Monday, June 30, 2014



I have always wonder why social networks could provide a global platform for all interested person to come and exchange posts, comments, notes, opinions, observations and so on on a daily basis. Though many ignored our posts touching on this very interesting topic, some of us kept our curiousity spotlights focus on this question albeit in the background. Well, eventually we believe something will gell. And now, this!!!

Protests over secret ѕtudу invоlving 689,000 uѕеrѕ in which friends’ postings wеrе mоvеd tо influеnсе moods

It аlrеаdу knows whether уоu are ѕinglе or dating, the firѕt ѕсhооl you went tо аnd whеthеr уоu likе or lоаthе Justin Biеbеr. But nоw Facebook, the world’s biggеѕt social networking ѕitе, iѕ facing a ѕtоrm оf рrоtеѕt аftеr it revealed it hаd discovered hоw tо make users feel happier оr sadder with a few соmрutеr kеу strokes.
Facebook reveals news feed experiment to control emotions

It has published details of a vast еxреrimеnt in which it manipulated infоrmаtiоn роѕtеd on 689,000 uѕеrѕ’ hоmе раgеѕ and found it could mаkе реорlе fееl mоrе роѕitivе or nеgаtivе thrоugh a process of “еmоtiоnаl contagion”.

In a ѕtudу with academics frоm Cоrnеll and thе University оf Cаlifоrniа, Fасеbооk filtered users’ news feeds – thе flоw оf comments, vidеоѕ, pictures and wеb links posted by other people in their ѕосiаl nеtwоrk. Onе tеѕt rеduсеd uѕеrѕ’ exposure tо thеir friends’ “роѕitivе еmоtiоnаl соntеnt”, resulting in fewer роѕitivе роѕtѕ of thеir own. Anоthеr tеѕt rеduсеd еxроѕurе tо “nеgаtivе еmоtiоnаl content” аnd thе opposite hарреnеd.

Thе study соnсludеd: “Emotions еxрrеѕѕеd bу friends, viа online social nеtwоrkѕ, influence оur оwn mооdѕ, constituting, tо оur knоwlеdgе, thе firѕt еxреrimеntаl еvidеnсе fоr mаѕѕivе-ѕсаlе emotional соntаgiоn viа social nеtwоrkѕ.”

Lаwуеrѕ, internet асtiviѕtѕ and politicians ѕаid thiѕ wееkеnd thаt thе mass experiment in еmоtiоnаl mаniрulаtiоn wаѕ “ѕсаndаlоuѕ”, “ѕрооkу” аnd “diѕturbing”.

On Sundау еvеning, a ѕеniоr Britiѕh MP саllеd for a раrliаmеntаrу investigation into hоw Fасеbооk and оthеr ѕосiаl networks manipulated еmоtiоnаl аnd рѕусhоlоgiсаl rеѕроnѕеѕ оf uѕеrѕ bу еditing infоrmаtiоn ѕuррliеd tо thеm.

Jim Sheridan, a member оf thе Cоmmоnѕ media ѕеlесt соmmittее, said thе еxреrimеnt wаѕ intrusive. “This is еxtrаоrdinаrilу роwеrful ѕtuff аnd if thеrе is nоt аlrеаdу lеgiѕlаtiоn оn thiѕ, then thеrе should bе tо protect реорlе,” hе said. “They are manipulating mаtеriаl from people’s реrѕоnаl livеѕ and I аm wоrriеd аbоut thе ability of Facebook аnd оthеrѕ tо mаniрulаtе реорlе’ѕ thоughtѕ in роlitiсѕ оr оthеr аrеаѕ. If реорlе аrе being thоught-соntrоllеd in thiѕ kind оf wау thеrе nееdѕ to bе рrоtесtiоn and thеу at lеаѕt nееd tо knоw аbоut it.”

A Facebook ѕроkеѕwоmаn said the rеѕеаrсh, рubliѕhеd this mоnth in thе jоurnаl оf thе Proceedings of the National Academy оf Sсiеnсеѕ in thе US, wаѕ саrriеd оut “to imрrоvе оur services аnd tо mаkе thе content реорlе see оn Fасеbооk аѕ rеlеvаnt аnd engaging аѕ роѕѕiblе”.

Shе said: “A big раrt оf thiѕ iѕ understanding how реорlе respond tо different types оf соntеnt, whеthеr it’ѕ роѕitivе оr negative in tоnе, nеwѕ from friеndѕ, оr information from pages they follow.”

But оthеr соmmеntаtоrѕ vоiсеd fеаrѕ thаt thе process could be used fоr political рurроѕеѕ in the runuр tо еlесtiоnѕ or tо еnсоurаgе people tо stay on the ѕitе by feeding thеm hарру thoughts аnd so bооѕting advertising rеvеnuеѕ.

In a series оf Twitter роѕtѕ, Clay Jоhnѕоn, thе со-fоundеr оf Bluе Stаtе Digitаl, thе firm that built аnd mаnаgеd Bаrасk Obama’s online саmраign fоr thе presidency in 2008, ѕаid: “Thе Facebook ‘trаnѕmiѕѕiоn оf anger’ experiment iѕ tеrrifуing.”

Hе аѕkеd: “Could the CIA inсitе rеvоlutiоn in Sudаn by рrеѕѕuring Fасеbооk tо рrоmоtе diѕсоntеnt? Shоuld thаt be legal? Cоuld Mаrk Zuсkеrbеrg ѕwing an еlесtiоn bу рrоmоting Uрwоrthу [a website аggrеgаting virаl content] роѕtѕ twо wееkѕ bеfоrеhаnd? Shоuld thаt be legal?”

It wаѕ claimed thаt Fасеbооk mау have breached еthiсаl and lеgаl guidelines bу not informing its uѕеrѕ thеу were bеing manipulated in thе еxреrimеnt, which wаѕ саrriеd оut in 2012.

