19 August 2016
Renowned Hausa Musician, Alhaji Muhammadu Gambo, has died at the age of 80 years.
Gambo, who died at the Maiyama General Hospital in Maiyama Local Government Area of Kebbi on Thursday, wrote more than 380 songs.
Late Gambo left behind four wives, 16 children and many grand-children.
Speaking to newsmen on the death, Prof. Ally Bunza of the Department of Nigerian Languages at Usman Dan fodio University, Sokoto, said the deceased had 69 songs he sang for notorious thieves out of the 380 songs he had.
He said: “in 2008, he quit music and embraced scholarly work whence he became Maiyama.’’
Gambo hailed from Fagada Babba, a town in Jega Local Government Area of Kebbi State.
Muhammadu was nicknamed Gambo after delving into music. The nickname started right from when he was taking part in hunting to the time he started singing for gamblers in the jungle.
Gambo, was born in 1936 and lived at Fagada Babba as a child. His father died while he was very young.
As a young man, he participated in hunting escapades. He was a good shooter using local rifle.
He also engaged in traditional wrestling with his peers. He had a very eventful adulthood.
He experimented with many businesses like the sale of sweets, mats, fishing rods and so on.
He also engaged in gambling and such other businesses. It is only natural for people with such exposure to relate with thieves and other criminals.
Gambo first lived with his married sisters until he built his own apartment at Fagada. From there, he went to Maiyama where he built another house.
He also had a house in Badon Hanya in Wamakko Local Government Area of Sokoto State.
Gambo died from a protracted illness and had been laid to rest in accordance with Islamic rites.