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This week there’s so much for you to look forward to. For beauty, we’re dishing out how to get rid of cracked feet for good this season and for healthy living, why you ought to consider cutting down your sugar intake. Our cover personality this week is Hajiya Nana Asma’u Gwadabe; a journalist, activist and entrepreneur. She tells us about both the professional and personal sides of her life in her insightful interview. Read all she had to say inside. Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

– Amina Alhassan

“Being focused and patient is key” CULINARY

Seafood macaroni and cheese



and crab meat and mix well. Place the mix into a le baking dish and sprinkle with cheese. Bake for 155 to 10 minutes or until golden brown. Sprinklee with the chopped parsley and serve whilee bubbling hot.

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Delightful apple mocktail


pple mocktails are a light and refreshing beverage perfect for a quenching treat and are relatively simple to make. Ingredients 1 ½ cups of apple juice ¾ cup of lemon juice 4 teaspoons of sugar syrup ¼ cup of carbonated

by HALIMA ABDULRAZAK he festive period is fast approaching which means it’s time to change the look for your home with warm and elegant festive decorative lights to create the perfect Christmas scene. You can wrap them around porches, stair rails, and also stuff them in the trees and bushes around the house. Beside the interior lighting decoration, you can extend it to your backyard to make a magical atmosphere with all kinds of light which can be used to decorate the walkway and trees around the house. Create your holiday ambiance with strings of light. Putting together a light display is a great way to amplify the look of your home this season and enjoy some creative time with family and friends. Light up your holiday with stunning decorative lights.

by HAFSAH ABUBAKAR MATAZU ou can’t go wrong by preparing this ultimate comfort food: macaroni and cheese with a seafood twist. It’s cheesy, rich, delicious and perfect to make whenever you’re willing to enjoy a guilty pleasure for lunch or dinner. Ingredients 1 pack of macaroni, cooked 7 tablespoons of butter 1 bulb of onion 1 teaspoon of fresh garlic 1/3 cup of flour 3 cups of milk Salt and pepper to taste 1 1/3 cup of parmesan cheese 1 1/3 cup of cheddar cheese Crab meat Shrimps Chopped parsley Directions Pre-heat your oven to 4000C; then in a large pan, melt a tablespoon of butter and cook shrimps then set aside. Melt the remaining butter and add the onions and garlic until soft and fragrant. Add the flour and stir constantly for a minute before whisking the milk in. Boil the mixture and season with salt and pepper. Remove from heat. Add the parmesan and cheddar cheese and stir until smooth. Add the cooked macaroni, shrimps

Give your home a festive touch with decorative lights

water 2 apples Ice Directions In a large jug or pitcher, combine apple juice, lemon juice, sugar syrup and the carbonated water and stir. Keep in the fridge until when ready to serve. Pour into glasses and serve over ice and apple slices.



“Being focused and patient is key” Interview by HAFSAH ABUBAKAR MATAZU Nana Asma’u Salisu Gwadabe is a journalist, human rights activist, entrepreneur and the Editor of Concern Magazine, published by Consultancy Services Limited. In this interview, the Kano-born journalist shares her professional and personal life with Tambari.

love my profession. Educational background Growing up I attended St. Louis Primary School from 1983 to 1989 before I proceeded to St. Louis Secondary Growing up was fun and adventurous. I grew School from 1990 to 1995. I then went to the up in a very big and caring family. There was a College of Arts, Science and Remedial Studies, lot of going to schools - especially Islamiyya. My Kano, from 1995 to 1996. I gained admission family is a family that values into Bayero University, Islamic education. It was fun YOUR GREATEST Kano (BUK), to study Mass and enlightening. Communication from 1997 to Challenges ASSET IS NOT YOUR 2001, where I graduated with The challenges are enormous TALENT, NOT YOUR combined honours. and it has not been easy. The It is also worthy to note that IDEAS, NOT YOUR solution is focus and patience: I started my Islamic education which are the trademark of my EXPERIENCE, BUT at the age of two with the success. Gwadabe Maitasa Islamiyya YOUR TIME Life lessons which has made me to have a When you are young, your good knowledge of the Qur’an. greatest asset is not your talent, I attend Islamiyya to date. not your ideas, not your experience, but your Career time. Time grants you the opportunity to take big I did my NYSC in Jos, Plateau State, in 2006, risks and make big mistakes. So making good use before I started a career in journalism with of my time has been a big life lesson. Concern Multimedia and Consultancy Services Most rewarding part of my career Ltd, publishers of Concern Magazine, as a I’m grateful to Allah for every part of my Managing Editor the same year. I was appointed career - from the fame to the financial benefit. its Editor in 2009: a position I occupy till date. I

