Magajiya Dambatta, a popular Hausa singer in Nigeria, has died at the age of 85.

She died at her Dambatta home.

Magajiya Dambatta, a popular Hausa singer in Northern Nigeria, died on Friday in Kano after a brief illness.

Late anbatta rose to fame in the late 1970s and early 1980s, with her popular song ‘Soriyal’ helping to enrol Northern children in both western and Islamic schools in the 1970s and 1980s.

She died at her Dambatta home.

In December 2018, an appeal fund to support the singer was launched by the Editor-in-Chief of DAILY NIGERIAN newspaper and friends to raise money to help the singer who was blind and at the mercy of alms-begging at her hometown Makoda in Kano State.

According to a note written on the LP of her songs by a former managing director of Radio Kano, Adamu Salihu, one of her advocacy songs helped in boosting school enrolment in the early 70s by over 3,000 pupils In Kano.


The President of the Association of Private Universities in Africa, Adamu Gwarzo, a professor, has described the loss of Magajiya Danbatta Makoda as tragic.

Mr Gwarzo, who is also the President of Maryam Abacha American University, a private university in Niger Niger Republic and Kano, also announced the naming of the MAAUN Kano, Faculty of Law Building after the late veteran Northern singer, in addition to honouring her posthumously for her immense contribution to education in Northern Nigeria.

He also said ” in honour of Late Magajiya Danbatta and her contribution in education, we resolved to honour her with a Posthumous honorary degree.”

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