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Saturday, 5 August 2017

I have zero regrets mothering Flavour’s daughter-Ex- Beauty Anna Banner Says

In 2013, the most beautiful Anna Banner Ebiere shot into the spotlight after she emerged winner
of that year's version of the Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria (MBGN). Four years down the line, the star of popular drama series, Super Story, is still enjoying  stardom. Recently, Entertainer caught up with the beauty queen and she opened up on what she has been up to lately.

Growing up, were you a spoilt child or a deprived kid?
I was never a spoilt child and was never deprived because my folks always did their best to give me the best in life. I attended the best schools and got whatever I wanted in order to bring out the best in me, but on the flip side, I have gone through hardship. I know what living in the slum feels like. I know what fetching water from the well with paint bucket on your head feels like. I know what living in a one-room apartment feels like. I know what sharing a public bathroom felt like. I know what living in a face-me-I-face-you apartment feels like, but at the end of the day, God just has a way of turning your story around and transforming you for the better. People you do not know and have no connection with or have the least idea you could be meeting someday are sent your way by God to bless you. It is so awesome!
How many were you in the family?
I have two mothers. My real mum and my godmother. They have been with me forever and have always put me through. They made me who I am today. I had two brothers from my godmother and one brother from my mum, so I have three brothers. 
How about your dad?
That is my dad. He is right here with me today (pointing at a man sitting next to her).
Really? Thought he was your date for tonight. He looks so cute…
He is my sugar daddy for tonight (laughter).
Tell us about him?
He is a father in all its ramifications. He has such a beautiful soul, and dad will always tell you never to give up. I remember when I was trying to get into MBGN and trying to get to work or get a job, he always told me, ‘Anna, there is nothing as good as waking up in the morning and wanting to go to work feeling happy about it, because it is what you want.
‘But then there is another thing, waking up and you are upset about going to work because it’s not what you want or love. Anna, you are doing what you love and the best part is that you are being paid for something you can do for free’. Dad teaches me a lot. He says ‘Anna, I am just one phone call away; always reach out to me when you are in distress. I give people advice and they pay for it, they consult me; but I am giving it to you free and that is why I am your father and why I will always love you’.
My father is my boyfriend, he is my husband, he is my everything, though he could be annoying sometimes. Which dad isn’t? (Laughter). 
What is the greatest gift he ever gave you?
Calling me his child. 
What challenges do you face on a daily basis, being a queen?
Hmmm… people look up to you a lot and try to mimic what you do. They tell you they want to be like you. They want to snap pictures with you and you are always careful about what you say, what you do, what you wear and all of that. But despite all this, I try to be myself all the time. I always tell people ‘don’t say you want to be like me. I am not sure you will want to be Anna Banner with all her baggages. In fact, I am even looking for someone to dash Anna Banner. So, the baseline is: be yourself, try to look for the best part of you and be that, and try to aim high’. You see, I have flaws, so if you want to be like Anna Banner, you also have to accept my flaws. If you insist you must be like me, explore the brighter side of me and mimic it instead of saying ‘I just want to be like Anna’. Rather say ‘I want to be better than Anna’. For my role models, I always say I want to be like them, but I also want to be better than them, because if I do that they would be happy for me.
Looking back, what has changed about you?
Nothing; I have always been myself.
Any regrets?
I have zero regrets.
Tell us about motherhood.
It has been amazing! It has been an eventful journey. You get to shout a lot and get upset a lot and frustrated, but you get the joy of your life when your daughter hurdles close to you and says ‘mummy, I love you’. That is the most amazing feeling ever!
How do you combine showbiz and motherhood?
Being myself, living my life one day at a time. At school, I try not to pile pressure on myself, because if I do that, I am going to crash. I try not to do too much at once. I do not believe in overworking myself.
Not many women are able to maintain their shapes after childbirth but you look great. How did you pull it off?
Hmmm… do you know how to suck in your tummy, right? (Laughter) Anyway, I have always been super-slim and I think stress also helps you reduce though, it is not a healthy option. But when I am stressed, I lose a lot of weight. I don’t know why my face is a bit chubby, but for my tummy, I tried working out but then I got tired and just stopped. I have a problem with being consistent with routine, so I just dumped the gym.
Is there anything you abstain from?
Nope, I eat everything. I love food a lot. I love to cook and I am sure you know that when you are cooking, you take a lot of it and that gets you fat (laugher).
What project are you working on currently?
My Foundation is about to come on stream. It is called the Anna Banner Empowerment Foundation. It is going to come on stream before the end of September. It will empower young girls who have lost hope. Because they have a child, life has come to an end. Mostly in the rural areas, you see young girls who have potentials and talents, but because they got pregnant early, they lost it all and develop low self-esteem and think they can’t make it anymore. I just want to give them hope and tell them my story, and see how I can help them out, because you see, when you are happy, your child is happy.
What’s your relationship with Flavour, the father of your daughter, Sophia currently?
What’s your name?
Tony Ogaga.
Tony Ogaga, bye- bye.


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