Hausa As A Working Language

Posted: October 20, 2012 in Uncategorized

The Observer, from his little shack.


Just imagine it…a Nigeria…

Oops…! Did I say Nigeria? Ok. A North Nigeria, perhaps. Or the other name the late Sardaunan Sokoto, Sir Ahmadu Bello wanted to ‘give’ the region. 

In any case let’s say we had our own country, North Nigeria, comprising of mostly the Hausa/Fulani speaking states.

Then what?!

Well, first of all, let’s assume the country is still one. I’d admittedly say that Hausa is the most spoken and understood language in the North. From Sokoto to Taraba in the east and Kogi to Borno, even a non-hausa person must learn how to speak or at least communicate in the language…given the factors of time and daily interaction.

By musing is; If China, Saudi Arabia, Germany, America, Japan, Russia, England, France, Portugal…especially these later three (who had so much in the past been at each others’ neck about the rich grounds of Africa), would adapt their indigenous languages as their ‘working language’, I.e lingua franca, why not us – Nigeria?

Ahaa! Nigeria has many major languages other than just Hausa/Fulani. Yorubas and Igbos and Ijaws and Yorubas and Yorubas…and Yor…

Concurred. But don’t this tell us something? That the colonialists’ amalgamation of the Northern and Southern protectorates was a deliberate malicious move aimed at achieving something!!!

If the Hausa/Fulani people, as a country, and who are mostly muslims can live together in mutual respect and peacefully with the minority christians, why weren’t they allowed to do so?

This brings me to the initial topic of “Working Language.” Lingua Franca.

The language the adults in China, for example, speak while waiting in the traffic is the same language they speak at work. Their children speak Chinese with their mums at home, the playground as well as the classroom. These kids have little or no excuse not to be smart. To them, Maths and Biology is going to be as simple as being told “this is how you brush your teeth.” They grow up and become good engineers, technologists, doctors, economists and accountants.

If Hausa, particularly, could be a working language of a country like North Nigeria or whatever, it would have been a very good move, for good leaders would be molded easily. The masjids or churches will have the clerics all speak the same language. There is going to be more understanding and awareness among faiths. In most cases, countries like this thrive better when they are wont to stick to their culture and widely accepted religion or faith. Just like China…or Saudi Arabia…or England.

The northern part of this country is just like that. 

GS201, level 200, my lecturer of Nigerian History, Dr. Mohammed Kyari while discussing the colonial period and the major tribes of Nigeria, emphasised that (and I can recall his words clearly) “to this date, only the Hausa/Fulani have shown strong resistance to the culture and values of the white man generally.”


Today, we insist on speaking his – the white man – language to prove ourselves worthy and even tend to (which I find quite sorry) discredit those who can’t express themselves using the tongue. 


This is a deliberate ploy to enslave us and keep us so. We are even so confused and unfocused no matter how we try to be like them. The Britons’ language, the Americans’ government, and at state and district levels, the English’s system: monarchy.


Manyan Arewa kuna bani tausayi wallahi, su kuma can dariya suke yi maku.

Eee…manyan Arewa except those who secretly or otherwise fought for the realisation of…of…of…it. Kawai. IT.




“Some dialects must thrive, no matter what tactics employed to impede them. Example: The importance of the Fulfulde Language (oh my love) is beginning to be seen and her people recognised.

Recently, the first Fulfulde translated copy of the holy Qur’an was produced. That called for a grand gathering of around 20 Fulfulde speaking countries. The event took place in Yola South (my hometown), Adamawa State.”


 That’s an achievement. 🙂




Just saying…


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