|Zilla Rockstone, wife of Hiplife founder Reggie was on eTV’s Sincerely Vee to talk about life, managing Django Bar and taking care of Reggie and the family.Now in their tenth year, Zilla revealed the two first met at Boomerang Night Club.
“I met Reggie when I was on my journey to be a Doctor at Korle Bu. And we started dating. The first time I met him, it was at Boomerang Night Club in the DJ’s booth. It was DJ Black then and I went in there to request for some Dancehall music because that was our kind of music then; Black was a familiar face because he was also in Legon with me but he was ahead; I was a party girl when I was in school and I had went there with my friends. When I got in the booth, Reggie too was there and so Black introduced us to each other. But I was thinking Reggie and his people were on a different level and we were also on our level. So I just said my hello and went back to my friends and even didn’t tell them I had met Reggie because I didn’t think it was anything major.
“We met again and started talking and one thing led to another and we hooked up and it’s about ten years now.”
She revealed the reason for their longevity was because they understood each other.
“I guess its understanding and patience. It’s not like we don’t have our own quarrels, we do because Reggie is stubborn. He knows and so we can have a heated argument right now, the next minute he dresses up and asks me how he is looking. He is strong and I’m strong too. He sometimes say I’m too yappy and nippy but I guess you get to a point you realize one person has to back down. Sometimes he knows I’m making sense and eventually he will back down. Sometimes I listen to him and I back down.
“We were also raised in different homes and so in the beginning it wasn’t easy but what made me change my views was when I started working after medical school. I saw people die and how families reacted to the passing and that made me realize life was too short and so we had to stop quarrelling and enjoy each other.
“And when children are involved, you want to keep the home happy and support you husband with everything positive they are doing.
Touching on running their business, Zilla revealed Reggie handled the artistic side while she handled the books.
“I think its team spirit and it’s important you spot your strong points and complement each other. Between Reggie and me, he is the artistic mind and he comes up with all the ideas; I mean most of them but comparatively he does a lot of the creative stuff but I’m the implementer. Reggie cannot implement, I cannot do a lot of the creative stuff like he does and he cannot implement like I do.
“I’m the grounds person who is talking to everyone to get the task completed. I make the calls to the workers, I issue the cheques. Believe it or not for the accounts I issue all the cheques.
“Sometimes he wonders why I spent on something and I will remind him the times when he offers to buy me stuff and I decline because we need to save. And I’m not the kind of person who will take the money to do anything I want and that’s why he believes me with the money aspect of the business.
“I micromanage at everything thing to make sure everything is working. I don’t want any aspect of my life to fail. My household has to be on point, my family has to be on point, Reggie has to be on point and I also adopted VVIP now and I call them my other husbands because we always meeting in the house and I’m always in the center.”
Sincerely Vee airs on Sundays on e.TV and hosted by Vanessa Sullivan Gyan.