Essayist and author of ‘Zata Iya: A History of Hausa Feminist Writings’, Sada Malumfashi, has always wondered ‘how different and more diverse the stories of the first-generation Hausa novels would have been if women also participated in the writing process.’
The feminist champions of Hausa literature have their pens ready, full of fire, energy and imagination, emitting hidden truths through their words, and steadily reinventing the narratives of women in Northern Nigeria.
Oppression does not exist in a vacuum. It exists to serve the demarcation between the superior and the inferior, no matter how faulty such a demarcation is. And the demarcation there was a piece of clothing, a veil.