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Forbes Award: Another International Accolade on Emir Bayero



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By Ahmed Mohammed Danyaro

Giant strides made by man are usually relieved with pomp and pageantry, while some roll out the milestone amidst glass clinging, some play the breakthroughs low but all in praises and in anticipation of better future. In this momentous instance, the success story always overshadows the nauseating hurdles and barricades accompanying such feats. Naturally some people excel in various ways of life, they standout in anything they venture into, they are shining light, they shape their environment and their world.
Such individuals of unique poise are celebrated everywhere, which propels them to reach their peak, thereby, serving as an impetus to the younger generation. How else can one describe the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero CFR, as he bagged the award of Forbes Best of Africa Outstanding Traditional Ruler of 2022. The award, according to Forbes, goes to a ruler who puts the interest of his people first and ruling with grace and dignity.
His highness, Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero, the 15th Emir of Kano is a rare full blue-bloodied royal from both his paternal and maternal sides, he is an epitome of royalty and personification of history. He is the son of late Emir of Kano, Alhaji Ado Bayero CFR, his late mother, Hajiya Maryam was the daughter of the eighth Emir of Ilorin, Mallam Abdulkadir.
After completing his primary and secondary education, His Highness proceeded to Bayero University, Kano in 1984 where he graduated with a Bachelors degree in Mass Communication and Political Science. He was brought into the traditional leadership structure with his appointment as the Dan Majen Kano in 1990 and District Head Dala, he was as later promoted with the title of Turakin Kano in 1992 then to Sarkin Dawakin Tsakar Gida and to Wamban Kano in 2014. O n 9th May 2019, His Highness was appointed the first Emir of Bichi as a result of creation of four additional emirates in Kano State. On the 9th of March 2020 His Highness was appointed the 15th Fulani Emir of Kano and Chairman of the Kano State Council of Emirs.
The federal government appointed him as the Chancellor of the University of Calabar, Cross Rivers State in February 2022, he was also appointed the Chancellor of a private university, Al-Istiqama University, Sumaila,Kano in rcognition of his dedication and commitment to the cause of humanity. In February last year His Excellency, Macky Sall conferred on His Highness, the Senegalese highest national honour.
In any civilized nation, one of the major innovations for entrenching good governance, socio-politcal right and accountability to the citizens is the media. It serves as the pivot to uplifting people-driven leadership. In simpler sense, the role the media plays in the building of a society can never be relegated to the background because information is power and information shared is empowerment. It is through the media that we can get comprehensive information about happenings in the world.
In his acceptance speech, His Highness thank the forbes magazine and foreign investment network for the honour done to him which he said he was receiving on behalf of the good people of Kano State. He stated that Kano emirate had been in existence for more than a century and has developed a rich culture and economy sgtrivistrivingition itself in all facets of human development. Emir Bayero used the opportunity to extend an open invitation to all to visit Kano and experience it richits lture, tradition and hospitality.
For his monumental and unprecedented achievement, His Highness Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero has been harvesting awards, laurels and recognitions titles, across the length and breadth of the African continent since ascending the throne of his fore bearers. The latest coming from Forbes Africa as Outstanding Traditional Ruler in Africa .He w. recently conferred with a national honour by President Muhammadu Buhari as “Commander of the Federal Republic” (CFR ) and welass the highest national honour bestowed on him by President Sacky of Seneral among several others .
Fobes Best of Africa Award ave srhas stressed tthat good information management requires the media to cherish motivational information in stages with periodic progress report and highlight of positive developments, positive attitude which can be discovered by taking a good reading of traditional climateand atmosphere.
He is the people’s emir because of his deep seated a justice, fairness in all his dealings with people and the council. At the moment when you speak of Kano Emirate the first thing that comes to mind is Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero the simple, friendly, elegant and modern emir who has shown character and valour in bring development to the emirate amidst challenges .
The life of Emir Aminu Ado Bayero is replete with the manifestation of his pre-destination to ascend the exalted throne of his forefathers. Experience has undoubtedly shown that leader of proven integrity and high repute were immortalized after demise to serve as beacon of hope and as a reliable source emulation of others, attested by many marvelous, historical epochs.
By any benchmark one deploys to assess him, and in whatever clime in our firmament of the planet earth, His Highness Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero, is a stunning success, a unique gift to Kano at this its critical moment in history and he deserve to be celebrated by all and sundry within the Nigerian geography as he received accolades upon accolades.

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Unveiling First Hausa Catholic Bishop in History: Mamman Musa’s Extraordinary Journey




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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




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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

a gift wrapped for the TV station

and the book makers world

her flourish is a story

of increase and lifting

her name is Eugenia

the wife of Abu

a fairy godmother of the arts

etiquette defines her

By Sam Ogabidu

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Natasha grieves over the death of Ohinoyi




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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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