We are back from Katsina. We thank God for taking us there safely and we competed in dance, drama and comedy. However, eight (8) different states competed in all the competition, we came 4th in drama, 4th in comedy and 7th in dance. We thank God for journey mercy back to Kano. Here are some of the pictures we snapped during the competition.
Scent is beauty. The beauty that rules a certain psychological inclination we often have with the society. Thus, making us feel the crawl of incompleteness when not garbed in a “sweet smell” that registers our presence and gives us a distinct stance amongst friends and foes alike wherever we might be.
An Indian mystic known as Ramakrishna once said that, “the fabled musk deer searches the world over for the source of the scent that comes from itself”. In a bid to reach perfection, Artists in some cases could distort an art work which pleases the taste buds of connoisseurs only to bring forth an image deeply buried in their minds alone. The beauty of the sea is in its ripples but we are often thrilled by it’s calmness.
Scented buds is an anthology of poems and short stories published by the Corp members of Education development and ICT community development service (CDS) group Kano for the secondary school students following a one-day creative writing workshop they organized for the teens in November 2016. It is a book of fifty pages with 26 poems and 16 prose works. These two genre are put into two parts in the book with the poems coming first while the prose works follow.
It is however a thing to note that the ironic depiction of ‘buds’ with ‘chicks’ on the cover page is a masterpiece. Unlike the norm of having ‘plants’ as a direct representation for ‘buds’, The reader is met upon arrival with chicks struggling to break out from their shells(indeed, the corp members have brought these kids out from their shy shells). These chicks are expressed on the cover page as frail and lost subjects which aptly captures the situation the kids were met. The correlation of the title and the book art can’t be queried as there’s a beautiful romance between the two.
SCENTED which is pictorially represented with a mother-hen seen diligently guarding her chicks and serving as a guide to them through whatever appears grey to the chicks that are just initiated into a new ‘world’. There couldn’t have been a better metaphorical stance between the Mother-hen and the Corp members.
BUDS: The choice of having chicks instead of plants is a creativity to be applauded even though the line of thought is same. A bud breaks the soil to sprout and thus, breaking it’s own shell. A chick breaks it’s shell to become a ‘bud’. Therefore, the inline connection that exist between the title and the art would take more than just aesthetical appreciation to decipher.
The poems even though simply written, exude thoughts that outweighs the age of these authors. The first poem in the collection which is written by a jss 2 Tijjani Ibrahim of School for Arabic studies is a beauty to be parceled. He titled it ‘My Soyinka’
“Musa is a friend”/ Here, the writer takes us into his line of friends and has something to say about a certain ‘musa’/pg1/v1
“The best amongst all friends”
“He’s got a knack to learn”
“To read all books”
Written With Words
“From page ‘A’ to ‘Z’ “/ The writer makes us understand in this piece that, He’s chosen musa as his best friend because musa reads everything that’s got words in it. The writer is then very selective of who becomes his friend because he’s aware that the friends one keep defines his attitude and how he relates with the society. It is a good thing that he’s keeping a friend that’s obsessed with books. This could have been the reason behind the choice of his title.
Maryam Abdullahi Yunusa in her 3-line poem made me immediately call my mother to recite her the piece. This lass beautifully said everything about her mother in the poem she called “Mom”
“You are the sweetest sweet”/ my taste bud couldn’t muster enough sweet to make me know how it’ll taste. But the little I summoned was enough to make me imagine the sweetness that’s embedded in the verse.
“My endeared land of happiness”
“Never tired nor torn by life’s tide”/ we all have things to say about our mothers, But Maryam said everything in 3 lines. One other thing about this child is her ability to drag her reader into her emotions. This is seen in her 2nd poem titled “my love”
“Your love is sweeter than a thousand dove”/verse3/pg7
Her ability in simple metaphors is her forte.
“My love for you”
“Creates cascading oasis in my eyes”
The kid in her 2 poems obviously showed the bond that lives between herself and her mother. Indeed, The future for Maryam Abdullahi can best be imagined if the tempo is sustained.
When our dreams are cut short by death, who do we blame? In the piece written by Latifa Sani Abdullahi of floral international, she leaves the reader dampened with sober emotions. Her poem which she called “shield” is a dirge in its entirety.
“You guarded me from spears”/v1/pg25
“Spared me the wrath of whip”/v2/pg25
“Come home mother”/v7/pg25
“You’ve slept much already”/v8/pg25
The fluidity of her enjambment is stunning. She is a keen observer of nature to have succeeded in creating a metaphor of “slept” instead of “death” at her age. Isn’t sleep another form of death?
Looking at the prose works, the kid told their stories in a nonfictional way. Most of the writings gushed out with traces of the writers in them. Writings like.. “And I fulfilled a part of my deen” of Zainab Isah Abba of Sahib science school talked about the teenager’s experience and excitement when she memorized the holy Qur’an.
“Dirge to my icon of icons” is another nonfictional piece written by Aisha Ahmad bukar of AB reward schools. The piece brought to fore the anguish this child faced as a result of the death of her father. It is scary that these children remind us of our eminent demise. Someday, our switch will be turned off by the one who owns us.
These kids took me on a tour into a world that amazed me. Kano should be proud of the young writers in its core.
Scented buds justifies every purpose its been created for and will for a long while be cuddled by the teens and anybody that runs into it.
Musa yunus is a Batch A corp member presently serving in kano and the Cds leader of Education development and ict group. He’s from minna in Niger state and an active member of Association of Nigerian Authors(ANA). He studied Surveying & Geoinformatics. He’s a lover of art.
It was a memorable day as the Editorial CDS group of Batch A Corp members organized a first of its kind Creative writing seminar for students across several public and private schools in Kano.
The event which took place at School of Arabic Studies Kano was graced by several dignatories amongst which Dr. Bala Muhammad and a number of young excellent writers.
