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Tee Talk With Prof. Faruk Sarkinfada

A beautiful and pleasant day to you, wherever you may be on the surface of mother earth at this particular moment in time. You are most welcome to TEE TALK, an online, real time, celebrity profiler that “…is all about YOU” as our DWi slogan goes.

TEE TALK is a one-on-one talk session, aimed at celebrating an icon, a very important personality, his or her role modeling achievements, influences on society and far-reaching impact on humanity, in this dawn of 21st century global village.

On the platform this time, I will be hosting our esteem and honoring guest Prof. Farouk Sarkinfada and together we will be talking about him and his interesting life before our global audience. All these, we will do over some delicious poetic cup of tee… (spelt with an e.) 

The Tee Talk when concluded, apart from being featured on our Facebook Page facebook.com/@DWinternational, will also be published here along with interesting pictures and images, with links from our WhatsApp and Twitter accounts. We start off thus:

DWi: Thanks for honoring our invitation as we welcome you Prof. Faruk Sir. Assalam Alaikum…

Faruk Sarkinfada: Wa alaikumussalam wa rahmatullah. Thank you very much Tijjani

DWi: We will start off by asking you, distinguished Prof. Faruk Sarkinfada to give us a brief personal introduction.

Faruk Sarkinfada Faruk Sarkinfada is my name. Born 30th July 1968 at Chedi Quarters in Kano, Kano Municipal LGA, northern Nigeria. I belong to the Hausa ethnic group and of Islamic religion.

DWi : Nationality please?

Faruk Sarkinfada Nigerian and resident in Nigeria.

DWi: Can we know the schools you attended and the qualifications obtained till date?

Faruk Sarkinfada I started with the traditional Quranic School (Makarantar Allo) at the age of 4 and Islamiyya School (Nurul Adfal Islamiyya) to learn the Holy Qur’an and Islamic religious knowledge respectively.

I Attended Sahuci Primary School (1973-1979) and obtained a Primary School Certificate, Government Secondary School Gwammaja II and Rumfa College (1979 – 1984) and obtained the West African Examination Council (WAEC) Certificate, School of Basic Studies, ABU Zaria (1984-1986) and passed the IJMB examination and gained admission into the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU)  Zaria.

At the age of 21, I graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Microbiology from ABU Zaria, Nigeria (1986 – 1989). Later I attended the School of Medical Laboratory Sciences, University Teaching Hospital Calabar Nigeria, between 1991 and 1993 to obtain a Diploma in Medical Laboratory Sciences and thus qualify as a Medical Laboratory Scientist of Nigeria.

Between 1998 and 2000, I attended the University of Jos, Nigeria for a Master’s degree in Medical Microbiology. In 2004 I won the Ford Foundation International Fellowship for my Doctoral degree at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, University of Liverpool in the United Kingdom. I have also attended several short courses, seminars and conferences in Nigeria and around the world.

Eventually, I am the current President of the International Ford Fellowship Alumni Association of Nigeria (IFFAAN).

DWi:  Thank you Prof. Any nickname? Given and preferred

Faruk Sarkinfada: Noted. They call me Baba in my family house. But my children call me Abba. At the Creative Writers’ Forum, they call me the Sufi Poet. I prefer to be simply called Faruk.

DWi:  Are you married or single?

Faruk Sarkinfada: I am married with children

DWi: What is your main occupation or profession?

Faruk Sarkinfada I am an Academic and a Licensed Medical Laboratory Scientist of Nigeria. I also serve as a Consultant in Health related Projects to the Government and many International Organizations in Nigeria.

DWi:  Interesting Sir. What is your current employment and position?

Faruk Sarkinfada I am an Associate Professor of Medical Microbiology and the Head of Microbiology and Parasitology Department, College of Health Sciences, Bayero University Kano, Nigeria.

DWi: Hmmm. And how many country/ies have you visited so far Sir?

