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Sanusi Lamido Sanusi II : The Last Emir of a Once United Kano Emirate

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Despite the fact that Emir Sanusi was caught in the web of his own contradictions. His emergence and eventual dethronement as Emir of Kano was one of those circumstances where fate and politics crossed each other’s path at the wrong point in history.

Looking at a man who invested ₦200million to purchase over 40,000 books and journals catalogued in his library shows the level of education, exposure and temperament he presides with over the 21st century nation-state but he chose to become an Emir whose authority and influence are largely symbolic and ceremonial.

Ever since his ascension to the throne, the stage was set for such implacable ending. This is because, the type of public role he envisioned and struggled to carve for himself was incompatible with royal life. This also includes his nostalgic decision to model his reign after the order of his grandfather, adopting the name and style of the latter which lead him to this fate.

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Emir Sanusi’s collision with political power was actually inevitable which was why he was queried twice over disagreements with the state government in the few months he spent as Emir with Kwankwaso as Governor. It is obvious that Emir Sanusi’s biggest contradiction is his attempt to cast himself as a royal revolutionary, an activist Emir that is far ahead of his time

However, revolution and royalty don’t mix- it only explodes with the bearer. All over the world, even in constitutional monarchies, royals are expected to lead a life of relative quietude and discretion. To Emir Sanusi, he became an activist Emir who is not hindered by the traditional gag of the Amawali. The people are accustomed to seeing their Emirs rather than hearing them.

In spite of those contradictions, Emir Sanusi occupies a higher moral pedestal than his ‘dethroners’ will ever dream of. And above all, his vision of the society closely aligns with mine, and with that of all lovers of National Progress.

When he chose to speak the truth, I believe Emir Sanusi was fully aware of the potential consequences of his choices and actions. He was willing to pay the ultimate price; I guess he told after the fate of his grandfather. Even in the last few weeks of his reign when the reality of his dethronment began to manifest as Ganduje’s schemes appear unrelenting, he carried on with a sense of divine resignation. 

More disturbing was the manner Ganduje went about his misadventures, by first balkanizing the Emirate into five smaller emirates and significantly eroding its royal reputation. The fact that any politician in power could depose a first-class Emir and disfigure a historic emirate with such ease and arbitrariness should send shivers down the spine of every northern royal. By that singular action, Ganduje delivered a blow from which the emirate will never fully recover.

Ganduje couldn’t have attempted or succeeded in this without the active connivance of rival members of the Kano royal family. Both sides of the royal family have their fair share of blame in this crisis, for allowing themselves to become willing tools at the hands of politicians. At the end, with the splitting of the emirate into 5 smaller emirates, they ended up losing the very emirate they were fighting so hard to rule.

For Emir Sanusi, this is obviously the beginning of another interesting chapter. Because even outside emirateship, Emir Sanusi will continue to divide opinions along very sharp lines. Many people see the Emir as a symbol of reform in a region wallowing in the abyss of poverty and underdevelopment. His supporters see him as a royal eccentric and reformer, who is out to redefine Emirship in the 21st century.

Caught in a web he could not break from, Emir Sanusi’s reign has ended before it started through politics. He paid a huge price as a royal revolutionary. If it were in the past when emirs had real power, he will make a great emir given his erudition and the visionary prowess to roll out reforms that are capable of pushing his backward subjects forward. But today, the reality is quite different, and he will be remembered more for his glittering reign than for his role in the history of Kano.

Even as the throne is taken away from him, Emir Sanusi’s reaction to his dethronment has become a royal class act that’s reserved for the history books. His manner of acknowledging his deposition letter and his video address to the people accepting his dethronment and calling for calm demonstrate. Those pristine qualities that transcends the realm of Emiral power is Emir Sanusi’s biggest victory as the Last Emir of a once united Kano Emirate.

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Bluecheek Picture’s Film: The Official Trailer of the Movie “The Passport”

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THE PASSPORT
Official Trailer for Bluecheek Picture?s Film ?The Passport? starring Biola Adebayo, Kolawole Ajeyemi, Dapo Opayinka, Bimpe Oyebade, Toyin Moore

Bluecheek Pictures has released the official trailer to its upcoming movie, THE PASSPORT (Àwòrán Pélébé).

The Passport is the story of four friends, whose life handed a curved ball after successfully graduating from the university.

In the quest of finding a better life for themselves, they met with “fate“ and their story took a dramatic turn but at what cost?

The new flick is a production of Bluecheek Pictures was shot both in Nigeria and United Kingdom. It was produced and directed by Toyin Moore Films Production.

