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Alan Waka: An Emancipator Of Hausa Literature Through Songs



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By Usman Abdullahi Koli

In every regions of the world, one would find people who are extraordinarily exceptional, intellectually gifted, skillfully blessed by God with immeasurable talents. Some of them are writers while some are professional actors, some are academic scholars while others are good in writing and composing songs; amongst them sprouted Alan Waka. He is a rare gem whose work vary from regular songs.

Alan Waka contributed and still contributing in his field, he brought back the lost glory of authentic Hausa literature; he uses his gift of eloquence in promoting Hausa and its traditions because other Hausa Musicians are busy singing on love and relationships.

Historically, parents of Aminu Ladan Abubakar hailed from Jega of Kebbi State but he was born and brought up in Kano State. ALA was born in 1973 in Yakasai Quarters of Kano State, he started academic quest with Islamic education as it is the tradition in Hausaland. Ala attended Tudun Murtala Primary School Kano, after which he proceeded Government Secondary School Kawaji Dakata also in Kano and graduated in 1992.

He found a lot of pleasure in writing fiction stories and he wrote nine books and later went back to School of Technology in Kano where he obtained a National Diploma in Art and Industrial Design.

In his words “In 2000, I moved to the Kano School of Technology to study, it was then that I got involved in contemporary music, where we opened a music factory called Hikima Multi Media located in Gidan Zoo Road in Kano. I became interested in poetry when I was in Islamic School, where children are taught religious lessons through poetry so that they could understand and memorize. Every time the month of Mawlid falls, I am one of those who climb the pulpit to read poems (songs for praises) and I was very dedicated”. Alan Waka therefore started singing for long ago which gave rise to his current successes.

One interesting thing about Alan Waka is that he has been an archive of Hausa literary works, he has written several Hausa books and short stories. His outstanding type of music is food to the souls and warning to erring leaders because he usually exposes their weaknesses. Not only leaders, Alan Waka at times look critically in to the societies especially northern Nigeria and sing purposely to enlighten leaders about the hardship of ordinary citizens and calls for actions. Many referred him as the ‘Voice of the Voiceless’ whose songs brought ease and solutions to their challenges. Alan Waka’s contributions to Hausa language and its literature are limitless.

Admiringly, his skillful agility in using classical Hausa words, idioms, phrases, proverbs etc are one few out of many aspects that made him unique. Interestingly, Alan Waka’s songs are reminders, entertaining and above all educational that was why several higher institutions of learning are using his songs in project researches, during lectures, words from his songs are used in radio quiz, etc.

Alan Waka has composed many songs about Hausa cultures, life in universities, sexual harassments, examination malpractices, bad leadership, parental negligences, and host of other societal ills. He is an Icon amongst his contemporaries who is viewed and respected in the entire Northern Nigeria and Africa at large.

Some of the breakthrough and awards conferred on Alhaji Aminu Alan Waka comprises of Honorary Doctorate Degree by CEGT University of Benin, several awards from Bayero University Kano, Ahmadu Bello University Zaria,etc.

On the aspect of traditional titles, Alan Waka was first turbaned as the ‘Dan Amanar Bichi’ by former Emir of Bichi Emirate His Royal Highness Dr. Aminu Ado Bayero, later on the Emir of Dutse appointed him as the ‘King of Dutse Emirate Musicians’,. Lastly, he is happily married and blessed with beautiful children.

Koli, a graduate of mass communication, Abubakar Tatari Ali Polytechnic Bauchi

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Adamawa: CDD Joins Awareness Campaign Against Gender-based Violence




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As part of activities commemorating 2023 16 days activism, the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) has sensitized Adamawa people on Violence Against Women and Girls VAWG.

The sensitization exercise begins with road walk from Bekaji roundabout to Jimeta modern market, Yola-North Local Government Area on Wednesday.

Mrs Amina Auwal, the team lead who spoke on this year’s theme: Unite, “invest to prevent violence against women and girls” described the commitment of stakeholders as the symbol of unity against Gender Based Violence (GBV) in the state.