Thе ѕtudу said altering thе news fееdѕ wаѕ “consistent with Facebook’s data uѕе роliсу, tо whiсh аll uѕеrѕ аgrее prior to creating an ассоunt оn Facebook, constituting informed соnѕеnt for thiѕ research”.
But Suѕаn Fiske, thе Prinсеtоn асаdеmiс who еditеd thе study, ѕаid ѕhе was соnсеrnеd. “People аrе ѕuрроѕеd tо be told they are going to bе participants in research and thеn аgrее to it аnd hаvе thе option nоt tо аgrее to it without penalty.”

James Grimmеlmаnn, рrоfеѕѕоr оf lаw аt Mаrуlаnd University, said Facebook had fаilеd tо gаin “infоrmеd соnѕеnt” аѕ dеfinеd bу thе US fеdеrаl роliсу for the рrоtесtiоn оf humаn ѕubjесtѕ, whiсh dеmаndѕ explanation оf thе рurроѕеѕ of thе rеѕеаrсh аnd thе expected durаtiоn оf thе ѕubjесt’ѕ раrtiсiраtiоn, a dеѕсriрtiоn оf аnу rеаѕоnаblу foreseeable risks аnd a statement that participation is voluntary. “This ѕtudу iѕ a ѕсаndаl because it brought Fасеbооk’ѕ troubling рrасtiсеѕ into a rеаlm – academia – whеrе wе still hаvе ѕtаndаrdѕ оf trеаting реорlе with dignity аnd ѕеrving the соmmоn good,” hе ѕаid оn hiѕ blog.

It iѕ not nеw for internet firmѕ tо uѕе аlgоrithmѕ tо ѕеlесt соntеnt tо ѕhоw tо users and Jacob Silverman, аuthоr оf Tеrmѕ оf Sеrviсе: Sосiаl Media, Survеillаnсе, аnd the Price оf Constant Cоnnесtiоn, tоld Wire magazine оn Sundау thе intеrnеt wаѕ already “а vast соllесtiоn of mаrkеt rеѕеаrсh ѕtudiеѕ; wе’rе thе ѕubjесtѕ”.

“What’s disturbing аbоut how Facebook wеnt аbоut thiѕ, though, iѕ that they еѕѕеntiаllу mаniрulаtеd thе sentiments of hundreds оf thоuѕаndѕ оf users withоut asking реrmiѕѕiоn,” he ѕаid. “Fасеbооk саrеѕ mоѕt about twо thingѕ: engagement and аdvеrtiѕing. If Facebook, ѕау, decides that filtering оut nеgаtivе posts helps kеер реорlе happy and сliсking, thеrе’ѕ littlе rеаѕоn tо think thаt they won’t do just thаt. Aѕ lоng аѕ thе platform rеmаinѕ such an imроrtаnt gаtеkеереr – аnd thеir аlgоrithmѕ uttеrlу ораԛuе – wе should be wary аbоut the amount оf power аnd trust wе delegate tо it.”

Rоbеrt Blасkiе, dirесtоr оf digitаl аt Ogilvу Onе marketing agency, said the way internet companies filtеrеd infоrmаtiоn thеу showed uѕеrѕ wаѕ fundаmеntаl tо thеir business mоdеlѕ, whiсh mаdе them rеluсtаnt tо bе ореn аbоut it.

“To guаrаntее continued рubliс acceptance thеу will have to discuss this mоrе openly in the futurе,” hе said. “Thеrе will have tо bе еithеr independent rеviеwеrѕ of what thеу do or gоvеrnmеnt regulation. If they dоn’t gеt the vаluе exchange right thеn реорlе will bе reluctant to uѕе thеir ѕеrviсеѕ, which is роtеntiаllу a big business рrоblеm.”



Assalam alaikum to you all.

The holy month of Ramadhan has commenced. Alhamdulillaah
We are all expected to live a month worth a life time.
At the end of which, each of us is suppose to earn his salvation.
And gain entry into the ultimate bliss, paradise in sha Allaah.
This life is like a degree course in a university.
You gain admission through being born of a mother, the blessed.
You run a course for 1, 2, 4 years or more to earn a qualification.
It might be a distinction, first class, second class upper or lower.
A third class or a pass is also available for "Da kyar na gudus..."
And some will definitely end up as failures. What a shame.
Then we will all pass out through a door. The inevitable death.

Ramadhan is like a short-course program to earn a college degrees.
It comes each year as a special offer to those who desire grace.
So, instead of spending 1-6 or 7 years to earn your certificate.
You spend only One Month within which to crash the course and pass.
Every single subject, core and elective as requirements are included.
Credit units necessary to make you a sound graduate are inclusive.
In fact, a very special class offers 83 years of schoolwork in a night.
To enable any serious minded student do it, all within that same month.
Sadly, many are not able to scale through and so are made to repeat it.
Year in, year out, the same anticipation of the opportunity is witnessed.
But when it comes, some even leave for vacation off the program venues.

Well, here we are, once again in the holy month of bliss, Sharu Ramadhan.
It's here with all its special offers, bonanzas, bonuses and unique benefits.
And we are physically, mentally and spiritually prepared to try out our lucks.
Perhaps, may be, just may be, this might be our last chance to ever make it.
Since nobody can guarantee tomorrow, thus another sitting to a Ramadhan.
"This is it" as the late Michael Jackson said. It's now or never, not forever.
If you can win this, you've won the race against time, running out on you fast.
One chance to earn it easy. Take advantage of it before it slips off.
Through hunger and thirst, denied ecstacies and wanton play and displays
With our minds over matter, we freely exercise full restrains.
Cleasing our withins and withouts, of physical as well as heart diseases.

