Hausaland Tales from the Nigerian Marketplace

by Gavin McIntosh | History |
ISBN: 0208025235 Global Overview for this book
Registered by aetm of Austin, Texas USA on 9/14/2010
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Journal Entry 1 by aetm from Austin, Texas USA on Tuesday, September 14, 2010
McIntosh is Canadian but spent from 1981 to 1983 as a teacher in a Nigeria in the Hausaland area, a small town called Gwadabawa, in Sokoto state. During this time there was money for the schools thanks to the prior oil finds, but soon after things changed. The time was perfect for collecting stories and folk tales, and this is what McIntosh did with much of his free time. When there was no tv, the one with the best stories was the most popular person in the school or village. This book is the result of his story collection year in Hausaland.

This book has been previously in Austin city library's collections; then it was in Recycled Reads where I could not resist but had to buy for reading and afterwards liberating.
It's definitely not just for kids - I enjoyed the animal stories.

These tales are included:
* Why the red-necked lizard nods his head
* The race
* Why vulture has a bare neck
* The leopard and the rat
* Millipede and tortoise make a trade
* Louse joins a herd
* Why gorilla lives in a jungle
* Ostrich in the desert
* How man found a friend
* The carver and the panther
* Tortoise meets the river goddess
* The deer woman

There are also some sayings after each story in the local language and translated in English. Some of those that seemed interesting:
- Maganin maki gudu ban kashi -- desperate times call for desperate measures.
- Abin da zuciya ta dauka gangar jiki bawa ne -- where tehre is a will there is a way.
- Kowa ya zubar mani da tsamiyata sai in zubar masa da mononsa -- pay back in the same coin.
- Komi nisan jifa kasa zai fadi -- he who laughs last, laugh longest.
- Mugu shi ya san makwantar mugu -- set a thief to catch a thief.
- Kowa ya kona runbunsa, ya san inda toka ke kudi ne -- apparent stupidity can be concealed wisdom.
- Kashin turmi ba na wadan kare ba ne -- do not attempt what is beyond your powers to perform.
- Ba a shan zuma sai an sha harbi -- success comes after tears.
- Idan wata ta koni mutum, in ya ga toka sai ya gudu -- once bitten, twice shy.
- Ba kullum a ke kwana a gado ba wata rana ko a kasa sai a kwana -- life is a mixture of the sweet and the bitter.
- Kowa ya daure kura ya san yadda zai yi ya kwance -- look before you leap.

Journal Entry 2 by aetm at Helsinki, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Friday, September 24, 2010

Released 8 yrs ago (9/26/2010 UTC) at Helsinki, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland


A RABCK win... Will drop to Annelis in Lansisatama to then get to Tampere, to Tarna and Kemppu to read next! :)

Safe journey little book - I hope you'll make many new friends on your travels!

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Journal Entry 3 by engratisbok at Tampere, Pirkanmaa / Birkaland Finland on Friday, October 01, 2010
I already saw this at Länsisatama mini meetup at noon last sunday and then got it on tuesday evening at Kampinhylly micro meetup and now am couriering it to local bookcrossers.

Journal Entry 4 by wingTarnawing at Tampere, Pirkanmaa / Birkaland Finland on Monday, October 04, 2010
Thank you, aetm, what a great surprise this is! I'm really interested in African tales and so is Kemppu. I'll meet her tomorrow and we'll decide which one will read the book first.

Edited to add that this book made the bells ring at Tampere Main Library. Just to let the next readers to know... :)

Journal Entry 5 by Kemppu at Tampere, Pirkanmaa / Birkaland Finland on Tuesday, October 05, 2010
Thank you for this surprise book, aetm, and thanks to all the couriers! The book is now safe with me. It may take some time before I have time to read it, but I will, and then I'll give it back to Tarna.

Journal Entry 6 by Kemppu at Tampere, Pirkanmaa / Birkaland Finland on Monday, November 01, 2010
I got to read this book quite soon, actually. Lovely stories plus a frame story that created a nice atmosphere! Most of the tales were either stories about how a certain animal became the way it is, or educational/warning stories which usually involved animals that behave like humans. These kind of storylines are common all over the world, a nice and kind of cool thing to notice. People are not that different from each other after all.
Thanks once again for this book! I'll give it back to Tarna next.

Journal Entry 7 by wingTarnawing at Tampere, Pirkanmaa / Birkaland Finland on Tuesday, November 02, 2010
It’s back with me now. Thanks, Kemppu! You were much faster than I expected.

Journal Entry 8 by wingTarnawing at Tampere, Pirkanmaa / Birkaland Finland on Thursday, April 05, 2012
Also I liked it. The stories were lovely, just like Kemppu said, and the frame trory was nice, too. Had it been a bit longer, I wouldn't have liked it so much. Now it ended just at the right time. I enjoyed all the tales, and each one seemed better than the previous ones. My favourite is the last one, The deer woman. Thank you so much for bringing this book to Finland and sharing it with us, aetm!
With this book, I'm participating in Amynita's Erilaiset kulttuurit (“different cultures”) Challenge in the Finnish Forum. That's why I need to say something about the Nigerian Hausa culture presented in the book. First of all, Hausa people speak Hausa language. Hausaland is ethnically diverse, there are other ethnic groups living among the Hausas. In Nigeria there seems to be around 300 different ethnic groups.
Hausa people are Muslims. Oral storytelling tradition is very important (as it is in all Africa, I think). It means that the stories don't remain the same, every narrator removes something from the the story and adds something else. Once a week there's a market in town. It's an important social event, everyone comes there if they can. It's the place to change news, to gossip, to meet your friends, to tell stories... And that's what the whole book is about.

UCLA Hausa Home Page
Hausa Information at Art & Life in Africa
Hausa people at Wikipedia
Hausa at Omniglot
Hausa language at Wikipedia

Journal Entry 9 by wingTarnawing at Tampere, Pirkanmaa / Birkaland Finland on Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Released 7 yrs ago (4/10/2012 UTC) at Tampere, Pirkanmaa / Birkaland Finland


Happy reading!

Journal Entry 10 by sumako at Kuopio, Pohjois-Savo / Norra Savolax Finland on Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Book seems interesting. Thank you!

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