Saturday, 12 March 2016

Florence Ita-Giwa Says She's Still Hoping To Find The Right Man

She is powerful, prominent, prosperous and philanthropic, she exudes a larger than life aura. Gracefully rotund, her gait is endearing. She is perhaps one of the most powerful women in Nigeria. A one-time medical professional now politician, she is reputed with the struggle of Bakassi people.



Yes, she is Mama Bakassi; she is a quintessential Nigerian decorated with the honour of Officer of the Order of the Niger.  Even at 70, her age-defying beauty and youthfulness are superlative. Senator Florence Ita-Giwa is a robust personality; an Amazon. In this interview with THISDAY, Ita-Giwa speaks about her desire not to remain single for the rest of her life and still hoping to find the right man to spend the rest of her life with..


How do you feel at 70?

I feel much fulfilled and I give glory to God that I am celebrating 70 and by the grace of God in good health, both physically and mentally; I feel very settled in my mind. The most interesting thing is that I am very certain that I am in the right place that I should be. I feel much fulfilled with my family, with my work, with my charity and the position I rose to in my career as a politician.


You hardly look 70; any secret?

I think the answer I always give first is that probably because the year runs so fast; the number of the years you are carrying or you have attained doesn’t allow your body to adjust to the time. However, naturally in my family, we age gracefully and from where I come from as an Efik woman – from the time you come into this world as a female you are made to appreciate the fact that it is beautiful to be a female. Whatever your aspirations are, whether you aspire to be the president of a country or a medical doctor, the number one thing is, don’t lose your femininity. As a Calabar woman one is taught how to look after oneself; so we age gracefully. The idea is not to look young. I don’t want to be young – the idea is to age gracefully. So for that reason, knowing that my body is very receptive to food, I have a tendency to be fat, all my life, I have battled with weight gain leading me always to watch what I eat and it has turned out well. I made it a routine at the end of every day to find at least one hour where I relax my mind and my body. At the end of the day I enjoy a good dinner, listen to news, watch TV, listen to music and then before I go to bed, I give myself some 30 minutes of pampering.


Do you sometimes feel intimidated by men?

I look at myself as a human being and I don’t allow myself to be intimidated and I don’t go out of my way to intimidate people. I just know that all of us are in the business of nation building. It is for you to show your political strength.


What are your regrets in life?

Absolutely, no regrets. I thank God for every good thing and every bad thing that has happened to me. But I am very grateful because God has compensated me with good things for the bad things that happened to me. If I come back, I will still do it the same way. I have enjoyed everything that came along with what I chose to be in life. From my career as a nurse to venturing into politics, I have enjoyed everything. I have enjoyed it up to the point of still dancing in the street at age 70. It’s all part of it because politics is liberating and so I can dance in front of a crowd of one million people because it is my work. I am totally liberated.


Why have you remained single since the demise of your husband?

I remained single because I live by example. I have brought up children that as soon as they graduated from school, they got married and have their own children. If your environment is rough, when you change partners then your children are likely to grow up rough and to change partners and as such I didn’t want to take a risk of changing partners. However, I am a human being, there is need for me to have a relationship but I decided that at one point I have to be sure. I don’t want to say that I didn’t see anybody that was worth it but I am still sifting through so that I don’t ever change partners. At this stage of my life, if ever there will be a partner, that partner would be my partner for life. Secondly, I live a very busy life and for most part of my life in the last 10 years, I have done some very serious things that I didn’t need that distraction. I had to take care of my business and my service to humanity. I did a lot of things that I was not sure that I could have found a man that will buy into that vision and again there is issue of men feeling intimidated by successful career women and there is no way I would have negotiated my career because I have children. Though I do not intend to ever change my name which has become a brand I am not guaranteeing that I would remain single.
I have amazing friends; I am socially very busy as well but I have friends that respect me and will not take advantage of that friendship. I have very civilised male friends who do not want to take advantage. So if I want to go for dinner I have friends both Nigerian and non-Nigerians that will take me out. I have friends that will travel with me; we have very excellent and decent relationship. However, I cannot guarantee that I would remain single for the rest of my life.


You had a successful working relationship with former President Olusegun
Obasanjo and perhaps, ex-President Umaru Yar’Adua. What did you learn from them?


I think with Obasanjo, initially, we didn’t take off well. While I was at the Senate and he was the President, I think in the course of my struggle for separation of powers I joined the Okadigbo group to fight for separation of powers. To be candid, Obasanjo was a straightforward military man and his desire to get things done at the appropriate time is not negotiable. Eventually, we became very good friends with due respect; because today he is my friend, my father and my mentor. I like him tremendously. I still do not know any human being who is more committed to the success of this democracy and development of this country than Obasanjo. For the four years I worked with him, he refused to go to sleep and I saw that. It was pleasantly and excitingly tiring, because he worked round the clock, and I got to know my country; so that is what he did to my life. I got to know my country and got to know Nigerians. I could make a good president because of what I learnt from him. Obasanjo believes in speed, efficiency and superior arguments and I think till today I am very impatient with anybody that does not apply speed to the things they do.



