The death of Alhaji Mahmoon Baba-Ahmed last night was a big loss to journalism and literature in Nigeria.
Detribalised, humane, urbane, he was incredibly humble in spite of his huge accomplishments in the field of letters.
He was also always ready to offer help or advice, and he never really retired despite his age. He practised journalism till the very end. He was writing two weekly columns in two different newspapers – Blueprint (in English) and Aminiya (in Hausa) – as well as current affairs programmes on Liberty TV and Alheri Radio. And he never failed to deliver on his weekly writings, especially in sending his column to Blueprint, which I gave him when serving as its Editor. That showed not only his versatility with language but also his commitment to journalism, good governance and the general wellbeing of the society.
I am proud to say that Baba Mahmoon, as I and many others used to call him, has lived a worthy life. He has inspired us to go and achieve. He and I had a good standing in each other’s eyes. He would always send greetings to me whenever he met someone who knew me, and ask that he wanted to see me. I am sad I have not seen him physically for several months – and now never will again in this life. I am also sad that I have not been able to interview him on all those Shakespearean books he translated into Hausa, an event I had been postponing for years, foolishly thinking that, well, he was there for me any time I was ready.
Baba Mahmoon’s funeral prayer will be offered this afternoon shortly after the Friday prayer at the Sultan Bello Mosque in Kaduna. May his soul rest in peace, ameen ya Allah.
Repost from @fimmagazine
Written by @ibrahimsheme