Faruk Sarkinfada I’ve been to Egypt twice for a workshop (2004) and a short course (2016);

United Kingdom twice for my Ph D (2004-2008) and Conference (2013);

Holland (2007) for a Conference;

France (2008) for a conference;

Kenya (2010) for a Workshop;

Malaysia (2013) for a Conference;

Eritrea (2013) as a WHO’s Technical Assistant;

Uganda (2014-2015) as a Visiting lecturer;

Saudi Arabia (2015) Lesser Hajj;

United Arab Emirate (2015) for a Conference.

DWi: What were the lessons you’ve learnt and what would you wish Nigeria also has from such country/ies?

Faruk Sarkinfada I wish Nigeria could have commitment to Education as UK and Malaysia; Peace and security as in Uganda, Eritrea, Saudi Arabia and the UAE; Strong economy such as that of UK, France, Holland, Saudi Arabia, UAE and Patriotism like the Egyptians and Kenyans.

DWi:  What revelations. Can we share on your most notable a) pleasant and b) unpleasant experiences in life?

Faruk Sarkinfada My most notable unpleasant experience was that of being denied graduating with an M. Sc. degree after passing the required work and defending my thesis in my own country. This unpleasant experience however led to my most notable pleasant experience of being awarded a highly competitive scholarship by the US based Ford Foundation International Fellowship to study a Ph D in the United Kingdom. Alhamdulillah.

DWi:  Now Sir, what do you think about Kano, Arewa (North), Nigeria, Africa and the world in terms of global relevance?

Faruk Sarkinfada The global relevance of Kano/Northern Nigeria and Africa in general lies in our rich cultural and intellectual potential, flavored by our religious values and environment.

The legacies of good governance by our great leaders such as Sir Ahmadu Bello Sardauna, Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, Malam Aminu Kano, Nelson Mandela, Scholars and intellectuals such as Shaykh Usmanu Bin Fodio, Muhammad Bello and some business tycoons remain treasures of global relevance.

The two most important links are what appears to be the trans-Sahara trade and scholarship activities that forms a strong link between Kano in Northern Nigeria and the rest of Africa and the World.

However, much of the problems in prevalent in Africa were created by bad leadership.

DWi:  Would have love to go further into that, but for the time we have to do this. May be later Sir. Please talk briefly to us about Education; past, present and its future to our people?

Faruk Sarkinfada It may be difficult to give a detailed analysis of the situation of Education in the past, present and future. However, a quick assessment of the dynamics of education in terms of availability of educational facilities and the quality of education could be made.

From the pre-colonial era to the Nigerian Independence (1946-1960), Nigeria witnessed a steady growth in its educational system with the dominance of elementary and college levels of education of high quality. The quality of education in that era was portrayed in the quality of leadership and services rendered by its beneficiaries.

From 1962, (when the first Universities were established) to the present time, a sound educational system and facilities are in place with the basic, secondary and tertiary levels of education. However, it is in the present era that we witness a decline in the quality of education for multiple reasons, the challenge which we are faced with at the moment. In the midst of abundance, corruption and bad governance appears to be among the reasons for the rot in the educational system today.

With the current crackdown on corruption and signs of good governance, the future of education in Nigeria seems to be bright.

DWi: What’s your take about adopting Hausa as a language of imparting knowledge (teaching) in our educational system, most especially in the north?

Faruk Sarkinfada It would be a good idea to use Hausa for imparting knowledge in the North so long as it would reduce the problem of language barrier in teaching and learning. The dominance of Hausa as a medium of communication in Northern Nigeria made the majority of those from the southern part of the country to believe that ‘all Northerners are Hausas’. In my opinion, Hausa is among the easiest language to learn, both written and spoken, because of its being a quantitative language; in its spelling and its sounds.

However, the task may require a more demanding operation of producing instructional materials in all fields into Hausa Language.

Almost 2 years ago, I have created a Facebook group Kimiyya a Harshen Hausa i.e. Science in Hausa Language, with the aim of interacting with like-minds on the need for translating scientific knowledge into Hausa language for the present and future generation.

DWi:  Interesting! Didn’t even know such a page exist. Now, let’s touch on a sensitive spot… Girl-child education, women education and areas of concentration?

