The Kano State branch of the Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA) has organised Hausa Poetry Contest to mark one hundred years of amalgamation of Northern and Southern protectorates of Nigeria. The competition was sponsored by one of its members; Musa Abdullahi Sufi. The association called for entries on subjects related to Nigeria, its prospects, challenges and way out.
The announcement of the winners was held on 5th January, 2014 during Dandalin Marubuta at the Murtala Muhammad Library, Kano. In his speech, the branch Secretary, Zaharaddeen Ibrahim Kallah commended the contribution of Musa Abdullahi Sufi who sponsored the prizes. According to him, his contribution would definitely help in encouraging young writers to produce qualitative creative works that can restore the glory of this country. He also believed that the prize will mark an avenue for others to emulate by endowing prizes.
Just like every month, the event was celebrated with presentations of short stories and poems by members of the Association.
Before the announcement of the winners, the contestants presented extracts of their works. While presenting the results, the panel of judges explained procedure they followed to pass judgement. Yaseer Kallah emerged as first place winner with his poem entitled, “Bulaliya”. The winner received prize of
N20, 000. The second and third position went to Kabiru Shua’ibu
Hannu Daya and Danladi Haruna with poems entitled, “Gida Najeriya 2” and “Gaskiya
Daya Ce” respectively. The second
position won prize of N10, 000 while
third position went home with N 5, 000.
On behalf of the other winners, Kabiru Shu’aibu Hannu Daya thanked the
Association and the sponsor of the prizes for creating opportunity to emerging
poets. He said the prizes would not doubt boost their skills to produce
Finally, the sponsor of the programme, Musa Abdullahi Sufi expressed satisfaction with the way the programme was conducted. He said there are a number of talented poets who are left unnoticed in the society, but sponsoring programme like this would help in discovering them and promoting them. He later called upon people to support the talents of these young people by doing anything possible to see them excel in various endeavour.
Zaharaddeen Ibrahim Kallah