His father was a muhājir and a teacher of Ḥasan b. Sh. ʿUthmān and ʿAbd Allāh b. Muḥammad Fodiye. He himself was a contemporary of Muḥammad Bello, and a teacher of Arabic language and rhetoric. He is described by the Taʾlīf wajīz (see Bello, op. cit.) as blind (ḍarīr). He is said to have been the author of numerous poems and rasāʾil. His name as given above is taken from the text of his Qaṣīda ṣādiyya, but the Tāʾlīf gives it as Giɗaɗo b. Aḥmad b. Ghārī.
1. Q. ṣādiyya: Li-Sukkutu …