First Editor of the First Hausa Language Newspaper

Posted by Timige, On 11 Jun, 2022 | Updated On 11 Jun, 2022 No Comments »

Abubakar Imam
Abubakar Imam was a writer, journalist and politician. He was the first editor of the first Hausa language newspaper (Gaskiya Ta Fi Kwabo)

Abubakar Imam was born 1911. He was a Nigerian writer, journalist and politician from Kagara, Niger in Nigeria. For most of his life, he lived in Zaria, where he was the first Hausa editor of Gaskiya Ta Fi Kwabo, the pioneer Hausa-language Newspaper in Northern Nigeria.

He attended Katsina College and the University of London’s Institute of Education. He first came to repute when he submitted the play Ruwan Bagaja for a literary competition in 1933. The judge in the competition was Rupert East, the head of a translation committee. He liked his writing, accentuated by the vivid knowledge of native norms and vegetation and mixed with his literary style of wit and imaginative prose.

In 1939, together with Robert East and a few others, they started the Gaskiya corporation, a publishing house, which became a successful venture and created a platform for many Northern Nigerian intellectuals. The exposure of many premier writers in Northern Nigeria to the political process influenced Imam to join politics. In 1952, with the formation of the Northern People’s Congress (NPC), together with Umaru Agaie and Nuhu Bamalli, they formed the major administrative nucleus of the party.

Alh Abubakar Imam was also the author of Magana Jari Ce with the help of some collections provided by East, author of Ruwan Bagaja and Tafiya mabudin ilmi, a book He wrote on his experiences after a visit to London.

Abubakar Imam died in 1981.

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