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Prof. Peter Fatomilola: A Legendary Actor and Proud Son of Ife

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Peter Fatomilola was born on 16th January, 1946 at Ifisin, Ido-Osi, a city in Ekiti state, South-western Nigeria to the family of Late Chief Abraham Ojo and Mrs Elizabeth Fatomilola, being the only child of his mother, though his father had several other children. He had his primary education at The Apostolic Primary School, Iwaro-Oke; he went to the modern school at Ilesa and then Ife City Commercial College in 1968 for his secondary education.

Acting, for him, began when he was in primary school. He used to write short plays and direct his friends who were co-actors with him. When he was at the City College, he collaborated with his house master and established a drama group named Ife City Dramatic Society, and he was further sponsored by the schools principal, Adeyera, who donated a bus to the group.

Peter Fatomilola and his group went about staging plays such as Oluwa LO Mejoo Da, Agbalowomerii: Baale Jontoro, etc. In the course of these tours, in 1970, Peter came in contact with late Professor Ola Rotimi during a festival at Oranmiyan Local Government where he had won the medal as best actor. Prof Ola Rotimi took interest in him, so Peter began to work with him. After his secondary education, Prof Ola Rotimi enrolled him in his own Theatre group University of Ife Theatre. Peter Fatomilola worked there for ten years before Ola Rotimi left for Port Harcourt. Peter thereafter worked for Wole Soyinka until his retirement.

He is the son of a Chief Ifa Priest, which was believed to influence his herbalist roles in Nigerian Yoruba Film. Peter Fatomilola is a retired academic staff of Obafemi Awolowo University where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre Arts in 1978. He was the first person to act the role of Papa Ajasco, a lead role in a comedy opera produced by Wale Adenuga. He has featured in several notable Nigerian movies including Sango, an epic African movie scripted by Wale Ogunyemi and produced by Obafemi Lasode.

Peter Fatomilola is currently the Head of Ifa Priests in his town. Just recently, he was honoured with a chieftaincy title in Ile-Ife by the Ooni of Ife. Peter Fatomilola is a proud father of over two dozen children who he has successfully trained in their academic endeavours.

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8 Things You Suppose To Know About Mamman Shata

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Late Mamman Shata Katsina

 

Mamman Shata, who was born in 1923 in Musawa local government area of Katsina State, died on 18 June 1999. Shata, a famous Hausa poet, has the largest number of recorded songs. His vocals were often accompanied by talking drums, known as kalangu. He performed for the Hausa people of Nigeria and some parts of Africa and even non-Hausas for more than half a century.

Mamman Shata’s mother, Lariya, was of the Fulani ethnic stock known as Fulata-Borno, the Fulani people who migrated from the Borno Empire after the Fulani Jihad of 1804 and settled in parts of Hausa land. She met Shata’s father, Ibrahim Yaro, when she went there to visit a relative. Subsequently, they got married with three children: Yaro, Mamman Shata and his sister Yalwa.

Below are some of the facts you may not have known about Shata:

1- Shata acquired his nickname ‘Shata’ from a man called Baba Salamu, a relative of his.

Shata as a young man was engaged in selling kola nuts and after the sale he would share the profit to people he met on his way home or in the market and came back empty handed. When asked what he did with the money he made, he would answer, “Na yi shata da su,” i.e. he had given it away. As a result, Baba Salamu would be calling him ‘Mai-Shata’, meaning one who fritters away his takings.

2- Shata had been to Hajj once in his life time

Although visited many countries of the world like the United Kingdom, France and the United States of America, Shata had been to Hajj once in his life time. It was reported that one Haru Dan-Kasim, a Kano-based popular merchant sponsored Mr Shata to perform his Hajj in 1954 (?)

3- Shata was a politician, held different political positions

Shata participated actively in partisan politics throughout his life. His politics was largely left-wing even though his benefactors (the royal and the business classes) were mostly on the right.

In the 1970s, he won an election, becoming a councillor under Kankia Local Government Area of the then Kaduna State. In the Second Republic (in the ’80s) he was first in the centre-of-right GNPP and then moved to the conservative ruling party, the NPN.

In the Third Republic he was elected as the chairman of SDP in Funtua Local Government Area, a position from which he was impeached due to his left-wing character and brush with the party’s main benefactor in Katsina State, retired Major-General Shehu Musa Yar’Adua

4- Shata’s singing prowess started manifesting from childhood

Shata began singing with other youth for fun at the village square (“dandali”) after the evening meal. His prowess grew until he outshone the other youngsters. But he was doing that not for any monetary gain. It was merely a vocation for the youngsters.

5- Shata’s father did not want his son to become a musician.

Ibrahim Yaro disliked the idea of his son becoming a musician due to widely held belief that music or praise-singing was a form of ‘roko’ or begging. His father, being a Fulani man, expected the young Shata to become a farmer or a trader, either of which was a more dignified occupation. Shata’s insistence on becoming a musician was therefore seen as a rebellion against the norm.

6- Shata spent 30 years in stardom, became the one of the longest bestselling Hausa artistes in the world

In 1952 his stardom began to manifest in Kano after he performed at a wedding part known as “Bikin ‘Yan Sarki” (Wedding of the Princes) where some 12 notable Kano princes married. He was a highly respected folklorist. He spent about 50 to 60 years in the music industry. Shata could not recall or remember how many songs he produced. Many of his songs, especially those he produced in his teens, were not recorded.

7- Shata was a moralist

Shata was famed to have sung for every topic under the Hausa land’s sun: agriculture, culture, religion, economy, politics, military, morality and etiquettes, animals, trade, etc.

8- Shata received many national and international awards, including a PhD.

