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19-year-old Lady beats 40 contestants from 38 countries to emerge winner of Quran competition in Jordan, wins ₦5million full scholarship

An exceptional 189-year-old Nigerian lady named Hajara Dan’azumi has emerged as one of the best Quran memorizers in the world after winning the annual  Quran memorization competition in the Kingdom of Jordan.

Her outstanding performance earned her a cash prize worth 5 million naira and a full scholarship up to the Ph.D. Level.

Hajara Dan’azumi, a second-year student at Gombe State University (GSU) studying Botany emerged as the overall winner of the Women’s International Hashemite Competition for Memorisation of the 60 Hizb with Tajwid Holy Qur’an in the Kingdom of Jordan.

She beats 40 other contestants from 38 countries to bag the first position at the 18th edition of the competition. Hajara is also a student of Abubakar Siddiq Islamiyya School in Gombe where she was selected to represent Nigeria at the competition

The competition was organized by the Ministry of Endowments and Islamic Affairs of Jordan between February 17 and 22, 2024. Hajara achieved an impressive score of 99.5, making Nigeria the overall winner of the competition.

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The Jordan competition is organized under Royal patronage, showcasing interest and appreciation for the Qur’an as a guide in life. In 2020, Hajara had earlier obtained 4th position in 40 Hizb with a score of 97.1 at the 34th National Qur’anic Recitation Competition held in Lagos State.

The governor of Gombe State, Nigeria, Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya expressed his excitement about Hajara’s achievement congratulating her family and teachers. He also praised her hard work and commitment to mastering the Qur’an.

The Gombe state governor further stressed the importance of nurturing and supporting the educational pursuits of young people, particularly in the realm of religious studies. ” It plays a vital role in shaping their character and contributing to the development of the society,” he said.



He awarded Hajara a cash gift worth 5 million naira and a full scholarship that will cover her education from her current level through to the Ph.D. The governor also donated another 5 million naira to Abubakar Siddiq Islamiyya, the Qur’anic school.

The governor stated that the Quranic school played a vital role in nurturing Hajara adding that the nation is to help improve its operations and further enhance the effectiveness of students’ training.

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