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Legacy of Sheikh Aminuddeen  Abubakar on Women Education  



Late Sheikh Aminuddeen Abubakar


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The passing away of Sheikh Aminuddeen Abubakar on the night of 25th Ramadan 1436  equivalent to 9th of July was a great shock to the entire Muslim community in Nigeria and Africa in general.


Sheikh Aminuddeen is a Household Name in the Kano State of Nigeria due to his mode of preaching and his commitment to the call of Islam during the formative Years of Daawah Group of Nigeria in the early ’80s.


The development of Islamic religion and its real teachings in Kano was the handiwork of the Late Sheikh, especially among the youth.

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It is significant to say that when Muslim Women were confined within their matrimonial homes after marriage without having requisite Islamic Education, Late Sheikh Aminuddeen of blessed memory revolutionized the thinking of men.

This was by a way of establishing an Islamic School for married women which pave way for instilling Sound Islamic Knowledge on women folk in Kano and beyond.


Many married women that became erudite Islamic Scholars courtesy of Late Sheikh Aminuddeen’s magnanimity to educate the public.


His stance on education was instrumental to making many people literate, apart from establishing Islamic School for Married Women, Men are not left behind, Night School was another citadel of learning conceived by the Sheikh which hatched many Islamic Scholars that emerge masters in their own fields.

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During the Heydays of Daawah Group of Nigeria, the vicinity of the school is filled with vehicles during study hours particularly the Women’s section.


His mode of preaching made the public Know the responsibility of leaders to the people, this entices elites to the Late Sheikh Aminuddeen whom they look forward to enlightenment.


During Late General Sani Abacha’s dictatorship, Late Shiekh Aminuddeen was the only Islamic Scholar who tell  Government the truth on Pulpit no matter who is offended.


Organizing Maghreb Lectures as part of the policy of Daawah Group of  Nigeria steered by the late Sheikh and has been enjoying Muslims to partake in Western Education during Friday Sermons among others.


His eloquence in Arabic is another Gift the Late Sheikh Aminuddeen is endowed with, He was among the Few Islamic Scholars in Kano who was fluent in Arabic as he can speak up head for hours in the presence of a large crowd.


His humorous nature endeared him to many people as he can quench your anger.


His contribution to the spread of Islam and instilling of Islamic Knowledge can not be overemphasized,


The Last time I met late Sheikh Aminuddeen of blessed memory was in December 2014 in Kaduna during a retreat of Kano State Top Government Functionaries in which he was a participant.


On the second day of the retreat, I sighted him coming out alone and went to greet him, I accompanied him up to where his car was parked.

He told me that this was his last day for the retreat and will not come back for the closure the following Day. That was my last conversation with the late Sheikh alive until I was phoned on the announcement of his death on July 9th, 2015


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Around late 1988 on Friday which falls on Sallah Day, My Father took me to Daawah  Jumuat Masjid on his then Honda Benly Motorcycle.

By then Late Sheikh AMINUDDEEN Used to deliver the first segment of his Friday Sermon in Arabic on the pulpit and after the two Rakaat Prayers was observed he will rise and Translate the whole Khutba in Hausa.


On Finishing the Khutba  My father took me to greet him, while there was an assembly of people waiting for their turn, on Turning to my father Sheikh Aminuddeen Said ” Malam Yushau wannan Danka ne” my father replied in the affirmative, he shook my hands with me and brought out the Sum of 5 NAIRA NOTE and gave it to me and said this is your Barka da Sallah.

Indeed the Muslim community has lost an erudite Islamic scholar, a poet, an author at the age of 69 according to his Family.


May Allah forgive his shortcomings and grant him the Exalted of his paradise.




Brief History Of Modakeke





Modakeke is a town in Osun State, South West Nigeria, with a population of close to three hundred thousand people.

The Modakekes are also known as the Akoraye and have a history of valor at war and are prosperous farmers.

With the fall of the Oyo Empire to the Fulani, the Yoruba kingdom was thrown into confusion and the inhabitants of the Old Oyo were dispersed and started new settlements all around Yoruba land.

Fleeing southwards in search of new abodes after the fall of the Oyo Empire, the Oyos started settling among the Ifes in 1834.

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As the Romans of old, they were soldier-farmers. They were hardy as soldiers and industrious as farmers.

Having lost all their possessions in their hasty flight, they started life in Ife by doing menial jobs to enable them eke out a living.

The reigning Ooni of Ife, Oba Akinmoyero was said to have received them well.

