‘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.

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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)

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