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Why Hausa Language In Bbc, Voa, Germany Radio, China, France Anybody Know ?

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Am clueless to why there is Special (International) Hausa Radio channel in England (BBC World Service), Germany (Dutch Welle), China (Hausa Radio) and now France (Hausa RFI) ? not mentioning Libya, Iran and some other countries, why not the other Nigerian tribes e.g. Yoruba, Igbo etc.

Anybody with the clue ?

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It is because of the size and density of the hausa people and most importantly hausa speaking people. I have had the opportunity to live in Ghana,togo,benin republic and visited niger once,u won't believe the size of people speaking this language. It was there I got to find out that the hausa language is spoken as far as noukachokt in mauritania and even sudan and ethopia,hence why this international news corps has a programme in hausa. Just like in togo and benin republic where there are yoruba programmes because of the size of the yoruba settlers there. Hausa people has the size.

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Very informative and true post Bororojo, a haali gonga modibbo!

It is a very sad thing to think of and I wonder why BBC promotes some languages over others. Why do you think they do so?

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When the Hausa radio stations like BBC Hausa was created, Hausa wasn't nearly as popular, even in Northern Nigeria as it is today.

so you can't argue that the universality of Hausa in the North is what favoured the creation of international mass media to broadcast in this language. Inffact the fact that BBC and co chose to broadcast in hausa is part of what has facilitated the expansion of the language, and not the other way round (i.e Hausa being chosen for universality)

these foreign media outlets, are among the people contributing the most to the dearth and sublimation of indigenous cultures and languages in Nigeria....... the same way the British were.. and still are promoting Swahili- which has led and continues to lead to the mass extinction of many cultures in Tanzania. .... or like they did in their own backyards to languages like Irish Gaelic (Gaelige) and Celtic........ Thank god Fulanis are too widespread for all that rubbish.

for those smaller tribes with limited geographical depth--- say bye bye to all of them in 50 years time (if not even less sef)

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@Fulaman198 thanks for calling me to the other thread.

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I don't know about that one man, I understand that in Nigeria you may be correct. But in other countries where there are a high presence of Fulani people you may not be so correct.

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Hi,

The reason why Hausa is spoken by many foreign radio station is mainly because of it is the biggest language spoken by most people in Africa.

Unlike Igbo, Yoruba hausa is the universal language in northern Nigeria, it is widely spoken in south east and west.

Also hausa is widely spoken in Niger, chad, cameroun, Liberia and most west African countries.

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Weather they understand hausa or not dose'nt matter you can not separate fulani and hausa

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who told you all fulani speak hausa? i know fulani that cant speak a word of hausa. even my friends kids that were brought up in phc cant speak hausa, they only speak fulfulde and english.

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I am proud to be a Hausa man "We should not botherd to throw stone to trees that has no seeds" Sincerly, i dont think this is the right thing to be wasted time on, this decision was made by international media for choisen hausa language to disminate thier imformation within the African continient and lastely they knew better the reason why? they did so!

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This is bullshit, absolute nonesense. Tell me a local language in the whole Africa apart from Swahili that have people speaking it widely as Hausa? For your information, thousands and millions of non-hausas such as yoruba, igbos, tiv, efik e.t.c are understanding the language. Can you tell me how many people understand your language outside your tribesmen and women? So, these international radio stations want to reach people to as many as possible.

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They also use it to knock our big heads together. For instance during the Miss world peagant in Abuja, them BBC ran some inflamatory reports about the event and within hours, our Northerner brethrens were up in arm with curved Yemeni daggers and rugged cudgels to match. The event was cancelled and tossed around British owned businesses in SA till it ended in London. the BBC also used their Hausa service to define the coups of 1966 and Nigeria has never been same ever since as progroms followed. I guess fulanis are spread more across west Africa than Hausas, though a fulani can speak hausa but a huasa may not speak fulani in northern Nigeria.

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The reason is simple and i think two or three people have said it in their posts: these radio stations use Hausa Language because of its wide pread speakers all over West Africa and let nobody put up any airs of superiority of the Language or other reasons like that some tribes have abandoned their languages for English. BBC and other international Radio Stations have other Language services Like Russian, Chinese, Swahili etc etc. The important underlining factor is that these stations want to reach the widest audience as possible around the world.

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When i said that i don't mean everyone in west Africa can speak it. i just mean you can find speakers in Nigeria, ghana, niger, berkina faso, sudan, chad etc.

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They use the Hausa language in these programs because Hausa is perhaps the most effective language in breaking the Anglophone and Francophone African language barrier. The language can be understood by people all over west Africa, regardless of weather they are in an English speaking or French speaking country.

This broadens their listeners.

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Good question.

Its the market, the language has grown and spread politically for several reasons but it should serve as a model and a moral lesson for those who continue to shun their mother tongue in preference for European languages.

Hausas don't gratify English or any European language. Even the ones that are literate and educated hardly speak Eanglish amongst themselves. This has earned them respect.

The only way you will earn whiteman respect is to first respect and be proud in your own identity.

Good for Hausa language! If they continue they could win a political argument to make Hausa the national language for Nigeria.

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The British Broadcasting Corporation(BBC) gave reasons for broadcasting in Hausa Language and other West African languages.

Deputy Editor of BBC Focus Africa, Bilkisu Labaran said the corporation chose to broadcast in Hausa language because it is widely spoken and an effective means of getting across to the people in Nigeria and West Africa. "The BBC broadcast in Hausa language because it is widely spoken in West Africa just like Swahili is widely spoke in East Africa. And because of the nature of our programme, it is impossible to run our programme in every Nigerian language. It is not about Nigeria’s ethnic complexities, it is basically about reaching people of West Africa and across, It is about reaching the largest number of people with our limited resources,’’ she said.

Culled: Daily trust

http://dailytrust.dailytrust.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=23098:why-we-broadcast-in-hausa-language-bbc&catid=1:news&Itemid=2

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This thread should be immortalised

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The Hausa language is an international language spoken by not only most Northern Nigerians, it is spoken in countries like Niger, Chad, Senegal, Cameroon just to mention a few. That been said I think you would now have an idea why so many radio station broadcast the language, its generally because of the very many listeners.

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ok u got it - in the world.

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Please, add in the world and i will still agree with you.

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@ topic,

It's because Hausa is really widely spoken across West Africa even up to Sudan (I think it's spoken in something like 7 or 8 countries total). There's a large Hausa population in Nigeria, and I think in Niger like more than half the population is Hausa, for example. The Hausa services are not just for Nigeria, they broadcast across Africa.

And, although I don't think there are as many Hausa people in the other countries, because it's spoken in several countries, it makes sense for an international broadcaster to have a service in Hausa which appeals to people in more than one country.

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@Abuloma. You have made no point as you have not answered the poster. Sorry.

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Thanks u said radio broadcast not tv channel, if u dnt knw hausas use radio more than any other tribe

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