The Cast:

Biola Adebayo, Kolawole Ajeyemi, Dapo Opayinka, Adebimpe Oyebade, Omowunmi Ajiboye, Toyin Moore, Femi Obimodede, Peters Ijagbemi, Ebun Oloyede, Olaiya Igwe,
Taiwo Aminat Adelana, Tiya, Judith Madojemu Bare, Michael Oshin,
Tunde Komolafe, Owolabi Ajasa Olopa, Ijaduade Abolaji, Olayimika Adesipe,
Nike Hamzah, Afolashade Omodesire, Ishau Abidemi, Ifedayo Rufai

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Packaged and coordinated by Olakunle Olabode

Director NG: Tunde Komolafe
Director UK: Toyin Moore

DOP UK: Dwayne Josephs

DOP NG: Kehinde Opeifa

Continuity: Yemi Yusuf

Photographer UK: Chima Okafor

Producer: Toyin Moore

Executive Producer: Dapo Opayinka

Media Partner: Nollytrailers.com @nollytrailers @nollytrailerstv

Story by : Dapo Opayinka

Story Developed by : Toyin Moore

Screenplay by : Tunde Komolafe.

Packaged by : Olakunle Olabode

Production Manager – Femi Obimodede

A BLUECHEEK PICTURES PRODUCTION

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WTO: The Hon. Speaker of Ndigbo Youth Parliament (NYP) Congratulates Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala.

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WTO: The Hon. Speaker of Ndigbo Youth Parliament (NYP) Congratulates Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala.

The Hon. Speaker of Ndigbo Youth Parliament (NYP), Rt. Hon. Rikki Chinedu Nwajiofor, has congratulated Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala on her recent appointment as the DG of WTO.

The Speaker who took to his Twitter handle said;

“@NOIweala Ndigbo Youth Parliament (NYP), heartily, felicitates with You on your appointment as the DG of WTO. It’s an appointment well deserved! Ndigbo Youths, worldwide, are proud of you! Continue to soar higher as we pray for more feathers on your highly feathered cap!

Addressing the press, after his tweet, Rikki Nwajiofor praised Ngozi okonjo-iweala for her outstanding personality and unequalled performances in all her careers and appointments. He addressed her as the doyenne of modern economists, an outstanding Igbo personality and a role model for the girl-child in Igbo land and the world at large.

 

“We, Ndigbo Youth Parliament and Ndigbo at large are proud of Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala. She has always done us proud right from her days in the world bank, down to Nigeria as the Finance Minister and now the DG of World Trade Organization – WTO.

“She has broken the records as the first woman and the first African to attain that prestigious position. It is not a height attained by a sudden flight, it’s a height attained by unparalleled track records of all her outstanding performances in her career and appointments.

“She is simply a doyenne of modern economists, an outstanding Igbo personality, an exceptional woman of valour, a trailblazer and a role model for the girl-child in Igbo land and the world at large.

Rikki Nwajiofor also appreciated President Buhari for the unflinching support he gave Okonjo-Iweala all through the process of selection. He said that this singular act of support has demonstrated that Buhari is not an enemy of Ndigbo.

“I thank all those who supported our doyenne – Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala all through the process of the selection. I appreciate, in a special way, President Buhari for lending his unalloyed support to the prestigious daughter of Ndigbo during the period of selection.

“This singular act of unalloyed support to our doyenne has demonstrated that President Buhari is not an enemy of Ndigbo.

“I also want to use this opportunity to plead with President Buhari to consider more of patriotic Ndigbo personalities, especially Ndigbo Youth, as he makes further appointments in his government. Ndigbo are resourceful personalities and will always strive to prove their worth and ingenuity when given the opportunity”, he said.

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A single “YES” can obliterate the effects of a thousand “NO”- Rt. Hon. Rikki Nwajiofor, Cmi.

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Ndigbo Youth Parliament

“Believe that life is worth living and your belief will help create the fact.”
— William James.

One of the facts about life is that “depression is real”. Most times, depression doesn’t set in as a result of poverty or not having enough. There are so many happy and joyous poor people around the world.

Depression creeps in, most times, as a result of discouragement orchestrated by unsuccessful plans/ideas/projects/goals/proposals.

Whenever one is demoralized, the walls of optimism are shattered as sadness and melancholy are activated. The activated sad mood breeds inner-insecurity, which leads to depression. As it were, the presence of depression gives no room for any creative ideas or development neither does it allow positive energy to thrive. Success is attracted by positive energy and optimism.

Thus, do your best to shut the door against depression and its siblings – discouragement and inner-insecurity. Open your doors to optimism and positive energy. When your requests meet with “NO”, never be discouraged. Continue, resiliently, because the “YES” you seek for might just be some meters away. A single “YES” can obliterate the effects of a thousand “NO”.

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Keep pushing, there is light at the end of the tunnel. “Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving”, says Albert Einstein. Success is sure, for those with strong willpower!

“I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions.”
— Stephen Covey.

#Be Optimistic & Resilient!
#Avoid Depression!
#Believe in Yourself & Your God!
#Be Safe & Cautious!

Rt. Hon. Rikki Nwajiofor, Cmi.
Speaker, Ndigbo Youth Parliament (NYP).

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