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Ramatu Tijani Aliyu ‘Why I’m a dogged fighter for women liberation’ Hi there!


t feels good to be with you today. Guess what? Ramadan is just a few days away and we are all excited. Ramadan is one month we all look forward but the thought of having to plan meals can be quite tasking. Worry not as your favourite pick of the week have you covered as we planned a week’s menu for you. Yes, we did!

Low on budget but looking for ways to make your bathroom look luxurious? Did you guess we had you covered on that too? Of course yes, we do have you covered on that too as we offer you tips on how to achieve a luxurious bathroom on a small budget. The rains are here, it’s important we stay hydrated this season no matter what. Our cover personality is one we are excited about. She is an achiever, pace setter and a voice for women. Hajiya Ramatu Tijani Aliyu is a household


Brown beef stew; any time, any day 6 medium carrotss (sliced) d • 1 stick of sliced celery • 1⁄2 cup of peas • Half bunch parsley for garnish PREPARATION Combine flour, salt, chopped scotch bonnet and paprika; roll meat in seasoned flour. Make brown in hot oil in Dutch oven or large skillet. Add onion, garlic, bay leaf, beef stock (replace with water if you are using beef cubes) and Worcestershire sauce. Simmer and cover for 1 to 2 hours, or until meat is almost tender. Add potatoes, simmer for 15 minutes; then add onions and carrots; simmer for another 15 •



he rains are finally here and there’s nothing better on a cold night than brown beef stew served with side of oven-baked sweet potato wedges or toasted garlic bread sticks. INGREDIENTS • 3lbs of stewing beef, chunks • ¼ cup of all-purpose flour • ½ tablespoon of salt • 3 chopped scotch bonnet peppers • Paprika, sprinkle • 3 tablespoons of oil • 1 large onion (chopped) • 2 garlic clove, minced • 1 bay leaf • 2 cups of beef stock (cube to taste will do just fine) • 1 teaspoon of Worcestershire sauce • 4 medium potatoes (peeled and cubed)

Karak ice tea


oughly translated as ‘strong tea,’ this sweet and fragrant milk tea, known as Karak Chai, can be enjoyed, whether cold or

hot. hot Ingredients • 2 cups of water • 1 can of evaporated milk • 2 teaspoons of sugar • 5 cardamom pods (crushed) • 4 whole clove • ½ inch slice of ginger • 2 teabags • 1-inch stick of cinnamon • 3 pieces of Glucose Biscuit (optional)

name. She is the APC National Women leader and also the President Council of African Political Parties. She shares a lot in her interview. Read what she has to say as you are sure to get inspired. Till next week, I say,may the mercies and blessings of the holy month of Ramadan be with us. Ameen. Ramadan Mubarak!

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Secrets to having a luxurious bathroom by RAHMA L ADAMU

R minutes minutes. Add celery and peas and simmer for 5 minutes more, or until all vegetables are tender. Garnish with parsley and serve with your desired side. Note: If you are using beef stock cubes, add two cups of water. With additional information from the internet

Instructions • Crush the spices (ginger, cinnamon, cardamom and clove) with mortar and pestle. • In a sauce pan, pour the water and add the crushed spices. • When the water comes to a boil, add sugar and the teabags, reduce the heat. Let it simmer for 5 minutes. • Turn off heat and cover the tea. Let it steep for 10 minutes. • Add the milk and the biscuits. • Strain the tea and put in the freezer for an hour. • Serve with ice. Note: If you want it hot, serve after straining.

