On Saturday, April 15, Interim President LeGene Quesenberry led the AUN expat community to the turbaning of the Adamawa Emirate’s third chief translator/interpreter, Alhaji Jaafaru Suleiman Ribadu.
Lamido Adamawa, Dr. Barkindo Aliyu Musdafa, conferred Mr. Ribadu with Sarki Turawa Adamawa, a title that makes him a royal adviser to the Fombina throne on foreign relations. The new Sarki Turawa holds a degree in Sociology/Anthropology from the University of Maiduguri.
Sarki Turawa, which means Chief Translator and Interpreter for Expatriates, is reserved for an individual whose responsibility is to mediate between the Adamawa Community and expatriates who come to the Fombina kingdom from all parts of the world. The Public Affairs Office specially invited the expat group at AUN to participate in this ceremony.
The official turbaning ceremony was held at the multipurpose hall of the palace. Led by President Quesenberry, the AUN delegation that included AVP Abba Tahir of Public Affairs, and Professors Mohamed Tristan Purvis and Abdul Mousa of SAS, had the opportunity to greet the Lamido at the end of the event, after which they joined the new Sarki Turawa in a durbar culminating in paying homage at his family house.
There was a four-hour recess before the traditional Kilisa (racing on horseback) at the Eastern Gate of the Lamido palace.
The procession started from the Sarki Turawa home. President Quesenberry led the AUN participants who joined the durbar with the new Sarki Turawa Adamawa to pay homage to the Lamido as they passed by him, members of the royal court, and other dignitaries.
With no less than 30 countries represented by its students and employees, AUN has the largest concentration of expatriates in Adamawa, all of whom will now relate with the Fombina throne through the new Sarki Turawa.
As always, the durbar was a colorful event with the horses and the riders decked out in traditional regalia. The trumpeting was non-stop as was the playing of the traditional band. The new Sarki Turawa, who himself was on horseback, received the cheers of the spectators as the procession went past them.
While many on the AUN contingent, including three AUN students, President Quesenberry, AVP Abba Tahir, and Professor Mohamed Tristan Purvis, were on horseback, those who chose not to ride the horses came behind the procession in a bus.
By Omorogbe Omorogiuwa