And memorialists in the palace cannot remember any birth in the royal family in recent memory that occurred Wednesday!
The public of Borno, and indeed, even beyond was outrageously dazzled by what is a case of royal outing: the naming ceremony of the son of the crown prince of Borno on October 18, 2017. The event was over, His Highness, the Emir of Fika Muhammad Abali Ibn Muhammad Idrissa had taken the better of it, as the new royalty to hit the family list bears his name; but the talk is still on in town. It brought out the true meaning of class — a class that melts culture, prestige and power into one pot! And to the royal family of Borno, whatever that was thrown up, worth it. Traditionally, palace ceremonies, including turbanings, hold on Wednesdays in the emirate of Borno. And memorialists in the palace cannot remember any birth in the royal family in recent memory that occurred Wednesday! This explains why the event is a celebration upon celebration, full of enduring aftereffects! However, the wedding that was the background to it, which took place about a year ago, was not too dissimilar in color and elegance.
In what was no doubt, history repeating itself, the Shehu of Borno, Alh. Dr. Abubakar Umar Ibn Garbai Al-Amin El-Kanemi led a delegation of his entire courtiers, representing the mighty emirate of Borno to re-establish or perhaps, re-strengthen existingrelations with the Emirate of Daura. If the legend of Bayajidda is anything to go by, the root of Borno-Daura relations goes back to time immemorial.
The decision of the two royal families to join their children in marriage is therefore, if nothing, a refreshing assurance of continuum of a relation established at least a millennium agonow in an even greater scale. Scholars have shown to us that Daurama, who married Bayajidda, was a Borno princess. We remember Dan Marina’s poem in c. 1665, commemorating the Mai Ali of Borno who went into a war with the Jukun of Kwarrarrafa in defence of some parts of Hausaland. At a time, the Sarkin Daura was the channel of communication between the Kanem-Borno Empire and Hausaland.
The wedding, between a Borno prince, Abba Kawu, and princess Nafisa goes for one of the most colourful ceremonies in recent times from the traditional institution.
The prince took horsemen with him to colour an already beautiful ceremony in a spectacular durbarthat is already a talk of the town in Daura. That was NOT for no reason: Abba Kawu was a descendant of the rulers (of Borno) who, as far back as the 13th century had raised a cavalry of, according to history, over 40,000 horsementhe owners of Bahr-el-Ghazel.The Hausa saying, ‘kar ka karawa Borno dawaki’, meaning ‘do not add more horses to Borno’, is a resounding testament.
Abba Kawu went with him, also, the wushe-wushe contingent, and all over the air in Daura, on Friday evening, was Dumas, Ganga Kura, Hajja Gumsu, Ganaram, Kuletcham and other traditional Kanuri music.
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