Time Out With Faruk

Faruk, an ardent reader of Freshly Pressed jumped on this random question session with us. Faruk Abdullahi Onah, an indigene of Nasarawa State in the North Central part of Nigeria, with enviable academic awards in his portfolio is an academician and a research enthusiast. He works with the Nasarawa State Ministry of Education, and partners with the National Bureau of Statistics and other NGOs for varying research projects. He also has a side hustle that he didn’t disclose (Big Man). A detribalized Nigeria through and through, you can catch him on Facebook posting memes, and defending Man U while unleashing ‘vawulence’ on Arsenal fans.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
The best advice ever received was “forget your disability, God wouldn’t give you darkness when the duty he has for you requires light, keep being you, and make money” from a senior colleague back in secondary school. Forgotten his name. 

What do you think is the silliest song but you like singing it anyway?
Right now? That would be “Last Last” by Burna boy. I don’t drink or smoke but then I keep singing “I need Igbo and Shayo” 

What real person do you wish were fictional
Real person I wish was fictional, let me see, President Buhari? Because if he were fictional at least I would know everything happening right now isn’t real? 

How would you explain Tiktok to your great-grandparents?
Lmao. I wouldn’t even know how to explain the concept of a phone. 

What would you rather throw away: love or money?
Easy, love. Money is everything to me. 

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What always makes you laugh?
A good meme or satire. 

Spontaneity or Stability?
Spontaneity for me. 

If you were given a billboard in Ikeja, Lagos, what would you put on it?
“Take care of yourself, make yourself better, that’s the only way you can improve the world”

What would you rather do without? Facebook or Tiktok
Tiktok. I go days without it right now. 

If you could erase one event from history, which one would you erase?
Nigerian Civil war. 

If you could interview a famous person, who would you choose?
At the moment, Jeff Bezos.

What was your fondest memory of high school?
Singing and Dancing to the “I am a flirt” song on stage during a social night. First bold move I ever took for someone who was struggling with low self-esteem, thanks to my disability. 

What would you become if you weren’t born in Nigeria?
A scientist. 

What Are Your Dreams And Ambitions?
I want to be one of the most prominent investors and businessmen in Nigeria whilst still being in academics. 

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