Popular Nigerian disc jockey, Jimmy Jatt in an interview took us through the journey of his life, where it all begins including is love life.
DJ Jimmy Jatt
Popular disc jockey, Adewale Amu, popularly called Jimmy Jatt, shares what fatherhood has taught him with OLUSHOLA RICKETTS
How would you describe fatherhood?
For me, it is a thing of joy. I don’t even have the right words to express how it feels, but the most viable thing I have with anyone in this world is the relationship with my two girls.
Did you nurse any fears when you wanted to start a family?
At every stage in life, especially when you are getting into something new, you will be apprehensive. But it was a life I looked forward to experience. Though I was not financially stable then, I knew people who were not financially strong as me and they were happily married. That gave me the confidence that I would be fine. Also, I have always believed that starting a family comes with its own blessings and it did.
At what age did you marry?
I was in my late 20s when I got married and I think I was ready for it. I don’t think there is a particular time or age for marriage, though I am not in support of early marriage. I feel people need time to explore and enjoy their youthfulness; but there is no later time to get married as God’s time is the best.
Do you still wish to have a male child?
To be honest with you, I was indifferent when my wife was pregnant with our two children. I have always had a preference for the girl child than the male child. Everyone knows in my family that I get along easily with women.
As a soft person, if I have had a son, I would have spoilt him silly. It is okay to spoil women but I don’t think it is okay to spoil men. I feel God gave me what is right for me. I am happy that I have only girls. With two kids, we are done having babies. My prayer is for God to bless other people looking for children. With the population of the country, the number of children I have is fair. You know in today’s Nigeria, you cannot get anything free and all the things you need to train kids don’t come cheap. For parents, it is only wise to have a number of children you can give the best care and education.
When was the last time you used the cane on your children?
I have never whipped my children, but my wife does and it is allowed. I feel it is wrong for a man to beat a woman. I am not the type who beats women, unfortunately, I have female daughters. Though some people might say spare the rod and spoil the child, one can discipline people with love too.
While growing up, my parents didn’t use the cane on me and I didn’t turn out to be a mess to society. When kids are used to being tortured, they don’t get scared any longer. I did the right things as a child because I didn’t want to offend my parents, who had shown me love from the day I was born. One can discipline with love and that is the way I have trained my daughters.
Did you witness the birth of any of your children?
I was in labour room during the birth of my two children. Since I heard a lot about women being in pains during labour, I was prepared for it.
My wife had my two children through caesarean section. I know most people don’t like to talk about it. When the labour becomes impossible and the doctor gives you the option, you don’t need to panic because it saves everyone a lot of stress. People make it look like it is scary, but I have gone through the experience twice and everyone it is okay.
What is your biggest challenge as a father?
It is simply the fear of the unknown, but my kids are grown now. My youngest child is now 17. I am not worried any longer as they were well brought up. But while they were little, it was a different ball game. I worried a lot; I didn’t know if my approach in raising them was the best.
There will always be a constant fear until one crosses the bridge. When one has crossed the bridge, one will be assured that they have imbibed one’s principles and ready to be on their own.
Jimmy Jatt and his wife
Can you encourage your girls to have boyfriends?
It depends on the conversation and communication level of parents and their kids. Having a boyfriend at a very young age doesn’t mean you will do things you should not do. I had a girlfriend when I was 14 but what we understood as a girlfriend then was a girl we were fond of.
It is allowed for her to say she is fond of a particular boy, but you must let your kid know that until a particular time, there are certain things she cannot do. If there is understanding and it is cleared, one cannot stop her from keeping a friend. We are in an enlightened world and one cannot be with them every day even if you try to protect them from certain things, but the explanation one gives them will direct their path in life. The truth is that curiosity makes children do certain things. If you don’t explain why they should stay away from something, they will try it at some point. Most African parents are guilty of not letting children understand many things; we think we can use force in every situation.
Communication is vital and it has been an important fixture in relating to my kids. I am more of a friend to my kids than a father and it has worked for me.
How do you reward your children when they impress you?
Firstly, I try to make them understand that they should be the best at everything they do. I don’t like putting too much pressure on my kids, but most people like to compare their children with other children. Children have different strengths. Once they give their best, whatever the outcome is, you should always support and encourage them. I celebrate and I appreciate their efforts, but I don’t try to impress them with material things. To the glory of God, however, my kids have made me proud and they have everything I can afford. But it has never been about their performances in school.
