Mudathir Hayatullahi (Abu Lubabah) reports,
Adamu Yahuza Abdullahi, a 300-Level student of Botany at Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto and journalist with Pen Press UDUS, has recently won the award of “Poet of the Year” from the National Association of Kaiama Students (NAKS).
Yahuza is obsessed with writers and what they write. When he underthinks, he reads; and when he overthinks, he writes. He is so much passionate about his ancestral hometown, Kemanji. His works have appeared and are forthcoming in the Kalahari Review and Borgu Book Club.
The National Association of Kaiama Students (NAKS) is an indigenous national students union body in the Kaiama local government of Kwara State where the award was presented to Adamu Yahuza who was represented by a friend.
When Yahuza granted Pen Press an interview, he expressed his happiness on the achievement.
“I feel honoured and recognized, and above all, motivated. I feel like, a huge hand pushed me to do more,” he said.
When Yahuza was asked about what motivated him to choose poetry among all genres of Literature, he said that he chose poetry because he finds solace in it. He added that poetry is more of a consoler.
“Poetry is just a soothing balm. It brings love and peace. It gives a sense of belonging, and I want to be one of these Bards that carve these words that rest the soul on days when everything vanishes,” he continued.
Yahuza, however, appreciated the National Association of Kaiama Students, for organizing and creating avenues of such kind for students. He advised them to keep it up.
His words: “Educative programmes like that are one of the things that motivate the youths and students to do more. It creates in them, the zeal to achieve and that is how it begins. They should keep it up.”
Yahuza also advised his fellow students to develop themselves on skill and do it with their full shelves. To have grit and work towards them aggressively.
He said that they should imbibe the habit of consistency and perseverance.
“The course you study doesn’t matter, it’s about what you can do. The world there is big and competitive,” he added.
He urged his fellow writers to write daily, even if it’s incomplete.
He confessed that a day never passed without writing, so they should read, read and read, then write.
“And they should always expect rejections. Some of these rejections build us to be more eloquent. The rejections gear us,” he encouraged.

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