Faruk Sarkinfada Women education is very essential for the development of every society. In one of my poems, ‘The
Commendable’ I consider women as the custodians of any nation’s sanctity:

Nation’s sanctity lies in the sanctities

Of their constituent family entities

Families’ sanctities lies in the sanctities

Of the family – training mothers in unities

She is the custodian of nation’s sanctity.

Women education impacts positively on personal and societal development as it equips women with the required tools for effective discharge of their peculiar roles in the national service; up-bringing of socially, psychologically and morally sound citizens, who would in turn contribute to the development of the nation, in all its progressive aspects.

According to a report, Nigeria still contributes to the highest number of out-of-school children, and regrettably the girl child is the most affected and perhaps Nigeria’s future is threatened by poor girls’ education attainment.

DWi:  Poems? We must of essence talk about that. But please Prof. go ahead and continue on the girl-child Sir.

Faruk Sarkinfada On girl child education; The above report indicated that Nigeria’s future is threatened by poor girl’s education attainment. The barriers are multi-dimensional. Our cultural values that uphold protection of women’s chastity and dignity such that attempts to protect such values often impact negatively on their rights to education. For instance, giving out a girl child early enough in marriage as a protection of her womanhood often terminates her educational pursuits prematurely.

Rampant hawking and their vulnerability to kidnapping and molesting are some of the barriers that may impact negatively on girl child and women education. I think the government and the society need to do more in:

Firstly, creating the desired awareness and conviction on the necessity of girl child and women education to the populace, without compromising their chastity, dignity and their role as family builders in any way.

Secondly, there must be provision of conducive atmosphere, consistent with the peculiar need for protection of the girl child and women in their educational pursuits at every level.

DWi:  So much to say about education. Ok Sir, let’s talk about Islamic and Qur’anic Education System, how relevant is it to us in the globalization drive?

Faruk Sarkinfada There is no single definition to globalization. Theoretically, it represents a process of narrowing the gaps separating different nations and communities in terms of economic, social, scientific and political values, such that the world become a ‘global village’, and the people, ‘global people’. Globalization is driven by international trade and investment, and aided by information technology.

The Qur’anic and Islamic education system provides the platform for nurturing Sharia as a political and social order of Divine origin, which offers man a comprehensive code of life, covering both the spiritual and material aspects, with the aim of shaping and directing man’s life in a manner approved by his Master…

DWi:  Hmmn…

Faruk Sarkinfada … Irrespective of race, ethnicity and geography. Islam orders mankind to cooperate, be helpful to one another according to goodness and piety and not to be helpful in evil and malice (Qur’an 5:2). Sharia leaves out nothing concerning man’s spiritual and material life: his interactions with his own self, with his Lord, with his fellow humans and with other animate and inanimate creatures of Allah.

Thus in Sharia, we have a unique and perfect social, political, economic, educational, judicial as well as defense system of Divine origin, that suits all generations. This principle is fully endorsed by Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) on the local level, regardless of the faith and culture of the person you interact with. Surely this principle can be extended to the international level, where a neighboring country can be defined as any country which has a normal economic and political relations with the Islamic world.

Globalization drive is therefore consistent with the principles of Islamic order, so long as it does not aim at promoting western ideologies and practices that are contrary to the Sharia principles.

DWi:  Can you suggest ways of upgrading and modernizing it without losing its core values and goals.

Faruk Sarkinfada I have 3 suggestions:

  1. Identifying and mapping out of the available experts in reciting/writing and memorizing the Holy Quran with a view of enrolling them into specially designed short, medium and long period courses in order to acquire suitable certificates that will enable them become employable and so be integrated into the workforce of various life endeavors.
  1. It is essential to identify an important gap that exists between the excelling of the Muslim community in Nigeria in recitation, writing and memorizing the Holy Quran on the one hand, and the Western orientation of our educational curriculum in every field of study, both in the Arts and Sciences, as well as the professional practices such as economics, engineering, science and medicine. It is therefore desirable to engage Muslim professionals in all fields of study and deliberate on how to use the Quran as the root of knowledge production, reconstruction, reorientation of the educational curricula and the ethics of professional practices in economics, engineering, science and medicine.
  1. Making memorization of the Holy Quran, for instance, as an advantage among the requirements for admission into some noble programmes and professions such as Law, Engineering, Medicine etc would promote the integration of Quranic knowledge into the fields as well as guide the curriculum development and research agenda among the Muslim Ummah.

