Zaharaddeen Kallah with Prof. Abdalla Uba Adamu during certificate presentations
The long awaited Ranar Marubuta Hausa Ta Duniya (International Hausa Writers’ Day) was held at Mambayya House, Kano from 26th -27th March, 2016. History was made at the residence where Malam Aminu Kano once lived. For sure, the late Malam Aminu Kano would be proud that the maiden event was held in Kano, simply because of its strategic important in the promotion of Hausa language and literature. It is expected that the maiden edition would lay a concrete foundation for the development of Hausa culture and tradition, where aspirations and wills of Malam and his good colleagues such as Sa’adu Zungur and co would be fulfilled.
The opening ceremony was led by Emeritus Professor Dandatti Abdulkadir, a leading scholar in promoting Hausa culture and folklore. In his speech, Dandatti saw Hausa language as unique and acceptable language in West Africa and beyond. The scholar was of the opinion that Nigeria should consider adopting indigenous language as a formal language of communication in the country. He argued that; “Hausa is the best and appropriate language to use as a national language, because of its popularity and acceptability among Nigerians and Africans.”
In his welcome address, Ado Ahmad Gidan Dabino thanked Katsina State government, Kano, Zazzau, Katsina, and Daura emirate councils for making the event reality. He also thanked all the stakeholders, organisations and individuals that contributed for the success of the event. According to Gidan Dabino, the programme would serve as a platform on which renowned and emerging writers from all parts of the world would meet to share ideas and skills that would boost their creativity. He hopes that the event would open an avenue that would bring mutual understanding among Hausa writers for the betterment of their works and their society.
The Chairman called upon other state governments and general public to assist on programmes that would promote Hausa culture and literature.
“Ranar Marubuta Hausa Ta Duniya is expected to hold at least annually; but such event cannot hold if not assisted by government and other relevant organisations,” he explained.
Papers were presented at the event, which included, Rubutun Adabi Jiya da Yau, Kalubale da Madosa by Professor Salisu Ahmad Yakasai; Dabarun Rubuta Kagaggun Labarai by Professor Isa Mukhtar; Ka’idojin Rubutu da Daidaitacciyar Hausa by Dr. Aliyu Idris Funtuwa; Mihimmancin Bincike a Cikin Rubutu by Professor Abdalla Uba Adamu, and Hanyoyin Tallata Ayyukan Marubuta a Kafar Yanar Gizo by Mal. Auwalu Inuwa Diso.
Apart from participants from Nigeria, a strong team of Hausa Writers from Niger Republic attended the event. Other participants were drawn from Ghana and Sierra Leone.
A special reading session was held on the second day of the event, with presentations of creative works from all genre of literature.
At the end of the event, a communiqué was issued to media houses. Parts of the issues raised in the communiqué are:
- In Hausa communities, children are not taken to school unless where they cannot speak their native language.
- Northern states are not doing well in promoting programmes and activities that would promote Hausa culture.
- Governments are not utilising creative writers for public enlightenment on issues that affect community.
- There is a limited use of Hausa creative books in school curriculum in the northern Nigeria.
- Writers are in dire need for government support in various places.
- There is a lack of Hausa literature works on internet.
- There are states and federal universities from Hausa regions that are not teaching Hausa.
Bases on the aforementioned, the communiqué suggested that:
- People and its government should use Hausa as a means of teaching children, just like the curriculum used during colonialism. Doing that will not affect their learning capability.
- Government should allocate a budget for activities that would promote literature. Because, development is more attach to uses of indigenous language.
- Government should be using creative writers for public enlightenment on issues that affect community such as drug abuse.
- There is a need to adopt more Hausa books in school curriculum.
- There is a need for government to assist in organising workshops for writers.
- There is a need for state legislators to create bills that would promote writings and writers.
- There is a need for more Hausa works on internet.
- All universities in Hausa states and other Hausa regions should be teaching Hausa.
The event was ended with presentation of certificates to committee members, and participants. Later, a vote of thanks was delivered by the committee Secretary, Zaharaddeen Ibrahim Kallah.
We hope to see more of such events and also the implementation of the issues rose in the communiqué. No doubt if such observations and suggestions are implemented, Hausa language will be far better than many languages in the world.