The Hausa tribe can be found is one of the largest in Africa. In Nigeria, the Hausa people can be found mainly in the North. The Hausas can also be found in Chad, Niger, Benin republic, Togo, Cameroon, Gabon, Ghana, Burkina Faso and Cote d’Ivoire.
The Hausa language has an estimated 35 million speakers worldwide. In Nigeria, we encounter the Hausa’s in our day to day activities. Their culture is unique as is their language.
Here are some Hausa words you should use more often:
1. If you’re buying onions, potatoes or any other produce from a Hausa person, Nagode will definitely come in handy when they give you jara.
2. Remember when we were younger, calling someone an “Aboki” was a declaration of war. Who knew Aboki meant friend?!
3. Not every time siblings, sometimes say it in Hausa for the swag!
4. We know Nigerians love their greetings. Say Ina kwana instead of good morning to any person of Hausa descent you meet.
5. The Hausa word for mine, “Nawa” is not to be confused with the Nigerian pidgin word that can mean “sigh, what can we do” even though they are spelt the same.
6. Valentine is here. Personalise gift cards to your other half with some sweet Hausa words.
7. Get your Hausa greeting swag on by saying “Ina wuni” in place of good afternoon.
8. If you ever need help, yelling “Taimako” might just get you the help you need.
9. Once you learn the Igbo and Yoruba words for sorry, you can add the Hausa word and be able to apologise fluently in 3 local Nigerian languages.
10. Greet people who come visiting with “Marhaba”.
11. End your night conversations with “kyau dare”.
12. Doesn’t the Hausa word for happiness “farin ciki” have an awesome ring to it?