AWEJ Volume.5 Number.2, 2014 Pp.236-243
The Influence of Arabic on Nigerian Literature: a study of selected works of Abubakar Imam in Hausa
Jamiu, Muhammad Yunusa
Department of Languages and Literary Studies (Arabic Unit)
College of Humanities, Management and Social Sciences
Kwara State University, MALETE
The heritage of a people is, without doubt, the bedrock of their identity. The sheer size of the Northern part of Nigeria makes it a very important part of the country. This vast region has been having a common identity forged by literacy in the Arabic language. For many centuries before the coming of the imperialists, Arabic provided universal understanding among people of the Northern Nigeria. It was so important that even the imperial agents studied Arabic language in order to penetrate the culture of the people of the area they wanted to colonize. When the foreign power eventually succeeded in enthroning its own language as the official language, Arabic still remains very visible not only as a religious language but also as a springboard for literary endeavors in both local and foreign languages of the North. This paper therefore intends to study the influence of Arabic on the Nigerian Literature using Magana Jari Ce and Ruwan Bagaja by the renown Hausa writer, late Alhaji Abubakar Imam, as a case study. The paper is divided into: introduction, short biography of Abubakar Imam, Arabic influence on selected stories, general analysis of the stories, conclusion and recommendation.
Keywords: heritage influence, identity, Arabic language, Nigerian literature.