Hausa culture

  • 7 amazing traditions and behaviours associated with Cows in Africa and Asia

    There are interesting practices and behaviours associated with this domesticated herbivores animals that can be found around all over the world, classified into varied species according to places they’re found. Cows are breed for various purposes by different people and nations, where the purposes can range from medicinal, agricultural, cultural, traditional, transportation and religious. They are commonly applied as beast of burden in farm power pulling ploughs in cultivation, means of transportation driving carts, widely consumption and usage of its meat, milk, cheese and a of its resources. While in some regions in India, contrary to the already known facts, Hindus honours Cows with religious manner. Below are the facts:

    Human-like behaviours:

    Like Humans, Cows conceive pregnancy for a period of 9 months before given to birth. As decreed, they gave birth without being attended to by any mid-wife or so-so. Normally, Cows gave birth to single calf, but they occationally birthed twins and even quadruplet as shown in the photo below.


    Cows are very social when in heards, they make friends with those they feel like and avoid others. They don’t like being alone. This is one of the reasons behind their mooing- crying when deserted. Others are when it was separated from its calf, when they are about to be slaughtered e.t.c

    African creation mythology:

    According to African creation mythology, Fulanis believes that their god Dondori created the first human from a drop of Cows milk. This belief existed during their era of Paganism, although they still exist Non-Muslim Fulanis.

    Festival material:

    Rumzawas or Ƴan Rumji, Gobir extractions who deals in Cattle butchering occupation hold a bull festival called Hawan Kaho or Wasan Rumji. The festival is mostly celebrated during Islamic festivals, Rumzawas ceremonies or when
    it was called for.

    Marriage tradition:

    In Fulani culture, Nomad Fulanis commemorate a marriage traditon called Sara before they married-off a girl to a Suitor. The family of the Suitor present a Cow to the Brides family to mark the tradition.

    Sign of affluence:

    In Hausa culture the richest one is ranked according to number of Cows or herds they possessed, amongst other wealths. The Cows are kept outside the household reared by little children, but when they get to certain number, they are taken to Fulanis whose it’s their long ages occupation.

    Religious in India:

    In India, Hindus honours some Cows they referred to as Sacred beyond human imaginations. They seek blessings from these Cows and other practices. They erect Statues in favour of these Cows after they died. And they don’t eat Beef.

  • The Effects of Hausa communal farming festival, Noman Gayya during farming season

    Noman Gayya is a long ages farming festival which involves invitation of friends and family to aid in farming activities. In Niger Republic and parts of Nigeria, West Africa and others where the event is mostly practised, farmers who are incapable to cultivate their farms and those with no able bodied children to farm are those that call for the communal farming during raining seasons. In some cases a renowned farmer can invite people from various communities, but it’s a “Do me I do you event”, if you don’t attend other peoples invitations, no one will be in your farm. And too, female farmers who met the above criteria used to call their fellow females and peers to their farms.

    During the event various delicious starchy meals are prepared to give the workers more energy to work. Different kinds of foods and porridges like Hura da nona, Kumande, Nashe, Lalame, Kunun zaki, Kunun kanwa, Compound of Rice and beans, Tuwo da miyan kuka e.t.c
    Children are always joyous and craving for such moments because foods are prepared in aboundance and they ate like they never do. Their only chores was to take trys and plates of food to the farm and ate leftovers.

    At times drumers are called upon to beat their drums so to give the workers an added energy in the process by following drums rhythm and forming one style dancing while ploughing.

  • The Myth associated with Hausa Folklore in the Olden days

    Hausas in the olden days, that is when there’s no present technological means of entertainment, often in the evenings or before bedtimes, after dinner i.e after filling all the facet of spaces in between their ribs, mostly children, adolesents and also grown-ups usually organises themselves under sheld of tree or moon light; seated on trunk, mat or bare ground listening attentively to Grandparents, Big-sisters and Aunts as they are narrating entertaining and informing Hausa folkores. Younger ones are those that used to call for the gatherings in every Hausa societies, “Tanko! Uwani! Kadade! kadada! aunty Magajiya is narrating folklore…” As they informs their peers in merriment.

    Hausa folklores are mostly narrated in the evening or at night for according to myth, people used to vanish to unknown world when they listen to folklores or participates in narrating it in the afternoon or broad daylight. Today, the rules are now being overlooked, Hausas now pleased themselves even in the broad daylight not minding whether they would be vanished to the world unknown to humans, unlike the grey-haired or elderly ones, who are currently maintaining the norms till now.

    Hausa folklores are rich and bound in moral lessons of everyday life. At the end of every story, the narrator would ask the listeners what and what lessons they learnt from the stories. Our forefathers used it as a tool to indict moral characters to their children in those days.

    Hausa folklores as modern day drama like comprises Human beings, Insects, Beast of burden, Domestic animals, Wild animals, Gift of nature, Non-living things which makes it easily accepted by Kanmywood, an Hausa film industry based in Kano state of Nigeria as film materials. They are also documented and used in schools.

    Hausa folklores like other Africans have been passed from generations to generations and have over the years remained intact, documented and are now mostly used by Hausa film industry “Kannywood” as film materials, published and translated into many languages for used in schools, mostly Niger Republic and Nigeria and others.

    In starting every story, the saying goes like this, “gatanan, gatananku, ta je ta dawo, wannan gatanace game da… – A story a story, let it goes let it come… this is a story about…” while in conclusion, the narrators used to say, “kunkur kan kusu- Off with the rats head” to end the story and affirms the listeners that folklore is fiction.


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