DON’T BE DE­PEN­DENT ON OTHER PEO­PLE. ECO­NOMIC POWER IS VERY IM­POR­TANT.

Sunday Trust - - BINTA RABE NASIR / COVER - TAM­BARI

“Ser­vice to God and hu­man­ity.” This is be­cause, sin­cerely speak­ing, to me there are only two main things in life: to serve God and peo­ple with what you have.

For a very long time, it used to be rice and salad be­cause it’s what I grew up eat­ing. But with age, it has be­come tuwo with miyan kuka. Mod­esty. I like be­ing mod­est.

I have one tai­lor and I al­ways stick to him. I am al­ways com­fort­able with what he makes for me and he knows what I want. So he is my favourite fash­ion de­signer. Coco Chanel for per­fume. And for shoes and bags, I like Aldo.

She said some­thing to me when she was trav­el­ling and never came back. She said I should be de­cent and that I should please take care of my younger ones. I never knew that was the last time I would see her. She said she was leav­ing them for me. That’s what I keep re­mind­ing my­self - that she was leav­ing them for me. And sin­cerely speak­ing, I think I have not failed in do­ing that. I have tried my best.

I do some ex­er­cise in trekking. Of re­cent, I started mov­ing to­wards the colour pink but it used to be pur­ple. I love Honda CRV. I en­joy cold weather.

I love Fri­days be­cause of the an­tic­i­pa­tion of the week­end and know­ing that the fol­low­ing day, be­ing Sat­ur­day, I won’t be go­ing to work. In fact, my blood pres­sure goes down on Fri­days. I just use eye­liner (kwalli) and pow­der. I have al­ways been very sim­ple.

My mother, who I lost at the age of 17. I will al­ways look up to her. The late Ha­jiya Hadiza Atiti. She was my first prin­ci­pal at Women’s Teach­ers’ Col­lege, Katsina. There’s also Ha­jiya As­mau, who was our first chair­man. I also adore the late Princess Diana. I like her hu­man­i­tar­ian work and sim­plic­ity.

I have no­ticed that these days, the is­sue of be­ing too ma­te­ri­al­is­tic is tak­ing over many things. I would tell them to be less ma­te­ri­al­is­tic, sin­cerely speak­ing. They should go to school, be well ed­u­cated and get their own jobs or busi­nesses. It doesn’t have to be gov­ern­ment job. Don’t be de­pen­dent on other peo­ple. Eco­nomic power is very im­por­tant.

Two of Nige­ria’s top acts, Simi and Adekunle Gold are mar­ried! The cou­ple has been known to be very re­served and pri­vate about their love life, and only a few weeks ago, Simi was spot­ted wear­ing a ring that fu­eled ru­mours that the love­birds might be get­ting hitched.

It was an in­ti­mate cer­e­mony of 300 guests in La­gos, with the tra­di­tional wed­ding on Wed­nes­day, fol­lowed by the white wed­ding on Thurs­day on Ilashe beach.

Many fans and celebri­ties have taken to so­cial me­dia to con­grat­u­late the new­ly­weds in­clud­ing Davido. We wish them a happy mar­ried life and mar­i­tal bliss.

D’Banj re­cently made a trip to Ghana, dur­ing which, he met with the Ghana­ian pres­i­dent, Nana Akufi-Addo at the Pres­i­den­tial Palace. The meet­ing in­cluded a dis­cus­sion on fur­ther diver­si­fy­ing the cre­ative in­dus­try and ex­pand­ing it as well.

He shared pic­tures of the meet­ing on so­cial me­dia in which he said, “It was an amaz­ing meet­ing with the pres­i­dent of Ghana, Let’s take the cre­ative in­dus­try to the next level.”

The likes of Wizkid and Nige­rian-Amer­i­can artiste Ji­denna were also present.

Nige­rian-Amer­i­can rap­per Ji­denna has made a trip to the home­land, dur­ing which he paid a visit to the New Afrika Shrine to see the Kuti fam­ily. “I give thanks to the Aniku­lapo Kuti fam­ily for invit­ing us to The New Afrika Shrine. You all are true roy­alty. ‘Afrobeats’ artists owe tithes and of­fer­ings to una. I will for­ever cher­ish this night of wis­dom, laugh­ter, and li­ba­tions all night with Femi Kuti, Yeni Akuti and Real Seun Kuti, and Big bird Kuti, New Afrika, Fear and Fancy, Afrika shrine and Fela Kuti,” Ji­denna said.

He also re­cently per­formed at the Sound City MVP Awards dur­ing his trip as well.

Mum’s ad­vice that stuck with you over the years

Look­ing back, what would you tell a younger you?I think I have tried my best, so I will still do what I did be­fore. Maybe I’ll just cre­ate room for im­prove­ment.

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