Saturday, 29 September 2012

April fool

His phone beeped,it was a message.He wondered who it was from .It had better be soul lifting or else...having second thoughts ,the message could be from the so-called service provider.He had travelled into his world of dreams only to be awakened early in the morning by the message.Yawning aloud,he picked up his "toy" and read the message -it was an unknown number ,that even made it more interesting,It read: Im Im .......... confused,can we see Im PREGNANT! -Bibi He dropped the phone and exclaimed "Ye kpa!!!"There was only one girl that he addressed that way and he hadn't heard from her for a while.His instincts told him to dial the number instantly but after much thought he called the number he had saved her name with.The phone rang and after so much hesitation,she picked. "I don't understand your text message"He said nervously "Hallo!If I remember well,It was written in Queen's English so what is it you don't understand.Remember that fateful Saturday,February 14th beside the mango tree in the botanical garden???" "Please spare me the details.After the incident you refused to pick my calls or see me....didn't hear from you until now" He looked at the date then paused .It was 1st of April. "April fool!" came the outburst He didn't know whether he should get angry or laugh.She had taken him for a ride and it was an expensive joke. "Nice one........" he managed to say, at least one of his worst fears had been overcome."So can we see..." Before he could get a reply, the conversation was cut short "Oh my Gosh!no airtime"he exclaimed sadly"Too bad"

Saturday, 1 September 2012

Gidan Makama

Going on a trip to the emirate city,left me with so much excitement and expectations.Kano state is situated in the North Western region of Nigeria.It has been regarded as the land of commerce and according to the last census conducted,it is the most populous state in the country.The people of Kano state are very homely and accomodating.Hausa language serves as their communication tool and a large percentage of the inhabitants are the Hausas and the Fulanis though it also houses other tribes like the igbos,yorubas and others. My first point of attraction was the museum regarded as Gidan Makama.It was a 20minutes drive on a bike from my destination in Dala.I just needed to tell the bike man that I was heading for Gidan makama and without blinking twice or scratching his head,he told me to hop in.The museum was situated in the core centre of the emirate city and that meant that severe principles were to be adhered to.As lady,I was supposed to be covered up with the hijab but that was not my case.I was a little bit frightened wit the way people were looking at me.Obviously,I was the odd one.Mistake I made was going there solo,it would have been better in the company of people but no one seemed to share my interest and excitement. Gidan Makama Museum is one of the thirty-two Museums under the National Commission for Museums and Monuments of the Federal republic of Nigeria. It is located in theopposite the Emir’s Palace.It is both a National Monument and a Museum. It is known for its traditional architectural excellence. It has superb historical and ethnographic collections on Kanawa civilization and Hausa land in general. Gidan Makama was built in the 15th Century A.D by Emir Abdullahi Burja as residential complex for Rumfa his grandson. Prince Rumfa was later appointed the Makaman Kano, Heir Apparent to the Emir. This explains why the house is referred to as Gidan Makama, though some prefer to refer to the complex as Gidan Rumfa. When Rumfa moved to his new Palace, the subsequent Makama’s continued to use the complex as their Official residence a situation that more or less persists today. The complex was split into three. The West most sectors houses the Museum, while the central area is used by the Makama and the east most area houses two educational Institutions. Sadly,it was one of the rules to not take a camera along but I still found the phone camera useful a I was able to take some shots in the museum.It was as busy as ever with people and children trooping in and out.There was a section that revealed the Islamic faith,another focused on the marriage ceremony-everything that concerns the new bride.The entrance was filled with artifacts that dealt with the history of Northern Nigeria and the existence of Kano state.There was a guide to escort me around and quench my numerous inquisitive questions.He was very patient and delighted to show me around and explain things in details.There was also a section that showcase the leadership of Nigeria from the the era of colonial rule to the very present day Nigeria.It ws a sight to behold.I learnt the names of war tools and how they functioned.It was worth the journey and it was a thrilling experience.