DWi: Amazing and innovative approach you put forward Sir. This will surely create the necessary turn around for things in that area. Now, there is this other issue that is a big one. The Almajiri problem. Why has it persisted? Which is the way forward for Arewa?

Faruk Sarkinfada In my opinion the Almajiri problem persists in Northern Nigeria because it is not faced, with the adequate attention it really deserves:

1) The majority of the populace are still not convinced that it is a problem for obvious reasons. We are comfortable leaving with Almajiris for one reason or the other, amongst which are  their constituting a cheap, ‘significant workforce’ in all nooks and corners of our towns, ranging from the Government Reserved Area houses, offices, residence and schools, to the remotest segments of our settlements.

2) Others see the Almajiri phenomenon not as a problem and only worry about it off where the problem is truly domiciled.

3) Minimal effort is being centered towards controlling the problem from its source. I mean the “donors” i.e. parents – who sacrifice their wards for what, to them is, and perhaps remains a good cause, which is primarily for Qur’anic studies, but secondarily for menial jobs at the Government officials residences, private offices, market places, university staff quarters etc.

The way forward lies in reversing the trends: If every segment of the society – leaders, business men, scholars, etc – believes and is convinced that the Almajiri is a problem and becomes determined to work towards solving it at once, then extraordinary development is to be expected.

Changing the mindsets of the parents – donors – of the children; creating the right environment in the rural areas by the provision of the basic infrastructure and promoting job creation in the rural areas. These among other strategies should all be geared towards dealing with the Almajiri problem from its source.

DWiTackling it at the source is surely a sound way of dealing with it we sincerely agree Sir.

Faruk Sarkinfada Exactly. In that respect, more has to be done in the area of rural development and serious reforms in the Local Government managements.

DWi: Now Western Education in Nigeria, why is the loss in quality? How do we solve the problem of mass illiteracy? How can we make it possible for any who wish to be educated gain admission?

Faruk Sarkinfada Quality is proportional to the provision of required needs and their judicious utilization. Loss in requirements translate to loss in quality. If one intends to use one bag of cement to produce blocks that ideally requires 3 bags, the quality would not be achieved. If UNESCO prescribes, for instance 26% budget allocation to education for a desired quality and you allocate 10% or less, an equivalent loss of quality should be expected.

Today, the minimal requirement for quality education is more with the private than the public institutions at all levels. The Basic Education suffers more loss in quality than the secondary and tertiary levels of education in terms of infrastructure, human resources and the curricula. With the minimal provision especially in the public sector, facilities are overstretched and dilapidated.

Poor maintenance of infrastructure and sub-standard level of training of staff compounds the problem, with consequent low quality output as the trainers of the next generation. The system therefore becomes locked in a viscous circle of cumulative and continuous loss in quality.

Solving the mass illiteracy problem requires the same approach as the Almajiri problem. The stakeholders, Image result for universities in nigeriaparticularly in Northern Nigeria seem not convinced that literacy is something worthy of investing heavily on. Not until all the stakeholders understood and are determined to make education the first, second, third, fourth and even the fifth priority, it would be very difficult to tackle the problem.

On gaining admission into tertiary institutions particularly the universities, there is primarily the inadequacy of space to accommodate all the qualified candidates. Secondly limited career guidance to the candidates on the relevance and prospects of all disciplines being offered such that the request for admissions is always skewed towards a few disciplines.

I am always disturbed with the excessive rush during admission seasons, for parents striving to get their wards admitted into medicine, engineering or law. In their desperation, it is both medicine and medicine for First Choice and Second Option. Or it is either engineering or engineering, law or law etc as a fashion of choices and options. Meanwhile on the other side, some of the basic/pure sciences are looking for candidates, even among the indigenes to fill up their quota. How to change this notion is one of our main challenge.

Image result for universities in nigeriaI intend to initiate a ‘Science for Prestige and Money’ project in collaboration with those who excelled in various fields of science, to come up with a new package of training pure scientist with an entrepreneurship focus. This, in order to make these trainings equally attractive or even more than those of medicine, engineering, law etc.

