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Its time for us to tell the real History of Makurdi the Benue state capital!!
Makurdi belongs to us!
The Hausa community of Makurdi, highlighting a typical day in the ‘quarters’, as well as its powerful history dating back to many years, its rich economy and architectural forms.Life begins everyday at Wadata, a Muslim settlement in Makurdi, between 5:00am and 5:30am with a wake-up call to observe the Subhi prayers. After the prayers, the majority of the people, especially the men, are seen glued in a relaxed mood to their radio sets, listening to the Hausa service of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) to acquaint themselves with happenings in their immediate environment and around the world. While the women engage themselves in domestic activities such as tidying up the house and getting the children ready for school. No wonder the area is the busiest part of what is today known as Makurdi. A first time visitor to the area need not be schooled about the ethnic origin of the residents of Wadata, as they are easily given away and identified by their lingua franca, which is Hausa. The history of the Hausa in Makurdi, predates the colonial period. While one school of thought says the Hausa community had existed in the valley of the River Benue for 400 years before the state was created in 1976, Makurdi as a town was established in the early twenties and gained prominence in 1927 when it became the headquarters of the then Benue Province. Being a river port, it attracted the establishment of trading depots by companies such as UAC and John Holt Limited. Its commercial status was further enhanced when the Railway Bridge was completed and opened in 1932. In 1976, Makurdi became the capital of Benue after its creation just as it serves as the headquarters of Makurdi Local Government Area. History has it that Makurdi was governed by the Hausa settlers until 1945 when the chief of Makurdi, Malam Audu died, and there arose the agitation for a chief of Tiv extraction being the dominant ethnic group in the town. The enthronement of a Tiv chief thereafter did not create any division between the Tiv and the Hausa, and neither was there any animosity as the two groups continued to co-habit peacefully. Every resident, Tiv or Hausa, enjoyed the basic rights of citizens. The emergence of Alhaji Al-Hassan Maikeke as the Chairman of Makurdi Local Government Council in 1998, was as a result of the mutual relationship existing between the two tribes. Makurdi city, and particularly the Wadata area, was not only founded by the early Hausa settlers, but it also derives its name from a Hausa word “ Kurdi” which literarily means flow of water from its main source that creates a lagoon. In other words, it means a rapid movement of water from the river Benue. Though “Kurdi” as a Hausa word was coined from Kurdawa which means, Deputy Imam of the Wadata central mosque, Baba Mohammed Ndeji is however, disposed to the popular notion that Makurdi was derived from ‘Mai-Kudi’, a Hausa word meaning ‘someone that has money’. He further disclosed that Wadata is a Hausa word meaning “what you can eat satisfactorily without having to be dependent or succinctly put it connotes “self satisfaction”. Also speaking, the Sarkin Hausawa of Benue State, Alhaji Turaki Audu Abdullahi agreed that the first set of Hausa settlers at Wadata became dominant in the area during the building of the railway bridge across river Benue. According to him, “the first set of Hausa settlers arrived from different parts of Hausa community to this area. They gained prominence during the period that the railway bridge was being constructed across the River Benue. At the time of their arrival, Wadata was the main town of settlement, because other places were very bushy and there was no trace of Tiv men anywhere around. It was purely inhabited by construction workers, the majority of whom were Hausa labourers, and the place was named Wadata village”, he stated. Ever since, the Hausa community, with its increasing population put ahead of other settlers at the total 300,377 people resident in Makurdi, according to the last 2006 national census, has been living peacefully with other groups in Benue State. The economic activities of the people have contributed a great deal in boosting the socio-economic status of the state, as Wadata market situated at the bank of the River Benue, has continued to witness an influx of people from different parts of the northern states to the community. Today eking out honest living and contributing immensely to the economy of the state. The Hausa community in Makurdi is predominantly found at Wadata area of the town which is strategically located as a trading route between the northern and middle belt states ,as well as the southeast states due to the availability of river, rail and road transportation developed by the British colonialists in the early 1920’s ,when it served as a local administrative centre. It is, perhaps, due to these factors that Hausa traders migrated in their large numbers to settle at Wadata, which is today referred to as the headquarters of the Hausa community in Benue State. It has the highest population in Makurdi local government. As a matter of fact, “this place has become our home. We are part and parcel of Benue people. I have lived all my 80 years in this town. My parents had lived in this town for ages, and I was born here. This is applicable to most Hausas who have dwelt here. We don’t have any place called home other than Wadata. We have inter-married with the Idoma and Tiv, and will remain here for life”, Alhaji Abdullahi added. Baba Mohammed Ndeji, the deputy Imam, recalled how he grew up as a child to know a man who had lived all his life in Wadata and at the age of 104, the man, known as Baba Lalahi, had told him that where the present day Government House is located, used to be part of his large expanse of farmland. “It means that the Hausa have existed in Wadata for centuries from his narration. Baba Lalahi sold onions and was an ally of the first Sarkin Hausawa”. Giving reasons why he has come to regard Benue State as his state of origin, Ndeji asked rhetorically “Where will I go from here? My father and mother were born