Do they follow you to parties and clubs?
I do take them along a few times, but my second daughter is still young to be in most of the environments I play. Most of the places are for 18 and above. However, I go out with my first daughter and most times, people think she is my girlfriend because they see us having fun together.
How have you managed your career with your role as a father?
My kids know what their father does and its nature, but I don’t take it for granted. They understand that I must do what I need to do. But when I am available, we try to have the best of time together. Presently, I live in Nigeria while my kids are based in the United States of America. As long as you can communicate and constantly relate with people, there will never be a gap.
How do you monitor your children in the US?
That is why having a good upbringing is important. Earlier, I said I have crossed the bridge of worries. There is a point you get to and you feel your children now understand what they need to do at the right time. They now understand the implication of their actions. I am convinced that whether I am there or not, they will always do the right thing since I have instilled good morals in them at an early stage.
Even though my parents couldn’t monitor me as a child, I did things my parents were proud of. I always remembered “the son of whom I am.” Once you love your parents, you will never disappoint them or break their hearts.
What do your children tease you about?
The most common thing they tease me about is my celebrity status. They will draw a side of my ears and tell me to stop thinking I am a celebrity at home. It is funny to me and I like it because they are real to me. They don’t also behave like daughters of a celebrity. I don’t even see myself as one.
Once in a while, when I try to ‘show myself’ at home, they ‘call me to order’, saying “Jimmy Jatt, you want to be feeling like a celebrity.”
What did you learn from your parents which has helped you as a father?
I learnt family values from my father. Like I said, my parents never used the cane on me and I learnt that from them.
In my neighbourhood, I knew parents that flogged their kids a lot and they didn’t turn out better than me. They are now hard people who are ready to do anything regardless of the pains that come with it. But I cannot stand pains. I am scared of getting involved in terrible things. I don’t know how it feels to be flogged or locked up. These friends, however, had tasted pains many times and know the worst that could happen once they get caught doing something bad.
How did you convince your wife to marry you?
It was a progression. I dated my wife for six years before we got married. We never planned to get married from the start. When we met, I was very young. I was 22. I thought she was pretty and she thought I was sociable. Before we knew it, we had spent years together.
For her parents to even accept her to marry a DJ, I must commend them. The truth is that no one would like his or her daughter to marry a DJ at the time I got married to my wife. But this made me determined because I knew people expected me to disappoint and I wanted to make a point that being a DJ didn’t mean one would be wayward. People thought a DJ was unserious, unreliable and irresponsible. I needed to show that I was not all they thought of me. I feel I have done well in that direction. We have been married for 22 years.
How did you meet your wife?
We met at a party. Where else should a DJ meet a lady? Also, don’t mind the Yoruba who say “a wife you meet in a dance house will later dance away.” It is a big lie. My friend met his wife in the church and she is gone. I met mine at a party, we danced and we are still dancing.
When you tell people you met a girl in the club, they would have a wrong impression of her. But the club is not the devil’s place of hangout; it is just a fun place.
Was your wife into entertainment at a time?
No, she wasn’t. My wife is a very private person; so, I wouldn’t like to disclose things about her.
The man who made history, having the longest fingernails in a single hand has decide to cut them after 66years.
Shridhar Chillal from Pune, India, had his nails, which hold the record for the Longest fingernails on a single hand – ever, cut at Ripley’s Believe It or Not! in Times Square, New York, US.
The 82-year-old had been growing his nails since 1952, when he was 14, after being told off by a teacher for accidentally breaking his long nail.
When last measured, his nails had a combined length of 909.6 cm (29 ft 10.1 in), about the same length as a London bus.
His individual nails measured:
Little finger : 179.1 cm
Ring finger : 181.6 cm
Middle finger : 186.6 cm
Index finger : 164.5 cm
Thumb : 197.8 cm
Shridhar first appeared in Guinness World Records 1979, when his nails measured a combined length of 219.7 cm (86.5 inches). His most recent appearance in 2018’s Science & Stuff which explains more about fingernails and how they grow.
When asked by Guinness World Records in 2015 how his nails affect his life, Shridhar said they were extremely fragile and he needed to take care when sleeping.
“I can’t move much, so every half an hour or so I wake up and move my hand to the other side of the bed.”
Despite opposition from his parents, he said he would be able to work with one hand, eventually becoming a photographer with a customised handle to accommodate his nails when using the camera.
