Consolidating n10

18-Oct-2020 21:44

His asusu, “money box” (a pottery vessel) purchased by Tata and set in the wall of the house can still be seen.

When he was about 15 years of age, Alhassan joined a Gonja bound caravan to see his mother.

The date of his death is unknown, but it was probably about 1885 when Alhassan was between seven and eight years of age.

By then he had brothers and sisters – Shuaibu, Malam Jaji, Malam Bala, Malam Sidi and others.

On his return, he decided to abandon Madobi and moved to Bebeji.

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During the Kano Civil war, Alhassan and his brothers were captured and sold as slaves, but they were able to buy back their freedom and return to Bebeji shortly afterwards.

Like his father, he preferred the Nupe and Gonja routes.

He specialized in the exchange of Kano dyed cloth, cattle, slaves and so on for the kola of the Akan forest.

When he worked for money on Thursdays and Fridays, Alhassan Dantata would not be allowed to spend the money for himself alone, his malam always took the lion’s share (this is normal in Hausa society).

After the visit, his mother sent him back to Bebeji where he continued his studies.

During the Kano Civil war, Alhassan and his brothers were captured and sold as slaves, but they were able to buy back their freedom and return to Bebeji shortly afterwards.

Like his father, he preferred the Nupe and Gonja routes.

He specialized in the exchange of Kano dyed cloth, cattle, slaves and so on for the kola of the Akan forest.

When he worked for money on Thursdays and Fridays, Alhassan Dantata would not be allowed to spend the money for himself alone, his malam always took the lion’s share (this is normal in Hausa society).

After the visit, his mother sent him back to Bebeji where he continued his studies.

It was he who brought the family from Katsina, probably at the beginning of the nineteenth century, following the death of his father, Ali.