Ja’afar Ja’afar visits Magajiya Danbatta as she struggles to survive

Ja'afar expressed sadness over the condition he found the literary icon and amazon northern woman.


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” .

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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”.

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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.

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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”.


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