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Sim­i­larly, this year’s Sal­lah dur­bar dur­ing the Eid-alAd­hah didn’t hold, as the Emir of Kano was on the holy pil­grim­age to Saudi Ara­bia.

Ac­cord­ing to the ini­tia­tor who also poses as the emir dur­ing the corn stalk dur­bar, the idea came to him at a time when the peo­ple of the area were miss­ing the real dur­bar. He added that the main aim was to al­le­vi­ate their pain at its can­cel­la­tion, and also to pro­vide joy for fun seek­ers, to pro­mote peace as well as en­ter­tain the com­mu­nity.

“When I and some of my friends were nurs­ing the idea of ini­ti­at­ing some­thing sim­i­lar to the dur­bar, we never knew it will be­come a yearly thing, and also well ac­cepted like this. Our in­tent then was just to pro­vide an av­enue to drive away bore­dom and idle­ness dur­ing the Sal­lah fes­tiv­i­ties. But we later came to re­al­ize that the whole thing has gone be­yond that, and now for three years we have been hold­ing this corn stalk dur­bar fes­ti­val con­sec­u­tively. The good thing here is that even the com­mu­nity lead­ers and se­cu­rity op­er­a­tives have come to ap­prove the ges­ture, as they have given us their bless­ings,” said Mubarak.

What re­ally dis­tin­guishes the real dur­bar from this stalk dur­bar is the ab­sence of a live horse. The royal re­galia, the royal songs and the colour­ful ar­range­ment of par­tic­i­pants re­flects a gen­uine sce­nario of a real dur­bar. How­ever, 95% of the par­tic­i­pants are the youths, and also many of them were seen dressed in other at­tires of the var­i­ous eth­nic groups in Nige­ria, to por­tray unity and pros­per­ity.

It was also gath­ered that ini­tially, the stalk dur­bar was not for­mally or­ga­nized, but as the years rolled by or­ga­niz­ing the fes­ti­val be­came a task un­der a con­sti­tuted com­mit­tee headed by the ini­tia­tors. How­ever, se­lected in­di­vid­u­als from dif­fer­ent streets in the area who were also mem­bers of the or­ga­niz­ing com­mit­tee were given the ti­tle of dis­trict heads of their streets, and they rep­re­sent their re­spec­tive streets dur­ing the dur­bar.

How­ever, dur­ing this year’s In­de­pen­dence Day cel­e­bra­tion the youths of Giginyu town de­cided to use the stalk dur­bar to celebrate the day. The or­ga­niz­ers sus­pended the usual Sal­lah stalk dur­bar just to be able to hold the dur­bar for 1st Oc­to­ber cel­e­bra­tion. The dur­bar was sys­tem­at­i­cally or­gan­ised to por­tray peace and also to re­place the lost In­de­pen­dence Day pa­rade.

“Some of us didn’t have the priv­i­lege of wit­ness­ing the in­de­pen­dence pa­rade, but we have heard sto­ries of those blessed days when our towns­peo­ple went out to wit­ness one of Nige­ria’s im­por­tant days. We have heard how our el­ders lament how they have been miss­ing those days, and that is why this year we sus­pended the Sal­lah corn stalk dur­bar to hold this dur­bar for our na­tion. We hope that like the ini­ti­ated Sal­lah corn stalk dur­bar, the in­de­pen­dence day dur­bar will also be re­tained as a yearly ac­tiv­ity,” said one of the or­ga­niz­ers. It was a dur­bar that show cased the emir, the dis­trict heads, the gover­nor and gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials all in car­i­ca­ture. It was all make be­lieve and it was also a very colour­ful ac­tiv­ity that wit­nessed hun­dreds of peo­ple in at­ten­dance.

Many spo­ken to, bared their minds that the dur­bar has re­ally made the 1st Oc­to­ber cel­e­bra­tion a mem­o­rable one. Will the 1st Oc­to­ber corn stalk dur­bar hold next year? Only time can tell.

e peo­ple’s ca­pac­ity for wit, im­i­ta­tion and an abil­ity to have a gen­tle laugh at each other.

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