Love poem translated into hausa (haoussa, hawsa), a Chamito-Semitic language of the group of Chadic languages. Spoken by the Hausa, it is an official language in Nigeria, a language spoken throughout West Africa, which has 80 million speakers. The two most important dialects are those of Sokoto and Kano. The written language, founded on the dialect of Kano, was formerly transcribed into Arabic characters; Since the beginning of the 20th century, it uses the Latin alphabet. The Hausa has made many borrowings from Arabic, especially in the religious and technical domains. There are Hausa poems, the most famous is the chronicle of kano.
The Hausas are organized in states led by representatives of noble dominant families, whose capitals are religious centers and the seat of an intense commercial activity. Formerly slavery and still very hierarchized, the Hausa society lives on agricultural and craft production. The Hausas are mainly distributed in Nigeria, Togo, Ivory Coast, Niger, Cameroon, Ghana, Sudan, Chad.