By Christy Anyanwu
Rev. Moses Iloh is the Founder, Soul Winning Ministries, Yaba. The octogenarian who will clock 82 tomorrow, February 13, spoke with Sunday Sun about his favourites.
What’s your favourite colour?
Grey and light blue. They are calm and I like them.
Rice and okro soup. I also like chicken. I like rice and okro soup a lot. I like well-cooked okro soup that my wife cooks. I also eat salad a lot with rice. But all these pounded yam and stuff like that, I don’t like. I don’t eat garri at all. Since my youth I never ate garri.
Boxing and football. I also played tennis a bit. I played so much football too but my favourite was boxing. I was a member of Zik Athletics Club. My most memorable fight was with Dick Uchegbu also known as Dick Turpin. He was the lightweight champion of Nigeria. Though he defeated me, but he couldn’t knock me out. That was in 1943, the year Zik ran from here, as they wanted to assassinate him. He moved to Enugu. But I played more football in life. I played for the Plateau team. That was the best team in Nigeria. My team was called Amaltinco. It belonged to the Amalgamated Tin Mines of Nigeria, a British company. My father owned a football team called The Royals. When we grew up, we joined that team. There was no National Stadium then and we played at Tafawa Balewa Square at King George VI grounds. Our’s was the first team in Nigeria to play with boots.
That is jazz. I danced jazz like craze. Even now, if I listen to it. I also like country music. I dance jazz very well. My best dance was foxtrot and waltz. I was very active in those days.
I like harmattan; it’s my opportunity to wear my nice sweater.
Favourite holiday destination?
When I was in business, I used to go to Las Palmas near the beach for holidays. It belongs to Spanish people and it’s a beautiful beach. Since my children grew up, I go to America on holidays.
The Renaissance written by Zik. I read it like a bible. The other one was written by Nwafor Orizu and titled Zikism. It’s no garrulous philosophy but I was a hot Zikist.
When I was affluent, my favourite car was Chevrolet. I like the Chevy. It’s an American car. Later, I got a British car, Cambridge Austin.