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Students honour Jaafar Jaafar for rehabilitating Hausa songstress, Magajiya Dambatta

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Ibrahim Ramalan
Ibrahim Ramalan is a graduate of Mass Communications from the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria. With nearly a decade-long, active journalism practice, Mr Ramalan has been able to rise from a cub reporter to the exalted position of an editor; first as Arts Editor with the Blueprint Newspapers before resigning in 2019; second and presently as an Associate Editor of the Daily Nigerian online newspaper. He can be reached via [email protected], or www.facebook.com/ibrahim.ramalana, or @McRamalan on Twitter.
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A student association, Kungiyar Daliban Hausa ta Kasa, KUDHAN, has honoured the Editor-in-Chief of DAILY NIGERIAN, Jaafar Jaafar, for coming to the aid of a famous Hausa diva, Magajiya Dambatta through a fund-raising initiative.

Recall that Mr Jaafar, along with a renowned development worker, Musa Abdullahi Sufi and other trustees like Ibrahim Sanyi-Sanyi and Dr Ibrahim Musa, had launched an appeal fund to support the 84-year-old ace songstress who rose to stardom in the 1970s to 1980s.

Consequently, over N5million was raised for Mrs Dambatta who had been left at the mercy of begging for alms at her country home, Makoda in Kano State.

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A statement signed on Monday by a member of Visually Ethnographic Networks, Ibrahim Sheme, said the award was conferred on Mr Jaafar by the national president of the association, Nura Sulaiman-Janbirji (Sarkin Daliban Hausa) at a ceremony in Kano.

According to Mr Sulaiman-Janbirji, the award was to acknowledge Mr Jaafar’s contributions to the development of Hausa oral literature.

“Jaafar’s efforts are worthy of emulation by all public-spirited individuals,” the KUDHAN president said.

Mr Sulaiman-Janbirji, however, lamented that the academia had failed in its public and moral responsibility to cater for these intellectuals who contributed towards the growth of knowledge.

“…many academicians have benefited from the talents of Hausa musicians through publications, becoming experts on them, but do not care to follow-through what happens to them after providing them with a career trajectory,” the statement quoted Mr Sulaiman-Janbirji as saying.

DAILY NIGERIAN reports that the award ceremony, which took place at the offices of Visually Ethnographic Networks in Kano on January 2, 2020, had in attendance the Vice-Chancellor of the National Open University of Nigeria, NOUN, and many other writers.

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