What my child-kidnapping saga taught me about Life – Bisi Dan Musa (Bisket)

The GDA meets the legendary Bisket in one of her posh homes in Lagos
Trying to get Lady Evangelist Bisi Dan Musa (Bisket) talk to a blogger could be
the diciest assignment one could get involve in. In the 80s and 90s, this
charming beauty of Ijebu Ode, Ogun state (South West Nigeria) descent
made headlines with her business and beauty. Bisket who hails from a lineage where enterprise and wealth
creation is a DNA enjoyed the bliss of social life for three straight decades
before she tasted the bitter pill that is accustomed to the vicissitudes of
life especially with those who ply new routes and dare genius stuff.

For Bisket who is the first Nigerian female celebrity to run a
twenty-four hour multi-purpose super market in Lagos under her Bisket Stores trademark on Allen AvenueIkeja in the 8os
and 90s up to year 2000, it was initially a roller coaster journey until she
ran into a major crisis that nearly consumed her in 2001 when wild allegations
flied into town in the early part of the year that the very industrious woman
was involved in child trafficking runs.
The story was odd to those who knew Bisket for who she was—a conscientious
business woman with high appetite for philanthropy and concern for the welfare
of destitute and special children in the society. But to those who choose to
hate her gut, it was an opportunity to lay claim, albeit falsely, to the source
of Bisket’s unlimited wealth and
culture of good life.   To them, Bisket must have been renewing her
inherited wealth with the blood of those young souls found in her care. The
whole drama of the absurd started one afternoon when it was alleged that a
police man in Ikeja area of Lagos
arrested a bus purportedly coming from Kwara
State (Her former abode) with a number of children buried under some untenable
condition in the vehicle. The vehicle was subsequently arrested and the driver
dropped Bisket’s name as the owner
of the children cargo. But before getting to the police to explain her side of
the matter, and defend herself as a genuine minder of society destitute, the
case has been twisted with an intention for mob action. Hence, the biggest
drama of the year began, although a lot of eminent Nigerians including lawyers
and journalists stood to Bisket’s defense
but like the Biblical Jesus, she was
destined for the cross, and for over four years, her vision was hanged on the
cross of wrong accusation with her emotion crushed. Not until three and a half
years later that she was discharged and acquitted by a Lagos magistrate court.
The following year, under the regime of Governor
Bola Ahmed Tinubu
, a government fiat released her “Children” to her. It was
then, she started gathering a bit of the shattered piece of her life back.
In this no hold barred encounter with
your Africa’s number 1 celebrity encounter blog, Asabeafrika, Bisket
opened a memoir-like storyline of her unforgettable narrative of love, passion,
wealth, deceit and betrayal. It is almost like a fairy-tale story; only on Asabeafrika. Enjoy

Bisket @ a recent outing in Lagos

Ma, you suddenly went out of the
social circle after your 2001 persecution and allegation of child dealing which
was later found to be untrue. What are the lessons you learnt from that episode
of your life?
I believe in
the journey of life God will always take you through different phases. There
was a time in (Biblical) Joseph’s
life that God gave him a vision and the vision back fired upon him and he went
solo like I did. But that did not deny God’s covenant upon his life and the
vision was made manifest. When God wanted him to go solo, he went solo. When
God wanted him as a slave he became one. When God wanted him in prison, he was
in prison but the promise of God upon him initially, was never missed. And
those channels of sufferings became the channels through which God elevated
him. A vision is like a divine promise; before something can materialize in
your life, you and God must share a vision together; he will first give you a
vision, not necessarily in a dream. It may be an idea in your heart, it may be
something that you visualize that is coming to you and you are excited about
it. I learnt a lot from my own predicament and today, I am strong for it.

“There were stages in my life when I
questioned God that “Are you really existing?” 
Because what I went through, I cannot be saying it in the papers. I have
gone through a lot; I am somebody who has been able to pass through hell and
back to planet earth”.

