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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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NYSC FC Kano stands their ground against Nigerian Airforce (NAF) Kano

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.


NYSC FC Kano prepp for the match. 

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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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.


NEMA cds members awaiting the arrival of officials

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.


Mr Dauda during the lecture

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.

Other notable officials that were around.

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:

  1. Assess the risk,
  2. Do your best,
  3. Give care with confidence,
  4. Be in control,
  5. Gentle but firm,
  6. Build trust (tell the peson what you want to do before carrying it out)
  7. Be resourceful.


-Assess the consciousness
*Broken bones


The presentation ended with a CPR demostration.


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This event was covered and written by Jessica Clarkson (Batch A 2016) and Nelly Ehijator (Batch A, 2016)


Editorials Members at the event.