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Aliyu Mustapha Lawal, a Lecturer of Hausa at The Africa Institute, Global Studies University, Sharjah, recently served as a judge in The Aquila School, Dubai’s ‘Prince of Poets Challenge’ on June 27, 2024. The event featured young scholars from primary and secondary schools showcasing their talent in reciting classic Arabic poetry.

Accompanied by Emirati poet Dr. Hassan Najjar and Arabic teacher and published poet Musab Beiruotia, Lawal played a pivotal role in evaluating the performances of the participants. Together, the judges emphasized the importance of fostering language proficiency and appreciation for literature among students from a young age.

“The competition aimed to train young scholars in memorizing and reciting Arabic poetry, while also deepening their understanding and appreciation of the Arabic language and its rich literary traditions,” Lawal said.

Lawal’s academic background and active participation in cultural events underscore his commitment to promoting Arabic poetry and fostering linguistic development among students.

Lawal teaches Hausa as part of The Africa Institute’s Language & Translation Program. Admissions are open for our third cohort starting in the first week of October 2024. Participants can choose to learn Amharic, Hausa, Arabic, or Kiswahili at beginner and intermediate levels. Learn more here.

Aliyu Mustapha Lawal, a Lecturer of Hausa at The Africa Institute, Global Studies University, Sharjah, recently served as a judge in The Aquila School, Dubai’s ‘Prince of Poets Challenge’ on June 27, 2024. The event featured young scholars from primary and secondary schools showcasing their talent in reciting classic Arabic poetry.

Aliyu Mustapha Lawal, a Lecturer of Hausa at The Africa Institute, Global Studies University, Sharjah, recently served as a judge in The Aquila School, Dubai’s ‘Prince of Poets Challenge’ on June 27, 2024. The event featured young scholars from primary and secondary schools showcasing their talent in reciting classic Arabic poetry.

Accompanied by Emirati poet Dr. Hassan Najjar and Arabic teacher and published poet Musab Beiruotia, Lawal played a pivotal role in evaluating the performances of the participants. Together, the judges emphasized the importance of fostering language proficiency and appreciation for literature among students from a young age.

“The competition aimed to train young scholars in memorizing and reciting Arabic poetry, while also deepening their understanding and appreciation of the Arabic language and its rich literary traditions,” Lawal said.

Lawal’s academic background and active participation in cultural events underscore his commitment to promoting Arabic poetry and fostering linguistic development among students.

Lawal teaches Hausa as part of The Africa Institute’s Language & Translation Program. Admissions are open for our third cohort starting in the first week of October 2024. Participants can choose to learn Amharic, Hausa, Arabic, or Kiswahili at beginner and intermediate levels. Learn more here.

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