I don Port! That famous MTN advert brought a man to prominence and that man is no other Person than HAFIZ OYETORO Popularly known as Saka.
Ok, do you know that Saka marriage proposal was once turned down by a Lady because he does not have a car. Incredible it may seem but Saka revealed this and many more in an exclusive interview he granted Punch Newspaper.
Hear Saka and his Pretty Wife Laide as they go down memory lane on how they met:
You said earlier that a woman refused to marry you because you did not have a car?
Saka: Yes. It was after my master’s degree programme and there was no money. I was just an average artiste, struggling to survive, but the lady did not see the future. I remember telling her that I was ready for marriage. Her reply was that I was not ready because I did not have a car. I told her that with my job, I should be able to get a very comfortable car within a year. She insisted that one car would not be sufficient since she was going to be pregnant one day. That was when I knew that in order to get married to her; I had to have two cars first
Why did you marry him when he did not have a car?
Olaide: I did not marry him because of material things. I married him because of the love I have for him
Saka: I have never had any regrets about marrying Laide. It has been from one level of progress to the other. I thank God for giving me the grace to meet her. I married her into a room and parlour apartment before we moved into the college staff quarters. Very soon, by the grace of God, we will move into our personal home. It has been very rewarding.
Your husband ‘ported’ from poverty to a comfortable living, how is that affecting you?
Olaide: I don’t think he was ever poor because poverty is a mindset. He was not as rich as this but one has to reach a phase in life. The extra money has brought positive changes to my business. I thank God for giving him to me.
Now that you are rich, as a Muslim, would you want to marry a second wife?
Saka: No. It is too late for me to marry another wife. At 50, what else would I be looking for? I have three children, I have my job and my wife is still young. If I marry another one now, that means I want to die, I cannot cope with the stress.
What price do you have to pay for fame?
Saka: Fame affects my freedom. I am naturally simple; I would love to live my life without being too conscious of what people would say. But these days, my personal assistants and managers and sometimes, my lawyer would follow me to certain places and try to hide me from people. Also, some people harass me to get money. If I go out, I don’t spend anything less than N5000 just tipping people. Sometimes, I give people N1000 and they will complain that it is too small. They would abuse me and consider me to be snobbish or stingy. I have to be realistic and not give people money every day, otherwise, I will be broke. What I am trying to do now is to give people who are really in need. That is more productive than showing off by giving money to people who run after me.
What pet names do you have for each other?
Olaide: I call him Oye, which is the short form of his name.
Saka: I call her Olomi.
All right we have heard Saka and the Pretty wife. Share your thoughts with us!