Shata received many awards, including those from the Federal Government (which gave him the Member of the Order of the Niger, MON), the Performing Musicians Association of Nigeria (PMAN), the Kano State Government, the U.S. Embassy in Nigeria, University of California, Los Angeles, and an honorary doctorate degree by Ahmadu Bello University in recognition of his contribution to both national development and letter.

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Telling Lies and its Upshots-Dembo

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Abdurraheem Saad Dembo

 

By AbdurRaheem Sa’ad Dembo

Telling lies is becoming a normal way of life among young people, especially, because they tell lies with ease and confidence; without minding the consequences. Lie, according to Oxford Advanced English Dictionary, means “a statement made by somebody knowing that it is not true”. This encompasses deception, falsehood, cock and bull story, etc. This piece is not out to arrogate righteousness to the author; rather, essentially, it is aimed at drawing the attention of the public to how telling lies or lying around is reducing humanity to nothingness.

People tell lies for variety of reasons: to gain favour, to woo a woman, to achieve certain aim, to enable them outsmart others, to cover the truth, to destroy others while to some people, it is for fun. What precipitates lie could be inferiority complex, fear, ego, insincerity, wickedness, bad upbringing, bad peer group and ignorance. If a liar can decipher the extent of damage lying would be doing to his or her life, he or she wouldn’t have ventured into it.

Many people, old and young, have engaged in lying to woo a woman up to the point of marriage; only for the woman to get to his house after wedding to discover that the man has deceived her in no small measure. The truth is, some men would study a woman very well, once they discover that she is the type that likes hyping or deception unnecessarily, they will begin lying to her. I have heard many men saying women are sometimes prompting men to tell lies because of unnecessary demands. This is true because I have encountered a woman who told me before I got married that women like to be told lies sometimes but not all the time. The lady asserted that it would be hard for me to get a woman because I was too straight forward. My response to her was that I would never live like others and that my upbringing was not predicated upon, and surrounded with, lying.

On a lighter note, my niece, Jummy, sometimes ago shared with me a story of a young man who came to woo her friend with gigantic lie during their days in the college of education. I know that her friend very well because they were close friends. The young man claimed falsely that he was an undergraduate student of medicine at a university. But not quite long that luck ran out of the young man and his lie was punctured seriously. On that fateful day, Jummy and her friend were at the academic office and a young man was being addressed that he could not be given a particular course except music. By the time they looked towards the direction of the school official making the statement they realized that it was Mr Medicine. Subsequent to that encounter the young man began to avoid my niece and her friends. But one day there was no way he could manouver his way, so they unavoidably met and the young man felt extremely dejected. The implication of this is that lying around to people would add no value to one’s life but destruction.

Lying around diminish one’s integrity and dignity as no one would believe him or her on a day he or she will be telling the truth. Like the Yoruba saying “Iro re koje kia mon ooto re” meaning his notoriety for lying already puts in jeopardy his credibility when he makes truthful statements. Indeed, it amounts to a crime against humanity to engage in such a destructive enterprise-the business of lying. Within the family circle, for instance, it is dehumanizing to be a liar because it has the propensity to getting one tagged as a black sheep of the family. When one is in tandem with lying he or she would lose respect.

In the corporate world dishing out lies is usually discouraged because the survival of the business cannot be sustained with lies but effectiveness, productivity and credibility. In Public Relations lying is discouraged because it will backfire in no distance time, thereby crippling the image of the organization. In a community where a leader tells lies effortlessly such a leader would become an object of mockery, it is just a matter of time.

Furthermore, in a family setting where the Head of the family is an expert in telling lies, he would also lose respect. In fact, they will be disparaging him even behind. So lying around has consequences that may hinder one from growing in entirety because it has an expiration like a Hausa saying “Karya fure take Bata ‘ya’ya” meaning lie only flowers but can’t bear fruits. By extension, lying around cannot be productive but destructive.

As parents we must avoid telling lies, because children imitate whatever they see their parents doing. If you are lying always as parents, it is almost automatic that you would raise good liars.

Although there are some acclaimed professions that are synonymous with telling lies, according to some scholars, but that is not the area of interest in this discourse. Hence, by way of conclusion, perfection belongs to the Almighty but as humans we must eschew regular telling of lies, because whatever we are doing our Creator is All-Seeing; besides, our children are also watching us.

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Juicy Ministries and the Geo-Political Zones of their Respective Senior Ministers.

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Abubakar Dauda

By Abubakar Sadiq Dauda

The region of the bosses of the Super Ministries i.e. Ministries that have either a large budget size for capital expenditure or juicy parastatals under its supervision are as thus:

Works – South-East
Transportation – North-East
Power – South-West
Petroleum – South-South
Gas Resources – South-South
Finance – South-West
Communications – South-West
F.C.T. – South-South
Interior – South-West
Marine – South-West
Aviation – South-South
Defence – North-West
Police Affairs – North-East
Education – North-East
Health – North-East
Agriculture – North-East
Solid Minerals – South-West
Humanitarian – South-South

Take it or leave it, the North-west and the North-central zones did not get their fair portions, due to the fact that, this administration secured more votes in the Northwest and North-central zones combined, if compared to the total score secured in the remaining four Geo-political zones combined.

Read also: Ministerial Nominee’s: Between Fair Proportions and Political Relevance.

However, delivering his remark after the swearing-in, President Tinubu reminded the Ministers that they are ministers of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and not Ministers of a particular region or state.

I want to believe and pray that the Ministers will be fair to all states and regions in terms of project delivery and job allocations.

Sadiq is a political analyst and observer, writes from Kano and can be reached via, sadiqdauda55@gmail.com

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