Nigeria music star, Innocent Ujah Idibia, aka Tuface has expressed his displeasure at having children from multiple women.
The talented musician described the issue as one he would not like to discuss.
“It is really tough to talk about it. Honestly, when I look back and examine that aspect of my life, I wish it never happened. I wish all my kids came from one woman. I love my children and there is nothing I can do to change the situation . I have moved on and I am married to one of the women who bore me kids. I no longer dwell on that issue.”
His relationship with his children.
“I am not the strict type because I have a soft spot for kids. As such, my children always get away with so many things when I am around. Their mothers are the ones who discipline them. I pamper my kids,’’ he tells with delight in his voice.
Does it seem likely that any of his children would follow in his footsteps? He affirms this and adds that some of them are already exhibiting signs of taking up music as a career and rather than dissuade them, he is prepared to give them the encouragement they need to succeed.
When he is not making melodious music, the international act always takes a break from his hectic schedule to relax. For him, this comes in different forms he quips.
“Sometimes, I could just sleep but most times, I like to hang out with my friends. We laugh, gist, crack jokes and generally have fun,’’ he says.
Commenting on the motivators in his life, Tuface says that one of the things he strongly believes in is the fact that the sky is big enough for everyone to fly as there is adequate space. He continues:
“It is just like the millions of stars that you see in the sky at night. Notwithstanding their number, there would still be space for more stars to shine. That is life and nature at work, so there is space for all of us. I always say that nobody should think that he or she is luckier than everyone else in life because that is a farce. As an individual, do not think that there is no space for the next person to thrive. For me, that is how I see life.’’
Even though he dropped out of school many years ago, he reiterates that in spite of his itinerary as an international musician, he looks forward to a time when he would be able to go back to earn a university degree. In a pitch that shows sincerity, he says,
“Maybe I’d give it a thought once again. I am going to keep trying and I would never give up on education.’’
His role models he says must not necessarily be musicians. He argues,
“They are people from different professions and surprisingly music is not one of them . I look up to many people and I do so for countless reasons.”
Still speaking, he says Senator Ben Murray-Bruce, Richard Mofe-Damijo and comedian, Ali Baba stand out for him and the reason is not farfetched. In a revealing tone, he enumerates some of the reasons why he regards them so.
“These are people who have remained on top of their game in their respective fields of endeavour and they are doing very well so I have tremendous respect for them. For instance, take a look at Ali Baba, he is a very humble man, yet he is on top of his game as a comedian and I always strive to do same,’’ he states.
Tuface is not exactly a trendsetter yet he manages to keep it simple and sharp even though he is not proficient at fashion as he is at music. In describing his style, he keeps it brief.
“Nothing in particular determines what I wear . I just like to dress in clean clothes and also look sharp when I go out,” he explains.
He sums up his philosophy about life in just one short sentence, ‘Live and let live’ and adds that he just wants to be remembered as that guy that came to the world to do his thing and also allowed others do their own thing, all in the spirit of one love.
Having weathered several storms in his career, Tuface has a word of advice for up-and-coming artistes.
“I just want them to know that going into music is serious business. More so, they should challenge themselves creatively and be able to explore all avenues. They must not be held back by any challenges that may come their way. When they combine all of these together, the road would be easy. On my part, I am just going to keep doing good music and keep bonding with my family. For me, I am just doing my own thing so I am not in competition with anyone. I am on my own lane and wouldn’t have it any other way,’’ he concludes.
I Married Regina Daniels For Love – Ned Nwoko
In this interview, the former member of the House of Representatives, representing Aniocha/Oshimili Federal Constituency of Delta State, revealed why he married actress, Regina Daniels and his motivation to build the premier sports higher institution, Stars University, billed to take off this month in his community of Idumuje-Ugboko, Aniocha North Local Government Area of Delta State.
The Stars University is a dream I have always had because of my love for sports. Of course, there has never been a sports university in the whole of sub-Sahara Africa, in spite of its enormous economic benefits. I am building the sports university to encourage our youths to be engaged in sports rather than waste their youthful time on non-beneficial ventures.
So, the STARS University is the first of its kind in sub-Sahara Africa and it will commence academic activities in September for human and economic benefits of our country, including adoring the environmental landscape of Anioma and creating jobs for our people.
My intention was to build a full-fledged sports university. However, the National Universities Commission (NUC) advised that I bring in other fields of human endeavours, arguing that I cannot build a university completely focused on sports. So, apart from sports as the major programme, we had to include technology, arts, research and science.
So, STARS is the acronym for Sports, Technology, Arts, Research and Science. I sited the university in my community due to the love I have for my people and the need to bequeath in my community a legacy that will outlive me.
