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Kemi Adetiba’s experience with Customs Officers at Lagos Airport is Exasperating & Relatable



Director Kemi Adetiba shared a sour experience she had with Customs Officers at the Murtala Mohammed Airport in Lagos, and it hits so close to home because of how it’s just the reality of so many people in this country.

Just days ago, Aremu Afolayan shared on his Instagram how airport and immigration officers had tried to extort him on a trip to the airport.

Adetiba shared her own experience on Twitter, and, of course, because she is a woman, it came with some dose of misogyny.

Two officers tried over and over to find a way to extort her, she shared, but she stood her ground and refused to be extorted.

Check out her story below:


  1. Gist

    November 14, 2018 at 5:05 pm

    Lagos Airport is just a motor park. A friend of my came back in June and due to his mum’s health he had to go back in September but didn’t realise the 3 months visa he had on his passport was for single entry. Mind you he is Nigerian but does’nt have a Nig Passport.

    On arrival with his mum to Lagos, the immigration officer noticed his single entry and asked him to go back. My friend explained he thought he had 3 months to use the visa and had to do a quick return with his mum to Nigeria. They refused oo asked him to pay.

    Yes ooo, he paid 200 for them to allow him entry and on his way back they immigration officer text him (I still have the number and name of the person) to also settle another guy before he leaves. WOW!!!

    • TheRealist

      November 14, 2018 at 11:05 pm

      @Gist, there are indeed bad custom folks at MMA but in this case it sounds as if your friend either (1) broke the law or (2) was being asked to pay for visa-on-arrival (hope he got a receipt). Even if you are Nigerian, so long as you are NOT traveling on a Nigerian passport, you would require a valid Nigerian visa. Let’s not seek to cut corners, only to turn around and point fingers.

    • Nunu

      November 15, 2018 at 12:41 am

      Yeah but your friend was at fault- if its in America, the person will go back. your narration is NOT same as Kemi’s…

    • africhic

      November 15, 2018 at 8:40 am

      How would he not have known that he had a single entry visa. he should have been turned back. This your story should have been kept to yourself, you are the ones doing the illegal things and reporting the officers as well.

  2. Amaka

    November 15, 2018 at 4:30 am

    Kemi – well done for holding your own. More of us need to speak up. Many of those who work at the airport are a disgrace. Unfortunately that situation is representative ignored Nigeria. Next time I’ll be taking names and where possible record these fools is action. Let’s use social media to put a stop to this nonsense

  3. Mrs chidukane

    November 15, 2018 at 1:05 pm

    Just be a young igbo guy,traveling abroad for the first time for business. They will isolate you, question you for hours. You will end up missing your flight if you don’t settle them. Wicked people. Kemi you did well. That’s how to deal with them

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