Ramadhan is here, let me share with you some secrets of success.
Good intentions in every act is vital, crucial, consistency is the key.
Remember Allaah much, for Him devote yourself, the whole lot.
Recite the holy Quran much, to attain a high status in your class.
Stand in salat, the 5 obligatories daily and forget not your nawafils.
Abstain from unwanted speech. On games of vanity waste your time not.
Eat, drink, engage in mutual halal, in moderation from dusk to dawn.
Be not proud or arrogant walking the earth. To it you shall be reduced, remember?
Supplicate much for yourself, your own and the world at large, no loss.
Forget not to give in charity as much as you can spare, spare much please.
Forgive and forget, that Allah, our Lord, Infinite in Grace may do us same.

May we all be among the successful graduates by 1st of Shawwal, 1435 AH

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MY MOMENTS OF BLISS  - Written by Tijjani Muhammad Musa

Assalam to us all. RAMADHAN MAQBOOL

My Special Offer in this blissful Ramadhan is tagged MY MOMENTS OF BLISS. It will feature captured glimpses of my thought-flow and moments in life as I go through each day, in silent observations of people, activities and scenes in this beautiful devotional month. It is going to be strictly on Ramadhan acts, actions and reactions. Often, to be presented as Haiku, Limerick poems or as prosaic versions.

It will be posted on both ASK d'TEACHER OF TEACHERS Al-Mu'allim (SAWS)'s wall
and my personal Facebook wall first before I share it with others, in sha Allaah.

You are thus invited and very much welcome to share with me this unpredictable experience of expressing whatever my mind thinks as the seconds tick by, each moment of the day, in this amazing month of mercy, the holy Month of Ramadhan. There could be one Moment or several Moments shared each day in a numbered series. 

You are also free to share with us in comments, your own Moments of Bliss about Ramadhan as you observe them happening around you.

May Allaah SWT Accept our acts of ibadat, amin.

Here are the first sets:

... by Poetic Tee "Here, take a sip"

29th Sha'aban 1435AH

Bring...bring. Bring...bring.
Once it's past my bedtime, I dislike a ring
"Who can be calling me at this time of the night?"
Anyway, pre-Ramadhan night is no ordinary night
"Anyi announcing yanzu a radio!" thus my BB's bling.

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... by Poetic Tee "Here, take a sip"

1st Ramadhan 1435AH

"Honey... Honey... Honeeeeeeeeeey wake up!"
"Humm... Is it time already? My sleep, I'm just catching up."
We both sat up, wondering what to eat for Sahur
"Are the others awake? Please wake them too, for sahur
Hamdan and the other kids, make sure not to wake up.

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... by Poetic Tee "Here, take a sip"

1st Ramadhan 1435AH

I couldn't go for my usual weekend training
It's the football game we play on Saturday morning
The fear is dehydration our body might experience
Ramadhan fasting is fresh on my conscience
It's Day One, no water drinking, thus need for adjusting.

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... by Poetic Tee "Here, take a sip"

1st Ramadhan 1435AH

"Assalam alaikum" he greeted
"Wa alaikumussalam" with a smile I submitted
"Mun shigo wata mai falala. Ya an fara ko?"
We were still outside when I called, so you know.
O Really? May Allah Accept our acts of worship as obligated

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... by Poetic Tee "Here, take a sip"

1st Ramadhan 1435AH

Road junctions are becoming devoid of hawkers
Though there are some hoisting drinks for dodgers
Some claim they heard not moon sighting declarations
So, woke up without any Ramadhan fasting intentions
Well, hold off all imbibings! Don't be among the slackers

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... by Poetic Tee "Here, take a sip"

1st Ramadhan 1435AH

Less I forget, I saw many came out to pray
The Subh' salat. The mosque overflowed today
Sad, that many seem comfortable to wait
Until Ramadhan before they demonstrate
Their promise to Allah, they take for play.

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... by Poetic Tee "Here, take a sip"

1st Ramadhan 1435AH

Just finished a lecture I was eager to see end
Called to confirm if June Session I can still attend
As I rushed out, it occurred to me it's time for Zuhr
Meanwhile no hunger pangs yet, thank God for Sahur
So I abluted, prayed, then hit the road, some fuel to spend.

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... by Poetic Tee "Here, take a sip"

1st Ramadhan 1435AH

He's old, but vibrant, with a grey beard
Almost brushed against my ride so hard
A stern stare, in both directions we exchanged
"Mu gamu a 'kauye mana in ka isa!" he challenged
Heartily I laughed. "Mu gamun mana! Me za ka yi!" he heard... :D

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... by Poetic Tee "Here, take a sip"

1st Ramadhan 1435AH

Arrived for ANA poetry read. Done.
Time was fast tracking, I better be gone
Soon the rain poured down in splatters
Showers of bliss Ramadhan scatters
Need to wipe my windscreen for Iftar runs.

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... by Poetic Tee "Here, take a sip"

1st Ramadhan 1435AH

Sound of silence fills the cocoon
Why that when I can listen to the moon
Search the heaven for mersmerizing eloquence
Find it beautifully pouring in cascading sequence
Ramadhaning the heart, making the soul swoon.

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... by Poetic Tee "Here, take a sip"

1st Ramadhan 1435AH

The radios strive to attract in Ramadhan
Each intermittently reciting the glorious Quran
Like flowers in a field each with full presence
But the bees only zoom in on the best scents
Music sneaks in to distort harmony "Wai ma modern"

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... by Poetic Tee "Here, take a sip"

1st Ramadhan 1435AH

Saw one young man at work
He was munching something to my shock
"Ba ka azumi ne, ko kai ma sai ka ga wata?" I queried
"Na tashi ba niyya. Kuma ban san an gani ba" he supplied
"Toh, ka kame bakinka" For in Ramadhan, do not mock.

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... by Poetic Tee "Here, take a sip"

1st Ramadhan 1435AH

A bling, bling call comes from the home front
With devils shackled, no temptation to confront
"Assalam alaikum, Honey, yaya dai?"
"Ka taho mana da biredi, na gama komai"
A good wife is sheer bliss, especially in this month.