in this Wadata, and the government also recognizes that the Hausas were the first settlers, so I have nowhere to go. This is home”. Trading is one the major occupations of the people. They trade in food stuffs which includes: beans, onions, potatoes, yam, grains, cattle and other livestock which they transport from the north to sell particularly at the Wadata market. Some of them engage in tailoring, sales of traditional medicines, local fast foods, suya making and cobbling, among other menial jobs which have to do with native expertise. According to the Sarki, business is profitable in Makurdi, and with the growing influx of people in recent times to the town due to the insecurity in most northern states, the city is fast assuming the status of an economic Eldorado with great potentials, just as the Wadata market keeps expanding. This is particularly so, considering the number of people who visit the market from neighbouring states, especially on Saturdays when second hand clothes (‘bend down boutique’) dealers display their wares for customers coming from far and
near to make bulk purchases. Though Hausas in Wadata and indeed Makurdi enjoy the support and acceptance of the people and government of the state, as there is no ethnic discrimination against them, they are however lamenting their maginalization not to hold political positions. “Our people don’t have reasonable positions in government, except the position of councilor. We don’t have legislative or other relevant positions in government to represent our interest”, decried Ndeji. He noted that the Hausa population in the area formed the bulk votes during elections into the Makurdi local council, insisting that such positions of recognition other than that of councilor, should be giving to them. Besides their economic and political relevance, a unique feature of the Hausas in Makurdi is their architecture and use of space, as greater percentage of them still designed their houses like the typical rural buildings located in densely populated Hausa communities in northern states. The houses, which are fenced with a single door which serving as entrance gate into the compound inhabited by a number of children, women, and husbands, usually referred to as ‘Maigida’, the head of the home. Even with the hot weather of the town, adequate space is not provided for ventilation except for the open streets created by government to ensure proper town planning .In most cases, it is only the men who relax by the street corners, while their women stay put in the compounds due to their religious and cultural ethics. Many of the buildings were erected in the pre-colonial style and are not very well maintained, while the environment is fairly clean and the architecture exhibits Hausa influence with lots of shanties in the middle-class neighbourhood, which are often closely built. It is not uncommon to find pockets of other tribes residing in the area, but it is assumed that the area is dominated by the Hausas who share same religion and culture. For instance, during Sallah celebrations, it becomes difficult for non-Muslims to comprehend the mode of celebration by the youths, who go out of control to demonstrate their joy by blocking some streets to engage in motorcycle races. Though some of them still hold on to their traditional beliefs, a vast majority of them adhere to the Muslim faith, and in recognition of this, the state government supported them in building Makurdi’s largest central Mosque in the area. According to the deputy Imam, the mosque, which was recently constructed by Governor Gabriel Suswam, and commissioned by the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Saad Abubakar III, actually existed many years before he was born and could not mention the actual date. Sarki Abdullahi, who assumed the throne in 2005, however revealed that the central mosque is well over 70-years-old, stressing that it existed for such a very long time he could not exactly remember due to old age. Over the years, the Hausas have been inter-marrying with other tribes in Benue state, particularly the Tiv and Idoma due to the peaceful co-existence between them despite their ethnic and religious differences. “We inter-marry with the Tivs and Idomas, it is a common thing amongst us”, the Sarki maintained. Narrating her experience and what propelled her into marrying a Hausa man, Amina Alfa, a Tiv woman told Sunday Trust that love was the underlying factor that motivated her into consummating the relationship. Married to her husband for the past thirty years as second wife, Amina Alfa said it does not matter from whichever tribe one chooses a partner, what is important in her opinion is to accept and respect each other. “I have a very successful marriage. Though many people felt indifferent at the time we got married because of our religious differences, I have not experienced any problem with my husband whom I have lived with for over thirty years”, Amina said. Similarly, Jamila Hassan, an Idoma lady who abandoned her Christian faith to join her heartthrob in the Islamic faith for the sake of love, revealed that her marriage of two years has produced two lovely kids, adding that it has been so exciting spending each day with her spouse whom she described as peaceful and loving. “I will advise young ladies to marry whoever Almighty God brings their way, irrespective of religious differences, so long as there is love between them. It shall be well and peace will reign among the children” she opined. Commenting on the numerous inter-tribal marriages between the Hausas and other tribes in Benue, Zainab Alfa, who is of Nupe ethnic extraction and the first out of three wives of her husband, explained that such marriages promote peaceful coexistence among people of different cultural backgrounds and religious affiliations. She disclosed that her husband is married to three women of different ethnic stocks, and they all live in peace and harmony, as well as love and respect each other, besides the fact that, the union has promoted the Hausa language which they all understand and speak at home, stressing “in this way, the world would be a better place to live in and there would be no need for us to kill ourselves, or don’t you think so?”, she asked enthusiastically.