She urged stakeholders to unite and reduce the rate of GBV in the state.

“This VAWG is like a cancer, it is eating up the community gradually but when it has been cut off completely we will have society free of GBV.

“We appreciated the CDD for sponsoring the programme of being able to sensitize the public to bring to an end the menace of VAWG”, she said.

Mrs Rose Zinas, Desk officer GBV, National Orientation Agency (NOA) urged parents, guardians and stakeholders to take advantage of the theme of the year and to invest on women and girls-child.

She said these would help them to have something doing to reduce over dependent on husband’s and parents as well as end violence against them.

Zinas called on the women to also be proactive in looking for something doing and not to be a liability.

In her remarks, Lubna Dodo, representing Federation of Women Lawyers Association, FIDA appreciated the contribution of CDD in the fight against GBV in the state.

She explained that the mission of the road walk is to create awareness on the theme of this year activism.

“This means invest by educating the girls-child and empower them with the knowledge and skills to succeed in future.

“These will go along way by reducing their vulnerability to violence anywhere they find themselves “, she said.

Dodo further said that the passage of Violence Against Person Prohibition (VAPP) law and Child Protection law as well as ongoing sensitization for implementation have also help in reducing the rate of GBV in the state . News Hunter.

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Adamawa Govt Approves 42km NYSC Camp – Borong Road Project




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By Muhammad B. Muhammad

The Adamawa State Executive Council Wednesday approved reconstruction of 42km road stretching from National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) Orientation Camp in Damare to Borong community.

The feeder road project which covers the 2 LGAs of Girei and Demsa will cost over N836m.

The State Commissioner of Education, Dr Umar Garba Pella disclosed this while briefing newsmen shortly after the council meeting that held in the Government House, Yola.

Dr Pella said the project was awarded to Hydro Source and Resource Nigeria Limited and has the completion of period of 12 Months.

The Commissioner further disclosed that the council has approved over N117m variation for the construction of modern laboratory at Specialist Hospital, Yola.

Pella explained that the project was initially awarded at over N578m adding that the variation was to cover the cost of increased price of building materials.

The Wednesday’s 8th 2023 Council Meeting was presided over by the State Governor, Rt. Hon. Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri.


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Bauchi SEC Approves Construction of 2 Flyovers , 200KM Roads




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Bauchi State Government has unveiled a plan for the construction of sixteen strategic roads worth about one hundred billion naira across the state.

The project also comprises two flyovers at the busiest areas of Wunti and Central Market to beautify and decongest the city centre.

These among some other rural roads construction project across the state’s three senatorial zones were part of the resolutions made during State Executive Council Meeting presided over by Governor Bala Mohammed.

Some of the project that make a total of two hundred kilometers include two point six kilometers Sabon Kaura Birshi Gandu road, four point five kilometers Zango-Gwallagan Mayaka access road, one point seven kilometers Bayara township road, rehabilitation of Disina-Adamami road in Jama’are local government area and Dualization of A.D Rufa’i College to Misau town road among others.

Briefing journalists on the outcome of the meeting, the commissioners of Works and Transport Ibrahim Galadima and his counterpart of Special Duties and Rural Development Faruq Mustapha said the projects have been awarded to confitent contractors in line with developmental initiative of Governor Bala Mohammed led administration.

Also during the meeting, the Council has ratified and approved for upgrading of four palaces of Emirs of Bauchi, Ningi, Jama’are and Dass at sum of two point two Billion naira under the State Ministry for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs.

The commissioner of the ministry Ahmed Sarki Jalam said the move was to creat a conducive environment for the traditional institutions to discharge their duties.

The council has also approved a memo for the 2024 Medium Term Expenditure presented by the commissioner ministry of Budget and Economic Planning Aminu Hammayo as well as a memo presented by the commissioner of Commerce, Trade and Investment Mahmud Baba Ma’aji on the preparation for the forthcoming Northeast Joint Trade Fair in Bauchi State.

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