He only grew the nails on his left hand, keeping his right hand trimmed. Due to years of growing his nails and their weight, his left hand is permanently handicapped; he cannot open his hand from a closed position or flex his fingers.
“I am in pain. With every heart beat all five fingers, my wrist, elbow and shoulder are hurting a lot and at the tip of the nail there’s a burning sensation always.”
After completing a good deal the best is to chill out with family and friends.
Football star Cristiano Ronaldo was spotted having a great time with family and friends after closing the Juventus deal.
It has been a busy week for Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo.
The 33-year-old made an astonishing £100million move to Juventus on Tuesday after Real Madrid granted him permission to leave the Santiago Bernabeu.
Ronaldo met Juventus club president Andrea Agnelli on Tuesday afternoon in a hotel in Greece, where he is on holiday with his girlfriend and family, before agreeing a four-year deal worth an estimated £500,000 a week.
And on Thursday he relaxed and spent time with his family and friends.
Ronaldo posted a picture on Instagram with nine other people eating dinner outside with the sun setting in the background.
The caption read: ‘Lovely moments!’
Jose Andrade, who is Ronaldo’s mother’s partner, also uploaded a photo to social media
Jose Andrade, who is Ronaldo’s mother’s partner, also uploaded a photo to the social media platform.
The picture was of the pair together toasting to the new chapter in Ronaldo’s career.
Ronaldo leaves Madrid with a legacy littered with smashed records and a haul of trophies.
He is the Spanish club’s all-time top scorer with 450 goals in all competitions and won two La Liga titles and four Champions League trophies with them.
Success is very important, but when it comes to the female gender having a good man makes it complete.
Well for Toke Makiwa she wish she had a man in life.
“So at times like this guys, I wish I had a man to get home to just kick it with and just chat about, and at other times I grab the remote control…tv,” she said. Guys, Toke Makinwa is one gorgeous and talented woman and we wonder why you aren’t shooting your shots!
Toke Makinwa keeps giving hints that she would be an amazing wife and mother only if the right people can see this. Recall a few weeks ago she shared the qualities she posed which would make the best wife and mother ever.
Back in June 2018, Toke Makinwa shared her qualities her future husband would be proud of. The beautiful and multi-talented media personality made this known via her Twitter page on Wednesday, June 27, 2018. According to Toke whoever marries her is going to be proud of her.
“Whoever I marry, you gon be so proud of this baby girl, you’ll bless God daily for the warrior he’s blessed you with. A cornerstone, her spirit is undefeated, her soul is gold. From that orphan girl to Queen,” she tweeted. She didn’t end it there, she went on to reveal what her future kids will call her. “My kids will call me blessed,” she concluded.
Toke Makinwa has shared the kind of man she would love to have in life and you’ve got to see the qualities. The media personality took to her Instagram page on Wednesday, April 18, 2018, where she shared three things she desires in her own kind of love story.
“This made me smile ❤ I want that kind of love. A very good friend (male) shared 3 things to look out for in a good man with me very recently and I need the guys to jump on this one. did he sell you out or is this for real???
“1. A man must have a healthy fear of you. He must have the fear of losing you, that is very necessary to keep him from doing stupid ish. 2. A man must wake up every other day and feel undeserving of you, that’s what will make him work to keep you like he must feel, how in the world did he get so blessed or he must have done something good to have you in his life.
“3. A man must respect you. Simple!!!! Is it really that simple? Is this true??? I need the OG’s to answer this one. What advice will you give your future daughters? Sisters? Are you the kind of guy you’ll want your daughter to date??? Question that wants answer,” she wrote.
Well eligible guys who think they have met these requirements why not holla at Toke Makinwa, you just might get lucky.
Super Eagles striker Odion Ighalo with his family is currently on vacation in Greece after Nigeria national team eviction from the world tournament.
The family traveled for the fun vacation shortly after Nigeria’s exit from the World Cup.
In one of his instagram post, he write with caption:
God is the greatest🙏🏾
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Recall, Jude Odion Ighalo has took responsibility for Super Eagles 2-1 loss to Argentina in the last Group D match in Saint Petersburg after missing an opening chance to put Nigeria ahead.
According to TheCable, he apologised to the entire nation and teammates after the game. He also rued the clear chances he had which he failed to utilise.
“I apologise to Nigeria. I apologise to my team mates,” Ighalo said.“I take responsibility for this game because if I had taken those chances I had that would have made it a different ball game now. But that is football and life has to continue.”