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Old 02-15-2010, 11:01 PM   Post #1
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Nowadays closely tied and intermingled with the Fulani, but probably with different origins. They stand out because of their language and because it is said they originally came from nubia.

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The Hausa are a Sahelian people chiefly located in the West African regions of northern Nigeria and southeastern Niger. There are also significant numbers found in regions of Sudan, Cameroon, Ghana, Cote d'Ivoire, and Chad and smaller communities scattered throughout West Africa and on the traditional Hajj route across the Sahara Desert and Sahel. Many Hausa have moved to large coastal cities in West Africa such as Lagos, Accra, Kumasi and Cotonou, as well as to countries such as Libya. However, most Hausa remain in small villages, where they grow crops and raise livestock, including cattle. They speak the Hausa language, an Afro-Asiatic language of the Chadic group.

Kano, north Nigeria is considered the center of Hausa trade and culture. In terms of cultural relations to other peoples of West Africa, the Hausa are culturally and historically close to the Fulani, Songhai, Mandé and Tuareg as well as other Afro-Asiatic and Nilo-Saharan groups further East in Chad and Sudan. Islamic Shari’a law is loosely the law of the land and is understood by any full time practitioner of Islam, known in Hausa as a Mallam (see Maulana).

Between 500 CE and 700 CE Hausa people, who had been slowly moving west from Nubia and mixing in with the local Northern and Central Nigerian population, established a number of strong states in what is now Northern and Central Nigeria and Eastern Niger. With the decline of the Nok and Sokoto, who had previously controlled Central and Northern Nigeria between 800 BCE and 200 CE, the Hausa were able to emerge as the new power in the region. Closely linked with the Kanuri people of Kanem-Bornu (Lake Chad), the Hausa aristocracy adopted Islam in the 11th century CE.
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These are all pictures taken in Nigeria during Durban festival, the huge turbans remind me of the ones some sikh warriors wear.


























































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some hausa women

These are from Ghana






This one's from Niger



This man's also from Niger




These are all from nigeria



















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All from Kano, the biggest Hausa city, and also Nigeria's second biggest metropolis after Lagos


















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the first set of pictures look like a setting for a movie. the colors and clothes are gorgeous.

interesting the diversity between and within the sets you've posted
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the first set of pictures look like a setting for a movie. the colors and clothes are gorgeous.

Yes the pictures were probably made by a pro, but even so that Durbar festival must be a true spectacle.
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