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RFI Hausa Launches New Website

The following information was sent to me as a comment to one of my earlier posts:

Radio France Internationale has launched a new web site for its Hausa service.

The new site http://www.hausa.rfi.fr is designed to provide its millions of listeners worldwide with latest updates on events and developments around the world. We are also happy to present dramatic improvements in online navigation around our in-depth analysis and special coverage of regional issues as well, as accessibility to Rfi’s vast array of online resources.

With an eye-catching design integrated in RFI’s rich colours, the new site grants visitors instant access to a continual stream of International News, Magazine Programmes, Special Dossiers and broadcast archives, all in Hausa language. The online visitor has immediate access to the web site’s major topic areas that allow browsing and searching through information about Nigeria, Niger Republic, France and all other parts of world.

As part of the Rfi global network; Rfi Hausa has links to our numerous language sites providing Music, News, Weather and Language Lessons produced by one of the world’s largest radio stations. Join the global community keeping in touch through Radio France Internationale. Log on to Rfi Hausa and stay informed.

For further information please contact:

Rfi Hausa
VON Broadcasting House, Cardinal Okogie Way
Ikoyi – Lagos, Nigeria
+234-1-7401456 / +2347030177358


VOA: Hira da Carmen McCain

Carmen McCain is a PhD Candidate in the Department of African Languages and Literature at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She is currently doing her dissertation research on Hausa films in Kano, Nigeria, where she also coordinates the Hausa Home Video Resource Centre in the Department of Mass Communications at Bayero University.

Today, in the Hausa section of Voice of America (Muryar Amurka), one can read about her and listen to an interview (in Hausa) with her, in which she tells how she learned Hausa and about modern Hausa life. Here is a link to the interview:

Carmen McCain, who is also called “Talatu”, runs a blog on WordPress. Here is a link to her blog: “A Tunanina

“Learning by Ear” — a new multimedia distance-learning programme

Supported by Germany’s Federal Foreign Office, Radio Deutsche Welle has just launched “Learning by ear“, a new multimedia distance-learning programme:

The Learning by Ear program examines the challenges that young Africans face and engages listeners in an informative and entertaining way. The programming is a lively mix of in-depth reports, radio dramas and feature stories that will provide listeners with an opportunity to get the necessary skills to succeed in Africa today and to discover a whole new world of knowledge. The target audience is girls and boys from 12 to 20 years of age.

“Learning by Ear” is available in three European and three African languages: English, Kiswahili, French, Hausa, Portuguese and Amharic.

Bukin Kirismetti tsakanin al´umomi daban daban a Bonn

Bukin Kirismetti tsakanin al´umomi daban daban a Bonn | Zamantakewa | Deutsche Welle | 20.12.2007Under the rubric “Zamantakewa” of Radio Deutsche Welle you can find a Hausa article about Christmas and other religious festivals in Germany . Click on the screenshot to the left in order to read it.

Last year, on this weblog, I posted a simplified Hausa version of the story of Jesus’ birth, as it is written in the Bible in the gospel of Luke, chapter 2. Read it

Sorry, this isn’t Deutsche Welle

A number of times, readers of this blog have written comments to my posts which were really email messages to Radio Deutsche Welle (Muryar Jamus), thinking that this is their website. In the past, I have usually forwarded these email messages to Radio Deutsche Welle, but now I feel that I need to clarify that this weblog is not linked to Deutsche Welle or any other radio station that has a Hausa service, even if I have referred to their broadcasts or websites in some of my posts. This is my private weblog, which is all about learning Hausa (and other less commonly taught languages) using the Internet.

If you want to contact the Hausa Service of Radio Deutsche Welle or some other radio station, please send an email directly to their email address. Here is a list (found on their websites, which are listed here under “Links“):


Deutsche Welle
Hausa Redaktion
53110 Bonn

Fax: +49 228 429-4952

E-mail: hausa@dw-world.de

P.M.B. 2241, Kaduna, Nigeria
P.M.B. 12934, Lagos, Nigeria

P.M.B. 01578, Accra-East, Ghana

B.P. 561, Niamey, Niger


BBC Hausa Service
Bush House
Tel: + 44 020 7557 2516
Fax: + 44 020 7240 4304


Voice of America:

Adireshinmu A Nijeriya
VOA Hausa
PMB 5760
Abuja, FCT Nigeria
Adireshinmu A Nijar
BP 11201
Niamey, Niger
Adireshinmu A Kamaru
VOA Hausa
BP 817
Yaounde, Cameroon
Adireshinmu A Cote D’Ivoire
VOA Hausa
01 BP 1866
Abidjan 01, Ivory Coast
Adireshinmu Na Amurka
VOA Hausa
African Division
330 Independence Ave. SW
Washington, DC 20237

Lambar Wayarmu
1(202) 203-4077

Adireshinmu Na Email


Muryar Jama’a

Plot 47 Sharada Phase I,
Sharada Industrial Estate,
+234 64 942777
+234 64 660907
Studio Phone in Numbers: +234 64 942452, +234 64 942453, +234 64 318823, +234 64 318893.

Freedom Radio Kano

Freedom Radio Kano (Muryar Jama’a) is a private Radio station in Kano. It came on air 1st December 2003 and is the first of its kind in Northern Nigeria. It broadcasts locally, in “a range of about two hundred kilometers as the crow flies.”

Their mission statement says that

Information, Education, Entertainment and the promotion and protection of our socio cultural values will be paramount in our programming, in addition to advancing the constitutional rights of Freedom of expression, especially for the less privileged members of the society, within the law.

Their schedule includes both religious and news programs, interviews, etc. One can find many interesting broadcasts, e.g. a live interview with HRH the emir of Kano and a feature on democracy.

They keep an archive where broadcasts can be downloaded as MP3 files. Unfortunately, the bandwidth of these files is very low (8 kbit/sec) and they are a bit hard to listen to.

Here is a sample:

Contact Free Radio Kano

VoA Hausa News: Another good source for reading and listening to Hausa

Another good source for reading and listening to Hausa is the Hausa section of Voice of America (Muryar Amurka). VoA produces radio programmes in 44 languages and TV programmes in 24 languages.

A very useful feature is the sitemap (Abubuwan Dake Wannan Dandali ). Here, you can pick the topics (Fannoni Dabam-dabam) you want to read about, e.g. education (ilmi) or politics (siyasa). Or else, you can just use the menu to find your way.

Unfortunately, the Hausa “hooked letters” are not marked as such.

Many of the news stories can be downloaded as MP3 files here.

Hausa programmes produced by Radio Deutsche Welle

Radio Deutsche Welle offers a variety of programmes in Hausa:

You can listen to the Hausa programmes, which are broadcast as Real Audio files. You can also download the manuscripts. The hooked letters ƙ ɓ ɗ are used in some, but unfortunately not in all cases.