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Title:The development of hausa written literature
Author:Birniwa, Haruna
Periodical:Kiabārā: Journal of the Humanities
Geographic term:West Africa
Subjects:Hausa language
Abstract:Written literature in Hausa can be said to have started in the 14th century when Islam came into Hausaland, and the Arabic script was introduced. Only poetry was written down: fiction and drama were considered as something worldly. With the coming of the Europeans and the establishment of Western schools, the Latin script was introduced. The establishment of a Literature Bureau in 1930 and the setting up of a Hausa newspaper in 1939 both contributed a lot to the development of Hausa written prose literature. Up till now, little attention has been given to drama. Today, the Hausa Society of Bayero University, Kano, promotes the development of Hausa written literature by organizing a Hausa week yearly. Bibliogr., notes, ref.