I love her eyes and the fact that at 70,she is so out together...some of you might come here to yarn dust about her and how she looks but you are not yet 40 but look 80....LOL

Do women still have Libido at this age?Hmmmmmm...Baba God see me oh!


81 comments:

RICHBEE said...

Hian! Ok oh I wish you luck

Loveme Jeje said...

I have a fine brother. He will be sugar husband

The Sexiest Mother Of This Blog said...

Nice one. She is stil okay at her age.

Sarah de DIEU. said...

Say what?

Ideato/IlajeBlood said...

Happy aging ma'am. I pray for a better place for you after here and not a Man!

Lilly simple said...

Lol

Ideato/IlajeBlood said...

Happy aging ma'am. I pray for a better place for you after here and not a Man!

Miss Ess said...

Eenn eenn! Who doesn't have hope, I do too mama bakasi

Nwa Amaka said...

I can't even imagine the loneliness and emptiness she feel when she is alone. Forget the glitz and glamour. Everyone needs a shoulder to lean on at the end of the day. That feeling of responsibility towards another individual. I pray you find love.

Priceless Jewel said...

Hmmm, Mama Bakassi! I hail oh!!! Single & searching bawo? Yimu

Shennel said...

Hmmmmm

Priceless Jewel said...

Stella mindf u, she's 70, looking like 68 oh! Yimu again!

James said...

Good for her

Priceless Jewel said...

Stella mind u, she's 70, looking like 68 oh! Yimu again!

Samira Hall said...

She has every right to Biko!

I am the queen and the boss of this blog said...

Sexy mama still watching her weight at 70...wow!...
I would like to be like you mehn....

Gbogbo Bigz Girlz. (GBG) said...

Abeg madam Korkus, free us.
You want to cage our thoughts?
She looks good for a 70 years old but then, this her dressing makes her look trashy like a retired ashy.

She should know better.

Naive Newbie said...

Pls tell her to try the next Singles Mingle. Everywhere woman!

momo babe said...

She looks older than 70 with d surgeries, make dem dey deceive her

Nmasinachi said...

If at 70, mama bakassi is still searching for the right man, then there's hope. Until then, let me continue gathering my millions.

AQO said...

I just love her.









Jesus is Lord.

viola obiajulu said...

Great woman

Ghana Babe Yayra said...

This is what I call beauty with brain

CHI EXOTIC CHI EXOTIC said...

Mama rest na
Your coochie gat to go on indefinite retirement at 70.

Ada-nne said...

Mummy gweds looking for daddy gweds, una goodluck

Ada-nne said...

Meanwhile ALOY chikezie come back please

One trillion said...

End time cougar

viva ciara said...

Lol @ Baba God see me ooo.
She's cute though.

glowgirl said...

Stella how can one be gracefully rotund?
She's known for one more thing...can't really remember bt it has to do wt stella obj kikiki
Fine mama

ada abraham said...

Dey dere, 70 no stop calarba woman!! If she wan handle man... I pray she get a life partner frm her many respectable freindships

Blackberry said...

With money, u can look as young as u can! U no c Tina turner? I'll make sure I have a full face lift once I'm 50! N so on! No time!

Anonymous said...

Mama no go gree unless to ba darugbo.

Shennel Hyacinth said...

Find? Just relax and enjoy your life. When asked why she never got married the president of Taiwan replied "I won't buy the whole pig just for a sausage".
So mama Bakassi enjoy your life jare,it's not easy to hit 3 scores and 10 years in this our Obodo naija. Chidi Mokeme is married now so you can pick Alex Ekubo or wizkid(the sperminator) .

La Katie said...

Lmaoooo please stoooopppeeeet

La Katie said...

Lol

Ideato/IlajeBlood said...

Love n it's drama at 70. That isn't prayer

Ideato/IlajeBlood said...

You speak the truth dear

Anonymous said...

See how small your mind is. How does she look trashy? Hypocrites who think it's by covering arms that makes you a decent woman. Sit down biko

Anonymous said...

Some of you lack couth and home training

Anonymous said...

Our mothers in their 60s did not need facelifts because they eat well, move around and are not jumping from man to man. Sucking out the youth in them. Follow suit and you will not need to spend thousands and millions on face lifts so you end up looking like an unfortunate cartoon.

Roseberry said...

Forever young... Have they broken up with C M?

Cynthia Iyede said...

All I'm seeing here is her intelligence. Fine woman.

Anonymous said...

Obj is still very much single ma, somebody should hook them up

Jasmine said...

Good for her

Anonymous said...

Stella u 2 like kpekus, nah libido be ur issue with aging... hahahahahaha

Anonymous said...

Stella u 2 like kpekus, nah libido be ur issue with aging... hahahahahaha

Anonymous said...

