Friday, 15 April 2016

The Bisket Story Part 3: “Why I gave out N8m Property to a Stranger” | Says “I was born with a silver spoon but money don’t push me”


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Lady Bisket with the GDA
In this Part 3 of the memoir-like revelation of famous woman of beauty and enterprise, Lady Evangelist Adebisi Eyitayo Dan Musa aka Bisket on her 2001 travails after a queer allegation of child trafficking that nearly grinded her reputation, the ageless beauty called B-I-S-K-E-T gave an in-depth analysis of her personality and what many people don’t know about her. The myths, beliefs and mysteries of her revelations and tribulations; read and learn from a story of hero-to-zero-to-hero. Enjoy only on your Africa’s Number 1 Celebrity Encounter blog, Asabeafrika.

You are one of the pioneers of the Lagos fabric business in Nigeria and you were on the scene for almost 4 decades, you also operated became the first Lagos Celebrity lady to run a 24hour all-round-clock provision store before the 2001 crisis; How did you achieve all these success?
I was not into fabric; I was born into fabric (business) but like you said, I am always a dreamer. I diversified into super market line and I happen to be the first to run a 24 hours super market in Nigeria. And up till now, nobody has achieved that feat; I did the business when Nigeria was tensed up under the military era that you have guns everywhere and I did a twenty-four hour super market business because God gave me the inspiration to do it. Anything I get an inspiration to do, I go out for it and I achieve it. And when God also gave me an inspiration to serve him, up till now, people cannot understand the calling; even my family, my children, my husband, people close to me like my mother before she passed away. Nobody could understand why somebody at the highest level of her career, doing well, could suddenly divert into taking care of ordinary people on the street. They felt most people that diverted; it was either out of frustration or due to career breakdown. Out of not being successful or not knowing what they want to do next in life. But for somebody who is there at the limelight not even at old age but at her prime age. Because when I answered my call, I was still in my 30s. So, people were wondering because it was like I did so many things very fast in life. I built my first house at the age of 24 and I am proud to tell you that you are interviewing me right now inside my first property. Even up till now there is a thick rumor that this building belongs to my mother; even some of my tenants used it to abuse me in those days that “is it not your mother that gave you the building?”. Because nobody could believe that I will build this kind of property at that age. I am somebody that delivered 8 children before I reached 30 years that up till now, people keep on wondering, some even carry rumors that I don’t have children and that is why I adopt but I delivered 8 before my 30th birthday and I was still working, travelling overseas, importing my containers, married and I combined everything together; I was fine and I was running my 24 hours supermarket not just a branch. I had 5 branches and I was a young woman of twenty years and I was doing all these, I was having babies every year and I delivered 8 children before age of 30. I built my first house at the age of 24 and I was never a wayward woman. No man in Nigeria can stand up today and say ‘I invested in her’ than my sweat and the benevolence of my husband. Nobody can say “oh, I have gone out with her” either a governor or a minister that can say “I help her or I gave her contract”, no, I have never gone out for such largesse in my life.
“My father Chief Zacheus Adekoya Okeowo (of blessed memory) brought power (Light) to Ijebu-Ode, he owned the first petrol station in Ijebu Ode and at a time he was one of the finest politicians in the progressive politics of that era. My mother Chief Mrs. Christiana Alaba Okeowo is one of the pioneers of the fabric business in Nigeria. She started in Gutter at Lagos and she went up to having her own factory”.
Asabeafrika meets Bisket @ home
Me, Money & Genius….
So, what was responsible for all your ingenuity, I mean you are not a man you are just a woman and yet you made a mark. Is it your father’s gene or that of your mother that dotted on your business acumen?
I will analyze myself from people’s view. People that are close to me like my kids, they are all adults now because they are above 40; when they look at me they say “Mummy, do you know you are not just an ordinary human being, you are a genius”. That you are somebody like Bill Gate; that you just decided to be who you want to be. But one thing I know and people don’t know about me is that I don’t value money. Money is none of my priority; if I value money, I will be one of the richest women in Nigeria today. Many opportunities I can make money from, I don’t go for them. Rather, I give out. Many that I have touched their lives are living witnesses to my generosity. I am rather careless with money; I give out than what I make. That is why I say I don’t value money, the way people take money like life and death, that they must achieve and they can hurt anybody in their shrewd desires to make money. People hurt me; even those that I helped hurt me. I look at them and just smile. I just laugh. That ‘is it because of money you are doing this? Is it because of money that you are desperate? Is it because of money you don’t even know how to say thank you? Is it because of money you believe you can use people as stepping stone and you walk away?’ Money is nothing in this world but it is only those that God has given the vision that understands the power of the source. They are the ones that know the value of life and equally know that money is not everything. Money is good; I pray for it every day. I pray for my generation not to taste poverty. But one thing I used to tell my kids anytime they feel bad and say “ah, Mummy, you are too nice to a fault” I tell them ‘life and power is transient, nothing with a beginning without an end. Nothing is too big to gain and nothing is too big to lose’. I was in an office today; I am sure maybe that man would come across this interview. It is a very strong and sensitive office in this present government.  And I look at the man, close to his retirement age, he should be around 60 and he was telling me in his office, a top officer. Very influential officer and head of that government organization, and he looked at me and said ‘all I needed in my life is N3 million Naira. I want to retire to my farm’. And I looked at him and I felt like weeping. Because I know what that means; two months ago I gave someone my property worth N8million Naira free. Just like that.