They started growing and producing different types of food crops on farmlands given to them by their hosts.

A good number of them got recruited into Ife’s weak army and it was through their gallantry that Ife had its territory extended to Alakowe, its present boundary with Ilesa.

Prior to the arrival of the Oyos, Ijesha land extended to the present location of the Palace of the Ooni of Ife.

This is why the Palace area is known as Enuwa (Enu Owa) until today.

Ooni Akinmoyero gave the displaced Oyo an expanse of land to stay outside the walls of Ife,the place given to the Modakekes was home to a species of bird called Ako (Stork), Hence the origin of the appellation AKORAYE(The stork has a place).

It was also customary for the storks at the location to chirp and sing the rhyme Mo-da-ke-ke-ke-ke which was most of the time heard by the Ifes and it was decided that the new settlement would be called MODAKEKE

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History of the Ajanakus Family in Ilesa, Osun State, Nigeria




Early 19th Century: The Beginning
The Ajanakus family traces its roots back to the early 19th century in Ilesa, Osun State, Nigeria. The family’s progenitor, Pa Ajanaku, was known for his wisdom and leadership within the local community. He was a respected farmer and trader, contributing significantly to the agrarian economy of Ilesa.

Late 19th Century: Expansion and Influence

By the late 1800s, the Ajanaku family had expanded both in size and influence. Pa Ajanaku’s descendants continued his legacy, establishing themselves as prominent figures in agriculture and local commerce. The family became known for their cultivation of cocoa, a key cash crop in the region, which boosted their economic standing.

Early 20th Century: Community Leadership

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In the early 1900s, the Ajanaku family began to take on more formal leadership roles within Ilesa. Members of the family held various chieftaincy titles and were involved in the administration of the town. Their influence extended to education, as they were instrumental in the establishment of local schools, promoting literacy and learning in the community.

Mid-20th Century: Modernization and Political Involvement

The mid-20th century saw the Ajanaku family adapting to the changing political landscape of Nigeria. They played key roles during the colonial period and the struggle for independence. Family members were active in local and regional politics, advocating for the rights and development of the Ilesa community.

Late 20th Century: Economic Diversification

As Nigeria gained independence in 1960, the Ajanaku family diversified their economic activities. They ventured into various industries, including manufacturing and real estate. Their entrepreneurial spirit contributed to the economic growth of Ilesa and Osun State.

21st Century: Legacy and Continuity

Today, the Ajanaku family remains a pillar of the Ilesa community. They continue to uphold their legacy of leadership, community service, and economic contribution. The younger generation has embraced modern professions, including law, medicine, and technology, while still honoring the family’s historical roots in agriculture and commerce.

The Ajanakus’ enduring legacy in Ilesa is a testament to their resilience, adaptability, and commitment to their community, reflecting the broader historical and cultural evolution of Osun State and Nigeria as a whole.


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Margaret Walker: Trailblazing Poet, Scholar, and Activist



Margaret Walker was born on July 7, 1915, in Birmingham, Alabama was a college student at the age of 15 when she begin writing poetry. She received a BA from Northwestern University in 1935 and an MA from the University of Iowa in 1940. In 1936 she joined the Federal Writers’ Project in Chicago, where she became friends with Richard Wright and joined his South Side Writers Group.

In 1941 Walker became the first African American poet to receive the Yale Younger Poets Prize, for her debut collection For My People (Yale University Press, 1942). She was also the author of the poetry collections This Is My Century: New and Collected Poems (University of Georgia Press, 1989), October Journey (Broadside Press, 1973), and Prophets for a New Day (Broadside Press, 1970).

Walker married Firnist Alexander in 1943, and together they had four children. In 1949 they moved to Mississippi, where she joined the faculty at Jackson State College. She returned to the University of Iowa for her doctoral studies and received a PhD in 1965. The following year, she published her dissertation as a novel, Jubilee (Houghton Mifflin, 1966).

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In 1968 Walker founded the Institute for the Study of the History, Life, and Culture of Black People at Jackson State College. As director of the institute, which was later renamed the Margaret Walker Center, she organized the 1971 National Evaluative Conference on Black Studies and the 1973 Phillis Wheatley Poetry Festival.

After Walker retired from teaching in 1979, she published On Being Female, Black, and Free (University of Tennessee Press, 1997), a collection of personal essays, and Richard Wright: Daemonic Genius (Warner Books, 1988), a work of nonfiction informed by her friendship with Wright. Margaret Walker died of cancer on November 30, 1998, in Jackson, Mississippi.

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