Dr. Salisu Garba

Welcome 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 culture. 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.

Latest News & Events


    The Department of African Languages and Cultures, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria being a major stake holder on Hausa wishes to host a three-day conference with the sole aim of further documenting the origin, the development and future perspectives on Hausa entitled: THE HAUSA NATION: Past, Present and Future to hold between Monday, 10th to Thursday, 13th July, 2017 .
    The Department therefore, invites scholarly articles on ...... see details here.

Our Vision & Philosophy

  • Vision

    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,... Read More.

  • Philosophy

    Arguably, humanity's primary achievement is not science and technology but culture, and while language is the centrepiece of culture, 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 .... Read More.