We watch box­ing be­cause of dad

– Sal­ihu Da­suki Nakande

Weekly Trust - - Front Page - Bashir Li­man, Jos

Daily Trust: How would you de­scribe your fa­ther? Sal­ihu Ibrahim Da­suki Nakande: He is a man of few words but of great wis­dom. He is a peace lov­ing and car­ing man. DT: How much in­flu­ence did your fa­ther have on your career?

Sal­ihu: So much. I think he even chose the aca­demic career for me. I could re­mem­ber the morn­ing I re­turned from the UK af­ter my masters to show him my de­gree cer­tifi­cate and dis­cuss my plans for the fu­ture, he said to me, ‘my friend you are go­ing back to UK af­ter a month for your PhD’. At that time, I was so tired of read­ing and I didn’t want to end up as a univer­sity lec­turer. He told me be­ing a lec­turer was one of the best jobs ever, but at that time I didn’t be­lieve him though I couldn’t ques­tion him so I went back.

How­ever, that was one of the best de­ci­sions he made for me. I fin­ished my PhD at the age of 24 and I ended up with the best career path, which is lec­tur­ing.

DT: What habits and be­hav­iour of your fa­ther did you in­herit?

Sal­ihu: I am a car­bon copy of my dad. We talk, eat, and look the same. In fact, we think alike.

DT: What eas­ily up­sets him? Sal­ihu: Lazi­ness and lies. DT: How does he re­lax? Sal­ihu: He loves box­ing a lot and doc­u­men­taries about Mo­hammed Ali, I guess that is his favourite sports per­son­al­ity. He also reads a lot of hu­man de­vel­op­ment the­o­ries. DT: What is his favourite food? Sal­ihu: Tu­won Alkama and Amala with Ewedu.

DT: What are the two things he likes very much? Sal­ihu: They are box­ing and pol­i­tics. DT: What good things did you learn from him?

Sal­ihu: Gen­eros­ity. My dad is very gen­er­ous and I guess I learnt that from him.

DT: When did you re­al­ize that your fa­ther was a fa­mous politi­cian?

Sal­ihu: My grand­fa­ther was a politi­cian, hence I wasn’t surprise my dad went into pol­i­tics. It is in the blood. He is al­ways in Jos; ev­ery week he is on his way to Jos. He loves be­ing around his peo­ple, so we are used to it.

Some­times pol­i­tics take away that qual­ity fam­ily time but like I said we are used to it and we al­ways give him the full fam­ily sup­port when he runs for of­fice or de­cides to run. How­ever, I look for­ward to his re­tire­ment. He needs a lot of rest now.

DT: What fun mem­o­ries do you re­mem­ber shar­ing with your fa­ther?

Sal­ihu: He is a lov­ing fa­ther. When we were lit­tle he used to take us out a lot in La­gos. I re­mem­ber our fam­ily out­ings in Bar Beach, and those days we went to watch foot­ball matches at the Na­tional Sta­dium dur­ing the 1999 World Cup, as well as box­ing matches. He in­tro­duced us to box­ing, ev­ery­one in my fam­ily watches box­ing. He used to man­age a boxer called Teju then in La­gos. He is a cool dad.

DT: How does your fa­ther re­late with his chil­dren?

Sal­ihu: He re­lates well with us as both a fa­ther and a friend. I speak with him al­most ev­ery day like­wise my sib­lings. I can’t go a day with­out call­ing him or seek­ing some ad­vice. We talk ei­ther on the phone, some­times through SMS and some­times I can de­cide to just tweet him. He is al­ways on twit­ter.

I re­mem­ber our fam­ily out­ings in Bar Beach, and those days we went to watch foot­ball matches at the Na­tional Sta­dium dur­ing the 1999 World Cup, as well as box­ing matches. He in­tro­duced us to box­ing, ev­ery­one in my fam­ily watches box­ing

DT: What’s his fre­quent ad­vice to his chil­dren?

Sal­ihu: ‘All fin­gers are not the same’, that was what he told me last week when he scolded and ad­vised me. He al­ways told us to be hum­ble and not look at what peo­ple have but rather be con­tented. And I be­lieve that has played a very sig­nif­i­cant role in my life and that of my sib­lings. My dad is a very hum­ble man. DT: Is your dad friendly to his chil­dren?

Sal­ihu: Yes a lot, es­pe­cially with his grand kids. He likes car­ry­ing them, play­ing with them and bring­ing him­self down to their level. They love him very much.

DT: What char­ac­ters and habits does your fa­ther pos­sess that peo­ple out­side don’t know about? Sal­ihu: He likes ‘old school’ jams. He sings them when­ever we travel but I pre­tend not to hear him. He has an awe­some voice.

Sal­ihu Ibrahim Da­suki Nakande Sal­ihu Ibrahim Da­suki with his fa­ther

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