Can you see how Britain will go to any length in bid to colonize? Charles Henry Robinson (1861-1925) and Graham Wilmot Brooke (1865-1892), two early missionaries to Hausa-speaking regions of what is now Nigeria. Hausa is a major Chadic language spoken by about 25,000,000 people primarily in Niger and northern Nigeria. It is also a trade and second language for many more people in those and surrounding countries. The language today is usually written in an alphabet based on Latin (as is presented here, but with an additional 3 or 4 letters). This first translation into Hausa of Morning Prayer, along with several Psalms and the Ten Commandments, was followed by more substantial translations of the Book of Common Prayer: Karamin Littafin Addu?a. London: Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, 1949. (Griffiths 49:4) Littafin Addu?a. London: Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, 1968. (Griffiths 49:5) Littafin Addua. Preface signed by Benjamin Argak Kwashi. Jos: Pastoral Publication of the Anglican Diocese of Jos, 1996. William Muss-Arnolt discusses missionary work and this early translation into Hausa in Chapter LIX of The Book of Common Prayer among the Nations of the World (1914); this translation is not listed in David Griffiths?s Bibliography of the Book of Common Prayer 1549-1999, but may be the book referred to as his 49:2. This book also contains several Psalms and Hymns, and the ten commandments, which are not given here.
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