“I have never tasted poverty in my life; I don’t even know what they call poverty. My parent bought me my first car at the age of 16, so I have never tasted it; maybe that is why money is not a big deal to me. When I see people running after money like life and death, and they are ready to hurt anybody because of money, I feel sorry for them”
Lady Bisket & The GDA of Asabeafrika
Yes, I was born with a silver spoon.
(Cuts in) The Property you gave out was in Kwara, I guess…
No, Lagos.  My children were very upset with me over the decision. They said ‘why should you do this? You can collect this N8 Million and help us and help yourself’. And I said ‘I don’t need it; this is a young man, he has potential. He needed that property and he doesn’t have that money and he didn’t ask me for it. I attended his show; I don’t want to say exactly because if I talk too much you will know him. And my Bible doesn’t permit me to be open with what I give out. Anything I do, I have my reward with God. I was invited and I attended where he was trying to do his things and he was going through a lot of challenges, he was sweating to even pay for the place. And I saw that potential in him and I asked myself, what am I doing with this property that is wasting away? ‘You my children you don’t need it, the ones you needed I have given to you’, they said “but we told you we can rent it out”, “No, I don’t want to rent it out, my spirit wants me to use it to help somebody”. That is what my spirit said to me and I called him, he didn’t ask me and I offered him. Myself and my children we had lots and lots of quarrel over the decision and I looked at them straight in the face and I said as long as I am alive, you don’t dictate to me concerning how I run my life.  What you should realize is that yes, you may tell me that people are cheating me, they use me to climb, they go there and they forget me. But God has never forgotten me and I have never sent you to any of them that they should help you, why don’t you appreciate that God? He has been feeding us, He has been clothing us; there might be times we ran into crisis but these people have never fed us and we have never gone to them to say ‘please, we need help’. God has never made it to get to that level. He is always there for us and if He didn’t want us to swim in money, He has his reason. Maybe it is a plus for us and that is why I started my interview with you saying that in the life of Joseph, when God wanted him to be a slave, he was sent into slavery for a purpose. The mother first delivered him and the Bible made us believe that he was his father’s favorite. It is God that put his love in the heart of his father and his father according to the Bible spoilt him with love because God prepared him for that love; maybe to make up for the time he will suffer. 
“I have entered presidential jets many times. I have been to places in England where a white man opened the gate for me, where white executives will chauffer me. So, God has given me my good times, even now I am still having my good time because at my age, no sickness. No diabetes, no high blood pressure, no head-ache, nothing. When you see me use tablets it is multi-vitamins tablets”.
Lady Bisket at a recent outing
Untold Story of my Mum & Dad…
“I was born into affluence; both my Dad and Mum were very rich. My father Chief Zacheus Adekoya Okeowo (of blessed memory) brought power (Light) to Ijebu-Ode, he owned the first petrol station in Ijebu Ode and at a time he was one of the finest politicians in the progressive politics of that era. My mother Chief Mrs. Christiana Alaba Okeowo is one of the pioneers of the fabric business in Nigeria. She started in Gutter at Lagos and she went up to having her own factory. She didn’t stop employing foreigners to work in her factory. So, I grew up with silver spoon. I have never tasted poverty in my life; I don’t even know what they call poverty. My parent bought me my first car at the age of 16, so I have never tasted it; maybe that is why money is not a big deal to me. When I see people running after money like life and death, and they are ready to hurt anybody because of money, I feel sorry for them. Even when they accused me of stealing children, I just laugh. The question I first asked is ‘how much would I sell them?’ As an individual, I built my first property at the age of 24. I know the kind of amount I get from rent alone; even up till now, I live on rent because I don’t work. I always ask my kids, if I am not okay, can I give you all my properties to be using free? I live on my rent age because I decided not to work again. I retired at the age of 40, so what is the big deal? And I decided to serve God. I started taking care of abandoned kids. And I was even accused like Joseph was  accused in the house of Portifa and the master couldn’t even see in between the lines when his wife made those cruel allegations on Joseph, he was promptly sent to jail to meet his destiny. If Joseph didn’t go to jail, he wouldn’t meet his destiny. If he were to remain in Portifa’s house, he wouldn’t have met his destiny. So he went to jail for his destiny; it was like a sermon I gave three weeks ago, God ministered it to me because I didn’t know it. God talks to you from time to time to reveal the Bible