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BBC names winner of 2021 Hausa women short story writing competition

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Hakkina (My Right) by Aishatu Musa Dalil has won this years BBC Hausa short story contest for women.

The winner of the 2021 competition Aishatu is an 18-year-old, first year university student of English and French.

She began writing in 2018 and has a passion for writing about women’s issues.

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Hakkina tells the story of a young woman, Fatima, who is raped by her stepfather and is threatened by her mother not to tell anyone about the abuse.

In fact, she locks Fatima in a room despite the injuries she sustained during the assault.

To Fatima’s mother, silencing her daughter not only covers for her husband, but also “protects” her daughter from the stigma faced by victims of rape in the Hausa society.

The first runner-up is a story written by Nana Aicha Hamissou Abdoulaye.

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Titled: “Butulci,” (Betrayal) it is about a young couple whose new marriage and pregnancy news is marred by the sudden horror of kidnapping.

The title of the story stems from the events that led up to the kidnapping and the unexpected revelation of the person involved.

The second runner-up is: “Ramat,” by Zulaihat Alhassan.

Titled after the protagonist, Ramat is a revered police woman whose husband is also in the police.

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She is caught in a family scandal where she has to choose between her only son and her job.

The BBC Hausa women’s short story contest was introduced to give female writers a platform to tell and share their stories.

Editor of the Hausa Service, Aliyu Tanko, says: “As the competition enters its sixth year, it is satisfying to know that women have accepted it as an avenue to stir conversations in the region through their writing.

“We’ve seen set after set of remarkable writers emerge from Hikayata competition and this is truly what we’ve always aimed to achieve.”

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Lead judge, Dr. Hauwa Bugaje, said: “This year we have seen an absolute shift in the thematic preoccupation of these stories.

“It is obvious that women writers in northern Nigeria are becoming aware day by day, of the most pressing issues faced by women in the region.

“The themes centre around rape, domestic violence, kidnappings, and career choices.

“The characters this year have been created to represent strong, bold women.”

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Winner Dalil said: “When I got a call from the BBC that my story was among the winning stories, I was ecstatic.

“I quickly got down on my knees to give thanks to Allah.

“I was not expecting to win as I’m a new writer and the competition is known to attract great writers.

“My family is very proud of me and winning the competition is one of my biggest achievements.”

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The winner and runners up were awarded their prizes on November 26, 2021.

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Confusion as security operatives exchange blows during Buhari’s Kaduna visit

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There was confusion when security agents exchanged blows while President Muhammadu Buhari was commissioning Kawo bridge in the heart of Kaduna state, city, on Thursday.

President Buhari arrived in Kaduna State to commission projects executed by the State Governor, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai.

The projects are in Kafanchan, Kaduna and Zaria.

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Shortly after his return from Kafacnchan, the President commissioned the Kawo bridge.

However, an altercation among security operatives attached to the President and those based in Kaduna resulted in exchange of blows.

Trouble started when some operatives of the Department of State Services blocked the road to Kawo bridge soon after the President who mounted the bridge.

Governor El-Rufai, who had earlier alighted from his vehicle, rode in the President’s convoy to the bridge.

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The security agents, who barred journalists and other dignitaries from accessing Kawo bridge, blocked the road after El-Rufai and the President were on the bridge.

However, El-Rufai’s Aide-De-Camp insisted that the governor’s official vehicle must be allowed access.

Daily Trust reports that the President’s security aides stood their ground and this resulted in not just an altercation but exchange of blows.

Eventually, the governor’s vehicle was given access.

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Two die, five injured as truck crushes motorcycle in Cross River

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The Federal Road Safety Corps has confirmed the death of two persons in an accident in the early hours of Thursday in Nko community, Yakurr Local Government Area of Cross River State.

The Public Education Officer of the Corps in Cross River State, Mark Ajuka, confirmed the death of the victims in an interview.

Ajuka, a Superintendent Route Commander, told the News Agency of Nigeria that five persons were also injured in the crash that involved a truck and a motorcycle.

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He said that investigation revealed that the crash was caused by a brake failure from the truck driver.

He said: “The accident occurred early this morning in Nko community, Yakurr Local Government Area of Cross River.

“The deceased have been evacuated from the scene of the crash, while those injured were taken to the General Hospital in Ugep for treatment.”

An eyewitness, James Eteng, told the NAN that the tragic incident occurred at St. Pius Primary School in Nko community.

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“Today is a black Thursday for us in Nko community.

“We have lost a son and a daughter in an accident that occurred this morning.

“As we speak, the whole community is in mourning mood, we can only console with the family to bear the irreparable loss.”

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