I am North A generous mother For I betrothed The Niger To a beautiful bride--The Benue


By Shehu Mubarak Sulaiman, Kano, Nigeria

I run from the far Sahara

through the Sahelian Kano

to the fertile lands of Benue

I am North

A spring of wisdom

I fed the brave Sardauna

And the eloquent Tafawa

I am North

A home to the Hausas

The Fulanis and Kanuris

Beroms, Tivs and Idomas

I am North

A generous mother

For I betrothed The Niger

To a beautiful bride–The Benue

In me are a people

From diverse places

Adamawa speaks beauty

In Kaduna, it rains intellect

Sokoto narrates legends

Of ShehuUsmanuDanfodiyo

And his conquest of Argungu

down to the villages of Ilorin

In me were blacksmiths

From the ancient town of Bidda

Tell me about the town of Hadejia

And fishes in its mysterious River

Plateau harbours minerals

And abundance dwell in Kano

Maiduguri was a home for all

In the days of Ajami scripting

My youths are not Islamists

I am the groudnut pyramids

I am Yakubu Gowon and Abacha

I am Mamman Shuwa and Murtala

When the sun rises

My markets get saturated

With hardworking merchants

And traders from beyond me

I am North

The stout Maina

The arid land of Gashua

I am vast farming and Pottery

I am North

a cave that echoes

All sounds of Dan Kwairo

I am the strings of Dan Maraya

I am North


I am MammanDurugu

I am architectural prowess

I am North

I am the wealthy Dangote

I am Okene and Ajaokuta

I am Damaturu, Jos and Lafia

There’s more to me

than the stories you hear

I had noble Queens and Kings

Towns within me, far and near

I am North

Of various faiths

Muslims and Christians

Of churches and mosques

Do not try to slander me

False tales don’t define me

My offsprings are not terrorists

For I am North, I am hospitality

In me are age-long festivals

And some colourful durbars

My Yankari is a sight to behold

Come! Do not wait till you are told

Mambilla touches the skies

“Awara” is sweeter when fried

I heard Gurara has tasty waters

In me are brothers without borders

Bauchi devours Maasa

Fura is an anthem in Gombe

There are morsels of Tuwo in Daura

Hadejia is well known for MiyanKuka

All hail MammanShata

who rose from ancient Funtua

Our Queen Amina was a heroine

She fought wars for old Zazzau

I am North,

I am Bayajidda,

I am Atta and Bayero

I am LadiKwali and Sawaba

I am North

The seat of The Caliphate

The Birnin Kudu paintings

I am culture and heritage

I am North,

I am milk and meat

I am cows and camels

I am grains and bounty harvests

I am North

An abode of the Gwaris

The Jukuns and the Zurus

The Ebiras and the Igalas

These rains will go

This blood will wash away

These cries will fade slowly

For I am North, Arewan Ali Makaho

I am North,

A place of love

For myriad centuries

Where peace had found shelter

They call me North

My children call me Arewa

But then, to me, I am a home

For men, women, young and old.

(c) Shehu Mubarak Sulaiman


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  1. Maryam Ahmad

    A perfect piece, more grease to the author’s elbow♥️

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