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Short Story - How to Forgive and Forget

Saturday, 31 December 2016 00:00 Written by

Bashir Mustapha Ahmad narrates how an orphan survived the cruelty of his uncles and the hardships of society to become a respected leader by living with the principle of ‘forgive and forget’.

The Agonies of the Nigerian Youth

Saturday, 31 December 2016 00:00 Written by

Fatimah Idris Ahmad writes that unless drastic measures are taken to address the problems of youth in Nigeria, the country might be heading for the rocks

A Stitch in Time Saves Nine, a short story

Saturday, 31 December 2016 00:00 Written by

Sani Rasheed writes about a mother who over-pampered her daughter but learned lately that her approach was wrong when her daughter died from abortion.

Sincerity Pays, a short story by Umar Sani Abdullahi

Saturday, 31 December 2016 00:00 Written by

Umar Sani Abdullahi tells a story of an orphan who grew from grass to grace just by being truthful in his line of trade.

Kidszone Queen/King Writing Competition Season II

Wednesday, 23 December 2015 00:00 Written by

Kidszone, a column in National Review Magazine where future writers are groomed and awarded, is back and better!

Are you an individual below 18 years who has flair for writing? Are you an individual who have been writing stories, poems, dramas, riddles, jokes and essays, but don't have where to publish them? Here is your opportunity to showcase your talents and get rewarded.

The first edition of Kidszone Awards, in conjunction with Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA) Kano Branch, held on Saturday July 4, 2015. The rebranded second edition will hold on Saturday July 16, 2015, God willing.

Here, we announce the START OF COLLECTION OF ENTRIES for the Second Edition.

Closing Date of Submission: APRIL 22, 2016!


Conditions of Entries

>> Entries must be original. Any entry copied from textbooks, journals, novels, newspapers, magazines, story books, online, or any other source will not be entertained.

>> There is no limit to the words that an entry should contain. But the entry should be meaningful and interesting to readers.

>> Applicants should include title of entry, full names, contact address, telephone number(s), email address, date of birth and school attended in the entry.

>> An applicant can submit more than one entry.

>> All applicants must still be less than 18 years on the date of next awards.

>> Typed entries should be sent via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. on or before April 22, 2015.

Short Story - The Betrayal

Thursday, 03 December 2015 00:00 Written by

The Betrayal, by Umar Salim Muhammad, tells how a man was betrayed by his closest associates and that the end results of greed and betrayal are pains, shame and ultimately death.

Short Story - The Unwanted Son

Thursday, 03 December 2015 00:00 Written by

Hizqil Ibrahim writes about an unwanted son, Rabi’u, who went through different shades of life and became a leading example for others to emulate.

Short Story - I Wish I Had Listened

Thursday, 03 December 2015 00:00 Written by

Amina Abdullahi Bashir tells a story of a young beautiful orphan who refused wise counsels, but had to turn to begging when the beauty couldn’t help her.

Riddle No. 7: Who Am I?

Thursday, 03 December 2015 00:00 Written by

Whoever comes to me will surely get much compassion, affection and love far more than his/her mother can give. You don't want to come to me because you hate to get into the only vehicle that can take you to me. However, I know you love my beautiful house and luxurious rooms more than your father's and mother's respectively. But why do you detest entering the lightest and the darkest, the coolest and the hottest elevator that can take you to me? Please, prepare very well because you must pass through an examination hall where the simplest and the most difficult questions are asked before you reach me. I am very sure you will get love from me more than from  your parent's. Do you know me?

1. Who am I?
2. What is that vehicle?
3. What is that elevator?
4. What is that examination hall?

By Uncle Auwal Musa Hassan, Iqra’a Nursery and Primary School, Kano

Send your answers or new riddles to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or use the comment section below

Solution to Past Riddles

5. Yes! MONDAY is the name of his donkey!
6. Letter ‘E’

SSCE Answers - Jokes, by Sani Ahmed Busoye

Friday, 11 September 2015 00:00 Written by

In WAEC examination of 1900, the following questions were asked and a student answered below.


Kids' Zone: Changing the Literary Landscape

Monday, 27 July 2015 00:00 Written by

Bello Sagir Imam who anchored the recent Kids' Zone Awards tells the story of how it happened as if you were there. Read on! 

The Five Caps

Friday, 24 July 2015 00:00 Written by

By Zainab Ahmed Umar

A man who had no wife got married to a woman who was divorced. After the marriage ceremony, she settled down with the man, with her properties that include four caps, which she put on top of her drawer.

Anytime the husband sees her arrangement of these caps, it amazes him. Therefore one day he called her and asked about the caps. In her reply, she told him that the caps have a historical background. “The first one”, she said, “is that of my first husband who died”. She added, “You see that second one, it belonged to my second husband who also died. And the third one belongs to my third deceased husband. The fourth belonged to the fourth husband. Allahu Akbar. May Allah forgive them all,” she concluded.

After narrating all these to him, she got ready and entered the bathroom. When she came out of the bathroom, she saw the caps were now five in number. When she looked at the fifth cap, she discovered a note underneath it stating that “this is your fifth husband's cap that has now run away”.

Zainab Ahmed Umar is from Iqra'a Nursery and Primary School, Yahaya Gusau Road, Kano