The National Consultative Front (NCFRONT) has set aside two illustrious sons of Nigeria, Dr.Rabiu Musa Kwakwanso and Dr. Raymond Dokpesi for celebration on their 65th and 70th birthdays respectfully.
The Head Public Affairs Bureau, Dr Tanko Yunusa in a statement issued in Abuja on Tuesday said they are being celebrated as some of the Nigerian best at their prime age.
He said the NCFRONT recognized their contributions to nation building and for egalitarian society
He said the two leaders of conscience have identified with, supported and contributed to the efforts of the National Consultative Front since its inception.
“On the 21st of October Dr Raymond Dokpesi, the Chairman of the African Independent Television turned 70 and Mallam Rabiu Musa Kwakwanso turned 65.
“Both leaders have contributed immensely to nation building in our country over the course of their lives and the NCFront is glad to identify with them and celebrate them on their birthdays.
“Dr Raymond Dokpesi, a quintessential leader, media icon, employer of many and benefactor of many more, has contributed immensely to the emergence and consolidation of our democracy, firstly to the return to civil rule from the military and thereafter, the sustenance of our democracy since the 4th republic began.
“Dr Dokpesi’s African Independent Television is a top rank media station that has consistently provided a strong backbone for the fourth realm of the estate, providing a voice for platforms like the National Consultative Front and in the process promoting serious and sometimes inconvenient national conversations that must be had.
“Mallam Rabiu Kwakwanso, who was former Governor of Kano State, is a lover of his people, a benefactor of many indigenes and non indigenes of Kano.
He said Kwankwaso has directly impacted on the lives of so many.
“To exemplify his unity for Nigeria his chief details is fro Akwa Ibom state .
“Kwankwaso is without doubt a leader, an administrator and philosopher whose thoughts and actions symbolise an embodiment of a political cum leadership ideals that this country should be proud of.
“We wish them both a happy birthday, life, good health, a great legacy and a name that will be etched forever in the minds of the Nigerian people long after they have gone.”
Unveiling First Hausa Catholic Bishop in History: Mamman Musa’s Extraordinary Journey
In a historic move set to redefine identities and religious narratives, Mamman Musa, a Hausa man, is on the verge of becoming the first-ever Hausa Catholic Bishop in the Catholic Church. The investiture ceremony, scheduled for December 12, will mark a revolutionary milestone, elevating Mamman Musa into the echelons of the church hierarchy within Hausaland, specifically in Katsina.
At 52, Mamman Musa’s appointment as a bishop heralds a new chapter in Hausa-Catholic relations. His journey into Christianity and priesthood, defying the odds of a predominantly Muslim background where only 1 percent are Christians, resonates with a legacy of resilience and dedication.
Born Gerald Mamman Musa, his family’s conversion to Catholicism traced back to the arrival of the Society of Missionaries of Africa in northern Nigeria in 1934. Mamman’s grandfather became a convert, setting the stage for a generational commitment to the faith. Despite facing hostility and challenges in a region with a religious majority opposing their beliefs, Mamman’s parents continued their Christian devotion.
Emmanuel Musa, Mamman’s father, became a torchbearer for the faith, translating the Bible and Christian doctrines into Hausa. He confronted adversity in the form of societal ostracization and professional limitations but stood firm in his convictions. Similarly, Mamman’s mother, Christiana Asabe, hailing from a family of converts, contributed to their steadfast commitment to Catholicism.
Mamman Musa’s upbringing in Malumfashi, Katsina state, was marked by an immersion in church activities, fostering a love for Catholicism despite being surrounded by a predominantly Muslim environment. His education in Catholic seminaries further solidified his dedication to the church, leading him on a path that eventually saw him excel academically, earning degrees from prestigious institutions globally.
His journey into priesthood and academia culminated in his role as a director at the Centre for Studies of African Culture and Communications in Port Harcourt. Amidst challenges of potential alienation and derogatory terms like “maguzawa,” a disparaging label for Christians in the North, Mamman Musa’s commitment to his faith remained resolute.
In his forthcoming role as a bishop, Mamman Musa acknowledges the weight of responsibility and privilege attached to this historic position. His inclination towards liberation theology, emphasizing the centrality of the poor and marginalized, reflects a commitment to addressing societal issues and drawing inspiration from influential figures such as Gustavo Guitierrez.
As Mamman Musa prepares to assume his role as the first Hausa Catholic Bishop, his journey stands as a testament to resilience, dedication, and a commitment to bridging religious divides while upholding the tenets of his faith.
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Bird of elocution
a bird of elocution
she doesn’t speak in English
she sings it
when she speaks
we hear the ring
of dulcet tones and sound
of rhythms and notes
so ear pleasing
that her voice becomes
a part of the message
she is speaking about
and those in the know
know and they make her
a favorite compere and moderator
of august events
so her smiles beam
screen shines when she appears
to cast the news
and interest fresh and new
greets the viewer
and she speaks as well as she writes
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and the book makers world
her flourish is a story
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her name is Eugenia
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etiquette defines her
By Sam Ogabidu
Natasha grieves over the death of Ohinoyi
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate in the February 25th Presidential and National Assembly Election for Kogi Central Senatorial district Chief Natasha Akpoti-Uduaghan has expressed deep grieve over the demise of the late Ohinoyi of Ebiraland, HRM, Dr. Ado Ibrahim.
The revered paramount ruler in Ebiraland passed on at the age of 94 on Sunday.
In a statement, Chief Natasha extended her condolences to the immediate family of the late King, the entire Ebira Kingdom, Kogi State, and Nigeria as a whole, expressing that the Ohinoyi was a symbol of hope, wisdom, and courage until his passing.
According to her, the loss of the Ohinoyi is a personal one for her and her family, reiterating the fact that the late monarch had been a source of strength and encouragement in her mission to change the narrative.
While offering prayers for the repose of the King’s soul, Natasha said she finds solace in the knowledge that the late King lived a fulfilled life, and his exemplary life will continue to inspire those who are still living.
The late Dr. Ado Ibrahim ascended to the throne of Ohinoyi of Ebiraland on June 2, 1997, and reigned for 26 years.
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