A former presidential special
adviser, Senator Florence Ita-Giwa, on Wednesday disclosed that she fell in
love and married Dele Giwa because of his Press Snaps column.
Dele Giwa, a former the
Editor-in-Chief of Newswatch magazine, was killed by a letter bomb on October
Ita-Giwa, who spoke on a radio
programme (Hit FM) in Calabar on Wednesday, explained that she became
interested in the journalistic write-ups as a result of the works of her
mother, Beatrice Bassey-Ita and the likes of Peter Enahoro and Sam Amuka.
She said that she got married to
Dele Giwa just barely three weeks after their first contact as a result of his
The former presidential adviser,
who was responding to a question on her relationship with Dele Giwa, 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 the West African Pilot and later The 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. When I met him coincidentally, I just told him that I had
been reading his columns which I found entertaining and intellectually
“On that particular day, he looked
at his time and said he was going home to write his column, he requested that
follow him to his house to see how he prepared the column, 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 3am 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. He was a
prolific writer and I was always scared for his life.”