Working with so many important personalities documenting their projects and successes in life is so rewarding. Personalities like former Governors of Jigawa, Sule Lamido and Kano, Engr. Rabiu Kwankwaso, and my present boss, Adamawa State Governor, Senator Mohammad Umaru Jibrilla (Bindow). Aspirations I grew up aspiring to be an entrepreneur with a happy family and always giving comfort to the less privileged. Basically to inspire people not to give up. Fond childhood memories I miss being pampered by my late mother, the joy to just do what I feel like, and my grand mum’s prayers. Joys of motherhood There is no joy bigger than the joy of being a mother: it’s like the peak of happiness. Typical day I wake up in the morning, pray and start to plan my day. I make the necessary phone calls - breakfast - and go to work, come back home, plan for the next day and spend some time with my family, with prayers and food built into the routine (smiles). Most cherished gift My late mother. How I met my husband I met my husband in our home: we are related. But by Allah’s will we just spent six years and divorced. You plan and Allah has the best plan, but we are blessed with three kids: a boy who’s 16 and two girls who are 13 and 10. Top five things on my wish list -To be a successful mother. -To be an example of good character in my profession. -To be an entrepreneur.


NANA ASMA’U GWADABE // CO V E R -To inspire people so that when they look back they will say “because of Nana, I didn’t give up.” -To do my best all the time. Favourite music on replay Islamic gospel. First app I check in the morning/ bedtime My Qur’an app. Favourite fashion item(s) Perfumes, clothes, shoes and bags. Flats or heels Flats. What I wouldn’t be caught wearing A pair of trousers. Favourite travel destination It’s definitely Mecca, Saudi Arabia. How I relax I read books, listen to music and spend time with my family. Favourite quote “Do it for the sake of Allah and Him alone.” Favourite food I love traditional Hausa

dishes. Definition of style Wearing things I feel comfortable in. Mum’s advice that stuck with me over the years “Always do good and be patient.” Favourite sport, colour, car and weather I love badminton. For colours; pink and lemon green. I love Honda cars and for weather, I love the rainy season. Favourite day of the week I love Fridays. Beauty routine I’m a simple person, so I don’t really do much. Role model(s) My late mum and grand mum. Looking back, what I would tell a younger me “Make good use of this time.” Legacy I want to be remembered as someone who strove to give comfort to the less privileged and inspired people.





GEJ congratulates Wizkid on winning MOBO Award Nigerian artiste, Wizkid recently became the first African act to win at the MOBO award where he bagged the ‘Best International Act.’ His achievement did not go unnoticed as many congratulatory messages trailed in including one from former President, Goodluck Jonathan. He used his Facebook account to express how excited he felt about Nigerians making waves across the world. “When Nigeria does well, I cannot help but feel well. My happiness is tied to the happiness of Nigeria and when Nigerians break records and take the name of Nigeria to greater heights it exhilarates me. Thank you Wizkid for raising Nigeria’s flag high for the positive, not the negative.Your emergence as the Best International Act at the #MOBOAwards is a proud moment for Nigeria. And the fact that you emerged over Jay-Z and Drake makes it even more celebratory. Well done,” he posted.

Oretunlewa Soyinka ties the knot

Renowned playwriter and Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka’s son, Oretunlewa recently got married to his girlfriend of 8 years, Nneka Ekechukwu in Atlanta, United States. The wedding was attended by a group of close family members and friends. The newlyweds have been dating since high school. The bride dazzled in outfits by Moofa Designs while the groom and his groomsmen were dressed by none other than Yomi Casuals.