I heard she gives very good blow jobs with her full lips..... Don't ask me cos I won't talk.

Anonymous said...

Make dat yeye Wizkid go nack mama belle? O ti o

Sassy 'Meruche' Fire said...

Lmao...gerrarahere jare.You think sex has age limit? Hahahhaha.But Mama bakasi nawa to you o.

Anonymous said...

What's the big deal?I'm half her age but look twice as good.

Anonymous said...

@Anon 17:53, don't mind Pa Nduka's leftover.
You forgot your mom was exposed here alongside you Chi exotic, borrow shame and shut d f*ck up in matters like this you aren't better.
Advice your mom instead.

kweenie said...

Lol

Anonymous said...

I see. E be like say your brain dey draw ba @shannnel Hyacinth

You of all people still stretching your mouth like tilapia fish to abuse someone old enough to be your grandma?

You who were selling your coochie on this blog on Valentines day?

These are indeed the end times.

MYSELF said...

Chidi Mokeme nko?

MzAnon said...

Mama dey do laser steady! So she'll look young. Granma, look for someone that's 72-75yrs, you'll find true love there not in them chidi mokeme! Those kind of children want your money, you kpekus cannot satisfy them

Whirlwind said...

Mama Bakasi should spend time with her grand children,get involved in church activities and focus on other things.

She has been there and done that so which love is she searching for at 70?

pax dimond said...

Ok keep looking.

Anonymous said...

She dey find who go kill her. Mtschew

Amaka Hundeyin said...

Everyone deserves to be loved jare

Na me said...

Alex gini? Taa!! That one no strong for eye. Na Oritsefemi tinz or zubby(anam eyi boxers na winter)

starjoy said...

Good luck to her

MAMACITA said...

One year of true love is worth 10 years of managing. At 70, she's still young ooo.

Tessbaby said...

Anon she's right jor. At her age she should dress well and classy.

Tessbaby said...

Buhahahhahaha @unfortunate cartoon. My dear ure right o.

@blackberry ve u seen Kenny Rogers' last pix? Search 4 it.

Anonymous said...

The need for love and to be loved is fundamental to the human existence. God loves, his is 'agape'(unconditional) love. Even the devil loves sinners. So who are you and what are you made of if you cannot love ? Yes, you love your family, but there is also that need for love in the context of affection, intimacy, romans. Someone telling you 'I love you honey';' sweetheart I miss you' even when you just left 2mins ago, warms the heart, gives you that reason to continue to exist.

Truth is, we cannot live without another.

Mama Bakassi is on another level. In Nigeria & Africa as a whole it is strange for a septuagenerian to profess need to love and to be loved. Unlike in the West where it is encouraged because it improves the quality of life of the elderly for the remainder of their days.

So Mamá Bakassi hope you find love soon. Many more years to you.

Musingsofjudgejudyjudy..... said...

Very well said Nwa Amaka.
It's really not easy....

Asoge Atelier said...

God punish you! If u cannot respect her person at least respect her age and the fact that she's a mother!!

Asoge Atelier said...

God bless u dear. These BV miscreants will never see that!

Asoge Atelier said...

Rightly said dear! God bless u

Anonymous said...

Calabar women are promiscuous for Africa.....

Anonymous said...

I wonder how some people will come to social media to blast other people beside u are still single nd have not achieve half what she has achieved in her life. Yes she need a man to grow old with nd she will definitely find the right man too.

De Unbreakable said...

Is this her hope,inspired by Clarion chukwurah recent marriage?

At what age ma'am are you still hoping to find him?

Kindly participate in the next single & mingle, just maybe God will answer our prayers (because me sef dey sach)

Madam stella when is the next one pls ?

Anonymous said...

Is it bad for me to say what I know? Or should I call names? Me and her were doing the same guy. I know what their relationship entailed in exchange for contracts nau. The guys dey give me the gist steady. Very handsome man by the way. You know she likes fine boys. God will never punish me for saying the truth. So shove ur silly comment up your judgemental ass. :p

Anonymous said...

Yea oh!!

Ada-nne said...

All of una wey no wan old, na who go come old?

Anonymous said...

Sexy toys since 1900 stupid senator. So she was also banging Obasanjo? All these no good Hiv and Herpes distributors lying coco yam leaders. They've looted our country to zeros!!!!!!

I don't have no love for all these thieves. Fucking murderers! Fuck her! Stupid ass lesbian.
I swear from the past and present leaders to the stupid attorney general, dumb ass judges, motherfuckers corrupt Supreme court justices, may the devil baptise you all.
You all are going to rotten in hell for destroying this country!!!!

Anonymous said...

Anony no mind dis one jare. Talk ur mind

Anonymous said...

Him dick haf die

Teacher said...

Bobo
Your head dey there

Bank deposit said...

She dey like to rim young men n sometimes use strap-on on them,she's successfully turn a few gay/bisexual

Tejumola Abeni Ale Baru ssti ni'badan said...

I hope 2 be like her