Participants were drawn from the 9 schools in attendance. They were; Ar Raihan International school, Flora international school, Citadel international school, Muhammed Vice International school, Millenium Model school, First grade international school, Sahib science Academy, AB Reward international school and School of Arabic studies.
Upon the commencement of the event, the President of Educational development CDS Musa Yunus made it known that the event was inspired by the need for secondary students to inculcate the culture of writing. He made mention that the initiative aims at inspiring burgeoning writers in school in Kano through appropriate showcasing of their write ups. Citing examples of youngsters who have written meaning works of literature in Niger state, Musa noted that he has the strong believe that the students in Kano can even do better and get to an enviable state.
An interesting part of his speech was the reinforcement of the commitment by the CDS to ensure that the top ranking write-ups from the students will be printed in the daily trust newspaper. A thought which was also echoed by Dr. Bala Muhammad.
Speaking with the schedule officer of the group Mr. Gwadabe, he pointed out that the ‘Reach out to a child’ initiative is a novelty meant to inspire students to develop a zeal for writing literary materials such as poems, prose, drama and all kinds of fictive and non-fictive writing.
The chairman and leading judge of the event, Dr. Bala Muhammad in his speech lauded the effort of the CDS group saying it was worth emulating by others. Having opined this, he went to give thoughtful advise to the students saying they must first develop their love for reading as this will help widen their horizon and consequently make them insightful and writers.
He gave an example of himself as young lad who had a strong love for reading stating that he was able to exhaust all books in the primary section of the Kano Library as a young boy.
After speeches, the students were subsequently grouped under specific writers available at the event for monitoring with Dr. Bala as the lead supervisor.
In the end, a plethora of written materials were collected from the students to the delight of the judges and other dignitaries present. The writings will be marked and the winners announced before the end of the year.
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It was a beautiful evening at the Nigerian Airforce Base pitch, Kano state, with over fifty spectators in attendance to view the match between Nigerian Airforce (NAF) FC and the NYSC football team. The friendly encounter was expected to be a thriller with both sides playing for pride.
The NYSC team kicked-off the match at 4:50pm Nigerian time with the visitors making the first few attempts on goal. Danjuma made an early attempt for the NYSC team by shooting wide at goal while Christian dazzled with the ball shortly afterwards by dribbling past two NAF players. The visitors where calm and showed a comfortable possession of the ball which paid-off in the 18th minute as they took the lead through Tarnum Kelvin’s well placed shot. The game became balanced afterwards as NAF FC made some goal attempts in a bid to draw level before half time. The half time whistle went at 5:30pm and the NYSC team went into the break with a 1-0 lead.
The second half started at 5:40pm and Emmanuel came off the bench to replace Christian for the NYSC team shortly after the break. Both teams had their chances but could not covert them until NAF FC found the back of the net in the 68th minute through Aisher in what seemed to be controversial. The decision of the referee was questioned severally by the spectators who felt he was taking side. The earlier interesting game later saw the NYSC team playing against one more man on the pitch. The NYSC team came close to sealing the game in the 73rd minute when a player picked up a loose ball but played it over the cross bar.
The match ended 1-1 at 6:20pm and players of both teams stayed back on the pitch to participate in the mannequinn challenge. The NYSC team captain, Musa Ayuba, in an interview shortly after the match said that his expectation before the game was to play a fair and safe game. He further stated that the match was a warm up to keep the team fit and prepared for the NYSC zonal games. He concluded by thanking members of the Editorial team for their presence at the event and urged fellow corps members to show support by always coming to watch them play and by building confidence in the team.
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CORPERS WEE O!
The event held on the 10th of November,2016 at the conference room at the NYSC secretariat, Gwarzo road, Kano State.
With the usual opening of all CDS meetings, the NYSC anthem was sung, after which the minutes of the last meeting was read.
Deliberations were made which was interrupted by the enterance of the nysc official in charge of social activities with a representative of NYSC from the national level, Abuja. Corps members were asked to lay their complaints and suggestions to NYSC after which the meeting continued.
Some minutes into the meeting, the red-cross representatives walked in and the lecture began. The representative, Mr Dauda Muhammed presented on the history and importance of Red Cross, he also gave the importance, roles, limitation and application of first aid.
Sir Jean Henry Dunant at the battle of Solferino in 1859 saw the need to help injured people before the professionals arrived, this birthed the movement, after which he wrote a book called, “A Memory of Solferino” in 1862. In 1863, ICRC was established and in 1864, the first International Conference was held, called First Geneva Convention.
Red Cross priorities:
- Human freedom (freedom of religion),
- Restoring family links,
- Protection of civil population,
- Prisoners of war,
- Wounded and sick in armed forces in field.
He also talked about the neutrality of the symbol, the symbol is the inverted colors of the Swedish flag, in Henry Dunant’s honour. He added that Red Cross is present in about 200 countries.
Red Cross gives you informed knowledge of what to do, how to do it, when to do it, where to do do it. It is a combination of skills and practical common sense. To preserve life, and limit to condition from being worse, to promote recovery.
Other Priorities of Red Cross are;
- Don’t panic,
- Keep away from danger,
- Assess the situation,
- Waste no time in summoning help,
- Do nothing when in doubt,
- Comfort and reassure (hope heals)
- Stay with the casualty until help arrives.
Things to do in situations:
- Assess the risk,
- Do your best,
- Give care with confidence,
- Be in control,
- Gentle but firm,
- Build trust (tell the peson what you want to do before carrying it out)
- Be resourceful.
-Assess the consciousness
The presentation ended with a CPR demostration.
Thanks for reading.
This event was covered and written by Jessica Clarkson (Batch A 2016) and Nelly Ehijator (Batch A, 2016)