arely does anyone think about bathrooms when it comes to renovation; no thanks to the notion that the bathroom is one of the most expensive rooms in the house to renovate, second only to kitchens. But you don’t need to spend much to overhaul your space and make it luxurious. Here are some tips on how to make your bathroom look as expensive. Use light colours: Using light colour decor items in little details in your bathroom will make it seem much lighter and brighter. The items can even make your space feel bigger because the light colours reflect light into dark corners. Don’t replace, just reface: Keep its budget friendly by just refacing or refinishing permanent fixtures that may involve messy removal. Etching a tub or shower’s worn surface with hydrofluoric acid is one way to go about it. Utilise your space: For obvious reasons, you want to maximise the space you have by adding as much store as possible. You can use a wine rack as towel holder or add some simple floating shelves. Fake a new floor: You know how good fake grass looks on a lawn, that’s the idea here. Save time and money and use peel-and-stick tiling. Upgrade knobs and pulls: Don’t fret if you don’t have the funds to spend on a custom vanity, just paint over and change the knobs and pulls and voila. You have a new looking vanity for yourself. Add greenery: Faux or real, these days it’s hard to know the difference. Use pinee cones, branches,, cotton stems to givee your bathroom thatt perk it deserves. Revamp your bathroom with any of our ideas, whether you want to do something simple or completely “up the ante’’ and have your bathroom looking like a million bucks.



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‘Why I’m a dogged fighter for women liberation’ Educational background I am a graduate of Urban and Regional Planning from the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria. I did my master’s degree in Public Administration and currently doing my PhD in Security and Strategic Studies. Career I was the national woman leader of the All Nigerian People’s Party (ANPP). Before then, I was the national vice chairman of the party for two terms. I was the first elected vice chairman of a political party in Africa. I have also been the anchor person for President Muhammad Buhari in the North Central zone. I never changed a political party until the formation of the APC. I am a dogged and die-hard believer in President Buhari for his vision and passion to develop Nigeria. How did you become a high-ranking political figure? Actually, I never gave it a thought. When I graduated, and after my sojourn in the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing, as well as personal enterprise, I ran the Project YES Women and Youth Empowerment Strategy. I registered it as a non-governmental organisation. I was teaching them (women and youth) the act of tie and dye, fish farming, in conjunction with the Social Development Secretariat. Then came the Project Clarion Call. Don’t think that people do not see what you are doing. The world has ears; so they called upon me to contest for the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) 2 federal constituency. Before then, I joined the Buhari Movement where I campaigned for President Buhari in 2002 unrelentingly, alongside Ireti Kingibe. I was also the managing director of Intermediaries Nigeria Limited, a company that is into construction, bridge making and landscaping. In that business I met a lot of people. At a time, I was also a special adviser to the chairman of Gwagwalada Area Council in the FCT, on Women Affairs, Youth and Social Development. When we lost our area I didn’t relent. That was when it dawned on me that there was much gap between the governor and the governed. Now, what I feel because of my desire to change some ways and perception of women has become a way of life. Challenges faced A woman in Nigerian politics faces a biased, sexist response. She is often not well respected. They focus more on a woman’s domestic life. It is not unusual. When you are able to stand tall and define yourself and rise up to the challenges w i t h i n t e g r i t y, your voice becomes one that will be heard. I happen to be from a royal family whose memb ers have washed their hands off politics; so in the beginning, embarking on this journey wasn’t an easy

Interview by RAHMA L ADAMU

Hajiya Ramatu Tijani Aliyu is the national woman leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC). She is also the current president of the Council of African Political Parties. Among other things, she spoke on the participation and chances of women in politics. one. However, we are overcoming theses challenges, one step at a time. As a woman leader of the ruling party, do you see more women participating in politics come 2019? Absolutely, women are becoming aware every day. We are educating and equipping them with mentorship. We are getting them to understand that politics is the only way to bring good tidings to your people. And of course, when you equip a woman you have equipped a whole people. We are queuing behind Rwanda, which was rated the most genderbalanced nation on the African continent. It’s all about women development and emancipation. Nigerian women are moving. We are believing; and we will turn out as much as we used to turn out, or even more; not as followers or supporters but as candidates and competitors. We are equal to the task. There’s an obvious gender gap in Nigeria, what roles do you see women playing politically? For a very long time, because of tradition, some religious beliefs and various barriers, there has been gender gap; but today, I think we are closing up. We are rising up to the occasion. Women have come to play very key role roles in the development of the nation. In the legislature legislature, for instance, women tend to be the voice of the underprivileged and the suppressed. They are the representatives of the children, and so on. Any nation that refuses to engage doom. women is definitely heading for doom fences Women play roles in mending fence always and building bridges. Women are alway on the path of peace. They look at things thing from a larger perspective. Women have so many roles to play to bring succour to the society. How would women at the grassroots get involved in politics? Due to political and religious religiou divide, as well as tribalism tribalism, women are suppressed. A lot of voices and passion go unheard. When you go to a woman, most mos times you would hear hea her say, “I have to talk to my husband or o brother. My uncle is i in this party’’ and the other party is offering her a ticket. Despite her competence competence, she would rather go with the party of her he uncle oor hu s b a n d , even if tha that isn’t party isn’ offering her he the same ticket. We are on calling first and women to first foremost identify

