Tuesday, June 7 2016, which marked the second day of Ramadan, saw me shed tears for the first time in 2016.
Adama Ja’afar, was my cousin and a close sister whom I cherish so much.
She died today, during childbirth at the Monarch Hospital, in Kaduna.
Born to the family of Alhaji AD Ja’afar of the Lere royal family, Adama triumphed in her career, to become a fulfilled journalist and a media practitioner even at her young age.
She graduated from the Ahmadu Bello University Zaria in 2006, bagging a B.Sc. hons. in Mass communication.
She also had a Master’s degree in International Relations and Diplomacy from the ABU.
As a young and passionate media enthusiast, Adama Ja’afar would tell me, anytime we are together, that she would love to practice Journalism in whatever way she could find herself.
I was her cousin and an editor with Newage Network, a post production outfit in Kaduna at the time, so I encouraged her to join me in the company. She came as a young reporter and gradually Adama became a senior producer and program presenter.
She is popularly known for a Television program she anchored for Kaduna state government ‘Keeping Promises’.
We became so close that even among our family members, some did not see me as just her brother anymore, but her very close friend.
During her wedding to Ismail Abubakar, we virtual ran all her errands together. I would drive with Adama to and from the markets, till we got all we needed for the wedding.
Although I left Newage Network about three years after she joined, Adama left also to join the Kaduna state University, KASU.
Gradually Adama Ja’afaar rose to become the University’s Public Relations Officer.
We kept talking, shared ideas and even planed to work together someday, to start up a Media training workshop for young media practitioners.
Adama Ja’afar remains an inspiration to many young northern women who have the dream of practicing journalism.
“Big brother, I love this profession so much that I feel I cannot do any other thing outside the media” Adama said to me two months ago.
Attajira, may your soul rest in peace. Amin.