Wow! Why did I marry Regina Daniels? I married her for love. You know, as a result of my British orientation, everything I have done in the past was centred on my personal conviction. Not until recently, I began to think towards home, not in the area of doing most of my activities at home, but in marriage.
My older wives are not from Anioma. And I saw the need to marry a proper Anioma wife, who is intelligent, beautiful and befitting of my status. Regina Daniels came at the right time, and as an adult, both of us consenting adults, we got married.
My grandfather, the king of Idumuje-Ugboko, married as many wives as possible and had uncountable children. I am from that dynasty as a grandson. Again, like I said earlier, I needed an Anioma wife who will fit into our culture and represent my interest as a proud Anioma son. When I encountered Regina Daniels (now Enyi Mrs. Regina Nwoko), I loved her for her near chastity and respect, and when I proposed, she accepted.
Well, I am just me, nobody can play me and get the original. I am a lover of people; that is why I encourage humanity at all times to get better in terms of capacity and quality of life. I love education, and that is why I am passionate about giving scholarship to encourage those who wish to go to school. Part of that desire is the reason I am investing heavily in the Stars University. If that means not corporately organised, so be it.
Why We Started The Jungle House – Salimat Alhassan
Salimat Iluobe Alhassan is a trained chef with passion for the job. The London-trained chef started “The Jungle House” to prepare assorted meals for people from all walks of life.
In this interview she granted us, the passionate chef speaks on what motivates her as a chef and why “The Jungle House” will set the pace for the culinary industry in Nigeria.
Can we meet you?
My Name is Salimat Iluobe Alhassan. A Bsc holder from the University of Aston, Birmingham United Kingdom. I am the Co-founder and Executive Chef of “The Jungle House.” I am an indigene of Edo State and I have four siblings.
When and why did you decide to become a Chef?
Cooking has always been something I did for fun, I never really pictured myself taking this career path until I started a little catering business in my final year in the university. The business grew and the reviews were very positive so I began to discover further my deep love for culinary techniques and the science behind cooking. What started as a little university project has turned out to be a burning passion of mine to bring about a healthier country through food.
How did your family receive the news when you told them you wanted to become a chef, considering the fact that most parents want their children to be lawyers, doctors etc?
As we all know unconventional career paths could be a bit confusing. At first, when I told my parents I wanted to be a Chef, it met a bit of uncertainty on their part.
However, I was able to prove to them how financially rewarding it is and how passionate I was about it. Once they saw that they began to support me instantly. I am so grateful to have their support as I can always rely on them for counsel
Did you go to culinary school? If yes, which one — Or how did you learn the job?
I have always loved reading recipes and recreating them in my own way, this allowed me learn a lot of techniques on my own. I am an alumni of Red Dish Culinary Chronicles, where I sought to improve on my techniques.
What did you like best about your time in culinary school?
You get to try different kinds of meals from different aspiring chefs.
Why “The Jungle House?” Tell us about it, do you train aspiring chefs?
We came about the name “The Jungle House” through my desire to highlight my diversity. I thought to myself what best describe my diversity in cooking?” Then I thought of “The Jungle.”
“The Jungle” has different types of animals and trees and it is very diverse.
“The Jungle House” is a food development company with diverse interest in food content production, catering and food educational resources.
“The Jungle House” also owns the baguette sandwich brand 12 inch baguette.
What type of events do you cater for?
“The Jungle House” caters for an array of clients. Our menu is innovative and dynamic. Also, through our sandwich company we aim to serve a more diverse range of clients from kids to workers etc. Just give us a call and we are more than happy to assist you in setting up a memorable event.
How is the reception to chefs like in Nigeria?
Nigerian culture is developing our music, cloths and food are becoming mainstream and this has brought about a positive reaction to how chefs are perceived in Nigeria. The profession is getting a much desired attention.
Is there a chef you admire most and why?
I don’t have a Chef I admire. Maybe Jamie Oliver because of his love for exploring different cuisines. But I believe in staying true to myself. It is very easy to admire someone and want to be like him or her and copy everything he or she does. This can mislead you from your own unique potential because every chef is unique in his or her own way.
What is your signature cuisine?
Can’t stick to one, it is always changes.
So, you have a guest, she’s an American she has never been to Africa before, what are you whipping up for your guest?
Jollof rice and fried plantain.
Tell me about your most memorable outing as a Chef. (Any big name(s) you’ve made food for?
My first corporate gig was for Access Bank I was tasked to present a range of canapés. I recall staying up all night thinking of how best to please my client. With more practise these days, I stay awake, but not all night.
