A famous journalist, activist and publisher of Daily Nigerian online newspaper Ja’afar Ja’afar has on Monday visited Hajiya Magajiya Danbatta a 84-year old Northern Nigeria’s singer.
The visit was generated as a result of comments and reactions that followed after posting her an archive video on his Facebook page on Sunday.
He said ” I met with 84-year-old Magajiya Dambatta today at her home in Makoda, Kano. When I posted an old video of her stage performance yesterday, a friend at Radio Kano, Munzali Hausawa, told me she is still alive” .
Ja’afar expressed sadness over the condition he found the literary icon and amazon northern woman.
” I drove for about 70km today to meet this star, now dimmed by age. Magajiya, who is now blind, ekes out a living by begging for alms in the village. Her melodic voice now slightly blunt, she remixed some of her famous songs. The lead drummer and the sub-drummer (Dankuntukuru) are dead, but most of the young choristers are alive”.
He added that the song of Magajiya has inspired many in 70s.
” According to a note written on the LP of her songs by a former managing director of Radio Kano, Adamu Salihu, one of her advocacy songs, has helped in boosting school enrolment in the early 70s by over 3,000 pupils In Kano. I believe some of those pupils, whose parents were inspired by her songs, are professors today.
But Magajiya lives in abject poverty. In Nigeria, this is how fame and stardom rise and fall like the effervescence of Andrew’s Liver Salt”.