ON Saturday, December 27, 2014, all roads will lead to Times Square Event Centre, Adeniyi Jones Avenue, Ikeja, Lagos as star actress Liz Da Silva will be staging a classy show tagged, Ankara Day.
The event is expected to draw dignitaries from all walks of life. The pretty mother of one child (Abdulraheem) spoke about this and other issues, including the controversy about the paternity of her son.
It’s long we had a chat with you, what’s actually happening right now on your stable?
From the stable of Liz Da Silva, everything happening at the moment is very fine. My career has been very good and positive, I would say. I am also living good and progressing in everything I do. I have been achieving my goals as expected. I give God all the glory.
What are you working on right now?
Right now, I am not working on any movie, but I just released one, Tasere and it’s doing very well. Also, I am planning to stage a show on Saturday, December 27, 2014, and it’s expected to attract dignitaries from all walks of life.
What’s the show about?
The show is all about Ankara fabric. It’s to tell people that Ankara preaches love and unity, especially in Africa and in the diaspora. To elevate and appreciate our culture as Africans through our way of life, especially in our mode of dressing. The purpose of the show is to inject our values into the mind of the people. We want to assist the less privileged with the donations from Ankara Day every year. In addition, we’re also organizing a fashion show with a view to developing youth’s attitude towards African costumes. Apart from the regular entertainment package, we’re also incorporating some performances including choreography, stage play (pantomime), Ewi (panegyric), beauty pageant, dance troupe and much more.
Do you intend taking the show beyond Nigeria?
For now, we’re only having it in Nigeria but I pray it goes beyond as time goes on. However, everything depends on the level of sponsorship we have. If we have adequate sponsorship, by next year it will surely be staged outside Nigeria.
What are the preparations on ground?
All I can tell you now is that I am trying to put everything in the right perspective as regards the event. I am talking in terms of everything that will make my guests comfortable that day, including security and entertainment.
What is the event going to look like?
It’s an Ankara event, and this is not the first time of staging such a show. This is, in actual sense, the second edition of the show. We have tables for sale depending on what you can afford. We have a table of 10 for N100,000 (premium) and a table of six (classic), which goes for N200,000. We also have a regular ticket of N3,000 per head.
Where is the event taking place?
It’s slated for Times Square Event Place, Adeniyi Jones Avenue, Ikeja, Lagos.
Who are the people or dignitaries expected at the show?
I have a lot of people coming, especially my colleagues. So, I don’t have to start mentioning names. I believe the place will be filled with dignitaries from all walks of life.
Who is the musician billed to thrill at the event?
I have Pasuma on ground already. Apart from him, I also have a lot of other entertainers that have been contacted to perform at the show. I can assure you, the entertainment content is well loaded. And nobody will regret attending the show. Apart from entertainment, I also want to give back to society in my own little way.
What are the things you’re planning to unleash there and who are the beneficiaries?
I have so many gifts, including deep freezers, gas cookers and a lot more. When you get there that day you will see everything. It’s a yearly show where we help the less privileged. We pray this year’s edition is going to be very special.
When was the maiden edition held?
That was two years ago.
What was the experience like?
The experience was very cool and wonderful.
What’s making this year’s edition unique?
The unique thing about the show this year is that I am dedicating it to the less privileged. Also, I am reaching out to my fans and loved ones in my little way.
Are you having a uniform Ankara fabric for the show?
No, there is nothing like that. You can come in any Ankara of your choice irrespective of colour or design. The only thing is that you won’t be allowed into the venue if you don’t put on Ankara.
Let’s talk about personal issues. We learnt you have converted to Islam. How true is it?
Whether you’re a Muslim or Christian, I believe we’re worshipping one God. So, that’s all I can say about that.
But we learnt your son has a Muslim name…
(Cuts in) Yes, my son is Abdulraheem Momooreoluwa Olaoye.
But there was a kind of controversy trailing his paternity then. Can you tell us who really the father is?
There was nothing like controversy at all concerning the father of my son. For me to have a son, definitely he must have a father.
That’s why we want you to unveil his identity now?
Please, I am not here for that. I have just told you my son has a father. When we celebrated Abdulraheem’s first birthday in June this year, a lot of people were there. Those who attended the event would tell you who my son’s father is.
But there is nothing wrong in telling us his name, where he comes from, what he does for a living and all that?
Everything for now is private. And that’s how I want it.
But you’re yet to get married, when will that happen?
It will happen very soon.
Is it going to be with the father of your son?
When the time comes, you will be invited. It’s then you will know who I am getting married to. I think I am done about that. Thank you sir.
Let’s have your view about the industry, especially the Yoruba sector where things seem to have fallen apart and the centre is yet to hold?
I don’t believe anything has fallen apart, let alone centre not holding. I would only say we’re trying to reshape the genre. And very soon, things will assume a better and desire shape.
– TADE ASIFAT