In this era, we need graduates in basic sciences with specialization in any of the relevant subject area, so as to acquire skills to enhance their employability or make them self employed. For instance, a Botanist with specialization Horticulture, Economic Botany or Breeding could become self-reliant as an entrepreneur and even end up setting up a company and become an employer of labour, rather than always seeking to be employed.

DWi: Ok Sir, let’s touch a controversial one. What would you say about Government funding of education at all level, is it enough? What would you suggest as a quick fix?

Faruk Sarkinfada Much as the Government needs to fund education, education is a profitable investment that funds itself. No amount is too much once invested on education, but under-funding education may lead to waste of resources.

In the last few decades, Nigeria has never provided the minimum recommended budgetary allocation of its annual budget to education, and hence the cumulative rot in the educational system and quality of education. Corruption and lack of judicious utilization of the limited resources allocated to the educational sector have compounded and also contributed to the rot in the system.

There may be no ‘quick fix’ for a problem that was created over a long span of time. Rather, the immediate priority can be identified. The Need Assessment for the Nigerian tertiary institutions, informed by the ASUU struggle is a step forward in improving the funding of tertiary institutions in Nigeria, despite some challenges in its implementation.

A similar mechanism should also be extended to the Secondary and Basic Educational levels. The private sector has a role to play in investing in quality education, but with a significant and effective regulation by the government.

Image result for nyscThe current 2016 budgetary allocation of almost 30% to the education sector is a welcome development that would contribute immensely to the improved funding of the sector. However, close monitoring to assure equitable and judicious use of the funds must be guaranteed.

DWi: But Sir, what is the use of getting educated if at the end of acquiring such qualifications graduates are unable to get jobs. Which brings us to the next set of questions – General and graduates unemployment, what do you think can be done? What about solutions to quality of trained manpower?

Faruk Sarkinfada Again, graduates unemployment could have been rooted from the quality and goals for which a particular training curriculum is designed.

Today, we need graduates in every discipline with specialization in any of the relevant subject areas, so as to acquire basic skills to enhance their employability or be them self-employed. For instance, a graduate of Botany with specialization in Horticulture, Economic Botany or Breeding, a Chemistry graduate with skills in manufacturing soap and cosmetic etc.

There is also a wide gap between the research activities in the Academia and the Industry, such that researches
carried out in the Universities, Polytechnics and Research Centres are not likely to be private sector driven and could not translate into job creation. In developing countries, the academia is not strongly fit, apt and ready to lead.

The private sector is even setting their own universities to help build, excel and improve or achieve their goals. There is therefore the need to establish a strong link between the academia, industries and private sectors, such that ideas are translated into products and jobs for the populace.

DWi: Thank you for such elaborate explanations on that Prof. Though there are other questions on Education, we must let it rest for now. Next, let’s talk about literature Sir. You have interest in literature as is obvious. In which area are you inclined?

Faruk Sarkinfada I’m inclined to Fiction and Poetry. 

DWi: Aha, poetry. As a recognized poet in this part of the country, when did you start writing poems?

Faruk Sarkinfada Almost 20 years ago.

DWi: 20 years! Wow! And how many poems have you written thus far?

Faruk Sarkinfada Not sure, but they could be over 300.

DWi: Which is your most preferred theme?

Faruk Sarkinfada Theological, mystical and romantic.

DWi: Hmmm, theology, mystical, romantic. Interesting Sir. So, which is your authored Bakandamiya (most famous) poem? Can we have it shared here?

Faruk Sarkinfada I consider my poem titled YOUR CALL as my all time most favourite. Of course for others it could be other ones. But for me, this is it.


May I come with you

So that together, we may dine

That I may eat from your fruits

That I may drink from your fountains

And thrive under the shade of your path

And be holy among all

To purify my soul

For your call

I retire from all

For your call

I abandon my role

For your call

I depart away from my home

Feeling neither heat nor cold

For you to be my only company on board

For you to be my part and my whole

That I may discover my soul

And answer your call

Is my goal.

