The story of a prince who takes off his royal uniform to plant his own land

Shiho Osman Yamoussi III Amir Kifi
In a series of letters from Africa published by the BBC, Nigerian novelist Adawabi Tricia Nawabani visited a traditional leader of great influence, who usually replaces the royal dress with work shoes and geroes to encourage his flock to turn to agriculture.

When Emir Keefi died in Nigeria’s central state of Nassarawa in 2015, his 52-year-old son was replaced by his father.

Shiho Osman Yamoussi III did not inherit the responsibilities of his father, who held him for only 37 years, but also inherited a large contingent of workers who rely on their lives on the palace.

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The crew includes guards, musicians, drivers, cooks, cleaning workers and campers who feed about 25 horsepower.

Horses and cows
The horses are the symbol of influence and used one day to expand and is currently a way for the prince to travel in Islamic festivals or when he wanders in Kafi to communicate with his flock and hear their views.

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The Prince is responsible for feeding his entourage
The players also ride these horses during the two-year polo cycles in Keefe, in July and December of each year, where visitors come from South Africa, Argentina and Britain.

In addition to the horses, the prince possessed slaves.

Some 60 miners arrive at 8 am and leave at 6 pm while the rest live in the palace.

“Those living in the palace number about 100,” says Amir Kifi.

Breakfast, Food, Dinner
Amir Keefi holds banquets for his relatives who surround him throughout the day and join him in his breakfast, food and cuddle, and dozens of his neighbors living in buildings adjacent to the palace join him to eat.

“I feel happy when I feed people,” said Amir Keefe.

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Princes have great influence in Nigeria
Each emir in Nigeria receives a salary and provisions from the government. The former prince feeds his entourage and his staff from these allowances, but the current prince has a better idea.

“After I became an emir I decided to feed the footnote and the workers from my farmer,” says Yamosa III.

And before the ascension of the throne as Prince No. 15 to study Yamusa III Law at the State University of Nassarawa.

He also studied in Britain and received his doctorate in Energy Law, with two wives and five children.

He was looking forward to further academic progress. He traveled to deliver a research paper at the United Nations in December 2015 when his father suddenly died of ill health.

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The parish of the princes sees much reverence
Kefi is one of the oldest in Nigeria, where it was founded in 1798 even before the declaration of Uthman Dan Vaudio in the early 19th century when it invaded northern Nigeria and spread Islam.

Historically, Amir Kifi left his younger brother before giving his son the chance to rule. Yamoussa III had to make a quick decision and change course when his uncle expressed his disinterest in the job.

Attention to agriculture
His interest in agriculture had begun since he was a young student when he went to his father’s farm during holidays.

His father gave him 70 hectares of farmland five years before his death.

He was able to buy tickets for travel abroad and to attend international forums selling corn and rice crops.

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Farm Prince also produces vegetables
When he became an emir, he bought more agricultural land and expanded his farm to an area of ​​about 100 hectares, 40 of which are devoted to rice cultivation and the rest to maize.

He also began to grow vegetables such as cabbage and pumpkin honey and set up 10 greenhouses that grow pepper, tomatoes, cucumber, yellow pepper and red.

“In the year he produced about 300 mobile corn and about 200 rice, and each month I picked up a cow and slaughtered it so we do not buy meat,” he said.

The palace consumes about 5 packs of rice a month, about 60 per year. The prince offers rice gifts and the rest is sold in Abuja.

“My green pepper crop is better in the north-central region,” he says proudly. “It’s unique because I do not use chemicals very much, so I rely on organic fertilizers.”

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Prince wants to become a farm area of ​​200 hectares
Despite the large amount of production, the prince describes himself as a farmer, where all the farming and harvesting are done manually.

“Currently you will see about 100 people working at my farm, but I will buy a tractor this year, and I’m thinking of expanding the farm to 200 hectares,” he says.

The princes are influential in northern Nigeria, where they are revered and respected by the parish, whom they consider God’s envoys, whose responsibilities include settling disputes, ensuring security, supervising health care, and carrying out government policies.

The government and international organizations have asked for assistance on a range of issues, from public vaccination campaigns to counter-terrorism.

Amir Kiifi encourages people to invest more in agriculture, and when other princes visit him to watch his farms to inspire them to replicate their experiences in their emirates.

“Many of my people and friends also went to agriculture because of me,” he says.

When he does not get his horse, Amir Keefi usually commutes in a procession of at least 7 cars, but the situation is different on the farm.

“On the farm, I like to work on my own,” he says. “When they see me I work, they have to work with their hands too.”


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