Wednesday, May 3, 2017
I'M MANY THINGS SAYS BM DZUKOGI DURING HIS INTERVIEW WITH COL MEDIA
It a huge privilege having you here sir. Briefly introduce yourself
and tell us the full meaning of BM.
Thanks. I am sitting with friends in Jigawa attending Nuga prelims.
There are a total of 19 universities here. Sport is one part of me. I
studied PHE at ABU. We are ahead of you, naturally. This is the
meaning of my name: Baba Muhahammad Dzukogi. Born 65, in Bida, Niger
State. Another part of me is creative writing. I guess I have about 10
tittles. When people see me, they think I am a Sheikh. I am not.
Briefly describe your wife sir.
My wife, with all sense of humility, is the most popular female
preacher in Niger state. I am many things. I just mentioned two, a
Tell us some of your achievements
I am a teacher, Principal Sports Officer, IBB University, Lapai. In
Arts Administration, I am responsible for some big art events and
programmes in Niger and Nigeria. I am the draughtsman of the Annual
Schools Carnival of Arts and Festival of Songs (ASCAFS). It has run
since 1995 non-stop. I am the draughtsman for NBA International
Colloquium. Soyinka attended one. Odia did one Pius Adesanmi did one.
Nigerian Writers Series of ANA is me. No apology for saying it. Teen
Authorship of ANA is me. Minna Literary Series is me. And now the
NIFESTEENA! So, I am an art administrator.
Sir, tell us a bit about NIFESTEENA, Nigeria Festival for Teen Authors.
Nigerian Festival of Teen Authors. It's starting April 20, 2017. Sec.
Schs are coming to compete in poetry and story writong,
painting,photography, spoken word, poetry performance. They are coming
from around the country under Hill-Top Foundation.
This is the maiden edition. We are 'notorious' for teen authorship. In
2016 alone, we published 10. We are completing it to 13 before
Nifesteena. The gov. is presenting them on 23rd April. But senior guys
are coming to watch. I love to philosophise. I have a book of my
I have two poetry collections. One short story. Two essays including,
Sex is Beautiful, Three children's story.
Are your family writers, tell us about them.
Wife has one poetry book. My son has four poetry books
My daughter has one poetry book, I am talking about published ones only.
Saddiq, my son, is on the Brunel Poetry Prize shortlist, 2017. He is
fanatical about poetry.
Sir tell UA extremely the negative sides of Nigerian youth to be adjusted.
Nigerian youths annoy me too much. They are incapable of redeeming
Nigeria. Extremely docile and petty like their fathers and mothers.
People forge certificates, loot, and all they do is to laugh. They
know not the meaning of nation- building, service, and they understand
what it means to be human.
They too are stealing and looting their student organisations. They
shamelessly ethnic and over religious like their elders to the point
of losing their senses.
So, nothing is going to change. They going to inherit the poverty of
their fathers, the rot deposited by their mothers and the circle is
helpless continuous and degenerative.
Community service and volunteerism are the redeeming elements of a
nation. If not because some people are volunteering to do good, the
world would have been moving backward.
What retains the society is not just love but sharing what you have.
They have the energy and the intellect but annoyingly docile. They
know not what powers they have. They know not what force they could
gather to dislodge those who hold them hostage. They know not that
they actually could refuse to follow the designs of political adults
and design theirs.
But you should know. Haven't you read the stories of other lands? How
they reclaimed their countries? See, you must rise. In one band, and
'chase those crazy bald heads, out of town'.
But what if we just think such techniques works only in advanced countries.
Where youths are taken more seriously.
There you go! Advanced countries! 'Taken Seriously'.
Is it not annoying enough that they take you unserious to provoke you
exerting your seriousness. Elites and political elites do not thrown
rights to you because you need it. They do because you demanded for
Violence! Why are you thinking violence.?
Protest is not violence. Uprooting them at electoral process is not violence
Nominating one of you to be governor and mobilising your folks to
achieve it doesn't require violence
'Vigorously' means active participation or being logical proactive
Art is not imposition. Creativity is boundless. Let each operate
according to his inspiration. Practically, people pander towards where
the attention is.
Thanks sir for your precious time.
Thanks We just left Dutse NYSC camp for our lodge. Is there any NYSC
camp that is as beautiful as that of Jigawa, at all? None I believe.