Birth Record & Building Contract (Rajistar Haihuwa & Kwangilar Gina Gidaje)

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Title Birth Record & Building Contract (Rajistar Haihuwa & Kwangilar Gina Gidaje)
Author or Owner Malam Muhammad Auwal Shendam
Subject Recordkeeping, Birth Record, Contract
Content These two documents are examples of the practical use of Hausa Ajami for record keeping and daily business matters. In these pages, we see the interwoven nature of religious and secular matters in Hausa society. The first page documents the birth of the scribe’s daughter, who is named Maimunata. As customary in most Hausa Ajami texts, each opens with praises and thanks to God, and closes with an Islamic formula (doxology). The second page is a contract between the author’s construction company and a client. Although the company’s name is not mentioned, the manuscript is kept in the company’s file, and a copy is with the client.
Genre Prose
Language Hausa
Script Hausa Ajami
Manuscript condition Each of the two manuscripts is 1 page.

Condition: good

Type Personal record
Publisher n/a
Provenance Kaduna, Nigeria
Access condition and copyright These materials are subject to copyright and are distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial 4.0 License, which permits non-commercial use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited. For use, distribution or reproduction beyond these terms, contact Professor Fallou Ngom (
Contributors Fallou Ngom, Jennifer J. Yanco, Mustapha Hashim Kurfi, Garba Zakari, Daivi Rodima-Taylor,  Alison Parker, Shawn Provencal, and Mark Lewis.
Required citation information Fallou Ngom (PI), Jennifer Yanco, Mustapha Kurfi, Garba Zakari, Daivi Rodima-Taylor, Babacar Dieng, and other contributors. 2022. “Birth Record & Building Contract.”


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