Monday, 1 September 2014

My Only Regret @ 50----Ex-Chiquita Boss, Linda Ajala + Exclusive Pictures from her family album only on asabeafrika Blog • Says “My Marriage to Kayode Ajala is divine”

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Love made in heaven
 For Linda Fash Ajala a half Nigerian, half South African, old things have passed away and new things are taking place in her life as she clocked 50 last Sunday August 24th 2014. This very beautiful woman and wife of Nigeria’s King of Romance Journalism, Kayode Ajala can be conveniently termed a philosopher-queen in today’s Nigeria as she has seen the good, the bad and ugly sides of life and society with an early marriage that wouldn’t give her the nerve to write a good story of it. She was one of the women who breezed into the Y2K Millennium year with money, style, innovation and lots of good aura as she was one of the leading pioneers of the food eatery business in Lagos. Her CHIQUITA eatery brand was a household name with head quarter in the Egbeda area of Lagos.  Then she was Mrs. Akinwunmi until a major trajectory of life altered her first marriage with  life equally compensating  her with  another relationship with no other person than the widely acclaimed Nigeria’s King of Romance journalism, Kayode Ajala whose name is like a an anthem in a section of the Nigerian media industry.  
Today the two lovers are both married with a new life and equally blessed with new set of promising kids (Linda equally has three kids  in her botched  marriage with first husband, Akinwunmi who is said to have relocated to the United Kingdom since 2003) Linda who is presently a consultant on food eatery business and interior decoration was 50 last Sunday August 24th and for real, her face book account was full with good wishes from friends across border wishing her all the best things of life and more. Her very handsome husband was equally one of the well-wishers who made merry with the love of his life and mother of his children. Of course Linda Ajala hardly grants press interviews but thanks to an old encounter we had with her couple of months ago which we kept in our archives. 
The opinions she shared with us then are still very relevant to event in her life today as she clocks 50 and due to this reason, we have decided to re-publish the exclusive details of what she shared with us back them plus exclusive family pictures of the charming woman you wont find anywhere in the world except on your Africa’s Number 1 Celebrity encounter blog asabeafrika. Enjoy the tales and pictures of one of Nigeria’s innovative woman, Linda Fash Ajala and her family as she marks her golden jubilee on earth.  
Linda and her Kay....The pet name she calls the Romance Journlist
The Low profile hiatus
 On why she has suddenly kept a low profile, Linda told us why then; hear her response “Well, I have never been a socialite. I would never classify myself as one. What threw me into the limelight was my Chiquita experience. It was my Chiquita days that brought me all the fame in the world. I had always loved my quite life style but when you run a hospitality business that throws you into having to face so many people, there is no way you can run away from it all. The business was all about people and services; I was too prominent in it. And of course that brought me into facing so many people. I was the waitress, I was the service lady on the counter, I was the cleaner, I was the manager, the supervisor, the security person because sometimes, you see that I am controlling traffic outside. So, obviously people would ask ‘who is that lady?’ and all that, that was how I came into limelight. Otherwise, I like my quite life”
“But unfortunately, here on our own side of the world, it is believed that the man has to be the one doing it all the time. It is not supposed to be so in marriage. I repeat, ‘in marriage’. It ought to be a combined effort between the man and the woman, it makes it easy and it makes marriage sweeter”.
My only regret!
 When we asked her then to think about one regret life has given her , Linda thought for a while and echoed “Regret” before she summed it up with a  “Hmmm” before submitting  “The only regret I have is the one that has to do with my kids. Having not seen three lovely kids in eleven years is not a joke. It is about the only regret that I have concerning my past”. So, why would her ex hide her legitimate children from her for such a long time, we asked “I don’t know, I can’t be him and I cant speak for him. But he will tell me he is their father still. So, he can do what he wants but in God’s own time, things will come to normal state. The children are not getting any younger, they are getting older. Before you know it, they will be old enough to ask questions and look for their mum. God is really in charge of their lives” Linda concluded with an assurance that showcases her faith as a Christian.
Linda Ajala.....My children schedule takes part of my early hour
Linda...The only regret i have is not being able to set eyes on my children from my earlier marriage
It hurts not to see my kids
Like every mother, Linda will not shed a bit of expression to express her sad feeling over her inability to see her children from her first marriage as a result of her ex’s high handed nature over the kids who have all been relocated to the United Kingdom. Hear her again “I have two boys and a girl. It is really painful; it is very painful because you don’t know their state of mind now and all kind of stories they have been fed with. But all said and done, it is so good as long as God is there, taking control. It is a life time experience, we have too many experiences and many people have gone through this same route. 
Linda....Life has treated me the way it treated others
The Veteran Romance Journalist Kayode Ajala savors the beauty of his wife during the encounter with asabeafrika

