Monday, September 16, 2019

Modern Slavery in the Hausa-folk: Traces from the Hausa Home Videos

September 16, 2019 0

Abstract: The notions of slave and slavery still reverberate global history of mankind which might have apparently left Africans in disadvantaged positions. Besides, these might have allowed substantial repositions and/or redistributions of wealth of the people of African descent. These activities might also have resulted in human displacements across geographical locations obviously changing identities of the victims. The reasons above might tend to locate the notions of slave and slavery in the past but recent phenomena reflected in a variety of literature suggest and present a persistence of slavery shaped in multiple forms. This paper traces the phenomenon of slavery in selected Hausa Home Videos and identifies its status and nature in the Hausa-folk tradition. The videos perceive the notions of slave and slavery through a variety of elements such as proverbs and idioms. Equally important, the paper interrogates the notions of slave and slavery and shows how and probably wonders why the new meaning in Hausa Home Videos. The paper further situates some of the characters as slaves and how their experiences shape their slavery. Moreover, the paper goes further to consider some acts as modern slavery; these include human trafficking, political persuasion and domination amongst others. The paper concludes and suggests education in its most basic form as amour against oppression, domination, slavery and its attendant factors.

Sunday, September 1, 2019

Cuɗanyar Al’adu a Sabon Garin Kano: Wani Misali na “Mun zo Garinku Mun fi ku Rawa”

September 01, 2019 4


This paper examines the impact of acculturation on the settlers of Sabon Gari quarters of Fagge local government of Kano state, who migrated to the area as early as 1911 after construction of the railways under the colonial government. The paper revisits the historical background of the area by analyzing the work of Bako, (2006), which accounts for the detailed history of the area since its creation in the 20th century. It further employs interviews as methodology in studying the nature of acculturation presence in the location. Unidirectional theory of acculturation is chosen to guide the research. The research findings reveal that the dominant culture has assimilated into the

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.

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Adashen Ƙauna 6: Kwalliyar Salla (Yarinya 'Yar Ɗagwas)

May 28, 2019 0


Kamar yadda masana suke bayani, waƙa ko waƙe na bijiro wa marubuci ko mawaƙi a sakamakon dalilai masu yawa. Ko da sha’iri bai yi niyya ba, yayin da wani lamari na musamman ya yi tsinkaye zuwa cikin zuciyarsa, ƙwaƙwalwarsa ko birnin tunaninsa, ba zai san lokacin da fafutukar tunaninsa na zayyana siffa, yanayi, tsari ko surar abin zai kai shi ga rattabo luguden jeranton kalmomi ba. A irin wannan lokaci, yakan yi hakan cikin salo da siga na musamman. Maganganun kan ɗauki rauji da zubi da tsare su kuma ƙunshi salailai, wani lokaci ma har da ƙafiya. Da zarar haka ta faru, to waƙa ta haɗu. Me kuma zan ce…?

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