Culture and Traditions

Hausa Proverbs and those that are tagged with it in Hausa land

All tribes contained in this earthly sphere have in their inherent possesion of vast wisdom oriented proverbs. In Africa, every tribes regards their particular proverbs with pride, which bring about classifying of the proverbs into country and ethnicity like; just as we now have Nigerian proverbs, Kenyan proverbs, Ghanaian proverbs, Ethiopian proverbs, Hausa proverbs, Igbo proverbs, Yoruba proverbs, Swahili proverbs e.t.c Hausa people, homogeneous diverse tribes in West Africa are too not left behind in that sense. As their counterparts, Hausas have many meaningful proverbs, which can be said originated time immemorial; due to their way of life, their occupations and enviroments, moreover the proverbs includes names of insects, wild animal, domestic animals, occupations, trees etc
Hausa proverbs can be categorised into group of people that are tagged with it in hausa culture, as enumerated below.

Before we delve into the group involved, Hausas use proverbs to give deep meanings to their daily conversations, give well wishers or youth advice and also during arguments with mates. They can burst into competition of proverbs everywhere and anytime, being them people fond of disputation and teasing when in company of peers.

“Karin magana,” as it was referred to in Hausa language, Hausa natives and those that understands the language can grasp the meaning when said, but in Hausa culture there are group of people that are mostly tagged with the proverbs. The group are:

Yan daudu: These are femine men in Hausa societies, they are seen with behaviours of women and they defend themselves with proverbs when people insinuate in their businesses or insults them. But some are purely masculine who formulated such womanly habits afterlife while to others the habits are inborn. Yan daudu also have kind of sexy proverbs which they say among themselves or when they set out their nefarious attitudes. For an example Adamu Gwanja, a kannywood comedian who plays their role.

Grandparents: If you were furtunate to be brought up by grandparents or have had contact with them, you can best attest to my point here. Grey haired people are known for emission of proverbs even when they are about to snizze. You can’t beat someone who was brought up by grey haired people in knowledge of proverbs.

Women: Women are one of those that are tagged with proverbs in hausa societies, as their habits, women are known of habits of being talkative, gossiping, mocking and are very fond of teasing. When in courtships, Hausa girls can take you to another world with proverbs of their own type.

Fadawa, Dogarai: Kings followers in hausa communities are people that are associated with praising and citation, and even beyond. Praising and citation is their work in palace or wherever the king set his feet and goes.

Maroka: These are professional group of beggers even though they are one of Hausa tribes, there is no need to mention them here…they knows themselves. They are known for visiting nooks and crannies of habitations of rich people, politicians and business people, praising them and their relatives in other to benefit something. They are proffesional in that business of begging for when someone was in state of bad moods, a single utterance of theirs can make you give them more.

Musicians: Hausa musicians whether traditional or mordern uses proverbs to fascinate their musics so as to please their listeners. Mordern Hausa musicians like Aminu Ala, Naziru Ahmed, Umar M Sharif, Nura M Inuwa, Faruk M Inuwa, Husaini Danko etc as an example.

Hausa film industry: Hausa indigenous film industry, Kannnywood in their mission to elevate good Hausa cultures and traditions, uses proverbs to gain more admirers and followers and to fascinate their works. Nafisa Abdullahi and Maryam Musa (sister to beautiful desceased actress, Late Balaraba Musa) as an example.

Literature writers: Hausa literature writers like their counterparts in other part of the world, uses proverbs to give another meanings to their writings.

Men: Elderly men in Hausa communities due to their mean nature don’t solely engage in competition of proverbs like the aforementioned, but they show their own skills in riddles when in company of peers. Proverbs comes in mind when needed, that’s when in arguments or giving little ones advice.

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