Bello El-Rufai who got married to his wife in 2015, shared the news of the baby’s birth on his Instagram page and here’s what he wrote;
”Alhamdullilah. Last night at 9:36, my wife, Kamilah El-Rufai gave birth to a baby girl. They are both in good health. Please pray for us. Indeed, this is the happiest day of my life”.
Bello El-Rufai made headlines few years ago after he spoke about his father, growing up in his shadow, the pros and cons of having a famous parent and many others in an interview.
What is it like being the son of a famous parent?
Bello El-Rufai: Sometimes it is so normal that I forget. Other times, it is vivid. It really depends on the situation and what I’m doing. When I’m with close friends, I practically forget that I am the son of a famous person. When I’m online – on Twitter or Facebook – it is difficult to forget that my father is famous. Similarly, when I am addressing youth organizations and political groups in Kaduna, it is impossible to forget who my father is. The ability to handle the pressure is a continuous learning experience.
However, I believe what is most important is to ensure that it never gets to my head. I do that by having friends that can call me to order if the need arises, and by constantly reminding myself that my fathers’ achievements and fame aren’t mine.
What are some of the fond memories you have of your dad while growing up?
Bello El-Rufai: They are countless. But some of the ones that stand out include wrestling with him, while trying to mimic WWE’s Summer Slam. He would slam us while we climb on his back. There were also long trips to Jacaranda to have lunch and see the crocodiles. He would always play music some 80’s and 90’s music loudly. These nostalgic memories continue to shape my diverse taste of music. He would play Queen’s ‘I Want to Break Free’, Carly Simon’s ‘Let the river run’, Saadou Bori’s entire album and Fela Kuti’s ‘Zombie’ among others. There were also many trips to Hilltop Hotel in Jos, and the usual stop to buy roadside meat in Saminaka. He was also fund of telling us Hausa folklore, specifically the ones of Gizo da Koki. Finally, it was a family tradition to light a few candles and sit outside on the mat while he told us the stories of the 25 Prophets of Islam. It is because of this early knowledge that I can still remember all of their stories by heart.
Has he ever gotten angry with you or any of your siblings, and what was the offence?
Bello El-Rufai: Yes, of course. In my case, he has admitted on too many occasions that my mother was very concerned about me while growing up. I was a recluse with a short temper, just like my father was as a child, from what he has told me. As such, there were too many incidences where I had to be punished. But a particular incident will forever remain with me because it involved caning.
Our house in Kaduna was the only one with a basketball court at some point. Therefore, a lot of neighbours often visited to play. At the age of 9, I was a sore loser. I forcefully told everyone to leave when my team failed to win a single game. My justification was that it was my house and I had a right to ask anyone to leave. I created a scene and forced security to clear the house. The next day, my father asked me to get a cane. I had no idea it was be used on me. The lesson was to never be boastful and to be fair in my dealings with anyone, regardless of what their situation is.