Wednesday, November 12, 2008

CNN interview with Hausa novelist Sa'adatu Baba on Inside Africa

This is a few weeks old, but I was finally able to download it online. Here is a CNN feature on Hausa literature, with a brief statement by my friend Hausa novelist Sa'adatu Baba. It's thrilling to see Hausa writing featured on international news, but I wish the problems with censorship weren't simplified down to sound bites like "conflict with Muslim tradition." (It's also a bit funny to hear things translated--when the translation sounds very different from what the person was saying....) but, anyway it's great exposure for Hausa novelists, and I know a documentary filmmaker in Jos who interviewed Sa'a at the latest ANA conference because he saw her on CNN!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

very good, thx. i love the fact a great deal is written in hausa