platforms they could vie on and see where their strength lies. They should identify fellow women who are stronger in certain fields and queue behind them and give them support. We are also doing a door-to-door advocacy, telling them that if they want good education for themselves and their children, good road to market their products, goods and affordable health care, certainly it won’t come to them in the comfort of their homes. They have to get out of their comfort zones to bring succour to the downtrodden. We are speaking to them, mobilising them and engaging them in mentorship. In this mentorship, we are talking to all that care to listen. We are getting them to get their Permanent Voter’s Cards (PVCs) ready. For those that are educated, we are getting them to be card carriers of the political party. What next? The next step is to see that 85per cent of women are engaged in such a way that their voices are heard and their passion and skills harnessed for the betterment of Nigeria and Africa. I want to see where the entire women of Nigeria are networked towards development, irrespective of political parties. That real change will come to bear in Nigeria. Attitudinal change must begin with us. I am an unrepentant Buharist because I believe he holds the key to the kind of change we need. So I am queuing behind him. Project Nigeria is my passion. Next for me is what the world throws at me. I am fully aware that power is never served on a platter, neither is it a buffet, so I am reaching out to wherever, whomever and whatever I can find in the political space that would move the women forward. What was growing up like? My late father was a disciplinarian and an educationist who always pushed us to reach our peak and achieve our aims. He never let us feel indifference as girls. He placed us on the same level as the boys, being that the first three were girls. We were taught never to use gender as an excuse because in a royal home, the girl- child is not really considered or given adequate attention. He instilled in us the fact that we could do it better. Most rewarding part of your career Maybe it’s yet to come, but so far, nothing beats the moment like when people walk up to me and say I touched their lives. I see that as a reward. Childhood memories you miss I was a 100-meters race runner in my secondary school days. I belonged to the Debating Club. I was also an artist and interior decorator. Now, due to time, I can no longer freely enjoy those moments. Joy of motherhood I am a mother to many children, but I have three biologically. It is a blessing to see them grow up into beautiful people who think for themselves and become your advisers through the journey of life. The happiest moment for me is watching them interact with one another. My heart is filled with so much joy and pride. I am grateful to God for allowing me to see them through life. What is your typical day like? I wake up to a day filled with duties at home and in the office. I keep myself updated and multitasked as I am also responsible for overseeing my teams as they progress on various tasks. I check in and help them with any issue at hand. What is your most cherished gift and from who? My husband’s love, trust and commitment, and my children from God. How did you meet your husband? We met when we were young. I would like to think we were





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Dangote becomes the only Black person on list of Forbes’ World’s Most Powerful People


liko Dangote Chairman of the Dangote Group,has been ranked among 75 most powerful persons on the planet. The billionaire moved up 2 spaces from 68 in 2017 to 66, ahead of Mike Pence, the Vice-President of United States ranked 67. According to the Forbes’s rich list, Dangote as at March 2018 had an estimated net worth of $14.1 billion.

