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Title:Changing a colonial image
Author:Hofstad, D.H.
Periodical:Africa Report
Geographic term:Subsaharan Africa
Hausa language
Abstract:The fact that the Hausa since 1966 are beginning to break free of the stereotype of being 'passive' or 'backward' is certainly due to the social and political involvement of Hausa poets and journalists. Hausa authors were writing on law and philosophy and cornposing poetry in Arabic in the 16th and 17th centuries and, by the late 18th century, were beginning to compose and write down Hausa poems. The Arab contact with the Hausa nurtured a written Hausa poetry called 'wakoki'. An oral literary form somewhat akin to this is the 'kirari' (praise song) of Hausa rulers. The most productive of the praise-singers has been Mamman Shata. The prose genre has not developed much, neither has drama. An outstanding vernacular newspaper is 'Gaskiya Ta Fi Kwabo' Hausa's role as a lingua franca in the northern states and elsewhere in West Africa will surely expand under the growing power of Hausa commerce. Names of poets, songs etc. are mentioned in the article.