In December 2013, On-Air-Personality, Toke Makinwa sat to an interview with Sunday Punch, where she stated clearly that her engagement to lifestyle/fitness expert, Maje Ayida had been called off and their 12-year relationship had ended…putting paid to all the wild speculations about their relationship.
In an interview with ThisDay Live yesterday, the 41-year-old CEO of Eden Lifestyle, skilfully dodged questions directed at his much publicised love relationship with Toke. For a guy who felt free to rant about their breakup on Twitter, I found it amusing. Read excerpts of his interview below.
As culled from, ThisDay Live:
If you were to title your 2013 with a song, who would be the musician and what would you prefer the title to be?
The song for my year would be ‘Leap of Faith’, though it would be rap song by Jay-Z with Anita Baker singing the hook.
If you were to go on an island for an exotic weekend, what are the five things you will take along?
Wifi, workout gear, a good book, a good woman and a good escape clause.
You seem quiet but your publicised relationship via social media and blogs just hit the rocks after 12 years. How did you handle a relationship for that long and what happened?
I don’t think relationships are things you handle or manage. Relationships are part of your life. They are part of who you are and probably the most complex thing in the world.
Earlier this year, you did the first part of traditional introduction to your ex’s family. What exactly went wrong after that?
Wrong? I don’t think I got that memo, and if that memo got circulated, I can’t discuss it here. Everything about our lives here is a journey; a journey that I’m just glad to be on.
You guys have been on and off for 12 years. Do you see yourself going back to her considering all your tweets about your ex not focusing on your relationship rather attending events and making appearances as she claims in blogs?
I write a lot of stuff on social media. Some about me, some about life, maybe something I saw, maybe someone else’s experience, maybe my mood at the time.
The idea is that someone somewhere may be feeling that same thing. Sort of like the comfort you get on knowing that you’re not alone when you hear a song that speaks what you feel. One thing I will say just as a general life tip, ‘don’t make permanent decisions based on temporary feelings.’ (not my words).
Who is your kind of woman or are you one of those who love to date women in the limelight?
I’m like the United Nations. I have love for everyone. I feel anyone that says they would only date a particular type of person is limiting themselves from the beauty that is the human soul.
It can take a lifetime to truly know someone; we are continually evolving. Two people together grow together and transform one another, just as experiences in life transform the individual. In other words, no, I’m not after women in the limelight.
Describe the last time you remember feeling happy?
That’s easy; this morning. I’m happy to have breath in my lungs, to be a functioning being, happy and grateful to God. But I know what you’re asking so I would have to say a few weeks ago when Eden won the award of Fitness Brand of The Year. Those that understand my journey know what it meant to me.
The company is an extension of me; it’s who I am. Knowing my work is of any value to others is the kind of validation you can’t buy. I only launched this January 2012 and so much has happened in that time, most importantly to how I value myself. I remember standing on a balcony on New Years Eve 2011 with my best friend and telling him I was starting a new path, and he said to be ‘fly, bro, just fly’.
What is your biggest regret?
My biggest regret is not having the courage to start my company sooner, while my mother was alive. Maybe it was God’s plan for me to start when the time was right, He knows best, but everyday I wish she could see by progress and be proud. It hurts to my core that she left me when I was still searching for my purpose.
Well, after all said and done, the truth is at age 41, a man is expected to have gotten married…settled down and had at least two kids. Or at least have a serious girlfriend you know you’ll marry. Just saying!
Anyway…just for the record, read Maje’s Epic Twitter rant again…