Conference Reports: International Conference on Hausa in the Diaspora

  • The LAG Executive
Keywords: hausa, conference, diaspora


The 1st international conference on Hausa in the Diaspora was held at the University of Bayreuth, Germany, from 4th to 9th June, 2013. The sessions took place at Bayreuth International Graduate School of African Studies (BIGSAS) and at Iwalewa Haus, under the leadership of Professor Dymitr Ibriszimow, the director of BIGSAS. It was sponsored by Fritz Thyssen Foundation (Germany). The theme for the meeting was Hausa in the Diaspora. It was a preliminary meeting on how to document the Hausa spoken outside the main Hausa speaking areas (northern Nigeria). The opening address was delivered by Professor Dymitr Ibriszimow and Dr Michael Broß. They emphasised the need to document Hausa in Diaspora. As we all know, Hausa as a language has received a lot of documentation from linguists but very little has been written on the type of Hausa spoken outside Hausa land.