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Varsity Prof Calls Attention To Creative Works Of Northern Women


A Professor at Usmanu Danfodiyo University Sokoto, Asabe Kabir pointed out that the creative works of Northern women are beg ignored while delivering a speech at the 18th inaugural lecture of the university titled “Breaking the silence northern Nigerian women’s self-expression through oral literature and literary writings.”

According to her, Hausa women writers have over the years become a force to reckon with in the African literary scene as they far surpassed the number of women who write in the English language.

“But because they write in the Indigenous language, their creativity hardly receives the required attention,” she said

She observed that most of their write- ups convey their personal experiences in the male-dominated societies.

Mrs Kabir who is a professor of Oral and African Literature, noted that Hausa women were using their works to express and tackle what they observed as female subjugation, abuse and denials while enlightening readers about their culture and tradition.

The creative arts of women from northern Nigeria deserve attention and their various works ought to have greater critical attention, “ she stressed.

Prof Asabe added, “This is because of their distinctive viewpoints as they attempt to give expression to voices that have not always been heard as loudly and clearly as they should have been.”

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