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Nollywood Actress Halima Abubakar: How My Family Suffered After Savannah Bank Sacked My Dad

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February 27, 2016 – Nigerian Actress Halima Abubakar: How My Family Suffered After Savannah Bank Nigeria Plc Sacked My Father

See excerpts from Nollywood actress Halima Abubakar’s interesting interview with The Nation.

Though young, you have been noted for humanitarian deeds, what drives this passion in you?

Yes, that is the area that appeals to me and that is the area I want to be known for. I just found myself doing it. It came naturally to me to do because I had begged for food and clothes in the past; so I know what it feels like to be deprived in those areas. So giving comes natural to me. We actually need to share so that God will be happy with us.

I grew up in the north. You know in the north, while I was growing up, you just bring out a large plate of food and people sit around it, eat and share from it. People put their hands and eat. That was how I grew up, and it was okay. Lagos is different though. So I have learnt to give. If I do not have this to give, then I have that to give. If I do not have money to give, I have clothes to give and if I do not have clothes to give, then I have food to give. The important thing is that you have shared something with someone in need. You need to share whatever you have except sharing your body (laughs).

You seem to be giving us a different picture about your background here. At least some people had the impression that you come from a privileged background.
Yes, it’s true; I had a privileged background until Savannah bank where my father worked for 26 years was closed down. His money, everything was taken away; without a conscience, they took away our food. Well I thank the bank because they made me a star today!

How did that happen?

I had to find my way into Nollywood and then came down to Lagos to look for job and help my family out of poverty. But if Savannah bank ever comes back, they should be ready to pay back my daddy’s money. He was a manager in the bank for all of 26 years in Kaduna, Katsina, we were going all over the place as he was moved from place to place for his work. Suddenly, Savannah bank was locked up. I was much younger then. I was still in school. I had to leave Katsina with my family. My dad worked at other places after then, but it was in Savannah bank that he had his locked up investment. Now I do not advise people to save money in the bank where they work because anything can happen. Better to spread your money in other banks apart from where you work so that people do not suddenly make your family’s life miserable.

But if your dad was a bank manager for that long, he was really comfortable and would have had some properties

You mean the house and all such? We had to sell those off to get money. Thank God that we didn’t have to go into prostitution. Again, we were even too young then to know what prostitution was. This kind of thing is what makes good people turn wicked. That’s because we were really affected and I have pains to show for it.

But did your dad ever recover?

Well, he eventually did. And I had to help out too. Now he has a beautiful farm in Lokoja, where he is doing well. That has always been his dream. And my mom is retired. Mom left Kano when my dad left. You know wherever the man goes, his woman has to follow. Right now they are in Lokoja where we have our family home.

You have indeed moved around the north, but where are you from?

I am from Kogi state. And Lokoja is close to our village. I spent the first twenty years of my life in the far north before coming to Lagos.

Who Is Halima Abubakar?

I am not materialistic. I am just a local Igbirra girl who works very hard to polish and establish herself, a part northerner who has been able to catch the attention of not just Africa but the attention of people outside Africa too through Nollywood. When I travel abroad, a lot of people recognise me.

Not in Hollywood because I am not a Hollywood actress, but recognised abroad by those who watch African movies. I have been in America and the United Kingdom to receive awards so without hard work, I wouldn’t have been able to achieve all that. So I am just myself, I am natural; I do not try to please anybody.

[The Nation]



  1. Mark Orjiabor

    February 27, 2016 at 5:26 AM

    Attention seeker per excellence, how long ago did this happene
    Why recycle the gabbage now

    • Holly Moses – sanguine arbitrator

      February 27, 2016 at 12:19 PM

      “…how long ago did this happene [sic] Why recycle the gabbage [sic] now.” Does it matter how long, Mr Killjoy? Were you forced to read it?

      Perhaps deprived of concomitants of masculinity through bullying when you were growing up now you have embarked on futile exercise in web machismo to get your own back. You are probably an obese fool – go get a life. She has got a life and enjoying it. She is beautiful too – that is what is eating you up.

      You cannot even spell. I will put the first error “heppene” as a typo, typographical error, but the second “gabbage” is unforgivable. It should be “garbage.”

      The beauty of this website is that it draws attention to your typo by underling it with a corrugated red line, meaning something is not right here. But you paid no attention. Perhaps that is what you have been doing all your life now you have become so bitter for lack of anything worthy, you are taking it out on successful females with your rotten motor-mouth, brain filled with cesspit of your own making. Get off your computer and go out for fresh air. You are a common 419 inglorious bastard

  2. Jacob Flow

    February 27, 2016 at 5:57 AM

    She gat no news,Savannah Bank was long time gone and dead,of what use is that to the present $$$ rate…

  3. Amazon

    February 27, 2016 at 6:41 AM

    OK wish u more success

  4. John Emeka

    February 27, 2016 at 6:48 AM

    Such z life halim…tank God all z a past tense now & life has been fair 2 u

  5. Barbie

    February 27, 2016 at 6:51 AM


  6. Barbie

    February 27, 2016 at 6:52 AM


  7. Barbie

    February 27, 2016 at 6:58 AM

    It’s well

  8. BOkeem

    February 27, 2016 at 7:53 AM

    she is indeed attention seeker

    • Abimbola

      July 17, 2017 at 5:53 AM

      U guys talk without thinking twice

  9. Beautyerhu86

    February 27, 2016 at 8:36 AM

    Even my late dad’s money got lost in that bank. ThankGod he didn’t invest all his money there otherwise we would have suffered.

  10. Maryf

    February 27, 2016 at 10:41 AM

    Oh, thank God for you o, giving is really good and that’s what I love most about you. Keep it up.


    February 27, 2016 at 12:25 PM


  12. D Hunter

    February 27, 2016 at 1:07 PM

    It was a rough rd dat culminates in shinning success.
    Welldone beautiful girl.


  13. atori timoteo

    February 27, 2016 at 4:15 PM

    Halima Abubakar you are the only useless celebrity.please write something that can help the next person, something like important experience, lesson, touching and so only talk of about yourself, atleast you are above 18yrs.who knows your father???????????????????????????????
    what your father has has nothing got to do with society.look for a better topic.or find movie to act.STOP SEEKING FOR ATTENTION:TRY TO REALIZE HOW MANY PPLE FANCY YOU.

  14. Stargurl

    February 27, 2016 at 9:24 PM

    Hmm keep it yourself plz ????

  15. my lady

    February 27, 2016 at 9:25 PM

    thumbs up dear. don’t mind haters. they will always be there to do what they know how to do best

  16. my lady

    February 27, 2016 at 11:36 PM

    don’t mind haters dear. keep going higher

  17. Ruth emmanuel

    February 27, 2016 at 11:54 PM

    May God continue to bless ur hard work, and give u more jobs.

  18. sola olaniyi

    February 28, 2016 at 8:47 AM

    keep it up


    February 28, 2016 at 9:45 AM

    Hmmmm! There will always be #HATERZ# keep the charity work moving dear…..

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