, 80 per cent of the time, is no longer there. But the thing is this: when he was there, he was an incredible father to his children and an amazing husband. He was practically my best friend.”

Silva’s unwavering dedication to Jacobs through his illness has been a testament to their strong bond.

“The husband I knew is no longer there for me. This man that is here is someone I still love, but love in a different way,” she added.

Jacobs’ legacy extends beyond his on-screen performances. Together with Silva, he co-founded the Lufodo Group, a media corporation encompassing film production, distribution, and the Lufodo Academy of Performing Arts.

Their partnership has significantly contributed to the growth and development of Nigerian cinema.

As rumors of his death were dispelled, fans and colleagues took to social media to express their relief and admiration for Jacobs.

Tributes poured in, highlighting his mentorship, the doors he opened for younger actors, and his enduring influence on Nollywood.

While the false news of Jacobs’ death created a temporary wave of concern, it also served as a reminder of the deep respect and affection that the actor commands.

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Airline Stocks Tumble as Ryanair Cuts Summer Fare Forecast

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Ryanair’s announcement of a significant cut in summer fare expectations has sent ripples through the airline industry, causing stocks to fall sharply.

The no-frills airline reported a nearly 50% drop in profits for the quarter ending June 30, attributing the decline to lower passenger fares and frugal consumer behavior.

Ryanair’s profit before tax fell to €401 million, a stark contrast to the same period last year. This slump is primarily due to a 15% decrease in average passenger fares, as travelers continue to tighten their budgets amid ongoing economic uncertainties.

Chief Executive Michael O’Leary highlighted the shift in consumer behavior, noting that “fares are now moving materially lower than the prior year and pricing continues to deteriorate.”

The company’s previous forecast of stable fares has been revised, with expectations now set for a “materially lower” fare structure between July and September.

The announcement triggered a sell-off in airline stocks, with Ryanair’s share price plummeting by 17%.

Other airlines, including EasyJet and Wizz Air, also experienced declines, reflecting broader concerns about the industry’s financial health as customer spending contracts.

Experts are questioning whether the entire sector is facing a downturn, especially as consumers delay booking trips and opt for more budget-friendly options.

Despite the profit drop, Ryanair reported a slight increase in passenger numbers, which helped mitigate a more significant fall in overall revenue.

However, the airline emphasized that its summer performance heavily relies on last-minute bookings, particularly in August and September.

The trend of delayed bookings is partly due to the cost-of-living crisis, which continues to influence consumer spending habits.

This trend aligns with observations from other airlines like Jet2, which noted only modest price increases amid late bookings.

Ryanair’s struggles are compounded by external challenges such as air traffic control strikes and a global IT meltdown, which have led to delays and cancellations.

These issues have further dampened consumer confidence, potentially impacting last-minute booking numbers.

Moreover, Ryanair faces operational hurdles with aircraft deliveries. Boeing has warned that some 737 Max planes expected by next spring will be delayed until summer 2025, posing a threat to Ryanair’s capacity during peak travel periods.

The airline industry is grappling with the end of a post-pandemic boom in pricing, as evident from warnings by other carriers like Lufthansa and Air France-KLM.

As economic pressures mount, the sector must navigate a landscape of cautious consumer spending and logistical challenges.

Ryanair’s latest figures underscore the fragile nature of the current travel market, prompting airlines to reassess strategies to attract budget-conscious travelers while maintaining profitability.

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Max Air Flight Suffers Multiple Tyre Bursts, Passengers Safe

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A Max Air flight carrying 119 passengers and six crew members from Yola to Abuja experienced a rare tyre malfunction during takeoff.

The Boeing 737, flight NGL1649, encountered an issue when four of its tyres burst, leading to an emergency halt on the runway.

The Director of Public Affairs and Consumer Protection at the Nigerian Safety Investigation Bureau (NSIB), Bimbo Olawumi Oladeji, confirmed the incident.

She stated that as the aircraft began its takeoff roll, a loud bang was heard, identified as the bursting of the rear gear tyres.

Initially, two tyres burst, and while attempting to taxi off the runway, the remaining two tyres also burst, leaving the aircraft disabled.

Glory be to God, no injuries were reported among the passengers or crew, thanks to the quick response and professionalism of the flight team.

A go-team, led by NSIB Director General Alex Badeh, is set to conduct a thorough investigation into the incident to determine the cause of the malfunction.

This investigation aims to ensure the continued safety and reliability of air travel in the region.

Max Air has expressed gratitude for the cooperation and calmness of all passengers during the incident and assured the public of their commitment to maintaining high safety standards.

The airline is working closely with authorities to address any potential issues and prevent future occurrences.

As investigations proceed, the aviation community remains focused on learning from the event to enhance safety protocols and maintain passenger confidence in air travel across Nigeria.

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Nigerians Increasingly Reject Bribe Demands, Reports NBS

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70% of Nigerians reportedly refused to pay bribes on at least one occasion in 2023, according to a report by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS).

The report, titled “Corruption in Nigeria: Patterns and Trends,” highlights the growing resistance to bribery among citizens.

The study found that 42% of Nigerians cited moral objections as their primary reason for refusing bribes.

Also, 23% were motivated by the pressures of the rising cost of living, while 21% had alternative ways to achieve their goals without resorting to corruption.

The report noted the highest bribery refusal rate in the North-West, where 76% of individuals resisted paying bribes.

All regions across the country recorded refusal rates exceeding 60%, indicating a nationwide trend towards rejecting corruption.

Public tolerance for bribery has also diminished, with only 23% of Nigerians considering bribery acceptable for expediting administrative processes, down from 29% in 2019.

Furthermore, fewer citizens reported facing negative consequences for refusing bribes, with figures dropping from 49% in 2019 to 38% in 2023.

This suggests a growing empowerment among Nigerians to challenge corrupt officials without fear of retaliation.

Despite these positive trends, the NBS report highlighted that over N700 billion was still paid in cash bribes to public officials in 2023.

Corruption remains the fourth most pressing issue in the country, following the cost of living, insecurity, and unemployment.

The report also underscored a decline in public confidence in the government’s anti-corruption efforts.

In 2019, more than half of Nigerians believed the government was effective in combating corruption, but by 2023, this confidence had fallen to less than a third.

The NBS findings offer a glimmer of hope for Nigeria’s fight against corruption, showcasing a public increasingly willing to stand up against bribery and demand accountability from their leaders.

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