Tell me about your most embarrassing cooking moment.
Where I realised I didn’t know how to wrap a shawarma and I had to wrap about 100 shawarmas for students.
Would you spend more time cooking a food or bothering about how pleasing it is aesthetically ?
Both. People do eat with their eyes first. But I will also make sure the food is cooked to perfection no matter how long it takes.
When is your happiest moment at work?
When I’m creating new recipes
Where is your happy place?
My kitchen on the beach.
Where do you see Chef Sally and The Jungle House in the coming years?
I envision “The Jungle House as a company which will be at the forefront of the culinary industry in Nigeria and also the first full fledged food network in the country.
A message to young aspiring chefs?
Just be yourself. No one else can be you.
QUICK FIRE QUESTIONS
What do you always avoid ordering on a menu?
What is your go to meal, when you’re low on time?
What would your last meal be, if you could decide?
What is the most overrated recent food trend?
What is a simple good piece of advice for pairing wine and food?
Eat red meat with red wine
Favourite restaurant in Nigeria and outside?
Nigeria – Thai Thai
Outside – Pepe piri piri
Which country in the world has the best food?
Easiest meal to impress someone?
Salmon, beetroot and apple tartare
Favourite Nigerian meal?
Your favourite wine?
I don’t drink
5 cooking ingredients you can’t do without?
Salt, black pepper, onion, garlic and paprika
Do you scream in the kitchen?
How do you get your revenge on unappreciative and annoying customers?
Customer is King.
Favourite ingredient to work with?
If you weren’t cooking what would you be doing for a living?
Food Video contents
What are you most excited about right now?
Getting an Electric food truck for my 12 inch baguette sandwich service.
Do you have any pet peeves?
When a teammate disappoints and affects the overall performance of the team
Exclusive Details of How US Embassy Cancelled Zlatan’s Visa Over EFCC Case
These are indeed not the best of times for Omoniyi Temidayo Raphael, also known as Zlatan Ibile, who is widely famous for his catchphrase, “Kapachumarumarichipaco”. Zlatan has become inconsolable since his visa, which had been issued by the embassy of the United States of America in Nigeria, was withdrawn the same day.
Zlatan is an associate of Azeez Fashola, the controversial wave-making artiste, Naira Marley. It was reliably gathered that he had planned to travel to the US on a musical tour that had been planned and sealed by a top music promoter.
It will be recalled that last May, some officials of the Economic and Financial Crime Commission, EFCC, had arrested Zlatan, alongside embattled Naira Marley, Rago and Gucci Branch over issues bordering on internet fraud.
Last year, EFCC had launched Operation Cyber Storm, which is aimed at curbing the activities of Internet fraudsters.
Over 150 suspects have been reportedly arrested across the country.
It was gathered that Zlatan and his gang of friends were intensely quizzed by the operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), while they were being detained, following their arrest.
Few weeks later, Zlatan had visited the US Embassy office in Lagos to process a visa. He was issued the visa quite all right. But his joy was short-lived. Sources stated that just as Zlatan was about to leave the premises of the US embassy, he was called back and his visa was surprisingly withdrawn on the directives of the authority of the embassy.
“Zlatan was just unlucky. He had been issued the visa and he was about to leave the premises of the embassy, when the attention of the embassy was drawn to the fact that he was on the list of those that should not be given visa until further notice as directed by the EFCC.
“With that, his fate was sealed and he was asked to submit his international passport for some “verifications” and the visa was removed with the speed of light to his bewilderment,” said a reliable source.
The development is reported to be a setback to the talented artiste, who had been scheduled to perform in many states in God’s own country and “launch himself into international reckoning.”
It will be recalled that Zlatan, Rago and Gucci Branch were released a couple of days after their arrest. However, Naira Marley was charged and arraigned in court by the EFCC. He was later granted bail after his arraignment.
His arrest and arraignment were said to be in connection with his statements on social media which glorified internet fraudsters, popularly called Yahoo Boys.
Coincidentally, Naira Marley released the official video of his hit track, ‘Am I A Yahoo Boy’ featuring Zlatan shortly before his arrest.
Naira Marley, during an Instagram live session, urged Nigerians to pray for internet fraudsters (Yahoo boys) saying they are the reason money circulates to the common man.
He said: “All you guys, all the money in your pockets, all the money you spend, you think it’s the government that is making the money go round?”
The video has since stirred reactions from Nigerians who described Marley as a disgrace and bad example to young Nigerians.
The singer is popular for his 2017 hit song titled ’Issa Goal,’ Am I A Yahoo Boy, and his latest hit, ‘Soapy’
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