Disarmingly Beautiful. Smart. Intelligent. Go – getter. Outspoken. Competitive. Fashionable. Great cook. Neatness freak. Busy bee. Any guesses yet? Our end-of-month guest for February is all these and more! A multi-linguist, marketing strategist, fast rising authority on Islamic fashion, events & catering professional, this sister is a true representation of who an Atta Princess is.
Nafisa is the Chief Marketing Executive at Izy Air, a Chartered Air Services Company. She’s also a principal partner at an Islamic fashion Company and the brain behind the annual Islamic fashion week @abuja. She also manages an events and catering outfit.
Our expectations about how hard it would be to get her to do an interview were pleasantly allayed when she readily agreed and her prompt responses left us breathless with admiration.
Please meet naffy, or nefertiti, like you’ve never known her. Served hot!
Q. Your Background – parents’ names, your birth date, place of birth, siblings, education, work experiences, etc.
Nafisa: My father is Mohammed Ibrahim Atta and My mother is Late Lami Atta. I was born on March 27th 1979 in Lagos. I have 4 brothers am the first child and only girl. I attended Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria where I bagged a Diploma in French as well as a B.Sc in International Studies.
I have worked mostly in the private sector first and foremost in the Islamic Fashion Industry (I can say I’m a professional hijab stylist), I’m currently in Aviation as a marketer (I can sell anything, I might have Ibo DNA, who knows lol!), and most recently making Gourmet dishes on part time basis when contracted to.
Q. How was your growing up years? Recall fond memories.
Nafisa: My growing up years was awesome, I was a bit nerdy, reading loads of books and oh the television! Never thought I would say “adios” to that. There were also trips to Kingsway, Chellarams, Leventis on weekends, road trips with the whole family on vacations/picnics, climbing trees, bicycle riding competitions and Karate and Ninja fights with my brothers hahahaha, I couldn’t have asked for a much better childhood.
Q. Current status: married or unmarried? Your experiences & thoughts on family & relationships.
Nafisa: I’m single and waiting on Allah’s chosen one InshaaAllah. *wink*!
Trust should be the foundation for relationships. Any relationship that is not for the sake of Allah is a no no. Family is a haven where anyone should be able to run to when the chips are down or need to spring back to their feet after passing through the 21st century challenges.
Q. Describe your typical day.
Nafisa: It starts with the Fajr prayers followed by loads of Dhikr, it’s then off to work and lots of business and personal plans are made by me. I’m a mobile clock! And ends with an Alhamdullilah and a *yawn!
Q. What it means to come from Atta Ibrahim family.
Nafisa: I’m proudly Atta always. It’s a great honor to come from such a noble background.
Q. Happiest moment so far?
Nafisa: The day I decided to start using the Hijab, the best day so far.
Q. Saddest moment so far?
Nafisa: The day I lost my mum.
Q. What is your view on cousins marrying each other?
Nafisa: It is permissible and islamically right (they are halal for each other). If they have a mutual understanding and love for one another then why not, “The best thing for two people who love one another for the sake of Allah is to get married”.
Q. Craziest thing you have ever done?
Nafisa: Abuja can be crazily hot. And then it rained one evening and I stepped into the rain and got so drenched that I felt my clothes begging for mercy. Thank God it was dark n my neighbours were indoors, but it was refreshing! I think I wanna do it again. lol!
Q. Your thoughts on Atta ibrahim family. Tell us one thing you would change about the family if you could.
Nafisa: The siblings rivalry / “caste system”. I want a “Proudly Peaceful and United Atta family”
Q. What does fashion mean to you?
Nafisa: Fashion for me means simplicity, timeless and classic pieces of items in my wardrobe. I’m not a fashion victim, I don’t follow the crowd!
Q. Favourite Meal
Anything (african or continental) that is tasty I don’t have a fave anymore…
Q. Fav. Drink
That would be Fresh Fruit Juice and water
Q. Fav. Colours
It used to be Blue, but am in touch with my feminine side now, am yet to pick a replacement!
Q. Fav. Football club
I hate football, sorry guys!
Q. Fav. Personality
Prophet Muhammad SAW
Q. Fav. Travel destination
Greece! Yeaaaay! the beaches are heavenly!
Q. Fav. Perfume.
Anything that smells nice is cool with me.
Q. Your nickname: ‘Nefertiti’; who gave you and how?
Nafisa: A friend of mine gave it to me as a teenager and it has stuck ever since!