‘Being Barrister Yunus Ustaz’s daughter pushed me to become a lawyer’
Barrister Nana Usman is the daughter of Barrister Yunus Ustaz Usman SAN. In this interview with she talks about her father’s influence on her career choice as well as his love and passion for helping the less privileged.
Daily Trust: How would you describe your father? My dad is a very hardworking, religious, humble, disciplined, selfless, tolerant, jovial and generous man. He is someone who loves to break new grounds by default and takes care of immediate, extended family and the needy by providing for all from what God has blessed him with. DT: What was growing up like with him?
Growing up with him was the most amazing experience for me; he is the closest person to me. I remember often going straight to his office from school in my uniform even though his closing time wasn’t guaranteed (it could be 11, 12 or 1am). I also used to follow him to work some weekends, that’s how much bond we have and he also does that with my siblings. I virtually worked with him in the office as a way of developing virtues that were beneficial to me early in life. This really influenced and gave me the insight that led to my decision of choosing a career in law.
DT: What fond childhood memories did you have with him that you can’t forget?
Fond memories of him are numerous but I always remember how he devoted time to the family, especially for my siblings and I, to always have meals together despite his busy schedule.
DT: When did it dawn on you that your father is a renowned Nigerian?
I have never seen him in that light because he has never carried himself as such. I have a father and child relationship, nothing has changed, he’s still the same person as I have always known him, most times I even doubt and wonder if it’s the same person they are talking about. He’s the epitome of a good man.
DT: What misconception about him would you like to correct?
We all have misconceptions about people and there’re largely not true so, I normally don’t bother about correcting such as it is part of human existence. DT: What easily gets him upset and why?
He’s not quick to anger but he hates it when you maltreat the poor/needy or underprivileged and he hates lies, corrupt practices and other vices that are inimical to the society. DT: What is his favourite outfit?
He loves to wear whatever he feels free and comfortable in. It should also look good.
DT: If your dad was not a politician, what other profession do you think he would have excelled at?
A farmer who would use his farm
He’s a friend to the underprivileged; he serves others when it is personally not convenient for him and he also taught me that everyone deserves love and respect irrespective of their status
produce to feed the poor
DT: What are some of those values you imbibed from him while growing up?
Nana: He’s a friend to the underprivileged; he serves others when it is personally not convenient for him and he also taught me that everyone deserves love and respect irrespective of their status. These examples impacted and shaped me into who I am today, he taught me to have sterling character and live a life of integrity even if no one is watching.
DT: How much influence did your father have on your career choice?
Nana: The fact that I spent so much time with my dad in the office made me see him studying and practicing, it helped in shaping me greatly. DT: What is his social life like? Nana: He’s a very private and calm person. He’s at peace with family, the less privileged and his library. How does he relax?
He loves badminton and often exercises that way.
Barrister Nana Usman
Barrister Yunus Ustaz Usman (SAN)