Nana Asmāʾu: Admonition (Nana Asmāʾu: Wa’azi)

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Title Nana Asmāʾu: Admonition (Nana Asmāʾu: Waazi)
Author or Owner Nana Asmāʾu (daughter of Usman Ɗan Fodio) or Nana Asma’u
Subject Belief, Admonition, Muslim Women, Education, Prophet Muhammad, Female Poets, Nana Asma’u, Sokoto Caliphate, Jurisprudence
Content This manuscript is a poem by Nana Asma’u (1793-1864), the daughter of Shehu Usman  Ɗan Fodio (1754-1817), founder of the Sokoto Caliphate in Northern Nigeria. The poem is written in Hausa Ajami, using the Maghribi writing style, and is vocalized throughout. Nana Asma’u directed the poem to her women followers, teaching them about the importance of seeking knowledge, righteous conduct, faith in God, piety, and adherence to marital rules. The poem ends with praises to Allah and prayers for Prophet Muhammad. The final verse suggests that it was completed between 1855 and 1857 CE.
Genre Poetry
Language Hausa
Script Hausa Ajami
Manuscript condition 2 pages (pages 21 and 22). 17 x 21 cm. + front and back covers.

Condition: Fully vocalized.

Type Offset MS
Publisher Shina Commercial Press
Provenance Zaria, Nigeria
Source Reference Nana Asma’u, “Waƙoƙin Nana Asma’u” (nd). Courtesy of Northwestern University Libraries. Click here for the source link.
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, Rebecca Shereikis, Alison Parker, Shawn Provencal, and Mark Lewis.
Required citation information Fallou Ngom (PI), Jennifer Yanco, Mustapha Hashim Kurfi, Garba Zakari, Babacar Dieng, Daivi Rodima-Taylor, and Rebecca Shereikis. 2022. “Nana Asmāʾu: Admonition.”


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