As far as I know, there are lots of Hausa language tapes and grammar texts, available for people to learn the language - not to mention numerous Hausa speakers.
Pedagogical exclusivism, epistemic isolationism and educational apartheid take place when you prioritize English as being the only possible language on the planet for instruction. Add to these wonderful concepts, linguistic imperialism and hegemony - of a former colonizer.
You don't have to be Hausa to speak the language, no more than you have to be Chinese to speak Chinese, as your post implies, somewhat. The same applies for all local languages. Professor Buba can choose to specialize in English- but that does not negate the essential fact that local languages, including Hausa, can be effective and desirable vehicles of instruction at various levels, along with, or, instead of, English. It is not about you or me, but about foundations for the future in terms of development and communication strategy.
I find Olayinka's bilingual and trilingual models innovative and attractive.
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Subject: Re: USA Africa Dialogue Series - "An advice, " "a good news": Errors of Pluralization in Nigerian English
My own take, which I argued in Sokoto where I told them to use Hausa to teach all disciplines at the university level, is not about the ability or otherwise to use correct English but how best to access and use knowledge.
That's extreme pedagogical exclusivism, and it's a recipe not just for dialogic catastrophe on northern Nigerian university campuses but for unwarranted epistemic isolationism. This suggestion assumes that everyone (students and professors) at Usmanu Danfodiyo University--and other far northern universities--is Hausa. That's flat-out inaccurate. When I enrolled as an undergraduate at the Bayero University in Kano many years ago, I didn't speak a word of Hausa. There are thousands of undergraduates and professors from other parts of Nigeria in northern universities who don't speak Hausa. Are you suggesting that non-Hausa-speaking Nigerians have no place in universities in the far north?
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