BANI DA ZABI Complete Document Written By Sajida


At night, she turned to look at her mother. Her mother pulled her hand from the house and advised her, “Wujdane, don’t go out and be disrespectful to him. Despite all you’ve seen and heard, don’t stop acting with kindness. Think about the future. Strengthen your mind, be wise, and hope for a peaceful life. Don’t let disrespect guide your actions.”

Wujdane, seemingly acknowledging her mother’s advice, kept her head on the ground. She avoided talking to him at night, causing Sule’s frustration, leading to morning confrontations with his spirited daughter.

The next day, Wujdane emerged wearing a hijab that Malan had purchased. She approached him, finishing her chase from a distance before entering the house, announcing she was going to sleep. Surprisingly, instead of the usual scolding, she calmly greeted him, joining the usual routine.

However, today was different. Instead of shouting at him, she turned around slowly and scolded him. In her thoughts, she pondered that he hadn’t done anything wrong, and, despite not being the tallest, he was not a bad person. She also reflected on his wife, Aliya, as a poor girl.

Turning away, she declared, “I will go home.” He smiled, offering her money and expressing hope that she would receive it that day. Despite the cost of protecting the watch, Wujdane didn’t ask for money. She left without saying anything, avoiding eye contact with him.

The narrative then provides background information on Wujdane, who is the granddaughter of the late Malan Hamza. Malan Hamza, a servant of God, had disciples and lived in a village north of Maiduguri. He had multiple wives, and Fadima, Malan Hamza’s daughter, grew up with privilege and education.

Fadima’s daughter, Wujdane, was born to a wife who was accused of infidelity. The story touches on the challenges faced by Fadima and her son Laminu. Laminu, despite being an orphan, secured a job and supported his family financially. Malan, empathetic towards Laminu, decided to arrange a marriage between Laminu and a woman named Aliya.

The tale captures the complexities of family dynamics and societal expectations in a village where early marriages are common.

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