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Friday, February 22, 2008

INTRODUCING 'YAR MAMA

Just got the greatest New Year gift; my own computer and internet service in my own space. Wonderful...my husband can't imagine what he is unleashing. I have bottled up feelings about so many things and I really needed an outlet. After living for too many years in Kano, we have just moved to Abuja. I am so-o-o happy. I needed to get away from those smog-filled streets, small-minded people, holier than thou religious freaks, misplaced priority government...I can go on forever. The Kano of my youth is no more. My childhood neighborhood of Yakasai is garbage clogged, almajirai infested, kwatami overflowing ..Our so called Mallam Governor thinks that providing signboards with Quranic incantations is a priority. Kano, the commercial centre of the 70s and 80s is dying and is on the last legs of the death throes..Oh woe is me and my people...just where did we go wrong? FYI this is just a rhetorical question cos I know damn well where we went wrong!!! This blog will tell you but for starters I am just estatic that we got away...I was already having nightmares about bringing up my children in Kano which was a struggle of ideas between mine and those around us that insist on helping me put my children right. My mother-in-law insists on our sending the children EVERY weekend to Wawure to acclimatise with the relatives. Their ideas are oh so extreme that when my twelve year old said that she wanted to be an engineer, my husbands aunt said, ' in mijin ki ya yarda kya yi da ga gidanshi' (if your husband agrees, you can do that from his house). IMAGINE!!! My husband actually was undecided about moving to Abuja but I used all my womanly wiles and guess who changed his mind overnight.

17 comments:

jinni said...
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Ms. emmotions said...

ah? trust me , i know all about them woman power,
am happy for u, hope are enjoyin abuja..

'Yar Mama said...

ms emmotions, enjoying Abj very much, thanx. Went to ur blog, interesting reading

pamela said...

hey.

I am so excited to meet you. I can tell that you have a lot of stories to tell.

My mom was born in Kano. LOL!!

:-)

Chxta said...

I'll be watching this space.

Dami said...

hey welcome to blogger!! did early secondary school in Kano!

The Law said...

Welcome to the blogosphere. I'll be looking forward to reading more from you.

Bahaushe Mai Ban Haushi! said...

'Yar Mama,
Sannu da zuwa. Lookin 4ward 2 readin u alwayz. Giv us more.

tobenna said...

Firstly, 'Yar Mama, you need to change that name. It doesn't do you justice. Find a better sounding pseudonym if you don't want to tell your real name.

Secondly, I wanted to heap praises on your blog, but I won't as too much can be bad for you.

Thirdly, it is really good and refreshing to read from an under-reported part of blogosphere.

Damn!
You have a lot to share
and I'm waiting to hear.
2 degrees, 2 marriages, 5 kids and only 36yrs?! Woah! You sound as wise as Solomon already.

I tag you.

For the love of me said...

Welcome, welcome. your voice will be a refreshing addition to the voices of blogosphere. I will visit here almost as often as you.

NigerianDramaQueen said...

I've called Abuja home for over 1 years now and I love it more each yeaR! Can't wait to be done with college and law school and move back.

zara said...

wow.. i never thot i would meet a hausa person like u who didnt think her people where do know all and do all! interesting blog first time here.. wud definately keep on coming back.. the way the hausa's act has made a lot of people hate them before they get to know em.. like my mum wud have a heart attack if i have a hausa boyfriend/fiance talk less of husband! sad story

AJIKE said...

the power of a woman..lol...x

tobenna said...

@ zara: Get rid of your stereotypes!

Naapali said...

So you wrote your first post on my daughter's birthday. Coincidence? Probably but it is more poetic to think a higher power was at work.


Again, welcome to blogville. Wa pe fun wa! A Yoruba prayer that translates; you will live long for us!

Naijachic said...

Waoh, I am speechless at ur profile and av read all the posts, I always get so motivated to meet women fighting for what is right no matter the religion, race, or tribe....well done!

Jaguda said...

you are a welcome breath of fresh air.