City Socialite Zari Hassan has told Red Pepper Online that she is not an attention seeker as many have claimed.
Her active presence on social media coupled with philanthropy has led many to claim she only wants to be known and talked about. However in an exclusive, Zari says attention finds her rather than her seeking it.
Zari who is now in South Africa also confirmed to our reporter that she is back with her on and off Hubby Ivan Semwanga.
Last year, the couple who are known to splash money made headlines when they parted ways over claims of domestic violence by Zari with each finding different lovers. However towards the end of last year, they made up.
Below is the interview
RP: Who is Zari Hassan apart from the media glitz description?
ZARI: Zari is a mother, an artist, an entrepreneur
RP: While growing up, which people did you look up to for inspiration?
ZARI: Oprah Winfrey, she has it all and isn’t ashamed to flaunt and share it
RP: I must say your recent action of donating to the orphanage was inspiring. What was the motivation behind it?
ZARI: I’ve been doing donations since 2007 but the media focuses more on drama than good cause, i do twice each year
RP: Some say you did it for attention?
ZARI: I don’t seek attention: attention always finds me!
RP: Was it a one off or we shall continue to see actions like these in the near future?
ZARI: it’s my thing I do yearly so it will definitely continue
RP: You are active on social media, what is important about it that it consumes part of your time?
ZARI: I inspire and motivate others in a way or two. It doesn’t consume time at all if it’s sharing knowledge and wisdom
RP: Most of your tweets are about God, can Uganda brace itself for a Pastor Zari?
ZARI: lol no, we all come from somewhere and its heavenly powers that put us in positions we are in, praises are definite.
RP: What advice would you give those celebrities who seem to ignore the importance of social media?
ZARI: advice? Social media isn’t bad, I just feel if used in a right way it causes no harm.
RP: News outlets have been awash with stories about your ‘troubled’ love life. What is the real truth?
ZARI: troubled love life? It’s not. its definitely between me and Ivan and whoever makes it their business is one who thinks its troubled because they don’t know the inside story.
RP: Can we assume that you and your hubby Ivan have buried the hatchet considering media reports you have been seen together?
ZARI: you don’t have to assume, we are ok and that’s as far as it is.
RP: Away from your love life, what happened to your music career?
ZARI: I put it on hold for a while as I was chasing bitter money but will resume sometime this year.
RP: Some people say you were scared of the intense competition in the industry which you couldn’t handle. Comment.
ZARI: intense competition, where in Uganda? hahaha….I see no threat!
RP: What do you have to say about ‘beef’ in the industry?
ZARI: beef isn’t healthy I do know that for a fact from experience though some people use it to gain a thing or two personally I don’t second it.
RP: Talking about beef, there is talk that you and socialite Judith Heard do not see eye to eye, what is there between the two of you?
ZARI: really? We had our differences, which we settled and all is well in celebville. actually recently me & her fell badly on guvnor dance floor pulling moves, partied hard in rouge recently too with her. We are cool!
RP: Comment on Bad Black’s predicament.
ZARI: I have no comment, other peoples’ business isn’t mine, and I love staying in my lane.
RP: The reality show “The boss lady” that briefly appeared on TV, what happened to it?
ZARI: we had a delay in sponsors which slowed production so i put it on hold, am in talks with new sponsors who are promising a better deal
RP: Your money purse never seems to run out of dime, what is the secret behind it?
ZARI: www.brooklyncitycollege.co.za is where the money is genuinely, forget all speculations and what others say.
RP: Apart from the jewellery that we know, what other businesses do you run?
ZARI: I do run the jewellery shop, the renaissance man store both at garden city in Uganda, a ladies one stop store in south Africa and of course the 8 colleges, me & my partner Ivan have a multi-million dollar hotel under construction on sir Apollo in Uganda as well.
RP: What should the young ladies who want to be like you do?
ZARI: let them strive to be better through hard work, motivation, focus and determination.
Always know what you want, how you want it, when you want it and how to get it.
Never settle for less and always dream big. Everything starts with a dream.
Thank you for the time
ZARI: pleasure was all mine.