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Title:Hausa creative writing in the 1930s: an exploration in postcolonial theory
Author:Furniss, GrahamISNI
Year:1998
Periodical:Research in African Literatures
Volume:29
Issue:1
Pages:87-102
Language:English
Geographic terms:Nigeria
Northern Nigeria
Great Britain
Subjects:colonialism
Hausa language
literature
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/3820533
Abstract:Imaginative prose writing in Hausa dates from the early 1930s. This article deals with five novellas by younger members of Nigeria's northern elite who had gone, or were going, through the one or two Western educational institutions in Northern Nigeria at the time, notably Katsina College, established in 1921. The books in question are 'Shainu Umar', by Abubakar Tafawa Balewa; 'Jiki magayi', by John Tafida and Rupert East; 'Idon matambayi', by Muhammadu Gwarzo; 'Ruwan bagaja', by Abubakar Imam; and 'Gandoki', by Bello Kagara. The present author, who refers by 'postcolonial discourse' to 'a culture affected by the imperial process from the moment of colonization to the present day', examines the degree to which these early examples of creative writing were preoccupied with the colonial experience or were even aware of English and the colonial presence. On the evidence of these early Hausa novellas of the 1930s, the colonial encounter is one rather insignificant component of experience during the colonial period. The writers were deeply involved with the colonial educational system and the formation of a Western-educated elite. Yet at the level of imagination, as expressed in these narratives, it was the nature of their own notions of Hausa society which concerned them. Bibliogr., notes, ref.
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