ABSTRACT

And if you observe that a Hausa enjoys fortune or position, and you pay him respect, he will treat you like dirt. Or, wherever a group of Hausas is gathered in conversation, all they do is run down their friends. If they see someone go into his house, paying no attention to anyone but just minding his own business, they will call him two-faced or swollen-headed. But if you join them and take part in the talk, when you have gone they will call you a liar, or a backbiter. Or if the Hausa see you trying to earn something to clothe yourself with, they will say that you are a thief or an em­ bezzler.