— Oct 24, 2014.
My parents are…Conrad Suinner and Mariam Bakari Suinner. My mother is late. She was originally from a Muslim family, while my dad is a Catholic from a very large family. My mother was Fulani and had a lot of siblings; probably about 15 sisters and 10 brothers.
What I learnt from my parents…They taught me how to be liberal; to be a Christian. My mother taught me courage, belief in myself and the fact that I can achieve whatever I want to achieve as long as I put my mind to it. My dad believes that you should always be grateful and learn to appreciate people.
The household I grew up in…was fun, with a lot of aunties and uncles around. No two weekends were ever the same. In fact, it always seemed like there was an occasion because of how full the house usually was. There was a lot of cooking and chitchat and people always visited.
As a child, I wanted to…be a designer or a TV personality. I used to imagine being a CNN newscaster or like Abike Dabiri when she was into broadcasting.
My teenage pictures portray…a showstopper, a fun person and I was up-to-date on fashion. I was admirable; a lot of guys admired me. I didn’t really care about what people thought about me. Regardless, I was a very happy person.
You wouldn’t know it but…my friends tend to think I’m a pushover because I usually play the peacemaker. What they don’t know is that I am a tough person. They think I am a nice person, but I am not. I don’t and will not take nonsense from anyone. I am very firm. My friends did not also know that my surname was Suinner.
I really would like to be…more outgoing and less overt. I am a very interesting person and usually the life of the party. People like to be around me, but I would like to be more secretive.
One special thing about me…is that I am very different from the average person. A lot of times, I am judged by my looks, but once you get to know me, you will see that I am nothing like what you expected.
One of my weaknesses is…softness. I am very emotional. I let my emotions get to me and it affects me negatively. It is something I would like to change because when you are open to a lot of people, they tend to drag you down.
What gives me joy…I think it is humility. It is hard to be humble when you are the focus. Being a strong, successful and independent woman also gives me joy.
Fashion to me is…the way you do things, assemble them or the way you like them being done. The way you view fashion, that is your fashion.
I’m not a big reader, but…my favourite books are Joel Osteen’s ‘Breakthrough’ and Danielle Steel books because she makes me cry.
My favourite movies are…those by Tyler Perry and Danielle Steel.
The craziest thing I have done…was to go on a particular ride in a park in England. It is a three-second ride. It takes you high up, spins you round and then the ride ends. I swore I would never go on the ride again, ever!
If I had a girl child…I would advise her to be mindful about sharing her thoughts and dreams because you can never really trust people. She should not have too many friends and she must remember that the only friend she has is herself.
When I look in the mirror, I see…a very strong person, a very powerful woman. I love life and want to see it for myself. You know it is hard seeing things when you are inside the box. People tell you this and that, but you just don’t see it from where you stand.
My life in five words…happy, strong, daring, understanding and lovable.
Five years from now…I hope to be settled with my kids and husband. I am also working towards owning a very big shopping complex which will have all sorts of stores with everything fashionable in them. I would also like to run a home for the less-privileged.
A LIFE IN SHORT
Amina Elizabeth Suinner, 29, is an entrepreneur and chief executive of Granddaughter, a clothing line and Meemylee Events and Productions.
She was born in Kaduna and had her primary and secondary education at Doregos Private Academy, Lagos.
She also studied at Southwark College and Middlesex Academy of Business Management, London.