HAJIYA FATIMA LOLO
The Queen Of Nupe Musician
I. Introduction: Late Lolo, Fatima (1891 – 1997):
of Nupe Musical and an Ambassador, a leader,
historian, choreography and legend who change the
cause of music industry in Nupeland.
II: Fatima Lolo was born in 1893 to the family of
Mallam Kolo (Jibrin Muhammadu) and Mama
Sakpe (Fatima) at Patigi. However, Lolo was
brought up at Etsu her home village when the
family finally returned. Lolo’s intelligence in the art
of music began to manifest at the age of 7 years;
she was attracted to people during festivities where
she usually dance with plates on her hands. At the
age of 15 years she began to sing within her
environment to the hunters, farmers and fishermen.
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Fatima Lolo began her journey to the top when she
performed for the 9th Etsu Nupe, Muhammadu
Ndayako, who was then the District Head of Zhima
together with the 6th Etsu Nupe Agaie, Alhaji
Abdullahi. After the performance Lolo was
honoured with the gift of horses by both Etsus.
Consequently the gift was the starting point for
Lolo to ride on a horse back.
Fatima Lolo got married at the age of 29 to Etsu
Sarki (Muhammadu Emi Ejiko). The marriage could
not produce any child. After the demise of Etsu
Sarki, Lolo got married to Mallam Abubakar from
Sarkiwa village and her marriage was with Alhaji
Zanko Katambako (Nagun Nupe) still the last two
marriages could not produce a child.
III. Her Ascension to Power
Fatima Lolo was turbaned Sagi Ningbazhi (Queen
of Musician) by the 10th Etsu Nupe, Usman Sarki,
after Kaka Kwakwagi who was the reigning Sagi
Ningba died. The turban of Lolo as the Sagi
Ningbazhi was the beginning of unification of
traditional musicians in Nupeland which brough
about glamour to the Nupe music industry.
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Fatima Lolo was a historian with retentive memory;
her songs tell the past history of travails that
happened in Nupeland. And as a choreographer,
she was a Nupe leading dancer ever seen. She did
not only teach her troupe dancing steps but also
lead them on the stage. He r dancing on a horse
back was unprecedented in the history of female
artist in the world that enticed the Queen of
England to invite her to London.
Fatima Lolo was also a philanthropist; she helped
many in terms of difficulties. She had married
people to who could not afford to mary and took
many girls to marriage. She had the largest group,
which she could managed without prejudice. Lolo
was an unscathed leader, she faced every challenge
rationally and at the end she came out victorious.
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IV. Recognition Years
As an Ambassador, Lolo had represented Bida
Emirate and Niger State in different occasions and
also became victorious. Some of the Awards she
received are: National Honor of MON by President
Aliyu Shehu Shagari; Exemplary Award by Niger
State Women Forum, PMAN Award by Professional
Musician Association of Nigeria and Award Merit
by Ndaduma Development Association.
Lolo was a great Nupe woman of all time. A
celebrity who managed her influence to the benefit
of her people. She was accepted by her society
because of her mild and diplomatic character. She
was a woman always contented wherever she went
for performance and make sure her followers were
treated with respect.
Fatima Lolo died on 15th May 1997.
[This article is from the book titled ‘Builders of
Nupe’ written by Hamzat Mohammad Makama, the
Cultural Officer, Bida Local Government Council,
Picture: Hajiya Fatima Lolo
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