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Ghanaian Teacher ‘Allows Students To Fight’ In Class After Canning Was Banned
Ghanaian Teacher ‘Allows Students To Fight’ In Class After Canning Was Banned
Two pupils were left to fight in front of their classmates and teacher who purportedly filmed the shocking incident which happened recently in Ghana.
It is believed that the very person who filmed the incident was the Class Teacher, since pupils are not allowed to use phones in school.
It is claimed that the unnamed teacher left the pupils to fight since the Ghana Education Service (GES) banned caning in schools.
The GES in a statement signed by the Deputy Director General, Anthony Boateng, ordered all schools to immediately adopt a new disciplinary toolkit together with alternative sanctions as measures for correcting pupils and students in schools.
The tool indicated that “apart from the physical pain corporal punishment inflicts on children, this approach also causes significant emotional damage.
Some of the lasting effects of this method of disciplining school children include physical scars, emotional scars (trauma, fear, timidity etc.) and violent behaviour.”
Senator Dino Melaye Compares Himself To The Scrotum Of A Ram, Says He Will Never Fall
- The embattled senator has often trended in social media circles especially when he runs into trouble with the law and begins demonstrating what many have dubbed ‘his theatrics’.
Melaye who has been at war with the Nigerian police recently over an allegation of homicide, took to his Instagram page to make a statement today.
According to him, he will not fall despite everything happening to him, because he is like the scrotum of a ram which dangles but never comes off.
First, he shared the photo below of himself, he then wrote:
“Dino Melaye is like the scrotum of a ram,it will dangle and dangle but will never fall.
“God pass man any day.”
Family raises funds to bring home Irishman who travelled to Africa to meet a lady he found online
Relatives of the Irishman who headed to South Africa to meet a person he was chatting to online for two years, only to wander the streets of Johannesburg, have started a crowdfunding page to try to get him home.
“We’re raising £1,000 to help get Stanley Currie home from South Africa after he was mugged of all his belongings, passport and money,” Currie’s crowdfunding page on justgiving.com read.
“We need to put Stanley up in a hotel until his emergency passport can be got and we get him home as soon as possible (sic).
“He has been walking the streets of South Africa for a week with no food or water and is currently receiving medical care,” the page read.
By January 8 2019, more than £1,164 had been donated by 48 sponsors.
The 66-year-old was reported missing after no one heard from him following his departure from his Dublin home on December 28 2018, when he said he was headed for South Africa.
His brother, Robert, took to social media to locate him.
“He hadn’t booked any accommodation over there [and] was carrying a large amount of cash. He suffers from depression and has got heart health problems,” Robert said.
“This ‘person’ who he was going to meet… no one from the family have any idea who ‘she’ is and we are obviously concerned that it is a scam.”
On January 7, his family announced that he had been located in Edenvale, east of Johannesburg, in Gauteng, a suburb approximately 17km from the OR Tambo International Airport.
This was after several tip-offs that he had been seen in the area.
Some of those who came forward claiming to have seen him said they had identified him as the missing man by the tattoos on his arm.
The SA Community Crime Watch group, which assisted in the search, said he had the names of his family members tattooed on his forearm.
Spokesperson Steven King told TimesLIVE that two women had found a sunburnt Currie lying under a tree on a pavement in Edenvale.
“When they found him, he was disorientated. He said he got lost and could not find the way back to the place where he was staying,” King said.
He had his cellphone and a pair of jeans with him.
It was not immediately clear whether he met the woman he travelled to South Africa to see during his time in the country.
Pastor claimed that he went to hell and killed satan.
Pastor MBORO claimed on his Facebook page that he went to hell and killed satan.
On a post that was later deleted when people started asking questions, the pastor claims God sent him to hell to get rid of world’s number one enemy.
He wrote “when I got to hell there was a queue of millions of people waiting to be braai’d by Satan. I even saw some prominent South African politicians. I was so shocked because they lived like angels here on earth. I thought they went to heaven. When Satan saw me he panicked and directed his army to kill me. Like Samson in the Bible, I defeated them. Satan was my last victim”
His received a moria of insults and condemnation from people who told him to stop misleading people. The post went down after an hour. It is not clear whether he will post it again or not. His claims comes months after another equally controversial pastor claimed he went to heaven and took pictures with Jesus.
At the time, the pastor claimed that the exclusive photos would only be released to select few members after of course a fee.
He later released photoshopped images to prove. This is one of the photos he released then.
World Bank President Jim Yong Kim Resigns