The Management of Maryam Abacha American University, MAAUN, has named the Faculty of Law building of the university after late Hausa singer, Halima Malam-Lasan, popularly known as Magajiya Danbatta.
DAILY NIGERIAN reports that late Danbatta died at the age of 85 after a brief illness at Danbatta General Hospital on Friday.
In a statement signed by the President and founder of MAAUN, Prof. Adamu Gwarzo, from France and issued to journalists in Kano on Sunday, the management of the university made the decision in view of late Danbatta’s immense contribution to education, especially in Northern Nigeria.
According to Mr Gwarzo, who is also the President and founder Franco-British International University in Kaduna, the management had also awarded a posthumous honorary degree to the Hausa songs diva.
He said the institution had planned to award her when she was alive but she died before the convocation.
“The management of MAAUN have named the building of faculty of law after the late veteran Northern singer, Hajiya Magajiya Danbatta in addition to honouring her posthumously for her immense contribution to Education especially in Northern Nigeria.
“In honour of Late Magajiya Danbatta (Halima Malam Lasan) and her contribution in education, we resolved to honour her with a posthumous honorary degree.
“We planned to award her when she was alive but, she died before the convocation,” he said
Mr Gwarzo stated that “in addition to naming the Faculty of Law after her, we are going to miss her sense of humour and famous songs.”
The president also described the death of the renowned Hausa singer as a big loss to the entire people of Northern Nigeria, saying “her death is painful.”
Mr Gwarzo, who doubles as the President of the Association of Private Universities in Africa, also described the loss of late Danbatta as tragic.
He stated that “On behalf of my family and the entire Management of Maryam Abacha American University and Franco-British International University, I extend their heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of the deceased as well as the entire people of Kano State and Nigeria.”
The president also prayed for the Almighty Allah to grant the deceased Aljannah Firdaus and her family the fortitude to bear the loss.