Senator Florence Ita – Giwa has talked about romance and relationship as she reveals why she fell in love with her late husband.
Senator Florence Ita -Giwa
A former presidential special adviser , Senator Florence Ita – Giwa , has revealed how and why she fell in love with her late husband.
While speaking on Hit FM radio programme on Wednesday in Calabar , Ita- Giwa said she fell in love and married Dele Giwa because of his Press Snaps column .
According to her, her interest in journalism grew as a result of the works of her mother, Beatrice Bassey -Ita and the likes of Peter Enahoro and Sam Amuka, among others .
She revealed that she got married to Dele Giwa just barely three weeks after first contact as a result of his intellectual prowess .
While recounting the lovely days she spent with her late husband Dele Giwa , a former Editor- in – Chief of Newswatch magazine who was killed by a letter bomb on October 19 , 1986, the former presidential adviser said that she followed him to his house on request on the first day that they met to know how he wrote his column .
She said , “ I became attracted to journalism because of my mother and the likes of Peter Enahoro , Sam Amuka and others . My mother worked for West African Pilot and later Guardian before she joined Sketch where she retired .
“ I stumbled into Dele Giwa because I liked his column . I did marry him eventually not because he was handsome, but what he had upstairs in his brain . When I met him coincidentally, I just told him that I have been reading his columns which I found entertaining and intellectually challenging .
“ On that particular day , he looked at his time (watch ) and said he was going to do his column , he requested if I follow him go to his house to see how he prepared his column , I agreed. I agreed. We drove from Surulere to Ikeja because I was curious .
“ When we got to his house , he went to his study and brought out one old typewriter and sat on the table with a glass of water and cognac and started typing straight from his head without looking at any material.
“ He did this up till about 3 am the next morning, I was so amazed. I called my mum that early morning through his telephone (landline ) to inform her that I was with Dele Giwa and that he was typing his column from his head .
“ From that day , we never parted until we got engaged three weeks after . He was a beautiful and intellectually rich human being that had so much in his head . He was very fearless and prolific writer and I was always scared for his life. ”