A member of the House of Representatives from Ikorodu Federal Constituencyarea of Lagos State, Honourable Abike Dabiri-Erewa, relaxes with style. From bonding with family to going for a spa bath amongst others, the lawmaker has found ways to suppress tension, writes Shola Oyeyipo
For those who know Honourable Abike Dabiri-Erewa, style is all that defines her deportment. Yet, she typifies the metaphor- brain and beauty. From the tube in the newsroom to a turf where men hold sway, the House of Representatives member from Ikorodu Federal Constituency area of Lagos, has embraced the male-populated calling for an upward of 12 years.
As a result, she has been a member of the House since the fifth, sixth and now, the seventh National Assembly where she currently chairs the House Committee on Diaspora, having migrated from House Committee on Media and Publicity.
From her briefs, therefore, any discerning can picture what her routine entails. Apart from the fact that the mere representation of her people is challenging as evident in her contribution to issues that directly or indirectly affect her people of Ikorodu and Nigeria in general, her committee assignment has been completely demanding, both of her time and social life.
Smart Abike is however not oblivious of the need to unwind at regular intervals as a prerequisite to striking a balance for good living. “All works and no play make Jack a dull boy,” she’d joked, noting that she always makes out time to relax.
The journalist-turned politician who ranks amongst the respectable female lawmakers in the country shares the beliefs that “politics is work, and relaxation is being home.” But she was quick to add: “not just being home, it is being home with my children: I love to stay with my family because I love them.”
Quite naturally, her job briefs demands all of her time and as such, the little time left is for family and self. No friends, she’d noted. “No, it is my family and I alone. And at times, it is just me alone.”
Abike who once bagged the City People Award for the best Female Politician of the year 2006, says whenever she is home, she enjoys taking her green tea and also, lying in bed, either relaxing or sleeping. This way, she takes her mind away from the troubles of work. But if she is not doing that, she embraces the television. As a journalist herself, she prefers to watch and listen to news. She also watches films, sometimes. And more interestingly, she enjoys singing and dancing.
But something more instructive seems to aptly depict the lawmaker’s poise, beauty and composure; she gives herself a resounding spa treatment, regularly. Spa, of course, is bought into for several reasons – to relieve pains and relax muscles as well as reduce stress. As such, for an active lawmaker like Dabiri who notes that “my husband once asked me where I get the energy from,” the manipulation of the soft body tissue has physical, functional, and therapeutic advantages, especially as it reduces stress.
The massage theory, therefore, explains that it prevents pain signals to the brain, stimulating the release of endorphins and serotonin, improving sleep, decreasing muscle tension, increasing flexibility and reducing blood pressure by increasing blood flow, making the body relaxed and better able to function. Thus, by going that road, Abike may be justified, especially that her life’s goal is “to make a significant difference and touch many lives.”
Unassuming and principled, Abike who anchored the famous weekly NTA Newsline programme to the delight of millions of Nigerians, had warmed her way into the hearts of many with her efforts of using television as an effective tool to drawing attention to Nigerians suffering from the pains of poverty and injustice.
Her journalism success story is never complete without the brave investigative report of little Mary, the miracle baby for eight years. That report stood out a career that was stellar.
But despite successful journalism career, she voluntarily retired from services to contest election as a member of the House of Representatives. Abike, history has it, was one of the lawmakers that stood against the third term bid of former President Olusegun Obasanjo. She has continued to leverage her committee on Diaspora Affairs to ensuring that Nigerians in Diaspora are integrated back into developmental activities of their motherland.