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... by Poetic Tee "Here, take a sip"

1st Ramadhan 1435AH

"Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar!" calls the Adhan
AlhamdulLaah, we've come to end of Day One
Fresh tasty dates, soft, fleshy and succulent
Cool water follows, moisting throats at length
Soon in congregations, he recites the Quran.

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... by Poetic Tee "Here, take a sip"

1st Ramadhan 1435AH

Covered dishes litter a spread mat
All my favorites I clearly see set apart
She knelt next to me, serving, pampering
"Sit with me please, break your fast" to her hearing
"Let me pray first, that'll make me smart"

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... by Poetic Tee "Here, take a sip"

1st Ramadhan 1435AH

Isha' salat call "Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar!" 
Filled to the brim, belly full, no-hold-bar
My ablution still intact, but it I 'jaddada'
May his soul rest in peace, I remember my late father
Rushed to the mosque, to prayers that matter.

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... by Poetic Tee "Here, take a sip"

1st Ramadhan 1435AH

Can't believe it, am on the road again
Despite all the stress, no pain, no gain
Duty calls earlier than normal
Ramadhan is unique, special, very formal
Yet "Yellooooooooo Kano!" I chant, feeling no strain

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... by Poetic Tee "Here, take a sip"

1st Ramadhan 1435AH

Half empty roads welcome a rider
Full stomachs are many, except a minder
Sermons, preachings and Quranic renditions
Fills the airwaves, free from any inhibitions
O what lovely grace, from our only Provider.

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... by Poetic Tee "Here, take a sip"

1st Ramadhan 1435AH

Calm and tranquil fills the city
Characteristics of Ramadhan, the mighty
Sleep gently beckons, "Enough for the day" it says
Rich and endowed engagements that truly pays
For those who neglect this duty? What a pity.

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... by Poetic Tee "Here, take a sip"

1st Ramadhan 1435AH

Still awake thinking to myself
We've seen today, a fast saved on the shelf
Let me take my precaution, in case I miss sahur
So, I reach for a plate and serve me a Kafur
After which I slip off, on a trip to the lands of Elf

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... by Poetic Tee "Here, take a sip"

2nd Ramadhan 1435AH

Knockings... "Salamu alaikum. Are you guys awake?"
"Humm... Mhmm... Good God, we are almost late!
Babyboy, wake up. Look it's almost time!"
"What happened? Didn't the alarm chime?"
Ramadhan first hours, sweet sleep and dreams it break.

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2nd Ramadhan 1435AH (22)

Mid meal "Assalatu khairum minannaum"
Thus with that starts the day's saum
All the boys perform their ablution
Walk briskly to stand in rows of devotion
The mosque? On bare ground many had to perform.

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2nd Ramadhan 1435AH (23)

Fasting Mode: Activate...
Gotto go online. There's a need to update
But, a befitting Ramadhan poem first
LIFE IS A UNIVERSITY as title, will be best
To get it done, do it now! Do not procrastinate!

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2nd Ramadhan 1435AH (24)

Ramadhan Sunday. Slow day, still  posting
At home, easy, lazy, except for commenting
Recalling moments in yesterday, nostalgic
So vivid, alhamduliLaah for a mind so graphic
'My Moments Of Bliss' born, what a blessing.

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2nd Ramadhan 1435AH (25)

A scratching in my stomach, this early!
O thou Ramadhan fast, treat me gently
Be kind, merciful on me, as Allaah Wills
Lord of earthly valleys and heavenly hills
Respecter of Ar-Rahman, it abates and let me be.

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2nd Ramadhan 1435AH (26)

Work summons at mi casa, Burj Al-Hamd
Motifs on facade wall by a very skillful hand
Beautifully executed, a measured count of seven
Looking same, yet each is different. Hmm, Heaven
For some Ramadhan makes an excellent brand.

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...By Poetic Tee, "Here, take a sip"

3rd Ramadhan 1435AH (27)

When a child aims to throw a stone
He sees only his target, in focus, alone
A grown up sees not only his target
But other valuables around it, to cause regret
Not so the mischief maker. He destroys with abandon.

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Sunday, June 15, 2014


I didn't want Sunusi Lamido Sunusi
As the 14th Emir of Kano.

A higher calling he should have answered
Mount Everest he could easily have conquered
But like all princes, "HRH, The King!", his dream
To be heard in a Durbah, let an 'Algaita' scream
Leader of men, "Mazaa!". Pamperer of his Queen
She, drenched in Edenly scents, fitted silk, soft satin
Children laughing, cheering excitedly at his sight
Subjects raising in a salute, fists clenched tight.

I didn't want Sunusi Lamido Sunusi
As the 14th Emir of Kano

I see in him one to pursue sound education
Not just for Kano, but for the whole nation
Taking the poor to "Valueville" as residents
Empower the whole, a visionary President
Secure the minds, assure us with certainty
A warrior king, fighting off every calamity
"Taking the bull by the horn", celebrated on radio
Heard, read, seen in every home via net vimeo.

I didn't want Sunusi Lamido Sunusi
As the 14th Emir of Kano.

I wanted him, O so very knowledgeable
Experienced, principled and very capable
To lead by examples, divined from above
And develop us, the city further with love
Not seeking for fame nor flight in planes
Willing to sacrifice it all, feeling our pains
Rain showers in valleys, bearing no flood
Running in our guttered midst, a blue blood.

I didn't want Sunusi Lamido Sunusi
As the 14th Emir of Kano.

Many are want to ask me why
My response comes from on high
Based on his qualities and big clout
There's in me not an iota of doubt
He should occupy Africa House first
Aso Rock Villa can then come up next
In both, let there be twain of a quatrain
Spend 4, another to complete the gains.

