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Arts: Popular Culture: West Africa: Hausa
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Since the 1980s, Muslim women in Hausa-speaking areas of West Africa have established a strong public presence in two burgeoning areas of contemporary cultural production – Hausa popular literature and video film.

Some 50 million people speak Hausa, 25 million as their mother tongue, mostly in northern Nigeria, southern Niger, and northern Ghana. Around 25 million people, distributed more widely in Nigeria and in other parts of West Africa, speak it as a second or third language, the overwhelming majority of them being Muslims…

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Furniss, Graham, “Arts: Popular Culture: West Africa: Hausa”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 01 February 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0294h>
First published online: 2009

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