Hausa in Benin


Population
1,058,000
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

The Hausa are the largest ethnic group in West Africa. Thirty percent of all Hausa can be found in the north and northwest regions of Nigeria, an area known as "Hausaland." Hausa communities can also be found in other West African nations such as Chad, Ghana, the Ivory Coast, Togo, and Benin.

The Hausa in Benin have been there as far back as 1897. Oral history tells us that the earliest Hausa settlers in Benin came with the Europeans when Benin was conquered. These Hausa people helped the Europeans hunt elephants.


Where Are they Located?

The Hausa are the largest ethnic group in West Africa. Thirty percent of all Hausa can be found in the north and northwest regions of Nigeria, an area known as "Hausaland." Hausa communities can also be found in other West African nations such as Chad, Ghana, the Ivory Coast, Togo, and Benin.

The Hausa in Benin have been there as far back as 1897. Oral history tells us that the earliest Hausa settlers in Benin came with the Europeans when Benin was conquered. These Hausa people helped the Europeans hunt elephants.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Hausa in West Africa have been heavily involved in long distance trading for centuries. Traders exchanged gold from the Middle East for leather, crafts, and food.

There is inter-marriage between the Hausa community and the peoples of Benin. Marriages between the two communities are very common. Today members of the Hausa community are highly trained, educated, and assimilated into the political and social life in Benin. Some of the Hausas have become very rich. They are deeply involved in the politics of their communities.

The Hausa people have a restricted dress code related to their Muslim religious beliefs. The men are easily recognizable because of their elaborate dress which is a large flowing gown known as Babban riga and a robe called a jalabia. These large flowing gowns usually feature some elaborate embroidery designs around the neck. The women can be identified by wrappers called zani, made with colorful cloth atampa, accompanied by a matching blouse, head tie, and shawl.

Hausa buildings are characterized by the use of dry mud bricks in cubic structures, multi-storied buildings for the social elite, the use of parapets related to their military/fortress building past, and traditional white stucco and plaster for house fronts. At times the facades may be decorated with various abstract relief designs, sometimes painted in vivid colors to convey information about the occupant.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Hausas hold firmly to their Islamic religion and values. The first mosque in Benin is the central mosque. This is where all early Muslim settlers worshiped. Later the Hausa community built their own mosque. The mosque is still there and was built about 50 years ago. That is where the Hausa Muslim community goes to pray on Fridays.


What Are Their Needs?

Adequate Christian resources are available in the Hausa language; but they are still an unreached Muslim people group. The Hausa people need to see their critical need for the Savior, who loves them and desires a personal relationship with them. They need to see past their worldly success, and see that they will not be accepted by the Creator of the universe except through His Son, Jesus


Prayer Points

* Pray that the Holy Spirit will allow circumstances into the lives of these people that will point to their sinfulness, their need for the Savior.
* Pray that they will see that their Islamic religion is not working.


References

Profiles written by Karen Hightower of Global Prayer Digest
https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/12070/NI
http://www.dailytrust.com.ng/sunday/index.php/feature/2875-the-100-year-old-story-of-hausa-community-in-benin-city
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hausa_people
http://www.nairaland.com/842223/mosque-burnt-hausa-quarters-benin
http://www.peoplegroups.org/explore/groupdetails.aspx?peid=12327


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

Prayer / Resource Links:
Link Up Africa
People Name General Hausa
People Name in Country Hausa
Population in Benin 1,058,000
World Population 41,852,900
Total Countries 16
Indigenous No
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 22 to 26
Progress Scale 1
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Alternate Names Adarawa, Adarawa Hausa, Arawa, Arewa, Fellata, Hausa Ajami, Hausa Fulani, Hausawa, Kurfei, Maguzawa, North Hausa, Soudie, Tazarawa
People ID 12070
ROP3 Code 103733
Country Benin
Region West and Central Africa
Continent Africa
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Widespread in north, Atakora, Alibori Donga, and Borgou departments, mainly in larger towns, market villages.   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Country Benin
Region West and Central Africa
Continent Africa
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Widespread in north, Atakora, Alibori Donga, and Borgou departments, mainly in larger towns, market villages..   Source:  Ethnologue 2016

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Primary Language Hausa
Language Code hau   Ethnologue Listing
Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Hausa
Primary Language Hausa
Language Code hau   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Hausa

Primary Language:  Hausa

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes   (1857-1988)
Bible-New Testament Yes   (1880-1965)
Bible-Complete Yes   (1932-2004)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
Forum of Bible Agencies
Gospel Go
World Bible Finder
World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Hausa
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Mohammed (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / Video Walk with Jesus (Africa, JFP)
General Bible Visuals
General Four Spiritual Laws
General Got Questions Ministry
Text / Printed Matter Bible-in-Your-Language
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Hausa Bible
Text / Printed Matter Fathers Love Letter
Text / Printed Matter World Missionary Press Booklets
Primary Religion: Islam
Religion Subdivision: Sunni
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.04 %)
0.10 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
99.90 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
0.0 %
Independent
5.0 %
Orthodox
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
Protestant
60.0 %
Roman Catholic
35.0 %
Photo Source Anonymous  
Profile Source Keith Carey  
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