to you; he just ministered to me that do you know that if Joseph did not spend extra two years in the prison, the king’s chef wouldn’t come back to meet him, he would have gone. The two more years he spent in jail was to make up for the reality of his destiny. When Joseph interpreted the dream to the Chef and he was released, a normal human being will feel bad that ‘Heeh, this man I helped is out of prison and I am still here’. But the man has gone to get him his destiny; so he went to his Oga for two years, until they started having crisis in the affairs of the state. The Oga (King) had a dream that he couldn’t interpret, all the wise people in the kingdom couldn’t interpret the dream and the Chef said “Sir, call a young man in the prison”. If Joseph has been released and gone, those days, there were no telephone that you could say maybe you have exchanged telephone numbers. He would have wandered away. There is no way to contact him again, so he would have lost his destiny. He was deliberately kept in the prison yard for his destiny to locate him. So, there are some positions God put you, you may not feel happy or comfortable, but they are part of the packages that will locate your destiny. I always tell my kids, I say I know I may have hurt you, you may not be happy with me as your mother, that, maybe I wasted every opportunity to make you swim in money. I say ‘maybe I am preparing your future’. And not “may”, you “will” enjoy it. I say trust me, write my name, my seven generation will reap what I am sowing. I said, I may not reap it but I pray God will give you the grace because He works according to His grace. If Jesus can die at the age of 33, who am I to query God for my own cross? Jesus’ short term on earth didn’t deprive Him of God’s promise upon his life. Today He is being worshipped and adored globally. Before late Adolph Hitler died, he confessed that Jesus was the greatest and most popular entity in the world. Even Times Magazine at a time adjudged JESUS as the Greatest Personality of the century. Even Muslims appreciated Him, they said He is not the son of God but they still accept him as a prophet of God”.
This is Bisket
What I learnt from Jesus’ tomb…
 “I just came back from Jerusalem and I visited where Jesus was buried, it is Muslims that are watching the place. And it is a mosque that is beside Jesus Christ’s burial ground; and they said the land is owned by Muslims and this Muslims were very careful; they were watching us. They don’t want us to damage the place or do anything evil to the place. So, they hurry you out so that you don’t overstay your visit. They open the place in the morning and close it in the evening. They are very watchful of the place, that nobody will come and bomb it or do any evil to the sacred place. So, if God can glorify Christ up to that level and Christ promised us as His followers that ‘when you take my step, I will never owe you’. I said God will not owe me. It may take time for people to realize who this woman is, but God will never owe me. I thank God today, one of the children they said I stole is in The Bells university, where we spend over a million in a year and the papers are no more carrying it, I don’t care. The only things they can carry up till today is the negative; some people will still abuse my children that ‘Omo gbomo-gbomo’ (Children of a child-trafficker) some even say it to my hearing “Omo-gbomo-gbomo” or “Iya to ji Omo gbe” but nobody is hearing the other side and I don’t care. All I care is that all God asked me to do, I will do. You can see the baby (Showed us a baby girl) sleeping there, she is a grandchild to one of the children that they said I stole (One was sleeping on her lap while three others were playing around her office with the mother of the baby who often come to check the sleeping baby anytime there was a need for it). I told the mother to go and sit down; the girl is one of the children they seized from me and she had a child. She is still with me with the child, I am taking care of her, and I am taking care of the child. Nobody is seeing that. And I thank God I have not sold her; since they released them to me, she had a baby and I have not sold the baby too. But I don’t care, they accused Jesus more than that, people fight what they don’t understand. My children don’t understand but I know with time they will understand that I have a purpose on earth. I have a vision that I am pursuing, nobody is seeing that vision but I don’t care. I am seeing the vision, it is not about money. God has given me a time to enjoy, I have enjoyed money. I have entered presidential jets many times. I have been to places in England where a white man opened the gate for me, where white executives will chauffer me. So, God has given me my good times, even now I am still having my good time because at my age, no sickness. No diabetes, no high blood pressure, no head-ache, nothing. When you see me use tablets it is multi-vitamins tablets. Even people see me, they cannot believe my age. Some people even see me and they say it to my face that ‘all your friends are old, why are you looking like this? I will just smile and say ‘well, it is the grace of God’. Because what I have gone through, they have not gone through it. They have stayed in limelight, they have enjoyed their lives. They are mixing with their likes, I have been mixing with the low class for the pass twenty years and up till now, I still live with the low class. I still enjoy being around them and I am not complaining and I don’t want to be in the limelight. I do tell my children if you want limelight, go for it. I have not prepared a bad ground for you; I have made the right sacrifice for your exploits. A beautiful ground to land upon, as for me, I have done my best for God and humanity and He alone will dictate my journey henceforth.

(Watch out the concluding part of this exclusive titled “I, my sister, mum and the two men who stole my heart” on this blog after this time out)

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