By Abdulaziz Abdulaziz
In the face of a thunderbolt–and the abrupt death of Auwal G Danbarno is a real one – it’s very difficult to say anything in the immediate. The processing time takes a long time to align the shock with reality and gather one’s thoughts together.
In the last 24 hours since the bad news went out many friends and acquaintances have given ample testimonials on the person he was. That he’s a warm, ebullient and forthright person added to the pain that often comes with such unforseen deaths.
I first noticed AG for his insatiable thirst for knowledge. He was primarily known in the Kano literary space as a Hausa writer but his reading appetite was much wider. He was always after new knowledge, no wonder he possessed such a large heart that held no malice or rigid opinions. For him it was constant exchange of ideas, making him a rabble-rouser of sorts with no permanent allegiances. His allegiance was to superior knowledge and quest for higher truth. He made a lot of “enemies” for his pastime of scathing reviews of Hausa novellas. But to his credit he never allowed the bitterness to lead into long term enmity. His doppelganger in this regard was the late Ibrahim Mohammed (Madu Iro) with whom, unsurprisingly, Auwal had had endless exchanges here and offline.
For me, his blossom friend, Aminu ALA gave an excellent concise resume of Late Auwal as a’a member of the literati, in these lines:
Auwalu marrubuci ne
Auwalu mannazarci ne
Auwalu makkaranci ne
Ba za ka kasa sharhi ba.
May Allah repose the soul of AG Danbarno and sooth the arching hearts of those he left in painful mourning.