destined to be. When he spoke to me I was younger and wanted to achieve so much, so I asked him to wait; which he did, good-naturedly, until the perfect time. What is your most cherished attribute of his? His patience and understanding make him the most wonderful man to me and great dad to his kids. Top five on your wish list I wish to see Nigeria among the greatest countries in the world through the vision of President Buhari. I want to see a place where a woman is fully engaged and allowed to showcase her competence. I want to raise my children to give regard and reverence to human beings. I will be in a place that I’ll be able to touch more lives to change perception. I wish to see a Nigeria of our dreams without war, discrimination and gender aparthy. Favourite kind of music Contemporary and jazz. First app you check in the morning and bedtime WhatsApp and the news apps Favourite fashion items None in particular, but I don’t go out without them. Flats or heels? Heels add to a woman’s elegance What wouldn’t you be caught wearing? Bum short, short skirt. Best travel destination and why? Cape Town, South Africa. Before xenophobic cases it was quiet and serene. In Nigeria, it is Jos. How do you relax? I listen to my holy Quran as it fills me with so much tranquility. I sit around my kids, in the Jacuzzi. I love to watch the cultures you see on AfricaMagic because I learn a lot from them. I use my gym sometimes too. What is your favourite quote or saying? “Little things are indeed little, but to be faithful in little things is a great thing.’’ Favourite food Jollof rice, tuwo and m i y a n kuka


Infinix Mobility signs Davido as New Brand Ambassador


Your definition of style Anything suitable and elegant. Favourite fashion designer I am for myself, but anyone who makes something good as well. I don’t believe in wearing things because it’s trending. I wear whatever I’m comfortable in and it suits me. Mum’s advice that stuck with you over the years Uphold yourself as a woman with dignity, for selfrespect is fundamental. And be a good listener. Favourite sport, car

NFINIX Mobility Limited has announced Nigerian music artiste, Davido as its brand ambassador. Speaking at the media unveiling, Infinix Marketing Communications Manager, Mr. Adetayo reiterated apart from consistently dishing out world class gadgets, they at INFINIX Mobility Limited, understands that their fans are young trend setters and so is Davido’s fans and since they are a brand that is known over the years as bold and stylish, bringing Davido in as part of the team was a welcome development from all of us at INFINIX Mobility Limited, the announcement took place at Radisson Blu Hotel.

Football, any four wheeled drive. Favourite day of the week and why Wednesday being midweek you are blurred and recovered from the weekend and you are focused for the rest of the week. Beauty routine No routine precisely. I eat proper diet and I drink lots of water. Role models Queen Amina of Zazzau is one of them. When I read the stories of Emotan, Maryam Abacha and Benazir Bhutto I was assured that women could do it. Looking back, what would you tell a younger you? Quickly continue and key into the shoes of Ramatu Tijani Aliyu, and do it over and over again, unapologetically, but do it better and stronger.

Ade Samuel celebrity stylist came through at the 2018 MET gala


igerian-American designer/stylist, Ade Samuel showcased her talent at the 2018 Met Gala which took place on Monday, May 7th. Her first client was Michael B. Jordan who wore a custom made men’s Off-White suit. Her second client was Letitia Wright who wore a custom Coach gown which Samuel says is Ethiopian Christianity inspired. She also took to her Instagram page to gush about the day “I can’t even begin to tell you about yesterday…. easily, one of the best days of my life!!! (Which is why I decided to bask in the moment and soak it all in before my extreme posting session today lol) – MET GALA with not one but two clients who are heaven sent’’ she wrote.






How to grow back your eyelashes by RAHMA L. ADAMU


o eyelashes grow back? Yes, they do. Just like the hair on your head, eyelashes can be grown back following a natural growth cycle that includes three phases: the anagen, catagen and telogen. Anagen is the growth phase. This is when your eyelashes are actively growing, lasting about 30 to 45 days. In the catagen phase, the hair growth stops and the hair follicle shrinks. If your eyelashes fall out during this phase, it won’t grow back right away. The telogen phase is the resting phase, which means your hair follicle becomes completely inactive. During this stage, hair begins to fall, and it usually takes more than 100 days to fully replace the lost lashes. Lashes constantly fall off due to unhealthy food habits, lack of sleep, stress and itching on the eyelids, y , makingg it pluck out, and may result in thinning and falling off. And normal growth is hindered. The length and health of your eyelashes are determined mostly by genetics, but there are certain ways to make them grow. It takes time, efforts and quality products to get longer, fuller and beautiful eyelashes. You can follow thesee tips to stimulate thee growth of your eyelashes. • Stop frequent usee of mascara and fake ke lashes, as well as eye ye beauty products. It is the he main reason for the loss ss

