AN ANALYSIS OF SOME HAUSA PROVERBS ON THE IDENTITY OF THE HAUSA

 

Dr M. A. Mode


Abstract

This discourse gives a close look at the place of proverbs in identity construct of Hausa people of Northern Nigeria. Proverb as a phrase that expresses a basic truth which may be applied to common situations is used to prove that the identity of the Hausa is built in their proverbs. The paper further argues that the people have apposite proverbs for everything that gives their identity. Indeed, the Hausa have a kind of identity for themselves. This identity is reflected in their proverbs for easy identification. The proverbs which give identity to the Hausa are abound in their ways of life including marriage, birth, schooling, worldview and perception, thought, etc. Thus, the paper concludes that, the people’s proverbs, if referred to, can, without tears, lead to their identity construct.