Abu-Ubaida Sani

Interest: Hausa Language, Literature and Culture

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Shaye-Shaye: Mafari, Illoli da Mafita a Taƙaice

July 09, 2019 0

Waƙar da aka shirya domin shiga gasar waƙa ta Hausa Music Institute wanda za a gabatar yayin bukin ƙungiyar Dangin Juna Masoya Ala Foundation a Katsina, ranar Lahadi 23-6-2019.

Monday, April 8, 2019

Attitudes of Male Undergraduate Students Towards Choosing the Female Under/Graduate Students as Marriage Partners Within the Hausa-Folk

April 08, 2019 0

Marriage partner selection, though something very close to us, has not been as simple and straight forward as the name denotes. Rather, it involves a lot of specialty and competence to accomplish. In fact, it has been a very serious and contentious subject of debate. Various factors determine the selection of marriage partners, which vary from a society to another. This study is set to investigate into the attitude of undergraduate male students towards selection of female graduate and or undergraduate students as marriage partners, with the view of ascertaining if level of females’ education in Northern Nigeria (and especially within the Hausa-folk) is a determining variable for a female to be chosen in marriage.

Monday, March 18, 2019

A Focus on Hausa Folklore and Culture: Why Madness and Mental Trouble?

March 18, 2019 0

Traditionally, the Hausas believed on divergent number of ways in which an individual might acquire madness, or be mistaken as mad rather. It is beyond just the question of spiritually possessed by jinn(s). Hence, that is the most recognized of all causes of mental break down among the Hausas. However, factors such as depression, marital controversies, economic conflicts, indignation, ire, rage, fury, wrath, phobia, and/or physical illness may present and individual as mad. Therefore, madness is simply unintentional violation of societal norms, reasoning or normal action that might be caused by suggest, desire or intent to revenge and action or being treated unfairly. This is evident in various Hausa folktales. This paper explores the instances and causes of madness from Hausa folktales with the view to showcase the believe of the Hausas on the causes of madness. The data (instances of madness) are collected from various Hausa folktales to show instances of various forms of mental trouble. Furthermore, the paper accounts for measures adapted by the Hausas in dealing with these social and/or psychological problems. The paper learnt that, madness is caused by several factors and not only spiritual. It therefore offers some suggestions as panacea to such mental disorder. One of such is to understand the cause of such mental disorder; another is administrative procedures or communicative processes, depending on the scenario and the issue at hand.
Key words: mad, madness, mental trouble, Hausa, folklore, culture

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

I Am Not Disappointed

February 26, 2019 0
I was moved to pick a pen by the lot and lot of experiences I obtained after participating in an event, or a process (as it might be). It was first of it kind anyway, yet I must confess that I was baffled! It has always being my nature that I feel deeply disheartened whenever I am disappointed by an individual, group, event or situation that never seems disappointing. However, in few of such situations, I tend to realize that I should not have considered the happenings as disappointing, especially when I subscribe to the rule of majority. What then can I do rather than write?

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Zamantakewar Hausawa Jiya Da Yau

February 13, 2019 0

 Hausawa kan ce wanda ya tuna bara bai ji daɗin bana ba. Haƙiƙa zamantakewar Hausawa a da ta kasance gwanin ban sha’awa. A da, Hausawa sun kasance suna zama ne na cuɗe-ni-in-cuɗe-ka. Wannan ne ma ya sanya tsarin muhallin Bahaushe a da bai kasance ramin-kura ba, daga ke sai ‘ya’yanki. A maimakon haka, yakan zauna ne a gida na gandu. Hausawa kan ci abinci tare, su yi aiyuka da tarurruka a tare, da ma dukkan sauran al’amuran yau da kullum. Hakan ya sa duk wanda ya shiga matsala, abin yakan zo da sauƙi domin kuwa ‘yan uwa da abokai da sauran makusanta za su tsaya tsayin daka su ga an shawo kan matsalar. Abin sai dai a ce Allah san barka. Kash! Sannu a hankali an wayi gari wannan tsarin zamantakewa na dusashewa. Tausayin juna da taimakon juna da zumunci da zaman lafiya duk sun ja baya. Son kai da hasada da gaba sun fara maye gurbin zaman lumana da taimakekeniya da aka san Bahaushe da su a da. Wannan takarda tana ɗauke da bitar irin kyakkyawar tsarin zamantakewar Bahaushe ta asali da kuma yadda zamantakewar ke taɓarɓarewa a yau. Sannan daga ƙarshe takardar ta kawo hanyoyin da za su iya taimakawa wajen ɗinke waɗannan ɓaraka da ake samu.

Monday, January 14, 2019

An Image of Northern Nigeria’s Marital and Gender-based Controversies: A Survey of Abubakar Gimba’s Sacred Apples

January 14, 2019 0

Abu-Ubaida SANI
Department of Educational Foundations
Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto
Phone No. 08133529736
Email Address: abuubaidasani5@gmail.com 

Muhammad Badamasi Tsaure
Department of Educational Foundations
Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto
Phone No. 08133529736
Email Adress: abuubaidasani5@gmail.com

Being a paper presented at the 13th International Conference on Ethnic Nationalities, Cultural Memory and the Challenges of Nationhood in 21st Century Literature, held at The University Auditorium, IBB University, Lapai, from 30th August to 2nd September 2016.


Gender issues in Nigerian literature (and beyond) have for long been the protagonistic thematic-preoccupation prevalent among male and female writers. Achebe (1958) in “Things Fall Apart” shows that man stands for everything in the world and women have to be submissive to the wills of their husbands. Amadi (1966) in “The Concubine” portrays women as nothing. Arma (1968) in “The Beautiful Ones Are Not Yet Born,” considers women as just means to destruct men. Female writers on the other hand, such as Flora Nwapa, Buchi Emecheta, Zainab Alkali and the contemporary born-again feminist – though a man –  Abubakar Gimba, tried as far as possible to x-ray women in their multi-dimensional write-ups as the sine quo non to the actualization of men’s burning instrumental objective. However, this paper endeavors to cast a look at the image of Northern Nigerian lingering controversy of gender equality versus equity in the Abubakar Gimba’s “Sacred Apples.” This is essentially considered as the thematic underpinning of the book. The paper thus suggests some possible panaceas to act as attempt towards molding literature as a means of calming the gender-related altercations. One of such ways is, in practice, understanding how seriously such writings could have influence on real life situations. Another is, ideally, orienting writers so as to make conscious contributions on the phenomena in question.

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