A Glowing Kano, a poem for Muhamadu Sunusi II by Mujahid Ameen Lilo

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This entry is part 7 of 8 in the series Poetic Friday

Mujahid Ameen Lilo wrote a glowing poem celebrating the marriage of ANA Kano grand patron, HRH Emir Muhamadu Sunusi II to his bride, Zahra

A Glowing Kano, a poem for Muhamadu Sunusi II by Mujahid Ameen Lilo - #PoeticFriday
A Glowing Kano, a poem for Muhamadu Sunusi II by Mujahid Ameen Lilo – #PoeticFriday
A Glowing Kano

Kano glows
Because her new groom
Makes even the peacock’s eyes drop
Down in shame
For here is a man that wears dress
We only see in the sun
When she takes her leave
Or fourteen day old moon
When he visits his bride, Zahra

Kano glows
Because her twin spears
Are in the hands
That only find peace
When turning pages
Obeying the command: Iqra

Kano glows
For on her throne
Sits a man
With the heart
Of the ancient ones
Sits a second Danfodiyo

Kano glows
Because her turban
Is worn on a head
That’s enriched with illustrations

Kano glows
Because she has a new groom
That vows to carry her on his back
Through the thorns-strewn paths
To the Promised Land
A groom that gives his tongue
For her children

© Mujahid Ameen Lilo

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Brief Biography of Muhammadu Sunusi II

Muhammadu Sanusi II (CON) was born Sanusi Lamido Sanusi on 31 July 1961. He is the 14th Emir of Kano, who was crowned on 8 June 2014 after the death of his granduncle Ado Bayero (25 July 1930–6 June 2014). Emir Sanusi was a banker and former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria. He was appointed on 3 June 2009 for a five-year term, but was suspended from office by the then President of Nigeria Goodluck Jonathan on 20 February 2014 after Sanusi accused the government of a $20 billion fraud in the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).

Sanusi is the grandson of Muhammadu Sanusi I, the 11th Fulani Emir of Kano. A banker and Fulani nobleman, he is also a respected Islamic scholar. The emir received two awards from The Banker magazine: Central Bank Governor of the Year (worldwide) and Central Bank Governor of the Year for Africa.

Sanusi was born into the Fulani Torobe (Sullubawa) clan of Kano on 31 July 1961. As the grandson of Muhammadu Sunusi, he was automatically a member of the Sullubawa clan of the Torobe Fulani. His father, Ambassador Aminu Sanusi, was a career diplomat who was the Nigerian Ambassador to Belgium, China and Canada and the Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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