I didn't want Sunusi Lamido Sunusi
As the 14th Emir of Kano.

Someone also asked me a strange one
It sounds funny, but seems a logical plan
"Can't the Emir become our Governor?
Execute his tenure with glorious honors
Or even become the Number One citizen
Since he's globally renown, a 'netizen'?"
Thereafter, go back to being a revered monarch
Wouldn't that put in us a huge spark?"

I didn't want Sunusi Lamido Sunusi
As the 14th Emir of Kano.

At least not just yet, but in another decade
Plus 6 annual songs, the 15th in a parade
I know I ain't no custodian of time
So I can't really guarantee the chime
But I would've been busy supplicating
To God I will kneel down, prostrating
May he breath long enough, to fulfill it
A King at last, on a majestic throne to sit.

I didn't want Sunusi Lamido Sunusi
As the 14th Emir of Kano.

Knowing what I know of the new ruler
In this present digital age, time and era
Believe me, we couldn't have had it better
Chosen to suit us Kanawa, to the letter
So, it was divinely revealed from the Truth
Initially, sails are not necessarily smooth
So storms may rage, lightening plus thunder
But calm restores wealth. Soon we will all wonder.

I didn't want Sunusi Lamido Sunusi
As the 14th Emir of Kano.

This I know, "Soldier come, soldier go"
As politicians come, lies often from them flow
Their's, might in real-time be profound in effect
But it's temporary, such legacies show defects
If there's anything to celebrate about our King
Is the fact, his reign is a lifetime undertaking
So, as the custodian of our people's progress
We are blessed with one not known to digress.

*Silent supplication* :-

As Allaah Will have it, Sunusi Lamido Sunusi
Is the new, the 14th Emir of Kano
Nothing happens except by Allaah's Knowledge
And for a very good reason too.
So, "In Allaah, let the believers put their trust"
May Allaah SWT Assist the new King
Make him a huge success
In this very difficult and herculean task
He Has Entrusted upon him
Amin thumma amin.

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Friday, June 13, 2014


.....By Tijjani Muhammad Musa

Happiness in marriage is multi-facet and depends on the individuals, both male and female. So many things combine to produce a blissful happy marriage. Among them, here are some;

1) Living together as husband and wife according to the Qur'an and Sunnah of the Prophet SAW. This is most important please. So the need for you to study all the books associated with this two fundamental sources as much as possible.

2. True love not for what you have or who's son or daughter your spouse is, but who they are as a person is none negotiable. You see, if you marry anyone not based on love, which itself will wane with time unless constantly re-invented, refreshed, recharged, re-invigorated... It is bound to be a failed union.

3. Courtship must be based on sincerity, truthfulness, flare, excitement, smiles and much laughter. What I mean here is, always tell each other the truth about yourselves. Likes, dislikes, want, diswant, pleasure, displeasure etc. Any time you promise to do a thing or be there for any reason, always fulfill thy promise. This will establish a sound reputation for you in your partner's mind and she or he will forever believe you and in you. On flare, be clean and well dressed, appearing in clothings that you are most comfortable in, that you usually wear. But if they are revealing of your shape and attributes, please restrain the urge. Then be lively and cheerful and always store interesting gists to share with each other when you meet. Also watch out for moods, which are infectious and quickly adapt to show you are one with each other.

4. If you are truly intending to marry her or him, try as much as you can not to have pre-marital sex, even if the other partner should lay it as a condition for marriage. Keep your chastity at all cost. You see, none of you two can guarantee for sure the nuptial union will happen, as confident of your love and as compartible as you are about each other. And I don't mean discovering something nasty about 1 another in the course of the courtship that might warrant a change of mind. Travelling, sickness, deformity, death etc could change the status quo and when you have indulged in the sexual intimacy thing, the woman is left the looser always and of course the guy could be too, if he's blessed with a higher grade of modesty and morality than the average guy.

5. Time, this is a very valuable asset to you, but it must not be more valuable than your wife-to-be. I've said it before, the greatest need of the woman is ATTENTION, while for the man, it is TO BE LOVED. I could be wrong though. Now based on that, you MUST spend as much time as you can spare with her, talking about everything under the sun, sharing your private and most intimate thoughts. Don't forget to LISTEN to her when she wants to talk and help her develop her interest along with yours, so that you start to think as one entity. Be a FRIEND to her. Let her realize that you are her best friend and keep her secrets secret. NEVER let her get to hear something she told you only, to be heard by her from somewhere else. It means you have a ''Basket mouth'' or you are of those who kiss and tell. Of course you are not, or are you?

6. Be the man! Assert your authority from Day 1. Let her know what you will tolerate and what you will not. Also start expressing your joy and pleasure about things you approve that she does and vice-versa. Keeping quite, waiting till you are married before showing your authority over her is tantamount to cowardise. She will always say ''Wallahi, you have changed. You were not like this before you married me. So now that you have gotten me where you want, you can make your selfish demands and put your unfair restrictions upon me. Well for your infomation, I won't take it''. And then you will have a herculean task bringing things back to order. Trust me on all this, Allah Has Given me 15 years of marital bliss and more. It is a good thing to hate being single, for it means one is desirous of something much more better and Allah SWT Will bless he or she with it. Though there is nothing wrong with being single for life, if you will safe guard your chastity, that is.

7. During the course of your courtship, take the role of her husband full time. Demand obedience, respect, curtesy, interaction with your family members, whom you must take the trouble to introduce her to and insist she gives them their due regards. You must lead by example too. You must do everything to her own family, that you want her to do to your family. Take her with you to both sides, your side as well as her side. Show no difference between the two. Be fair and just in your dealings. Don't disrespect her family members and she will not disrespect yours. If she does, let fire rain down. All this nonsense about a wife being rude to one's family boils down to this or to your failure to express your tolerance from the on-set. Oops am forgeting, not all of us are equally blessed by Allah SWT to do this. Anyway to you all, prepare your self. Patience is next.

