Hausa love poem
Surar ki a cikin madubi,
Shine mafi kyan yadda zan bayyana ki,
Amma, yi sauri don zata ɓace,
Itace faɗin “Inason ki” ta ƙarshe!
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Love poem translated into hausa (hawsa, mgbakpa, hausawa), 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. As Hausa people are traders, the result is that their language is not only the lingua franca of northern Nigeria, but is also spoken in a number of other countries, especially in Ghana.
This Chadic language is widely used, whether for commerce, administration, education (even higher education), television, radio, newspapers and published books. The hausa borrowed from its close neighbors, Kanuri, Mande, Tuareg, Yoruba, Pulaar, as well as French, English and Arabic.
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, which recounts the exploits of the Queen Amina of Zaria. By her conquests, she made her kingdom an important center of the trans-Saharan trade.
The Hausas were organized in states led by representatives of noble dominant families, whose capitals were religious centers and the seat of an intense commercial activity. Formerly slavery and still very hierarchized, the Hausa society lived on agricultural and craft production. The Hausas are mainly distributed in Nigeria, Togo, Ivory Coast, Niger, Cameroon, Ghana, Sudan, Chad.