There is nothing that has happened to me that has not happened to so many other people, I won’t be the first and I won’t be the last as well; in God’s own time, He would take care of it” The very charming Linda became a bit diplomatic as she gave kudos to her ex over her kids, a rare feet that can only be done by very few women.  Hear her “One thing I must say here is to use this opportunity to thank their father, to say that they are okay because I know that they are being taken care of properly. That alone makes me happy. I know that they have a hundred and one percent care where they are and I appreciate their dad for taking good care of them. That is very kind of him. I also look forward to their step mother for giving them care on my behalf;  I appreciate her as well, at least, I have been hearing that my kids are doing great in school. My kids are having the best of life which for me gives unlimited joy. It makes me very happy hearing that. I am really, really grateful to their father and their step mother for such a great job”. The children Yosola (20), Bolu (18) and Nife (15) are said to be studying abroad.
Daddy and Mummy with the children
Meeting my new husband was divine
Of course, Linda had shared a thought on documenting her life experience in a book but not without the consent of the new man in her life “I believe life itself is a theater and every one of us is only playing a role. We are all actors and actresses; we all have our scripts and we must all play out our roles. And until that is achieved, you are never going to go anywhere, until you have finished and God said ‘this is where it ends’. Now, my journey in life from when I got married. I mean my first marriage to the second, I think has a hand of God in it. I say this because… I mean, I was in my first marriage for ten years and I am in my second marriage now for the eleventh year, that is a whole twenty one years. For the mere fact that I met Kayode (Ajala) at all, was  divine. For me meeting him is destiny. For me, meeting him is a role that has been scripted. 
Mrs. Ajala speaks to the GDA
Linda, hubby with the kids

As far back as a year after my marriage, even though, spiritually, one could not interpret it then. They showed me live and direct, it was like a trance. I saw the vision that I got engaged with someone but of course, one was not even spiritually matured enough to grab the message but the message eventually came to pass. I just knew that I dreamt and this was what I saw and I was like ‘ah, ah, what am I doing with another man when I just got married to somebody? That was in 1992 that we had our marriage (Between her and Mr. Muyiwa Adewunmi). I just could not interpret it to whatever or whoever. But when the entire roles began to play out in 2001 that was when I knew ‘oh, so, this is the interpretation of what I saw or the message that came at the time. So, like I said what would be would be. It is as simple as that”.
GDA with Mr. and Mrs. Ajala in their Lagos abode
Linda Ajala.....I cant stand fetish people
I and my ex both had issues
Does it mean her ex- was not meant for her and probably didn’t value her person? “No, I can’t say that. That would be too outlandish, I am not him. Do you understand? Obviously, he had issues with me; I probably had mines with him. But in the long run there are no issues that are un-resolvable. If you know what I mean, there are no issues that are un-resolvable. Anybody could have erred. There are stories we heard of people who caught their wives in bed, on their matrimonial bed with another man and it didn’t shake that marriage. Do you understand? It depends on your take; it depends on what you can take. It depends on your own philosophy; it depends on what God has destined for those couple. You see our own parent today, they tell you stories that you probably did not meet. 
Linda Ajala in a happy mood with her children
The GDA shares photo with the Ajala kids

Deep issues that cropped up between them in their journey of life, if they begin to tell you stories, you would be amazed. So, for me, it is all about the individual. Infidelity is even the least of issues that breaks a marriage. It is not every marriage that is not working broke up on the account of infidelity; there are so many other reasons. Thousands of thousands of reasons for marriages that breaks everyday. Some will tell you that their wives are fetish or their mother in-law, father-in-law or one in-law is fetish. There are lots and lots of issues in marriage. Enough issues in marriage. But the bottom line is that at the end of the day one should just be able to reach a compromise and agree to disagree, disagree to agree and just move on”.
What keeps me going?
“I dream a lot and what I dream about gives me hope, it gives me a ray of light. What I pray to God to do for me, He can meet me at every point of my aspiration. God is good enough for me”.
Linda....Tolerance is the life current of a great marriage
Making sure everything counts
My role Model
Oprah (Winfrey) is one woman for me. She is my role model, I am looking at her achievement as a black woman, her success story, her philosophy, above all, her giving nature. I pray that God would put me in a position to be as giving as Oprah Winfrey”.
What I value in people
I value good nature, a good heart. I like a person that has good heart.
What I hate in people
 I hate fetish people, people who don’t like to see the next person grow, I can’t stand them. I dislike people who beef you because of success; People who are very unhappy when they see other people grow. I don’t want to sit around such people.
Mrs. Ajala
Linda... I strongly believe that at the right time, my children will ask for me
How I start my day
Starting a day begins with prayer then the preparation of my kids’ movement to school and ensuring Daddy’s meal is ready. My kids are Tumininu, Iseoluwa and Tamilore and I also have Temitayo and Segun (Her step Children).
Linda....I have taken life as a thartre stage
No book for Linda
No, I am not a reading person. I don’t read.
Favorite hobby
Business; I love doing business, networking (laughter)
Favorite Brand of car
I pray to have a Range soon.
Kayode and Linda Ajala with their lovely children
Linda Ajala....A man should not shoulder the family responsibility alone
Advice for up and coming couple
“Just make sure that whoever it is you are going into marriage with that you are in full agreement with each other on what you are going into. If you can not endure yourself and tolerate each other, then there is just no point. There are times when it is good there are times when it is worst. But the key is to be able to balance together. When one lacks, let the other be there to support. If this one doesn’t have let the other person be there to support. But unfortunately, here on our own side of the world, it is believed that the man has to be the one doing it all the time. It is not supposed to be so in marriage. I repeat, ‘in marriage’. It ought to be a combined effort between the man and the woman, it makes it easy and it makes marriage sweeter”.
The G D A stepping into the home of the Lagos home of the Ajalas
Linda in her best element

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