8. No, not patience yet. Diplomacy, my brother. You must be very diplomatic. Take the trouble to do what needs to be done, when it needs to be done, where it needs to be done, how it needs to be done and to whom it needs to be done as at when due. MOST IMPORTANTLY, do it FOR ALLAH'S SAKE ONLY. You will NEVER BE SAD. NEVER! You know why? Most people would never appreciate what you do, starting from, your spouse. So if you are expecting that or a ''Thank you, Honey'' and it is not forth coming, you will be grossly disappointed. But if you say to yourself ''This is for ALLAH's sake'', then if nobody says "Thank you Darling" or says to your wife ''Wallahi, your husband is a kind hearted man, please thank him for me'' then you are always good, for you know deep down, if Allah Accepts the act of you, your reward is assured, guaranteed and safe with HIM AWJ. Any thanks from others will just be a bonus.

9. Now, let's talk about Patience. You need to do some research here. Let's move to the next very important matter. Study Your Partner... The moment you see a wife or husband material that captures your interest and imagination, you must switch on your 'Curiousity Mode'. You must become a researcher, scrutinizing your target with your eyes stealingly, listening attentively, studying their body language. You can learn so much about a person from these in the first instance as to know if you will get on well. Many choice of partners come to a failure due to lack of this. Remember, this is someone you might end up spending your whole life with, so everything must be right, but not 'PERFECT' with you. Also give room for some "discounts" please. If you do a sound job at this, you will never be there as a single again, unless if your wifey or hubby unfortunately dies...Now that, me too I no get experience at all, at all.

10. You finally arrive at the marriage union and celebrations... Oops dude, about your "Heartbeat", she knows what I know not and may be I know what she knows not. So if she needs my advice, am sure I need hers' even more. You know women can never be mapped out for us to understand them through and through. Ehen, the marriage ceremony. Here elders, culture, traditions, ethics, personal principles have all been addressed. Grooms, please ''BANDA 'KARYA!'' meaning "NO LIES!''. Celebrate it to the fullest within your limit and financial capacity. Let whoever wants to contribute to one of your most important days do so, without your asking for it. DON'T BE EXTRAVAGANT. ALLAH HATES IT.

Capture it all in your memory, for your memories. Stories will be told by you two to your children insha Allah. Remember to execute the marriage in accordance wth the Islamic injunctions. I know some celebrants would 'yab' you, that you are being ol' fashioned and the rest. But do not forget that, they will leave for another wedding ceremony and you will have to deal with the aftermath of your disobedience to Allah, and you know not in which way HE SWT would extract retributions as a trial upon you both. Also remember Allah much all through the occassion. And "Ango da Amarya" celebrate the marriage till the whole city, no! country, kai, till the global village echoes it and vibrate.

11. On your WEDDING NIGHT, you must be calm. And as eager as you might be to be with your ''Iyawo'' i.e. bride, you must not fail to perform 2 raka'at of salat and thank Allah SWT for making you successful in having your "Heartbeat", your constant companion from that moment on, hopefully, for keeps. Then after that, you are to hold her head and recite the du'a (supplications) of the Holy Prophet Muhammad SAWS, seeking all the goodness in her and warding off all evil from her. Then sit and gist while eating or drinking halal foods and drinks please. Then congratulate each other for pushing the proverbial camel through the needle hole.

Then reach out to each other, but do not forget to say the Prophet's du'a of launching your marital consummation and intimacy era with your "Amarya" (bride) or "Ango" i.e. groom before your very first encounter. Then ''GARMENT'' till day break. Break it, take a bath and pray Subh' and indulge some more. Break once in a while, eat, pray your salats refresh, recharge and indulge all over again. Exhaust your individual fantasies like there will be no tomorrow. Wow! It is 24 hours already? "How time flies when you are having fun". Well,recharge and hey, you two, crawl up the ceiling, cling to it, upside down if you can, in the corridor, on the kitchen floor, in the bath, against the wall, standing, kneeling, bending, one leg up, lying down, through the front, from the back, hey go NUCLEAR, explore all possibilities and bang each other till you can hardly lift a finger. FREEDOM!!!

12. Finally, there are learned people endowed by Allah, the Only God worthy of your worship, who can tell you what are the complete requirements of an Islamic marriage Consult them, verifying your fact via reading for yourself from Sahih (authentic) sources, so that you do not get misled by some so-called "malams" i.e. scholars. Hopefully, you are a bit ok with these little experiences of mine.

Now, a word of caution though. This is my very own personal suggestions, tinged with some Islamic ways of doing these marriage things. I might be wrong in my explanations, so do not take them as sacrosanct truth, until you confirm from the Qur'an and Hadiths before absorbing it.

For your infomation, this is the PRE-MARITAL experiences (personal), there is PART II i.e. POST- MARITAL, which we will treat another time insha Allah... In that part, watch out for: FIRST 90 DAYS (3 Months) of Discovery... If you scale through this, you stand a good chance of having a successful marriage. You fail to pass through these days and em....em...em..... Hey Gee! Gotto go.

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Wednesday, June 11, 2014


...Written by Tijjani Muhammad Musa

Sunusi Lamido Sunusi is now the 14th Emir of Kano, so selected and endorsed by the Government of Rabiu Musa
Kwankwaso on Monday 08th June, 2014 in circumstances marred by serious controversies, unconfirmed claims and counter-claims from those whose responsibility it was to give the old, ancient and historic city its traditional ruler after the demise of His Royal Highness Alhaji Dr. Ado Bayero, the much respected and highly regarded monarch who died in the early hours of Friday 6th June, 2014.

