Nana Otedola poses with daugh­ter in new pho­tos

Sunday Trust - - TAMBARI - TAM­BARI

En­gi­neer­ing. I didn’t want to stay at home so I de­cided to go for it.

When I started I didn’t like it be­cause that’s not what I wanted to do. But by the time I fin­ished my pre­lim cour­ses in my first year, I didn’t want to change again. It was in­ter­est­ing and chal­leng­ing and I saw I could do a lot with en­gi­neer­ing and so I con­tin­ued and ended up be­com­ing an en­gi­neer.

It was fun: I come from a polyg­a­mous home, so we grew up in a large fam­ily, and one im­por­tant thing we learnt was re­spect. Even if it’s a dif­fer­ence of a day, you must re­spect that per­son, and there were re­wards for good re­sults. Ev­ery end of term, ev­ery­body came home with their re­port sheets and my fa­ther would be ready with the gifts to give those who did very well. You never wanted to be the one to be scolded or de­nied the chance to watch TV, so we learnt to live with hard work.

Our fa­ther also taught us to keep our books in­tact. We weren’t al­lowed to write our names on our books. He had a type­writer, so at the be­gin­ning of each term, once your books had been bought, you’d sit and type your name, cut it and cel­lotape it to your book. So he taught us how to keep our things to­gether and neat.

Birthdays: when my el­der sis­ter and I would wear match­ing dresses with the sweets and drinks in front of us with a nice white straw house. Even on Sun­days when we dressed up, I loved that too. It made me happy.

I have two daugh­ters and it has been won­der­ful hav­ing them. I had to learn to bal­ance tak­ing care of them and my work. Bring­ing them up was quite chal­leng­ing and I wanted my kids to turn out right, which I am glad and thank God they did.

Ev­ery gift has its own sen­ti­ment at­tached to it. But on my 50th birth­day, my daugh­ter gave me a pearl neck­lace. She was in school and from her sav­ings she was able to buy some­thing really ex­pen­sive, so I felt really ap­pre­ci­ated and over­whelmed. I thought she went a lit­tle bit too far to save that much money and get me such an ex­pen­sive gift. There are a lot of emo­tions at­tached to that. It shows you that you have chil­dren that ap­pre­ci­ate you and ap­pre­ci­ate your labour for them. We met in church and that was that.

His quiet­ness; and I’m not quiet, then his an­a­lyt­i­cal ap­proach to tak­ing de­ci­sions. Hav­ing an idea is one thing but putting it into per­spec­tive and tak­ing the right de­ci­sion is very im­por­tant: he’s very good at that.

I look for­ward to go­ing on a cruise with just my friends and me. We’ve been plan­ning it for a while but we still haven’t been able to do it. A trip with­out men, just us the girls, no stress, I’ve al­ways wished we could do that. It would be fun.

I also wish I could be on hol­i­day sin­cerely be­cause I have quite a lot go­ing on for me right now and there’s so much stress at­tached to it. So I wish I could just close ev­ery­thing and go on hol­i­day.

I wish I had a boy. I looked for­ward to hav­ing a set of twins: a boy and a girl. I love twins and I wish I had them. It would have been lovely.

I also wish to re­tire and move to a nice quiet and iso­lated place with a farm, away from the city, with a nice sport car to come out with to en­joy my­self in the evening.

I play my nice Chris­tian mu­sic: it gives me a lot of san­ity and al­lows me to en­joy what­ever I’m do­ing. I love Nathaniel Bassey, but once in a while I en­joy lis­ten­ing to old school too, from the 60’s and 70’s: they re­mind me of good times. I check my of­fi­cial email right af­ter my morn­ing prayers to catch up on what I missed at night. I love a good wrist­watch.

Heels give you a nice bounce. But work, I want to be able to move around, and it wouldn’t be proper to wear slip­pers around, so I wear a com­fort­able pair of shoes or heels.

I ac­tu­ally don’t have one. I’ve trav­elled to a num­ber of places and I en­joy wher­ever I can go to en­joy my peace. I sleep, es­pe­cially dur­ing week­ends. I don’t go out un­less nec­es­sary. I en­joy my quiet time. “Noth­ing comes easy.” Pounded yam with og­bono soup.

Wear some­thing com­fort­able, good look­ing and be happy in it. I don’t have one.

I love the fra­grance of Her­mes d’Voy­age. For shoes, I love my Sal­va­tore Fer­rag­amo heels; they’re really com­fort­able, and for bag, I love my Her­mes: it’s black and so lovely.

She used to say many things that still ring in my head, but there’s one that res­onates very of­ten, “Al­ways be good in what­ever you’re do­ing so that you can hit your tar­get.”

I love navy blue. I love my Hyundai; it’s com­fort­able for me. I’m not a sport per­son but once in a while I do some ex­er­cises at home. I love the har­mat­tan be­cause I hate the rain.

Mon­day: it’s usu­ally hec­tic but you’re able to pre­pare what you want to do for the week and plan to­wards achiev­ing them.

I’ve had some­one who taught me to grow up, as­pire for the best and also, taught me to also be a role model to oth­ers, Engr. Ebele Okeke. She taught me to work hard as an en­gi­neer and pushed me early in life into lead­er­ship, so I give it to her.

God has given you all that is needed as woman to ex­cel in En­gi­neer­ing - in­qui­si­tion, manag­ing prob­lems, be­ing cal­cu­la­tive, just name it. So I‘ll say, “Girl go for it, it’s in you to suc­ceed!”

Wife of bil­lion­aire Femi Otedola, Nana was spot­ted in the com­pany of her daugh­ter, Florence Otedola, more com­monly known as DJ Cuppy in Lagos.

Nana has been un­der radar re­cently known to be liv­ing in Lon­don mean­while, Cuppy moved back to Lagos back in Septem­ber.

Mr. Clif­ford Udeh and Miss Sheki­rat Adet­ona, two youth cor­pers serv­ing in Sokoto state, have re­ceived a recog­ni­tion award for their out­stand­ing per­for­mance in their var­i­ous place of pri­mary work, from the Sul­tan of Sokoto, Sul­tan Abubakar Sa’ad III.

The NYSC state co­or­di­na­tor, Al­haji Musa Abubakar, en­cour­aged serv­ing corps mem­bers to be dili­gent and hard work­ing in their var­i­ous place of pri­mary as­sign­ment ir­re­spec­tive of where they are posted to, es­pe­cially those posted to ru­ral ar­eas. 29

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