–Susan Fajana-Thomas, Nigerian-born British politician
Nigerian-born British politician, Susan Jumoke Fajana- Thomas remains a name to reckon with in grassroots British politics. The former Nigeria Television Authourity (NTA) journalist recently spoke to Sunday Sun about her Favourites
What is your favourite colour?
My favourite colour is purple. I love all shades of purple from lilac to lavender, magenta, mauve, orchid, thistle and violet.
My favourite Nigerian food is what I called local joint soup with plantain. My top three foods overall are pot pie, pasta and curry. The local joint soup will need to have leg of beef, oxtail, cow foot and shaki.
Favourite fashion ?
In accessories, I’m obsessed with shoes. A shoe to me is not just an item of footwear intended to protect and comfort my foot but a fashion statement that displays my personal style. I love high -heeled shoes either with chunky heel or stiletto heel.
One of the biggest myths about women over certain age is that we no longer care about how we look. This is just nonsense. We may not be trying to impress men or other people as much as we did in our 20s, but, we all have a sense of our own personal style.
Favourite holiday spot?
My favourite holiday spot is Paris. Paris has an unchanging elegance unlike my city of London where they keep knocking down old buildings. I love the food and the attractions- I love going on top of the Eiffel Tower.
“Paris is always a good idea”, says Audrey Hepburn in the 1954 movie, Sabrina. As her character intimated, Paris has been the most romantic destination in the world in the popular imagination for time immemorial, a perception reinforced by films such as Amelie in more recent years.
What about your favourite music?
My favourite music, I wouldn’t say I have a favourite music. What I can say is that music is one of the few things that helps me maintain my clear-headedness. I usually sleep listening to soft music and usually wake up to praise and worship songs.
Favourite TV programme?
My favourite TV programme, I love programmes which educate me, whether it is about the natural world, history, politics or crime investigation.
My favourite sport is football. I’m a die-hard Arsenal fan and I live a stone throw away from the Emirates. I’m not one of those women that do not know the meaning of an offside position.
Favourite role model?
It is a difficult one as I have many people that I look up to. I love strong Black women from Rosa Parks to Chief Ransome-Kuti to Shirley Chisholm, Maya Angelou, Oprah Winfrey, Diane Abbott, Michelle Obama and many others.
I see a bit of me in Oprah Winfrey, because she’s a strong black woman. She has guts and for her charitable work. Oprah stands out among many people on her ability to feel others’ pain and supporting people to get through challenging times. This is me.