Death seems to have given enough notice, so to speak, about its plan to end not just the well lived life of San Kano, but the 51 years reign of this phenomenal king as well. So his eventual passing was more or less anticipated due to the health conditions of the 84 years old ruler, which had been playing up for the last decade or so. Not forgetting the assassination attempt upon his life on January 19, 2013 by some unknown elements, that saw two of his sons receiving very serious injuries and 4 of his traditional bodyguards sacrificing their lives to save his.

The hushed announcement of his death shocked not only the immediate family members, who could only express sadness, amazement and disbelief amidst soft sobs, but also his dormain subjects, the state of Kano and beyond, the entire country and the rest of the world. The burial ceremony on that fateful Friday, which was in tandem with Islamic rites was witnessed by a never ever seen before mammoth crowd, that brought the commercial nerve center of northern Nigeria and the neighboring countries to a stand still.

With this very much loved emir gone, what came up next was finding someone who would immediately fill in the vacuum he left behind. So the race began without much ado between those who were qualified to be his replacement as the new ruler of a people famed for their religious affinity and upholding their traditional values. About 30 persons were said to be eligible to become the new king and the traditional Kano king makers, who are 4 in number in the persons of Sarkin Dawaki Maituta, Alhaji Bello Abubakar; Alhaji Yusuf Nabahani Cigari Ibrahim, Madakin Kano; Alhaji Abdullahi Sarki Ibrahim Makaman Kano and the Sarkin Bai, Alhaji Mukhtari Adnan considered all and seiving through the lot ended up with five (5) candidates.

These 5 most eligible persons according to the king makers were Alhaji Sunusi Ado Bayero, Chiroman Kano (the late Emir's first son and District Head of Gwale); Alh Tijjani Hashim, the Galadiman Kano; Sunusi Lamido Sunusi, Dan Majen Kano and former CBN Governor and two other princes, Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero  (District Head of Dala) and Alhaji Nasiru Ado Bayero (District Head of Tarauni). It was alleged that the other contending sons of the late emir willingly withdrew their rights to the prestigious Kano throne and pooled their support for one of them.

The king makers having finalized their assignment, made a submission to the Governor of Kano State, whose duty it was according to the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to pick the most qualified person to become the new traditional and spiritual leader of the state. Everything went on according to plan, with Kano indigenes at home and abroad, as well as well wishers of Kano busying themselves with speculations, assumptions, on the street discussions and expert analysis about who will become the new king of the most populous state in Nigeria. Each candidate's supporters were celebrating the stallion qualities of their favorite choice and prayed he emerge as the winner.

Sadly, while making their submission, the Kano king makers failed to do one very important thing. This oversight on their part, as far as this writer is concerned was the first thing that initiated the ascension crisis that would follow and throw the already traumatized emirate council and the people of the state into an unfortunate situation. They forgot that in the last 50 years, the making of a king was not experienced in the emirate of Kano. And though history had it on record that at the time of the late emir's enthronement riots broke out in protest, this possible re-occurrence was not anticipated. Clearly, lessons from history were taken for granted.

Another very important contribution to the developing fracas was the fact that half a century ago, news dissemination was at its rudimentary level compared to the internet age we are in now. So, most of the information that got to people then took time to travel and by the time it got to its various destinations, little or no change would have happened to the original story. On the contrary, social media via the internet is now the fastest channel of spreading information across the world, whether such news is true or not.

Unconfirmed and unauthenticated information often pave the way for most of the things we now know, before the actual stuffs arrive at our reading or listening senses. Breaking news often come to us now through the internet, via social media. Some get verified and confirmed, but many do not and they pass on as thrashed data in our minds. Often superceeded by the very latest trending developments. This new media played a very vital role in providing a platform for many of the candidates' supporters to sing songs of their preferred successors to the late monarch,by their writing status updates, putting up their pictures, biographies etc all in an effort to sway opinions and sentiments of the neutral crowds.

Some, in a quest to out-do others started updating rumours, fabrications, lies and outright misinformation about one thing or another with regards to the king making process. Many succeeded in making enemies of themselves and for themselves, to the extent that some corporate bodies even started congratulating their supported candidate as the new emir-designate. Falsehoods abound, which got fueled further through these social networks. Many of the online media outfits, not wanting to be seen peddling stale news about this very crucial developing event, threw their sense of responsibility, ethics and decorum to the wind and joined in to shamelessly spread rumours as truth.

And so, damages were done to an otherwise simple process by a means, the impact of which in the current scheme of things in our digital-age life was seriously disregarded; social networking. Back to what I think should have been done by the king makers upon deciding who the finalists for the Kano vacant throne were. If they had simply called for an international press conference and announced to the rest of the world, not just Kanawa, who and who made it on their list prior to handing it over to the Kano State Governor, thereby making it a transparent exercise, no one would have been left misinformed or misguided about who the last potential emir materials were.

But being people of a patient generation, where everyone minds his or her own business about things of such import and magnitude, trusting things to be free from any external influence, the king makers kept everything shrouded in mystery, as was usual, believing nobody would raise a muscle until the selection was made and the new king, announced. Unfortunately this is 2014, a different era entirely and so the rest of the information hungry populace, rather than sit and await the outcome of the emir selection event as people past would have done, went about town speculating and fabricating. And with an easy access to e-fora, where thoughts and mind flows could readily be expressed for others to read and share on the internet, it was only a matter of time before the follow-up conflicting situation emanated.

Again another sad step taken in the process was the failure, once again, but this time on the part of the Kano State Government to realize how important it was for them to also publicly declare who and who were submitted to them for the Governor to consider and select as the late emir's successor. Had that been done through yet another global press gathering to further confirm who and who were the possible emir-designates on the submitted king makers list, this would have saved Governor Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso the embarrassment and dilemma of coming out after the announcement, to refute the speculation by a section of the people that the chosen new emir was not even part of the king makers list.

