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Why Danmakaranta?

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Since setting up this blog and naming it Danmakaranta, i have been inundated with so many question about the meaning of the word ‘Danmakaranta’. I have explained it in th about me page, that the name Dan makaranta is a Hausa word meaning ‘A Student”.

I named the blog Danmakaranta because it was inspired by my studies at University of Westminster, London.

I will now take sometimes to bring you more details about the language called Hausa.

According to Wikipedia Hausa is the Chadic language with the largest number of speakers, spoken as a first language by about 24 million people, and as a second language by about 15 million more.

Native speakers of Hausa, the Hausa people are mostly to be found in the African country of Niger and in the north of Nigeria, but the language is widely used as a lingua franca (similar to Swahili in East Africa) in a much larger swathe of West Africa (Accra, Abidjan, Dakar, Lomé, Cotonou, Bamako, Conakry, Ouagadougou, etc.) and Central Africa (Douala, Yaoundé, Maroua, Garoua, N’djaména, Bangui, Libreville, etc.), particularly amongst Muslims. Radio stations like BBC, Radio France Internationale, China Radio International, Voice of Russia, Voice of America, Deutsche Welle, and IRIB broadcast in Hausa. It is taught at universities in Africa and around the world.

I will leave you with the youtube clip below to know more about the Hausa people.

Note: Statistics in this clip may have changes, but it contained basic information about the Hausas.

You are welcome to visit the Hausa land to witness the rich and diverse culture of the community and their hospitality.

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October 17, 2009 at 7:08 pm

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