of eyelashes. If you cannot avoid them completely, use them on special occasions, and make sure to use them correctly and only the right product. • Using an eyelash enhancer with safe ingredients can also help you grow back your eyelashes. There are many of these amazing products available in the market. Depending on the extent to your lashes, you can go for prescription treatment. • Eating healthy and nd balanced diet is another her important way to make ke your eyelashes grow longer, er, thicker and stronger. Just st like your hair, your lashes es need a good supply of vitamins and minerals ls to grow, so be sure to eatt plenty of fresh vegetabless and fruit.

As long as the hair follicle has not been seriously damaged, your eyelashes will continue to grow. Remember to talk with your doctor if you notice you are losing more eyelashes than normal.

With additional information from the internet




With the fast of ramadan upon us, we thought it useful to help out with a week’s Ramadan menu which you can enjoy and make iftar an easier affair. Tuesday: Soup: Mushroom soup Starter: Peppered meat with potatoes/plantain chips Main Course: Pan fried fish served with oven baked potatoes Dessert: Basboosa Drinks: Sparkling pear punch

Thursday: Soup: Corn chowder Starter: Potatoes rice kibbeh Main Course: Yam and garden egg sauce Dessert: Banana cake Drinks: Watermelon punch


Why you should stay hydrated this rainy season advisable. Here are the main reasons he rainy season doesn’t leave us thirsty; that you shouldn’t play with your is why many don’t water intake this rainy season. • Drinking water helps drink enough water. Failing to stay hydrated can actually top-up the balance of body be hazardous to your health, potentially leading to dangerous situations. According to Dr. Nathaniel Adewole, drinking water regularly during the rainy season is just as important as in the dry season as our bodies need water to function properly. Staying hydrated is key to good health. Water comprises over two thirds of our body and use it to complete all the vital processes within our body that keep us alive beside your body’s basic functioning does not change in winter; therefore changing your water drinking habits is not


Wednesday: Soup: Seafood tomato soup Starter: Club sandwich Main Course: Bitter leaf soup served with Eba Dessert: Rice pudding Drinks: Vimto




fluid, which we need for digestion, absorption, circulation, creation of saliva, transportation of nutrients and maintenance of body temperature.

• Water helps to energise muscles and boost your immune system. • Our skin tends to take a lot of walloping during the rainy season and water helps to keep it looking good. • Water helps your kidneys and transports waste products in and out of cells. • The main toxin in the body is blood urea nitrogen, a water-soluble waste that is able to pass through the kidneys to be excreted in the urine. Don’t be fooled into completely eliminating water in the rainy season. Staying hydrated this season is a must, whether you feel thirsty or not. Consuming foods that are water-based can be of great help to the body too. With additional information from the internet

Friday: Soup: Butter squash Thai coconut curry soup Starter: Stuffed baby zucchini Main Course: Potato & egg skillet Dessert: Easy lemon bars Drinks: Chapman Saturday: Soup: Italian wedding soup Starter: Steamed dough pattie-Almento Main Course: Jollof rice & plantain Dessert: Strawberry shortcake triffles Drinks: Pina colada Sunday: Soup: Chicken carrot soup Starter: Moroccan lentil soup Main Course: Tex-mex chili pasta Dessert: Spiced pear and pomegranate Drinks: Pinapple and guava drink Monday: Soup: Kayan chicken pepper soup Starter: Smoky eggplant salad served on French bread Main Course: Beef stir fry served with rice Dessert: Puff puff drizzled with caramel sauce Drinks: Zobo sweetened with mango juice