DWi:  Wow! Sublime and beautiful. This is indeed mystical. Why do I feel this is addressed to Muhammad SAWS?

Faruk Sarkinfada May be, it’s because you are a mystic. *Smiles*

DWi:  O really? I just feel this Your Call has to do with something, somehow Divine. And who are your favorite Arabic, English & Hausa poets? Classical, contemporary, national and local poets?

Faruk Sarkinfada I was deeply influenced by Arabic poets, particularly the Diwan of Sheikh Ibrahim Nyas; Al-Burda and Hamziyya of Sheikh Muhmmadul Busiri, Ishriniya of Sheikh Alfazazi and Wutriya. My favorite contemporary Hausa poet is Sani Ayagi.

DWi:  You’ve not said anything about English poets?

Faruk Sarkinfada Niyi Oshundare is my favorite Nigerian poet. I have not much idea of the English poets.

DWi:  Ikon Allaah… So poets like Allan Poe, Keats, Wordsworth, Maya Angelou etc have not been relished by your poetic hunger, Sir?

Faruk Sarkinfada Interesting, right? It seems I am only using English in conveying what appears to be away from English culture and ideologies.

DWi: I like the factualness of your responses Sir. Ok, let’s go to the next one. Have you ever written a book? Any publication/s to your credit?

Faruk Sarkinfada I’ve written quite a few.

Here are some of my Literary Works (Books):

1- Sarkinfada F. (2001): Microbial World: A Mysterious Journey (Science Fiction). A public Health Enlightenment Book. Informarts, Kaduna, Nigeria.

2- Sarkinfada F. (2002): Companion of a Captive. (Poetry). Kurawa Holdings (Publishing Division)

3- Sarkinfada F. (2003): Our Faith. Philosophy of the Teachings of Islam. Gidan Dabino Publishers. Kano.

4- Maulud: Birth of a Living (2003) a brief biography and tribute the Holy Prophet Muhammad, Peace Be Upon Him.

5- Sarkinfada F. (2006) The Other Way Round. (Science Fiction) Social, Biological and Medical Perspectives of Vesico – Vaginal Fistula (VVF). Gidan Dabino Publishers. Kano.

6- Sarkinfada F. (2006): Zaton Wuta A Makera (Science Fiction) Hausa version on the Social, Biological and Medical Perspectives of Vesico – Vaginal Fistula (VVF). Gidan Dabino Publishers. Kano.

7- Sarkinfada F. (2010) Bakandamiyar Sarkinfada. A Hausa Poetry Book on Moral Teachings of Islam. Gidan Dabino Publishers. Kano.

8- Sarkinfada F. (2012) Marhaban da Manzo. A Hausa Version of Welcoming the Great Prophet, A Short Biography of the Holy Prophet Muhammad, Peace be Upon Him.

9- Sarkinfada F. (2016): Wani Abu a Kan Matar Sarki. A Hausa Version of The Microbial World: A mysterious Journey. Bayero University Press Ltd (In Press)

Faruk Sarkinfada Favourite books are Iqazul Himam by Ibni Ajibatul husna, The Glory of Iqbal by Abul Hassan Ali Nadwi and Problems of Philosophy by Bertrand Russel.

DWi:  Impressive list Sir. I remember you did promise to give me a copy or 2 of your poetry anthology, now I see you have Hausa published poems, it is my hope they would be included in your gift to me.

Faruk Sarkinfada Yeah. I’ve been going around with the collection packaged for you in my car, hoping to deliver them whenever we meet. I hope it’d be soon.

DWi: And I do look forward to our meeting and my collecting them in sha Allaah. Do you listen to music? Which type? Who’s your favorite artist: local, national, international?

Faruk Sarkinfada I listen to Jan-kidi, Sarkin Taushen Katsina, Dr. Mamman Shata and others. I use to listen to Reggae music and was deeply influenced by the creativity of Reggae artists such as Bob Marley, Gregory Isaac, Lucky Dube, Ras Kimonu, Eric Donaldson and many others. I am particularly impressed by the exploitative styles in the ‘Patua’ English used by artists such as U-Roy and his likes.

