Mary Uranta: I’m From Opobo Town In Rivers State From A Family Of 9
May 14, 2016 – Mary Uranta: I’m From Opobo Town In Rivers State From A Family Of 9
Excerpts from Mary Uranta’s recent chat with The Entertainer
Mary Uranta in a relationship? What are your views about love and marriage?
Is Mary in a relationship? That is personal. Love and marriage is a good thing. Everybody wishes for love. Every woman wishes for marriage, but it is not something you die for.
When it comes, it comes. I can’t force myself into anything. When you force yourself into marriage, you find yourself coming out.
Love cannot stand in my way of career because first of all, I cannot date a man who doesn’t support my career. A man who loves me will love my passion, my career, everything around me. When you find a man who doesn’t love or support you, it is very simple, it just shows that the man is not for you. My first priority for a man is you must love my family. Career is even secondary. A man that loves you will love everything about you.
Could you please shed light on your background and formative years?
I am from Queens’ Town in Opobo, Rivers State. I’m from a family of nine. Growing up for me was fun. We didn’t have issues at all. I don’t like to go deep into my growing up because I don’t know how to say that we were so rich, suddenly my father woke up one morning and said he had a covenant with God to serve Him.
And he abandoned everything else and dedicated his life to serving God. We are grateful daily that my father yielded to that call because he has taught us what life is all about and loving God. I think that is the best thing any father can give to any child and not riches. He taught us the right way and till tomorrow, he is still my mentor.
He actually went to school and studied and had lots of degrees that would make him feed to the end of his life. And with all the positions he held before he resigned, I am proud of him.
My father resigned at Michelin as the first African Michelin Manager in Rivers state. He woke up one morning and said, “God said I should resign and go and serve him and leave everything”.
And that’s how he left. Shell was one company everybody was fighting to be part of. Shell came to the village to look for my father. They came down to ask for Albert Uranta and that was how he was employed. My father has a doctorate degree.
He is a civil engineer and an architect. He was so brilliant. He was the best student in his class. That was why Shell had to come looking for him in the village. I don’t like disclosing this part of my life because I don’t know how to say I was born with a sliver spoon. We were so rich and all of a sudden we lost that silver spoon. But that was how it happened. Life wasn’t difficult if you ask me, because we all looked up to our father. You see a man who has been having the best things of life, and all of a sudden you see him putting his mat in the house of God. We had the basic things of life.
I don’t think I will have asked for anything more than that. If I have my way, I will even want to be a child again because my parents are very lovely people.