Faculty of Arts, ABU Zaria

Department of African Languages and cultures

Department of African Languages and cultures

Dr. Salisu Garba
HOD, Department of African Languages and culturess

Message from the Head of Department

The Department was established in Zaria in 1976 to teach the appreciation of the phenomenon of language through the systematic study and effective usage of particular indigenous Nigerian and other African languages in their major manifestations including literature and cultures. Prior to this date, however, the ABU had for over a decade been turning out graduates of two African languages (Hausa and Arabic) in two distinct departments at its Kano (Abdullahi Bayero College) Campus, which thenceforth attained full University status. The Kano Campus also commenced postgraduate graduate programmes during that period.


The mission of the Department of African Languages and culturess in addition to enhancing the agency of humanities generally, is to furnish graduates with the necessary expertise and capacity to conduct high level research and serve as analysts, advocates and responsible critics of African languages, literature and cultures.


In consonance with the vision of Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria of creating, a University per excellence, the Department of African Languages, (Hausa Programmes) envisages to meet the national and international needs of training students and conducting researches in African Languages for human development within the linguistics, literary, and cultures domains most especially in response to globalization.


Arguably, humanity's primary achievement is not science and technology but cultures, and while language is the centrepiece of cultures, it is also the palpable hallmark of literature. Experience has taught modern man the ever increasing desirability to recognize and aggressively re-launch the primacy of language as that branch of knowledge that has the best potentialities in assisting him not only to comprehend and express but also serve as a mirror to reflect into the past as well as a lamp to illuminate the future. In appreciation of this, the need arises for the search, acquisition and dissemination of knowledge relevant to the needs of the immediate and larger community through the systematic study of African languages.