Life at fifty is a golden priviledge a lot of people hope for, despite the challenges that come along with it no matter how  prepared you are. Some  have  numerous stories to tell at this age and others wish they had taken some steps and dared to live.
Mrs grace Ihonvbere, wife of the Secretary to Edo State Government, celebrated her 50th Birthday anniversary yesterday in style.
The graceful, beautiful accomplished and humble woman of substance had the following to say in an exclusive interview with the NIGERIAN OBSERVER’S’ QUEENNETH OROBEDO.

How is life at 50?
It’s been good, I give God the glory. I would say I’m very grateful for being strong, my family is strong. I don’t know how to say it, I’m just happy that I’m fifty!
What is your philosophy in life?
My philosophy about life is to do unto others as you would want them to do unto you. I try to be fair in my dealings with others, I put God first , treat other human beings with respect. I try to do what is pleasing before God, you know, be kind.
What was growing up like for you?
My earlier years, my formative years was very good. I was raised by my grandmother, who pampered me a lot. She is late now, may her soul rest in peace.  Ah…… from there, I was a shy person, but very adventurous, I loved sports, I’ve always been a very determined and goal oriented person.  All in all I would say that my childhood was very interesting, a few mistakes here and there.  I am sure we all made our own mistakes along the way, but most of all, there is nothing about my childhood I would want to change. My childhood has made me who I am.
Family background?
I am one of seven children, the eldest daughter, and my father is late now; late Chief Najomo. My mother is still alive, she lives in Efunrun  . I have brothers and sisters.
Educational background?
I have a Bachelors degree in Banking and Finance. I also studied as a Nurse in the United States, but right now I’m into business.
How did you meet your husband, Prof Julius Ihonvbere?
I met him while I was still in school as an undergraduate at the University of Port Harcourt. He went to give a lecture in some other campus outside my school, and we were invited. I didn’t want to go, but a friend encouraged me, and practically dragged me, even paid my fair. So on getting to the hall, I just noticed he was looking at me; I couldn’t explain it, but I knew he was looking at me. It became obvious after the lecture when he approached me and I said, okay, I wasn’t wrong then. The rest is history. That was in the 1980’s.
What do you think about women in politics?
I admire women in politics. I am not one , but I admire women in politics and I encourage and support women who want to go into politics, because they go into politics to fight for the right of women, and encourage them to participate in politics. I encourage women who have what it takes, because like they say, politics is not easy. So for the women who have the passion and drive, and encouragement from their family and friends, I give kudos to them. You have to attend late night meetings, constant travels away from your home. It is a tough thing but I do believe we need more women to participate in politics.
How supportive are you of your husband?
I am very supportive. I give him a hundred percent support. Most people who know me would know. I support his course, I share his vision, I share his passion for politics. So as a wife he knows I am his best supporter. Left for me, he is the best politician out there.
Advise for young ladies?
My advise to them is not to be scared of the age fifty (50). I encourage them to take care of themselves, find time to exercise and most importantly, put God first in everything they do.