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Why Can't I Find Hausa History Books? by Wulfruna(f): 7:55am On Nov 16, 2023
Why is there an apparent lack of general history books about the Hausa in the precolonial era written by Hausa scholars?

After many years of searching, all I could find were works on the Sokoto Caliphate of the 19th century, mostly written by foreign scholars like Johnston and Murray Last. Professor Bala Usman wrote a good book on Katsina history in the precolonial period. But that is the history of just one Hausa city-state.

Why has no scholar deemed it fit to produce a work covering all the Hausa city-states from the earliest known times down to the beginning of colonialism?

I just thought this was a bit odd, given the fact that the Hausa were literate while most of Southern Nigeria was not, and so there must be written records in existence that could serve as sources for scholars to produce a general work of Hausa history.
Re: Why Can't I Find Hausa History Books? by thesicilian: 8:14am On Nov 16, 2023
We have to write our own history otherwise it will be greatly distorted by whichever foreigners take it upon themselves to do so.
Re: Why Can't I Find Hausa History Books? by Padipadi(m): 8:39am On Nov 16, 2023
That region decided to mortgage her future and development due to politics & blind religion. They played politics of dominating Nigeria at all cost which hunted them and followed Islamic religion madly that their education, culture, value of life was messed up.
They said Bayajigida abi na Abuyazid, a Persian prince possibly from Iraq came to fûck one Hausa kunu selling girl and gave birth to 7 princes who were Rano & Kano (twins), Zazzau, Gusau, Zaria, Gobir, Kwararafa etc. Note that Kwararafa was from the name Kwara o, same Kwara State that's a Yoruba land but the state was named Kwara for northern claimage and that's why there's always religion unrest there like recent Isese traditional vs muslims we saw in July 2023.
So Bayajigida helped that Hausa babe to kill snake from the city well cos the snake has been presenting mai shai gworo chewing people from fetching water. So that made dem marry and gave birth to Hausa states.
It's on Wikipedia.
On a serious note, most African tribes v myths n legends that were joined together to form their history.
thesicilian:
We have to write our own history otherwise it will be greatly distorted by whichever foreigners take it upon themselves to do so.
Firstly, are you a Hausa or Fulani man?
Your life better small o!

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Re: Why Can't I Find Hausa History Books? by FuckingMachine: 8:46am On Nov 16, 2023
Hausa man don't write with pen and ink. They use sword and blood.

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Re: Why Can't I Find Hausa History Books? by RedboneSmith(m): 11:24am On Nov 16, 2023
The intellectual output of Nigerian scholars working in Nigerian universities is generally very poor, to put in mildly. The few scholars who are actually making significant contributions are almost all based in American universities.

There was a brief flowering of great research in the 60s and 70s with such schemes as the Ibadan history series at the University of Ibadan, but all that has fizzled away.
Tomorrow someone will come and say that we should stop relying on foreigners to tell our history. When our own scholars are doing a piss-poor job of synthesising our story, who are supposed to read?
Re: Why Can't I Find Hausa History Books? by 1Sharon(f): 2:18am On Nov 23, 2023
You will hardly find any information on hausas pre-islam either. It's part of their history that they want suppressed.
Re: Why Can't I Find Hausa History Books? by Christistruth03: 11:48pm On Nov 24, 2023
Wulfruna:
Why is there an apparent lack of general history books about the Hausa in the precolonial era written by Hausa scholars?

After many years of searching, all I could find were works on the Sokoto Caliphate of the 19th century, mostly written by foreign scholars like Johnston and Murray Last. Professor Bala Usman wrote a good book on Katsina history in the precolonial period. But that is the history of just one Hausa city-state.

Why has no scholar deemed it fit to produce a work covering all the Hausa city-states from the earliest known times down to the beginning of colonialism?

I just thought this was a bit odd, given the fact that the Hausa were literate while most of Southern Nigeria was not, and so there must be written records in existence that could serve as sources for scholars to produce a general work of Hausa history.


There is a Story among Yoruba Historians that the Fulani got rid of the Hausa History books after the Jihad for Propaganda reasons

Although I was once able to download the 1000 year old Kano Chronicles from a British Website

I needed the History of Gobir because they are relatives of Yoruba but all I could get was the History of the Fulani Jihad and after

You know that if Hausa Women read the Full Story of the Hausa Queen Amina there could be big Trouble in the North

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