‘This is Bisket’

Before your 2001 crisis, did you ever
had the premonition that such a thing will happen to you and how did that
affected your humanitarian gesture?  
If I knew
that was going to be my lot, I will not enter into it definitely. But you see, Jesus had a premonition of his cross
experience and even when God was about to take him to the predicament that will
unleash the glory upon him, He cried to God and said “can this cup pass over
me?” Nobody would be happy to pass through what I passed through. Because it
was a very terrible episode of my life and it is still affecting my children up
till now. I must tell you the truth, some people will see them and begin to
abuse them; they will say “Omo
Gbomo-gbomo”,
don’t you know their mother? Their mother is selling children
to make money etc”. And it makes them sad, and they still see these children
(destitute) around me and it makes them sad the more; they will say “Mummy, why are you like this?” and I
will say “Man cannot scare me off God’s
mission in my life”.
That the more I move into my vision, the more I
identify with God’s plan for me and the more Man’s vituperations means nothing
to me. Satan knew God’s plan for Joseph
even though Joseph saw the vision
but he could not envisage the enormity of that vision. He thought it was just
about eleven stars and one moon; he thought it was only his siblings that were
going to bow for him but that were not the case for him. An entire nation bowed
before him and even his own father bowed for him, his generation bowed for him
and the nation of Egypt acknowledged
him as a leader. So the devil saw the vision and was ready to frustrate Joseph out of his mission in life but Joseph’s wisdom saved him if not, he
would have slept with his master’s wife and misplace the vision because the
Bible said “My eyes cannot behold evil”.
He would have committed evil by fornicating and God would have taken His eyes
off Joseph’s cause.  And immediately God take His eyes off your
cause, you are finished, your vision is dead. Some visions start good and die
along the line because Satan’s own plan for you is to lose the vision and what
he would do is to destabilize you and you will say “God, are you still there?”.
There were stages in my life when I questioned God that “Are you really existing?”  Because
what I went through, I cannot be saying it in the papers. I have gone through a
lot; I am somebody who has been able to pass through hell and back to planet
earth.

Bisket in her olden days beauty

The Prayer Point that turned things
in my favor…
“I have gone
through a lot and when I look at things I just asked God, “what is really the problem? Is it bad to be good?” then it got
to a stage something just ministered to me that “talk to God” and immediately I talked to Him, things started
changing. I said “God, don’t let the unbeliever
ask me where is my God?”
My friends
that did not serve You the way I am serving You, don’t let them be better than
me”.
I was not praying that way before, I was just accepting my faith like Job, that God will change things. But
when I saw that the whole thing was getting to my children too, I could not
play the role I needed to play for them as a mother, I now told God. And there
was nobody, nobody; nobody, nobody, nobody. You only see people when they want
to take from you, you don’t see them when things are bad. Nobody came for me in
my trying moments; I now turned to my God. Something ministered to me, because
I love reading books especially inspirational books. So, I read a pastor’s book
who said, “Sometimes you need to claim
your right before God”.

“But when I saw that the whole thing
was getting to my children too, I could not play the role I needed to play for
them as a mother, I now told God. And there was nobody, nobody; nobody, nobody,
nobody. You only see people when they want to take from you, you don’t see them
when things are bad”.
Madam Bisket  in a rare pose wit the GDA

