Zaharaddeen Ibrahim Kallah
The emir of Kano Muhammad Sanusi II has commended Hausa writers for their significant role in boosting the politics and economy of Nigeria through their creative writings. This was made known when a committee for organising International Hausa Writers’ Day paid him a courtesy visit at his palace in Kano.
In his speech, the Chairman of the committee, Malam Ado Ahmad Gidan Dabino explained the purpose of organising “Ranar Marubutan Hausa Ta Duniya” (International Hausa Writers’ Day). According to him, it was observed that Hausa language is facing some problems which have to do with poor grammar by its speakers and reduction in number of Hausa students and staff in some foreign universities. Gidan Dabino cited example with SOAS university of London, where the number of their students and lecturers keeps going down.
Gidan Dabino therefore noted that , “The programme is aims at addressing these problems through collaboration of fifteen writers’ associations.” The programme was earlier planned to hold in 2015 but was postponed due to some circumstances. The programme will now hold from 3rd – 4th March, 2016, in Kano.
After a brief narration of activities to be conducted at the event, the Chairman requested the support of the emir to endow a literary prize for Hausa literature that will be given to emerging writers. “These are part of the reasons we paid the visit in order to brief the emir about this development and also to seek his blessing as our emir and a writer.”
In his response, the emir Muhammad Sanusi II welcomed the organising committee and praised them for their effort to improve Hausa language. Counting, Sanusi stated that, “The emirate is in support of the programme and would honour the request of endowing the prize.”
The committee through its chairman presented a gift of books and magazines by Hausa writers to his highness, the emir of Kano.
In the same vein, the organising committee had paid an advocacy visit to Arewa 24, a Hausa television station on Eutelsat 16. The committee was received by the head of production, Mr Michel.
Secretary of the committee, Zaharaddeen Ibrahim Kallah introduced the committee members to the management of Arewa 24 and also explained the purpose of their visit. According to him, the visit was mean to intimate the management about International Hausa Writers’ Day the committee was organising and the need to partner with the television station for coverage of the programme. “The programme is expecting participants from Nigeria, Niger, Ghana and other Hausa speaking nations,” Zaharaddeen explained.
Mr Michel who betrayed his excitement over the visit commended the arrangement so far made by the committee in their effort to improve and promote Hausa literature and language. According to him, the objective of the programme was in line with the objective of their organisation. The head of production therefore accepted the request for the partnership and also invited the committee for further discussion.
Members of the committee were taken round various sections of the station to have a first-hand experience of how their activities are run. At the end of the day, the committee members that were interviewed expressed their appreciation to Arewa 24 and congratulated the station over its achievements during the years.