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Kalapi Gets a Magijiya

Kalapi (or Kanrafi, as it is known by some) was the scene of celebration on Friday, the 31st of March.

Kalapi (or Kanrafi, as it is known by some) was the scene of celebration on Friday, the 31st of March, when the community and visitors turned out to celebrate the turbaning of the Magajiya, Mrs. Hannatu Danjuma, and the Zabiya Mrs. Sarah Dauda. The Magajiya is responsible for representing the interests of women in the Traditional Council.

This is a momentous task because previously the voice of the women was not heard in the Traditional Council during their meetings. It was men who were Kalapi (or Kanrafi, as it is known by some) was the scene of celebration on Friday, the 31st of March.

The men were charged to discuss with the women and bring their ideas back, but in ongoing discussion on an issue, there could not be follow-up because no woman was present to add her voice. It has been one of the aims of Hope for the Village Child Foundation to have women represented on Traditional Councils, and the Chief of Kalapi, Dagaci Gambo Magaji is to be commended for including them in the Council, taking up the challenge to include the women.

And what of the Zabiya

What is her role? 

And what of the Zabiya? What is her role? Her role is that of communication. And that communication is often done in traditional song. This was evident during the ceremony of turbaning. The Zabiya’s from neighboring communities and from Kujama came to sing their congratulations to the two women chosen as well as to praise the Chief for his role in making sure women have a voice in his Council.

The ceremony would not have been complete without the singing and the ulala-ing of the women as they rejoiced on the occasion. The ceremony was only the first ‘item on the agenda’ as the community was then invited to celebrate with food, drink and dancing in the home of the Magajiya.

 

 

 



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