How Ashimolowo’s book changed my
Prayer Life…
Can you mention the Pastor’s name?
 I read quite a lot of books but one man of God
I respect a lot, he may not even know I read his books a lot; he is Pastor Mathew Ashimolowo. I have never seen him physically one-to-one but I have
seen him from afar. We are neighbors on Allen Avenue. His structure is opposite
mine (Natty Media/Just Bible, 71, Allen Avenue while hers is 70,
Allen Avenue). Sometimes he will come and pack his car in front of my building
when he is paying salaries and he will just stay in his car writing cheques,  in front of my place, and I will be looking at
him and tapping into his anointing. I see him as a young man that has vision
because he came from nowhere and he believed in himself that he will achieve
and he achieved. So, there was a time I was really down and there was this book
he wrote “One Thousand Prayer Points”, I took it home and I started
reading it; even some of my children don’t joke with the book. Even when we are
in England,
we always tune to any station Ashimolowo is preaching. He has an
evangelical station in England and we are always glued to
that station for inspiration. There are many of them like that; I only pick him
as a Nigerian. He is the only one from Nigeria that I watch. I have many of
such faith preachers in America and the UK, I can mention over 20
Pastors I don’t play with, I study them, I listen to their sermon. And it was
from one of them that I heard that sometimes you just don’t accept what life
throws at you, you have to tell God that you are in pain. So, I now looked in
and said “father, the time has come, you
got to change my situation. That the unbelievers should not be better than me,
let them see your favor and grace upon me so that they will appreciate the God
I am serving”.
And immediately, things just changed automatically. That
today, when I look at God, I will say ‘I
don’t know why Jesus loves me; I
don’t know why He cares’.
Because I see His love all over me, I see his
favor, grace upon me. I see now, that I am a mother that even my kids are very
proud of. They are proud of me as their mother and I am proud of them as my
children, they are proud of the God I serve, that I could be able to tell my
adversaries to ‘shot up’  and could even
do things beyond my thinking like I told you earlier that I just gave out my
property worth  N8 Million to someone, my children raised their voice  at me and said “Mummy, but we can use that
money to do something” and I said “Shot
up, don’t question my God. We can’t have everything. Some must still go out for
charity. That is our own ten percent tithe for us to have more”.
That if I
give you everything, it will not be as God planned it, we must give out and we
must touch lives. Don’t question my discretion. Up till now, they can’t believe
why I did that, they are still upset, I don’t care. I said, ‘with time, you
will see the results”. One of them said “So,
this one too will not thank you?”
I said “Do I need their thanks?” I
don’t need it; even through all the trial period I went through did I ever send
you to anybody to seek help?
” God did
not allow it, there was always food on our table, there was clothe on our body,
we have never been sick, no terminal illness, no hospital bill. He has been
faithful, not everything is money. And even moneywise,
we have never been poor, we may not be swimming in wealth but we have never been
poor either, and they believe me because they are seeing the results now. They
are seeing the favors now; they are seeing the grace being operated around
them. Even when they came back from England
about four years ago, one of them was telling me, she said “Even those days, I will just sit here and something will just happen
suddenly, I don’t know how it Happens”
and I will look at her and smile, I
said “You don’t know how it happened?
That is favor and grace”,
it will always be around my generation according
to His promise. He will never fail me. 

“God did not allow it, there was always food on our table, there was clothe on
our body, we have never been sick, no terminal illness, no hospital bill. He
has been faithful, not everything is money”

The GDA & Madam Bisket

Lessons my predicament taught me
about life…
Let’s go back to your 2001 child
trafficking allegation saga, I believe the experience was one that really changed
your perception about people in terms of loyalty. Apart from few prominent
Nigerians like the late eminent lawyer, Sola Rhodes and very few others, none
of your prominent associates were ready to vouch for you. Why? 
Remi Aboderin (Heavyweight Promoter) and Mayor Akinpelu (Publisher, Global
Excellence Magazine) also came out to speak for me. One thing is I thank
everyone that came out to defend me and I really appreciated the role every one
of the played. Even those who didn’t play any role, I still thank them because
I believe it is my cause, it is not their cause. I don’t expect everybody to be
hundred percent there because it is not their vision and it is not their cause.
Even Jesus Christ, at the last
minutes, all his disciples ran away as the cross became too much for them to
bear. Even a diehard loyalist like Peter
was forced to deny Christ in the
face of strong persecution, and he started weeping again after the cock crow,
that “ah, can I ever deny this Oga like
this?”
So, none of them offended me; the one that came out and identified
with my cross, I thank them. The one that didn’t come out at all, so that they
won’t say they are close to “Gbomo-gbomo”,
I still thank them. And those who fought for me in the buses…somebody told me,
‘mummy, I slapped somebody in the bus o, they were talking about you and I
asked them, ‘do you know her?’ Why should
you people be committing offense to God by crucifying an innocent soul?’

