Hausa of Nigeria

The Hausa are the largest ethnic tribe in Nigeria, they number over 30 million. The Hausa primarily reside in a region of Nigeria known as “Hausaland”. They were known for their long-distance trading for many centuries. Currently, nearly 70% of Hausa live in rural villages and financially support their families through agriculture and factory work. Among the Hausa there is a low literacy rate and high unemployment. There are many cultural and societal norms which the Hausa follow. For example, strict avoidance rules are followed by women and the first-born child. The shame perceived by a first-born child is so great that many times the first-born is given to a relative to be raised. The Hausa are devout followers of Islam. Islam was introduced through traders in the 1500s and was adopted in hopes of improving the economy. Hausa culture expects for any member of the Hausa ethnic group to be a Muslim.

Engagement // What’s Happening Now

The Hausa are the largest people group in West Africa, yet remain at less than 0.09% Christian. Tradition is an obstacle that many workers must overcome when sharing the Gospel with the Hausa.

A few years ago during a four-day evangelistic and medical outreach 7 men were delivered from alcoholism and they began to share what God had done in their lives with the village.

“The people in the village have been resistant to the gospel, and the area has seen intense persecution recently. Now they are experiencing a great move of God as they see spiritual walls broken down and lives set free,” says an AGWM missionary assigned to Nigeria.

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Sustainability // The Bigger Story

Africa’s Hope exists to train leaders and equip the church in Africa. Through training and equipping pastors, they will be prepared to engage the hundreds of unreached people groups in Africa. Pray for resources, which will enable students to be adequately prepared to preach the gospel and disciple believers.

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Partnership // Move Beyond

Entrepreneurs: The Hausa are very influential across West Africa, both culturally and politically. Consider the opportunities for spreading the gospel by planting a church among the Hausa.

Readers, Writers, Speakers: Although English is Nigeria’s official language, Hausa is rapidly becoming the chief language of northern Nigeria. Pray for workers to find creative solutions to illiteracy within the Hausa. About half of the Hausa population are illiterate which makes them unable to read the Bible.

Problem Solvers: Because Hausa traders spread Islam throughout West Africa, most people assume all Hausa are Muslims. The fear of breaking tradition could be one reason the Hausa have difficulty leaving their Islamic faith. Pray that the Spirit would open hearts among this unreached people group.

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