Dealing with cracked feet this season By HAFSAH ABUBAKAR MATAZU


racked feet is a common issue that affects everyone regardless of age. The main cause behind it is lack of moisture, which is usually associated with the harmattan season. It comes with discomfort, unattractiveness and often times, pain. Having cracked feet can be a complete nightmare. But when you know how to combat it, all your problems associated with it will vanish at once. Here are a few tricks to keep up your sleeves to get rid of cracked feet to get supple ones all through the season. Scrubbing: Soaking your feet in warm water and giving them a good scrub afterwards goes a long way in getting rid of the dead skin that causes cracked feet. Just ensure that you moisturise well afterwards

to lock the moisture in. Mentholated rubs: Mentholated rubs are packed with essential oils which are very good for keeping skin free of any kind of skin-related issue. Just apply some at night after a shower, put on a pair of clean socks and go to bed, then wash it off in the m morning. DO YOU KNOW... THAT CRACKED Glycerin: Glycerin i a key ingredient in is FEET CAN ALSO BE CAUSED BY a cream; whether any FREQUENT FRICTION FROM THE f hair or skin, for BACK OF YOUR SHOES? b because of how it

Can I take fersolate and folic acid while taking pregnant care? I am taking pregnant care; do I still need folic acid and fersolate? There is no need to take folic acid and fersolate together with pregnant care. Initially, the dose of pregnant care was low. However, the folic acid and fersolate are okay for a normal pregnant woman as supplements. In case of anaemic patients, pregnant care supplements will not provide the iron needed. In that case, oral fersolate and folic acid in increased dosage may need to be given.

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retains moisture and water. Its humectant properties will also aid in eliminating cracked or dry feet for good if used regularly and consistently. Epsom salts: Known for promoting skin health, epsom salts are known to heal cracked feet and help blood circulation also. They are also very good for drawing out toxins which makes it ideal to soak your feet in so that you can say goodbye to cracked feet once and for all.

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H E A LT H Y L I V I N G foods make the belly bigger because they are high in calories. The more calories you consume, the heavier you will be. The brain craves for sugar more than fats which may cause you to overeat. Too much sugary foods and by HALIMA ABDULRAZAK drinks can also destroy teeth and can harm the liver, which may sweeteners instead of sugar. veryone is guilty of taking eventually lead to cancer. Sugar too much sugar in their Doctor Seyi Adeosun, a meals, drinks and sweets. But consultant at the National Hospital, acts like poison when taken in high doses. Hyper-sweet foods opting for natural sugar in fruits Abuja, said taking too much sugar and vegetables is best for your body. can lead to deadly diseases: it adds to can be addictive and had to stop consuming. Sugary soda Therefore, it is advisable to take weight gain which leads to obesity, consumption may lead to kidney damage and subsequently high blood pressure too. Women are advised to cut down on their sugar intake because the repercussion causes a lot of damage during childbirth and while on their monthly flow. Children, most especially, like sugary sugary snacks, sweets, chocolates and the like, which are bad for the health. Eating a diet rich in foods with low sugar like grains, fruits and vegetables don’t cause blood sugar to spike. Therefore, change your eating habit and eat food stuff with less sugar, watch what you eat and live a healthy life.

Why you should cut down on your sugar intake


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I had an operation– myomectomy, five months ago, but anytime I go to toilet blood accompanies the stool. Is it as a result of the operation? – Aishatu. It is very unlikely that blood during defecation is due to myomectomy. The answer would have been different if the blood from the anus comes during menstraul period. In the latter case, endometriosis or uteroentero cutaneous fistula are possibilities. There are several causes of bloody stool. These include haemorrhoids and anal fissures. Also, in some cases, bloody stool can be a sign of gastrointestinal cancers.

Headache affecting my vision I usually experience serious headaches that affects my vision. The headache also affects my sleep at night: and it also affects my speech – Rabiu. How old are you? Are you hypertensive? What is your current blood pressure? Have you had migraine prior to now? I will suggest you go to the nearest hospital to check your blood pressure. Another issue is that ophthalmological problems can result in headaches. You need to see a physician and an ophthalmologist. It may be necessary to do CT scan of the brain to rule out possibility of brain tumour.

Unable to excrete I am unable to excrete and even if I manage to, I bleed from the anus – Hafsat, Apo You are most likely suffering from haemorrhoids. You need to take oranges, vegetables and fruits. With this diet, your stool will likely soften for easy passage. In appropriate cases, stool softeners like liquid paraffin and others may be necessary. However, see a surgeon for proper assessment.

Pains, unusual discharge three days after menstrual flow I recently experienced pains below my abdomen similar to menstrual pains two to three days after my period ended. I noticed a thick creamy discharge coming out which smelled like pap – F Ridwan. We have pointed out in several editions that that type of discharge: creamy and pap-like, is most likely candidiasis. Local antifungal administration may be sufficient. Because of the pains, you may need to do urine M/C/S and see your physician.