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Are Hausa Bantu ?

Are Hausa Bantu ?


Are Hausa bantu? The simple answer is “NO” This pluralist attitude toward ethnic-identity and cultural affiliation has enabled the Hausa to inhabit one of the largest geographic regions of non-Bantu ethnic groups in Africa.

Are Hausa bantu ?

Most ethnic groups south of River Benue and Niger. South of River Niger excluding Niger state, non Yoruba speaking areas of Kwara state and Kogi state roughly speaking. The Ebirra, Idoma and Igala of Kogi, FCT, Nasarawa and Benue state are Bantu. The Tivs north of River Benue are Bantu too.

First, If yes, then no tribe in Nigeria is called Bantu by name, at least no indigenous tribe. The available ones may be immigrants from Ghana, a neighbouring West African country.

Are Hausa bantu language Map

are hausa bantu

These is a map of some African Languages that cover West-Africa Hausa and Bantu.

Secondly, but if you mean Bantu as an adjective, maybe there’s a stereotypical way Bantu’s of Ghana behave that any indigenous Nigerian tribe may as well behave, and you want to know which tribe that could be, then I should ask you to define what that “Bantu-ness” could mean because personally.

Bantu peoples are the speakers of Bantu languages, comprising several hundred indigenous ethnic groups in sub-Saharan Africa, spread over a vast area from Central Africa across the African Great Lakes to Southern Africa. Wikipedia 

The word Bantu for the language families and its speakers is an artificial term based on the reconstructed Proto-Bantu term for “people” or “humans”. It was first introduced (as Bâ-ntu) by Wilhelm Bleek in 1857 or 1858, and popularised in his Comparative Grammar of 1862. The name was coined to represent the word for “people” in loosely reconstructed Proto-Bantu, from the plural noun class prefix *ba- categorizing “people”, and the root *ntʊ̀ – “some (entity), any” (e.g. Zulu umuntu “person”, abantu “people”, into “thing”, izinto “things”). There is no native term for the peoples who speak Bantu languages, because they are not an ethnic group.

Thirdly; most scholars are agreed that the first people speaking proto-Bantu emerged south of the rain forest in the Congo River area, probably not too long before the beginning of the Christian era and they spread out from there.

This is supported by comparative linguistics which shows that as one moves from this assumed heartland, the degree of difference between the languages tends to increase.

However the two group both Hausa and Bantu are African Languages, therefor the two may have come in contact in history of the two languages.


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In its indigenous sense, it relates to kinship between numerous African languages. In Anthropology, the term was used to refer to the people that spoke these languages. Abantu (or ‘Bantu’ as it was used by colonists) is the Zulu word for people. It is the plural of the word ‘umuntu’, meaning ‘person’, and is based on the stem ‘–ntu’ plus the plural prefix ‘aba’. This original meaning changed through the history of South Africa.

In conclusion one my still ask Are Hausa Bantu? after reading this article one may answer this question for himself that both Bantu and Hausa are widely use.

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