In an exclusive interview with Gombe State born Mohammed Auwal Muazu, whose life has always been about promoting peace and unity amongst Nigeria’s heterogeneous society, he narrates his journey as a successful new media influencer and how he is disrupting the digital space to beam light on ‘Hausa Fulani’ culture.
Mohammed Auwal Muazu is an origin of Gombe state. I was brought up in Kaduna State. My parents have always inspired and encouraged me from childhood. I have always been a creative and innovative person and easily associate with people from all walks of life. This, has emboldened my courage in what I do.
I hold a Higher National Diploma (HND) from Kaduna State Polytechnic.
WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO START YOUR INSTAGRAM PAGE AND WHY ‘HAUSA-FULANI’?
Being a Fulani by birth, I came to understand that Hausa and Fulani speaking people share similarities in culture, values and morals with other tribes, Thus, the ‘Hausa Fulani’ Instagram Page focuses on promoting our norms and values to the world. The mission is to continuously bridge the gap among all regions of the country.
To state how famous Hausa Fulani blog has gone is an understatement. Having been in existence for almost a decade, ‘Hausa Fulani blog’ has become an household name to not only Northerners but also other internet users especially Instagram users.With almost (600,000) six hundred thousand followers, the blog now serves as as one of the most reliable source of firsthand information on happenings across the country.
Overtime, internet users became comfortable with the blog largely because of the undiluted and balanced information it gives to its tremendous followers all over the world. Accolades should be given to the blogger for his dedication, resilience, perseverance in running the blog by extracting and supplying genuine information needed by the general populace.
WHY ARE YOU ALWAYS SEEN IN ABUJA AND KADUNA?
The shuttle between these states is to network with the right people and explore for business.
WHAT DO YOU DO AS A PUBLICITY COORDINATOR?
We organized events for entrepreneurs, promotes and create public awareness for prospective entrepreneurs. Some of which are Fashions shows, Family Fun-fairs, food expo, entrepreneurs meet and greets, concerts, and among others.
TELL US ABOUT THE PUBLIC RELATION INDUSTRY IN THE NORTHERN REGION
It is very challenging and stressful!
WHAT SETS YOU APART FROM OTHERS?
Quality and informed contents mixed with entertainment. More so, consistency.
HOW DO YOU BALANCE YOUR PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL LIFE?
My personal lifestyle rhymes with my professional lifestyle.
WHAT WILL YOU SAY ARE YOUR FASCINATIONS WITH POSTING NORTHERN CONTENT?
I find fulfilment in it and doing what I find pleasure in gives me joy and motivation.
WHAT WOULD YOU SAY IS THE MAIN MISCONCEPTION ABOUT THE NORTH AND HOW CAN IT BE CORRECTED?
I think those that have flawed opinion about the North have never been here. This region (North) is a peaceful environment structured to motivate, and help you grow in your establishment. We are peace loving people and accommodating. We are known to be honest trustworthy, blessed with great minds in all walks of life.
Yes there are misconceptions which ranges from seeing an average Northerner as ‘uneducated’ and ‘parasites.’ While this is far from the truth, our people are hardworking and take pride in tilling the land to supply essential commodities like food to other parts of the country. The government cannot provide everything for us as citizens and it is necessary, we join hands to build our land. Yes. Education is key, and I urge our leaders, businessmen and women to invest deeply in education.
TELL US TWO THINGS PEOPLE DON’T KNOW ABOUT YOU
I don’t wish to spend my life living in one place. That idea scares me.
WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR BIGGEST CHALLENGE?
WHAT ADVICE CAN YOU GIVE OTHERS TO PURSUE THEIR DREAMS?
I will tell them to be prayerful, to be patience, have a deep passion in whatever they find themselves doing, endure and keep moving till something happens. Never give up on your dreams, keep believing in yourself, keep pushing, keep on learning, explore and network with new people.
I can’t say much but I have plans. For now, I want to explore and expand my network.
WHO CAN ADVERTISE ON YOUR PAGE?
Entrepreneurs, companies that seek to create awareness or promote their services to a larger audience.