DWi:  What about the internet, social media – Facebook, Twitter, Whatsapp, personal Website, Blog etc, which is your favorite and why? How have they changed the way you relate to the rest of the world now?

Image result for arewa on social mediaFaruk Sarkinfada The use of internet and social media has provided a wider opportunity for wider interactions with the immediate and distant world. However, internet and social media consumes much of my time that I am almost an addict to the internet and social networks, particularly the Facebook and Whatsapp.

I belong to so many groups now, some of which I was just added without my consent, that I cannot easily count. Social media is trying hard to snatch away my book reading culture. And I’m not sure if this has impacted negatively on my academic and intellectual growth.

DWi:  Wow. This is interesting revelations indeed. Then it is true social media is addictive. One would want to think only young bucks are indulging in it and not intellectual minds like yours. Well Sir, what do you have to say about Arewa and usage of internet to measure up in global communications? Would you encourage Arewa to delve into blogging as a means of bridging the hitherto wide media gap between Arewa and Southern Nigeria?

Faruk Sarkinfada There is a good opportunity for Arewa in the use of the internet and social media as tools for promoting social justice and mobilization. Networking through social media could enhance creation of awareness, policing and the civil society activities that are hitherto, largely lacking in Arewa.

DWi:  And on blogging?

Faruk Sarkinfada Equally a good opportunity for visibility of Arewa Intellectuals to the rest of the world. It really helps in packaging and dissemination of political, academic as well as intellectual ideas to the world. I should have a blog page of my own.

DWi:  How about your online membership of social media groups and fora, any special one to you?

Faruk Sarkinfada I belong to so many groups like I said earlier. For many of the groups, I am only a passive member. However, the special ones are my old school association, literary groups like Duniyar Marubuta, Literature and the World, World Book Club and the Ford Foundation Alumni group

DWi:  By the way, about the blog, we thought you have yours already. But, it’s never too late to start one Sir…

Faruk Sarkinfada I never had one. Looking forward to your assistance towards creating one soon.

DWi:  I’ll be most willing to assist in building one for you in sha Allaah. I’ve been blogging for more than half a decade now…

Faruk Sarkinfada Several people have been requesting me to start it for almost a decade. I once made an attempt to build one, but abandoned it at a stage. Thanks for this great offer.

DWi: We are gradually getting to the end of this interview. Just for the fun of it, ‘Predict The Future’ of the world for the records, in say 2050. If Allaah Wills, what do you think will be happening to mankind?

Faruk Sarkinfada Very difficult one! The future is as unpredictable as the way Sheikh Usmanu Bin Fodio describes it in his famous sermon ” …very soon its joy turn sorrow, its ease turns misery, her unions become shattered, the healthy become sick …” I’m afraid, it is unpredictable!

DWi: Ok. At least we’ve got something… Finally, chisel your very own – WORDS TILL ETERNITY – by Prof. Farouk Sarkinfada. Give us your personal and original quote that you would want to bequest mankind, to be remembered by, now and for always.

Faruk Sarkinfada May I give 2 please?

DWi:  Go ahead Sir.

Faruk Sarkinfada Good. Here they are:

  1. Offload at this transit station. You don’t need words at your destination
  2. Don’t give in to intimidation or give up your aspirations. You are almost at your destination

DWi:  Fantastic inspirational words. Worthy of being chiseled on marble too. Thank you.

Faruk Sarkinfada You are welcome.

DWi:  Thank you so much for taking time to honor and enrich us with your wealth of experiences, Sir. We sincerely appreciate this. Any closing remark?

Faruk Sarkinfada I’m humbled for being selected to sit on this hot seat to do a TEE TALK. I may not be perfect and accurate in all that I said, but I thank you for the confidence your DWi Team had in me to offer this opportunity to share my thoughts and ideas for the benefit of humanity. May Allah forgive our shortcomings. Thank you.

DWi: On behalf of the TEE TALK Crew at DesignWorld INTERNATIONAL (DWi), we sincerely wish to thank you Prof Faruk Sarkinfada for finding the time and space within your tight schedule to honor our invitation and answer our series of questions exhaustively and satisfactorily too.

Best wishes always…

Tijjani Muhammad Musa


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