Apart from the stereotyped characteristics of the Hausas virtually known to all, there are several other important and interesting facts you must know about them.
Read on…The Hausa people are found in various parts of West Africa.
They have a very restricted dressing code which is majorly due to their religious beliefs.
The men wear large flowing gowns known as ‘Babban riga’ and a robe-like dress with designs called ‘Jalabia’ or ‘Juanni’. The women are identified by their wrappers called ‘Abaya’, blouses, head ties, shawls and hijabs.
They have popular grilled beef delicacies such as Suya, Kilishi, etc.
Cow milk known as Nunu taken with Fura is also one of their frequent and treasured meals.
The Hausa people have unique cultural practices, most of which have stood the test of time.
Their cultural practices have been sustained over time as a result of the strong native systems of government they have, unlike their counterparts who had to submit easily to the rulership of the colonial masters.
The main Hausa-speaking area is northern Nigeria and Niger.
Hausa is also widely spoken in northern Cameroon, Chad, Sudan and the Ivory Coast among Fulani, Tuareg, Kanuri, Gur, Shuwa, Arab and other Afro-Asiatic speaking groups. Most Hausa speakers, regardless of ethnic-affiliation, are Muslims; Hausa often serves as a Lingua franca among Muslims in non-Hausa areas.
The Lalli or henna paintings and drawings are also an indispensable part of their make up.