Hausa Language and Culture

One of Africa's largest spoken languages, Hausa is spoken as a first language by 25 million people. Ask questions about the Hausa language and culture in this category.

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Biography of Jamila Tangaza of BBC Radio Hausa Service?

Jamilah Tangaza, born in the northern Nigerian city of Kano. Attended St Louis primary school and St Louis secondary school. A graduate of Bayero University Kano. She joined the BBC World Service in 1992 as a Producer. She was BBC Editor and head of Nigeria operations. She is currently Head of BBC Hausa Service. Jamilah holds an MSc from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). She is also member of the UK's Chattered Management Institute.

What jobs did the Hausa tribe do?

The Hausa people (a larger ethnic group comparable to Anglo-Saxons, who might object to being called a tribe) have inhabited the northern part of Nigeria for centuries. Prior to colonization, the Hausa were an advanced society with organized governments a large degree of division of labor.

Hausaland's political organization was centered around seven city-states: Kano, Rano, Biram, Zaria, Katsina, Daura and Gobir. The economies of each city state -- and, thus, the most common jobs -- were determined by the geography of the surrounding area.

Kano and Rano were adjacent to fertile plains that produced a lot of cotton, so they engaged in a lot of large-scale agriculture and textile production. Biram was centrally located, so it was the seat of Hausaland's government. Zaria was in a border region, and served as a hub for the slave trade (with Arabs and other Africans, long before Europeans). Katsina and Daura became cosmopolitan centers commerce because they were far north and so could participate in the trans-Saharan trade. Gobir was the farthest west, and so served as the main point of defense against larger West African kingdoms like Ghana and Songhai.

The Hausa city states arose in the 5th or 6th century A.D. and retained dominance in the region until they fell to a jihad from Fulani Muslims in the early 1800s. The Hausa, as an ethnic group, still exist and still play a prominent role in public life in Nigeria and Niger.

What is the history of the Hausa tribe?

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How does Hausa interfere with English?

The Hausa do not really interfere with the English. The English is a completely different culture and has very different beliefs than the English. The Hausa tribe is a very independent tribe and does not interfere with the English.

How do you say crazy or crazy girl in hausa?

Well I know in English "crazy girl" can have different meanings. I am not sure depending on the context in Hausa "crazy" means "marar hankali" literally insane. So you can say "ba ta da hankali" If by crazy you mean she is everywhere with anyone.. then in hausa we say "yar iska"literally "daughther of the wind"

Why is English spoken in Nigeria?

its all natural since it is a business language and necessary for international trade and commerce.
Why do people in Nigeria speak English

Inane asalin kasar hausa da hausawa kuma daga ina suka fito?

ASALIN HAUSA:- Hausa tasamo asaline daga (habasha),alokacin batadasuna hausa.anakiranta (,sakamakon shugaban kabilar (maguz).shikuma maguz yashahara wajen kasuwanci,kere-kere,dakuma yake-yake. Shiyasa kabilar yankin yammacin (kogin nile)wanda akekira (Red sea)ayanzu, sukahada kai sukakorosu har izuwa gabar kogin leckchard wanda akekira (chadi)ayanzu. Tafiya tai nisa saisukararrabu wasu sukashiga chadi, wasukuma sukashiga niger tayammacin arewa,wasukuma Nigeria ta arewa.

Is Hausa a tribe?

ofcourse hausa is a tribe and the language hausa people speaks is hausa languae aswell.. they are the most popular and honest people in nigeria, and they live in the northern part of nigeria.

How do you say score a goal in the hausa language?

In Niger we say "ya sa bi" He scored a goal the "bi" comes from the French "but"