We’re happy to feature again this year two new translations from the Hausa language: “Kitchen Song” by Laura M. Kaminski (Halima Ayuba) translated by Sada Malumfashi and “Republic of Poets” by Sada Malumfashi translated by the poet. We hope you enjoy these fresh new voices as much as we did.
Accompanying the poems are four expressive photos depicting the Nigerian way of life: “Women in Kauru Village, Kaduna State, Nigeria, 2016” by Anselm Sesugh Ngutsav (this page), “Amina” and “Amina 2” by Sada Malumfashi, and “Mirah” by Saddiq M Dzukogi.
Hausa is a Chadic language with about 39 million speakers. It is spoken mainly in northern Nigeria and Niger, and also in Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, Eritrea, Gabon, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Sudan, and Togo.
We’d love to hear from you! Please share widely and celebrate international literature with us during September using #NTM2017.
—Claudia Serea and Loren Kleinman