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By CHRISTY ANYANWU
Princess Aladegoroye is a native of Owo in Ondo State and creative director at Nubia Africa Media, which is noted for celebrating African culture through various programmes. She anchored many programmes on Nigerian television before she left for Canada, where she’s now based. She was seen at the recent AKWAABA in Lagos, where she said, “I believe in the brand ‘NIGERIA’. I believe we can market what we have to the world, e.g. our jollof rice, clothes, shoes etc. The vibrant princess told Sunday Sun about her favourites. Read on…
What is your favourite colour?
My favourite colour is pink. When I was modelling they would tell us to add more colours to ourselves; that it makes us more beautiful. One of the best colours I like in a makeup or dresses and even in shoes is pink. Even my eyeglasses are pink.
Fried rice with plantain and fish but in Nigeria, I love my cultural food which is pounded yam with egusi soup. There is a way Owo people make egusi soup. We call it ‘Obe Ogu’ The traditional Obe Ogu of the Owo people has bush meat in it. It is so delicious and beautiful.
Favourite holiday spot?
I don’t want to mention abroad. Let me say my favourite place in Nigeria and that is my home town which is Owo. Owo has one of the best and attractive African tourism centre, but people don’t know. If you come to Owo in Ondo State, the governor, Chief Rotimi Akeredolu has really taken Ondo state to a greater height. You need to come to my home town. All our roads are tarred. There are lots of educated people, and it is the best town you can have in Africa. You need to go to Oja Oba, which is close to the king’s palace. The king’s palace in Owo is one of the best palaces in Africa. You will see the monuments and it is really beautiful. Also, we have what we call Igogo festival. You need to attend our Igogo festival. It is so beautiful. I’m proud to be African, I’m proud to be from Ondo State and I’m proud to be from Owo.
I prefer the rainy season. Rainy season in Africa is one of the best because it saturates our energy and gives the farmers better harvest. It is the best for farmers, producers and visitors. In all of mother nature, rainy season is the best.
I was a Literature student. I happened to be blessed with Prof Wole Soyinka and Ola Rotimi who were my lecturers at the then University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife. My favourite book is, The Gods Are Not To Blame, because when I was a student in Ife, I played a role in the Ola Rotimi book.
I enjoy playing lawn tennis. I’m a very hard player.
Asiwaju Ahmed Bola Tinubu. He is a Nigerian icon. He is not just a Nigerian icon, he is an African icon. I have been privileged to meet him. He is a wonderful person and has taken Nigeria politically to a high pedestal that we never believed we could be. He is a mentor, a father and a leader. Look at what he has been able to do to Lagos. Look at the transition between him to former governor Babatunde Fashola and the current Lagos State Governor Akinwumni Ambode. He’s an icon that should be celebrated all over the world. When people celebrate Nelson Mandela in South Africa, I celebrate ‘My Tinubu’. He has been able to pick people who never imagined they would get anywhere and turned them into success. I’m so passionate about him because he is somebody I see as a godfather and a mentor.