The Deribe’s gold house, it is unusual to say a gold house but believe me or not it is true a house made of marble and gold isn’t that magnificent. Well entering the house is another thing entirely taking you to another level of life whereby you will be wondering if really you are on earth or paradise. Walking on the long corridor which I was told by one of his son Talba Ahmed Deribe a lawyer by profession, said that it is the longest corridor in the whole West Africa, I was like “heh” wait a minute, does that mean am now standing on the longest corridor in West Africa.
My mood changed immediately feeling like a royal queen in her palace. We walked some few distance, when we were directed to the kitchen, “wow” I said to myself seeing such a big kitchen as if it is for a five-star hotel at that moment I now know that when it comes to design people can be really creative to give such a wonderful turnout.All the equipment you can think of is available comparing to the years that the house is being built, they really tried. The next room is a big dining hall with about 50 chairs, even the queen of England don’t have such a thing in her house am sure.
Our guide led us to a large parlor and everything there is light blue, white and gold, I was able to see the first screen TV in the 70s before the coming of 29 inches talk less of flat screen or LCD. The other TV ITS height is just as mine. The POP done on the wall is so beautiful that you can get your eyes off it. Even the carpet his name is written on it in an Arabic form, linking to a small door there is another parlor this time around is the main thing, everything there is gold, gold, gold, nothing but gold. I just sat down on a chair staring at the wonderful art design of gold on the wall that I can’t really believe my eyes if really am seeing this for real or just a dream. I felt like not leaving the place and in the same parlor I saw the first standing Ac that we use today in the banks and other places.
When went upstairs, another chapter of experience occurred because it seems a different world entirely. This is where the business tycoon Alhaji Maideribe chalet the sitting room is very beautiful full of art works on the wall. His bed is nothing compare to what my imagination can predict. A whole room as big as an average parlor of today is nothing but his closet and the toilet is alone is damn beautiful. Everything is handmade marble from the shower top, toilet seat and the Jacuzzi is made of marble. the atmosphere of the house is claim that you can feel the emptiness of the house yet it is a world of its own. Ahmed further told me that the house was built-in the year 1978, knowing such a wonderful father that like enjoying what he has. He is a well-known business man in Maiduguri of Borno state and man of its people so also engineering. he has a company that deal with building materials called the Deribe’s and sons. his elders son Aminu Maideribe the Talba of Borno is among his children that look after their father’s company. The late Deribe is married to four wives and 27 children.
In maintaining the house people work from 7am to 1pm every day and is the company that pays the workers. Although you will see different section in the house but the section of the late Deribe’s section is different from the others and that makes it a globe in the mist of undeveloped world. he died at the age of 78 on the 13 of march 2002 in Saudi Arabia. As for now, the house is a place to visit to have the taste of luxury and feel how it will be if you are the one.