And then the political tug-of-war between the Federal Government and the Kano State Government on one hand and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and All Progressive Congress (APC) on the other hand, fully meddling in the choice of the new king for Kano "Jalla Babbar Hausa", was another influencial factor and catalyst in the ensueing crisis. Then there are the traditionalists who are interested in maintaining the status quo as far as the Kano Emirate is concerned, finding themselves  in a conflicting stance against the rest of the educated elites, who want change and modernization in the emirship of Kano to happen. Both seem busy on another level exchanging hot, often sentimental words.

Then of course there are the neutrals, who simply submit to Allaah Subhanahu Wa Ta'allaah in which ever circumstance they find themselves. Silently reciting words of comfort from the Qur'an and reminders from the Hadith of their Lord and His prophet respectively, in order to calm their minds and souls. Trusting in Him as a Custodian of the lives, pursuing their individual and collective goals, hoping and praying that Allaah Chooses that which is best for Kano.

We say "Amin thumma amin" to that.

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Sunday, June 8, 2014


Many persons get invited to join social media on the internet through their friends, families, colleagues, classmates, business partners and associates etc. Some of us get sent invitations via their emails or sms texts from the operating social network, after asking those already using their medium to send invites to their families, friends and loved ones. That was how I got started on Facebook.

Then there are those whose curiousity gets the better of them and so they end up joining such social networks after regularly hearing persons close to them excitingly discussing interesting news, information, pictures, images, videos, events and happening circulating on social media like facebook, twitter, youtube, flickr, whats'up, google+, badoo, linkedin, instagram, tumblr, eskimi, hi5, vimeo, digg,, rss and so many others.

So many options to choose from, but one can't do them all, even if he or she desires to experience them. This is because 24 hours of a day is not enough to accommodate them. A lot of people just find one or two that is most convenient for them to engage in and help them develop their talents further, then simply indulge in them. Personally, Facebook is my favourite and on that medium, I go by the name Tijjani Muhammad Musa. I also do Twitter, where I use @112teejay. And as a Blogger, my site is

Much as social networking is now the in-thing, with almost everyone both young and old, male and female, the rich and the poor, as well as the literate and non-literates populating the over 40 most popular social networks on the net, there are still a large percentage of world population who are not connected due to one reason or another. Among the reasons are lack of internet connectivity in some places and the phobia for social media networks.

Most people who keep off social networks simply do not want to be saddle with learning how to engage in the new way of reaching out to people. Connecting to these wireless interactive communication fora can be a big problem for many, mostly due to the fact that they do not know from where to start and then many lack of ability to interest netizens on a particular medium to express interest in a person's activities, when someone is able to surmount the initial drawbacks of joining any of the available social networks. This is another huge deterrent for joining up.

Now, this is a very important concern for many social network enthusiasts and so the need to properly looked at it and enlighten others about it. And based on experience, especially on Facebook, which is the largest social networking medium with over 900 million users, followed by Twitter with 310 million and LinkedIn with 255 million, there is a methodology of establishing followership and thus getting Likes and Comments on your posts on most, if not all such interactive media.

Unfortunately, many do not bother to know them or work towards achieving them. Most, naively just expect they will automatically start getting Likes and Comments the moment they finally figure out how to post status updates or share pictures and images on the platform. Sadly for most, on many social networks, it does not really work like that. Frustrations, disappointments and even outright withdrawal of interest are eventually the order of the day.

Many make status updates that never get as much as a glance, talk less of a Like, a Comment or multiple exchanges between the poster and those targeted with the write up. And to their utter dismay, a girl can post a simple dot i.e. period (.) and get a 100 plus likes and 150 plus comments. Yet, a well composed, serious update about something very important like girl-child education in a village by a guy can be ignored by all his e-friends or even the larger society of facebookers.

This often amaze new entrants into the social network circles, who find it difficult to understand the rational behind such behaviours, on the part of the participants of any of the networking media. While some decide to patiently hang on and keep posting their piece of minds, until they actually succeed in establishing a reputation and thus a following. Many stay on as mere spectators, just reading what others post and occasionally clicking on a Like or chipping in a brief comment or an emoticon. Others just abandon the project and abscond from the medium in question.

Anger, annoyance, envy etc can easily play on the mind and psyche of many such persons, who often get tired of the repeated play of the scenerio like a broken record. But, that is unnecessary. All one has to do to get many Likes and Comments on each status update posted is to follow some simple rules. If patiently and consistently pursued, soon results would begin to emerge and the netizen would start to see e-friends requests, inbox messages, wall posts and updates in their regards pouring in left, right and center.

Which are these points to be aware of and adhere to? Please, read below.

Tips for achieving social networking popularity:

1. Importance of your post
2. How sensitive is the topic posted
3. How current is the issue addressed
4. Who is involved in the matter
5. How original is the post
6. How controversial is the case
7. Are you making sense with your post
8. Write using sound constructive English
9. Language of communication matters to the audience
10. Be consistent with posting interesting subjects
11. Ability to write in an attractive way
12. Responding to comments and questions from others
13. Good manners and courtesy in expressions
14. Humbleness and lack of arrogance
15. Willingness to compromise in a tug of war
16. Accepting corrections when you make mistakes
17. Like and comment on other peoples' post
18. Participating on other members' posts objectively
19. Sound knowledge of the subject
20. Etc

These are just some of the things one need to apply to get the interest of members and even other facebookers to show interest upon your post/s, like and even pass their comment/s on them.

So, a social network enthusiast should sincerely check and see which one does he or she meet up to and which "departments" is he or she lacking and adjust accordingly.

Oops, I forgot to say that girls naturally get more comments than guys due to our gender affinity... At least in this part of the divide :)

*And then of course, there are haters, who would never, ever like or comment on anything coming from your pen, no matter how good or beneficial it is to them and to others. There's really nothing you can do about them, except to allow them poison their system further with such unwarranted hatred. Allah dai Ya sauwaqe mu su, amin. (May they be saved from themselves)*

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