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Hausa in Ghana people group profile



Hausa in Ghana

The Hausa are originally from an area known as “Hausaland,” a region covering 75,000 square miles and straddling the borders of Niger and Nigeria. The Hausa began to migrate to Cameroon at the end of the nineteenth century. In the nineteenth century, very few of the Hausa immigrants came to Ghana with wives.

Instead, as soon as they began to make a living in any area, they would take local wives and start to build families. However, they would invite Hausa priests to settle near them so that their children would be educated in the Koran.

This was done in order to reduce the influence of the children’s non-Hausa mothers, and to keep the Hausa culture alive. Traditionally the Hausa had a feudal society where the ownership of land and other valuable resources was restricted to certain families and individuals.

Those beneath them were the commoners who mainly worked the land but benefitted very little from it. They Hausa were traditionally merchants who traded ivory and kola nuts with North African traders. Though the Hausa are especially populous in Nigeria where they are merging with the Fulani, they also live in most West African nations and as far east as Sudan.
What Are Their Lives Like?

This is a very prominent people group throughout West Africa. They have their own clothing style, their own cuisine, and their language and culture dominates West Africa. The Hausa are very industrious people and they do not tolerate idleness. In fact, they have been known to hold down several occupations at the same time, such as positions in the military, trade and commerce, social services, and in the spreading of Islam.

They are known for being merchants who sell tie-dye clothing and leather goods. Others tend cattle or grow wheat, sorghum, millet, and maize. The Hausa usually wear loose flowing gowns and trousers. The gowns have wide openings on both sides for ventilation. The trousers are loose at the top and center, but rather tight around the ankles.

Leather sandals and turbans are also typical. For casual wear, a taggo (long jumper) may replace the big gown, and they might wear a plain cap instead of a turban. The early Hausa priests and traders influenced many non-Hausa in West Africa to adopt this style of dress. They wanted to be associated with the privileged group of people who enjoyed access to kings and wealthy people.

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Today, however, more and more people wear European style clothing. Their society has always been very patrilineal, which meant that the line of descent was through the father’s side of the family. Hausas tend to marry cousins and distant relatives.

Hausa women are given less educational opportunities than men. In fact, they are often confined to the home, except for visits to relatives, ceremonies, and the workplace. They are primarily responsible for tending to the children and doing the household chores.

This includes providing the water and fuel needed for cooking. In addition, they are expected to invest the rest of their time in some type of trade. The money they earn is used in financing their daughters’ dowries. Some have wrongly assumed that Boko Haram comes from the Hausa because the term itself is from the Hausa language. But Boko Haram is mainly from the Kanuri and Fulani tribes.

Today members of the Hausa community are highly trained, educated and assimilated into the political and social life of many African countries including the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Some of the Hausas have become very rich. They are deeply involved in the politics of their communities.

What Are Their Beliefs?

The Hausa of Ghana are virtually all Muslim. The Hausa identify with Islam, but many of their religious practices have been mixed with local traditions. For example, they believe in a variety of spirits, both good and bad. Traditional rituals include making sacrificial offerings to the spirits and to the spirit possessed. Family members perform most rituals, but they call upon specialists to cure diseases.

They believe their priest, or malams, have the best charms. According to the malams, different magical formulas have different effects. The priests claim to have cures for every aspect of human desire or concern. The malams are welcomed guests among Hausa people because they believe that the priests’ prayers will be answered.
What Are Their Needs?

The Hausa culture is strongly linked to Islam, making it difficult to reach this people group with the gospel. Islam has been carried throughout West Africa by Hausa traders and priests, and nearly everyone expects a Hausa to be Muslim.
Prayer Points

Pray for Hausa elders in Ghana to welcome Christ’s ambassadors into their communities. Pray for a spiritual hunger that will drive Hausa families to seek and find the blessings of Jesus Christ. Pray for a Disciple Making Movement among the Hausa people in Nigeria, Ghana and Cameroon.

People Name GeneralHausa
People Name in CountryHausa
PronunciationHOW-sah play sound icon
Alternate NamesAdarawa; Adarawa Hausa; Arawa; Arewa; Fellata; Hausa Ajami; Hausa Fulani; Hausawa; Kurfei; Maguzawa; North Hausa; Soudie; Tazarawa
Population this Country319,000
Population all Countries53,928,000
Total Countries16
Progress Scale1 ●
Frontier People GroupYes
GSEC1  (per
Pioneer Workers Needed6
People ID12070
ROP3 Code103733


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Affinity BlocSub-Saharan Peoples
People ClusterHausa
People GroupHausa
Ethnic CodeNAB60a


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RegionAfrica, West and Central
10/40 WindowNo
National Bible SocietyWebsite
Persecution RankNot ranked


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Primary Religion:Islam
Major Religion ▲Percent
Buddhism0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)0.00 %
Ethnic Religions0.00 %
Hinduism0.00 %
Islam100.00 %
Non-Religious0.00 %
Other / Small0.00 %
Unknown0.00 %


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Primary LanguageHausa
Language Codehau   Ethnologue Listing
Language WrittenYes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages1


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Primary Language:  Hausa

Bible Translation ▲Status  (Years)
Bible-PortionsYes  (1857-1988)
Bible-New TestamentYes  (1880-1965)
Bible-CompleteYes  (1932-2020)
Bible-NT AudioOnline
Bible-NT TextOnline
Possible Print Bibles
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type ▲Resource NameSource
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teachingGlobal Recordings Network
Audio RecordingsDAVAR Partners recording, complete BibleDAVAR Partners International
Audio RecordingsOnline Audio ScriptureTalking Bibles
Audio RecordingsOnline New TestamentFaith Comes by Hearing
Audio RecordingsOnline New TestamentFaith Comes by Hearing
Audio RecordingsOnline New TestamentFaith Comes by Hearing
Audio RecordingsOnline New TestamentFaith Comes by Hearing
Audio RecordingsOral Bible StoriesStory Runners
Audio RecordingsOral Bible StoriesStory Runners
Audio RecordingsStory of Jesus audioJesus Film Project
Film / VideoGod’s Story videoGod’s Story
Film / Video / AnimationCreate International
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in HausaJesus Film Project
Film / VideoLUMO film of GospelsBible Media Group/LUMO
Film / VideoMagdalena videoJesus Film Project
Film / VideoMy Last Day video, animeJesus Film Project
Film / VideoStory of Jesus for ChildrenJesus Film Project
Film / VideoWalking with Jesus videoJesus Film Project
Film / VideoWorld Christian VideosWorld Christian Videos
GeneralBible for ChildrenBible for Children
GeneralBiblical answers to your questionsGot Questions Ministry
GeneralFour Spiritual LawsCampus Crusade for Christ
GeneralGospel resources linksScripture Earth
GeneralWalk with the Prophets and meet the MessiahAl Massira
GeneralZume ResourcesZume Project


Photo SourceErik Laursen, New Covenant Missions 
Map SourcePeople Group location: IMB. Map geography: ESRI / GMI. Map design: Joshua Project.  
Profile SourceJoshua Project  
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