That one woman was cursing you and I said “this
curse will go back to your head o, because if you know this woman, she can give
her eyes out to help people, so you better shot up”.
All those people, I
thank them. I thank those that up till today I will meet, I don’t know them,
they will just stop and cuddle me saying “Ah,
Madam Bisket, God bless you, you are
a strong woman. I thank God for your life”.
Up till tomorrow, people will
see me in any part of the world and they will thank God for my life because
some people will go through that scenario and they will not survive it; some
people will go through it and they are history, they will be out totally. But I
went through it and I am still thanking God because this is the woman sitting
down and speaking with you. And some people will see me and say “are you the Madam Bisket? Waoh, I am lucky to meet you”. Yes, they
are lucky, at least they didn’t meet me on a wheel chair, and they didn’t meet
me in a mental home where Satan
would have loved to see me and they didn’t meet me in a club house that I am
denying God. Or me saying ‘let me start
going out maybe I will meet those who will help me’
. I am still not going
out and favor is still looking for me where I am; I glorify God for it. I still
believe in myself but one thing I want to say is that, I have learnt one thing
from that episode of my life that you can never rely on human being.  Always put your trust in God and always allow
God to be your friend. When He is your friend, no storm can carry you away; it
can only shake you but if He is not your friend, because God sees the heart of
every man. Some people look at me today and they castigated me, saying she is “gbomo-gbomo” but some of the Pastors
they idolize may not be recognized by God. I am not saying God recognized me o,
your heart will tell you the truth; Corinthians says “You shall know the truth and the truth shall
set you free”.
God’s grace and the Rhodes’ factor…
“The Book of
Romans 8:30 says “Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called,
these He also justified and whom He justified, these He also glorified”.
I
will tell people that it is what God calls you that you are, not what people
call you. Some women pastors people idolize more than me are nowhere to be
found today. I am living by His grace, He can call me anytime but at least, He
gave me the opportunity to still be alive. It is the highest gift He can give
to any human being. And if He calls me today, I will still say ‘thank You sir, I am ready to go home’.
Some people die in travails they don’t know anything about. That is how God
wanted it, and they are very holy. I am not even as holy as they are.  So, by His grace, I am not a perfect person,
nobody can claim perfection before God. But if He can show mercy upon me and I
am still living and I am not a beggar on the street and I can see my children,
they are all around me, they are happy and they see me as a good mother, what
else do I want from God?. I thank Him for the things He has done, even the
things He is yet to do, I am thanking Him for them because I am carrying His
vision in my heart and nobody can rob me of that vision. He called me and I
answered His call.

The GDA with a portrait of The Great Woman, Bisket

How the late Rhodes brothers stood
for me….
“The two
Rhodes (Yinka and Shola Rhodes) are God sent. I could not believe it because
they died less than a year after my tribulation and they are people I don’t
know. I met late Uncle Yinka Rhodes
maybe thirty years before that time; when he came to meet me at the station I
could not recognize him again. God sent him to me, the brother (Sola) I have
never met in my life even though his children are my children’s friends in
England but I have never met him yet he came and they put their leg, their neck
in my case. It is not a matter of money; God sees them, the two Rhodes. Nobody
can beat the records of the role they played in my life, nobody. The role they
played in my life, I can’t even thank them; have I seen their families since
then? No. God sent them and God will reward them.  Because God used them and He said any vessel
He uses, can never be wasted. So, even at my own cause, they are in heaven
because if God did not like them, he will not use them. And me, I know the
truth about this case; I know in my heart that it is a lie. The whole
allegation was fabricated by Satan.
I knew it in my heart and if I am the owner of the truth in my heart,
definitely God used Rhodes not Satan
and God said his tools will not be wasted. Even though they are dead, they are
not wasted because of the role they played during my trial period; ordinary
human being can not play it. And nobody played that role, everybody tried their
own part, a bit, a bit, they withdrew. A bit, a bit, they withdrew. God used
everybody little, little, little, but God used the Rhodes; they put their neck, their leg and their body and I know
they are instruments of God, not my own instrument. And they passed away
immediately after the case, the two elderly Rhodes, may their soul rest in peace.”
(Watch out
for another edition of The Bisket Story
titled “How Friends & Family reacted
to my crisis”
on this blog after this time out)

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