Academic Writing Workshop

The Hausa International Book and Arts Festival, in collaboration with University of Bristol, UK and Kaduna State University, Nigeria organised a four-day academic writing workshop for early career scholars based on the African continent.

The workshop facilitated the preparation of academic journal articles for submission to and publication in high-impact international journals, while also offering opportunities for mentorship and collaboration. 

Organised around the theme ‘Hausa Studies in the 21st Century’, the workshop ran from 28 June 2022 – 1 July 2022, facilitated by the editors of the journal Africa Cultural Studies and an expert team of academics. Across the four days, participants learnt the basics of how to identify and target appropriate academic journals; the writing, submission and publication process; research methods; writing book reviews; how to adapt conference papers and thesis chapters into journal articles; and writing successful grant applications.  

In addition, participants were paired with mentors and a peer review group for the duration of the workshop for both peer and one-on-one feedback with the aim of revising draft articles to submission-ready pieces. A range of editors and publishers from high-impact journals publishing research in Hausa literature, language, popular and cultural studies provided expert advice and top tips for getting published. Following the workshop, all participants will have the opportunity to engage in a period of mentorship to revise their articles to submiss









Dr. Bilkisu Yusuf Ali

Dr. Bilkisu Yusuf Ali is a lecturer in the Department of African Languages (Hausa Unit) Al-Qalam University, Katsina. Her research field is oral poetry. She is a prolific writer and a freelance journalist

Hauwa Mohammed Sani

Hauwa Mohammed Sani is a senior lecturer in the Department of English and Literary Studies at Ahmadu Bello University Zaria. Her research focus is transdisciplinary. She is a recipient of the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) Early Career Academic Grant (2016), and the American Council of the Learned society (ACLS), among others.

Dikko Muhammad

Dikko Muhammad is a lecturer with the Department of English and French, Umaru Musa Yar’adua University, Katsina, Nigeria since 2013 before he left in 2018 for a Study Fellowship at Bayreuth International Graduate School of African Studies (BIGSAS), University of Bayreuth, Germany. He has just defended his Ph.D. in English Studies and Anglophone Literature. He is interested in Literary, Epistemic, and Cultural practices in Africa with an emphasis on Northern Nigeria.

Anas Sa'idu Muhammad

Anas Sa’idu Muhammad is from the Department of Nigerian Languages Bayero University, Kano. His research focuses on issues that concern Hausa Literature and Applied Linguistics.

Dr. Abdulkadir Abubakar Zailani

Dr. Abdulkadir Abubakar Zailani is currently a Lecturer and Undergraduate Adviser in the department of Nigerian Languages and Linguistics, Kaduna State University, Kaduna-Nigeria. He holds a PhD in Linguistics from Department of Linguistics and Foreign Languages, Bayero University, Kano-Nigeria. He is a recipient of 2020 ASR prize for the Best African-based Doctoral Dissertation Award. Further more, he is into Hausa to English and English to Hausa translations

Dauda Bivan Amos

Dauda Bivan Amos is a doctoral research fellow at the department of English, University of Western Cape South Africa. He is an emerging scholar working on Bildungsroman writing by women in Africa and African Diaspora. He is a a reciepient of the ASWAD research/travel grant in 2019. He is currently teaching at Kaduna State College of Education Gidan-waya, Kafanchan

Abdullahi Mujaheed

Abdullahi Mujaheed is a Lecturer from the Department of Nigerian Languages and Linguistics, Kaduna State University, Kaduna. He obtained his M.A in African Literature (Hausa), from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. His area of interest is Hausa Prose Fiction and Currently undergoing a PHD study on Hausa popular Literature, in the 21st Century at Umaru Musa Yar’adua University, Katsina.

Dr. Umar Aliyu Bunza

Dr. Umar Aliyu Bunza is a lecturer in the Department of Nigerian Languages Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto from 2008 to date. He obtained his M.A and Ph.D in Hausa Studies, in 2008 and 2015 respectively. His area of research interest is Hausa Literature with specialization in prose fiction and literary history. He has published in different journals both national and international

Murtala Adamu

Murtala Adamu is of the Department of Nigerian Languages, Umaru Musa Yar’adua University, Katsina. His discipline is literature, specifically poetry.

Dr. Furera Adamu Garba

Dr. Furera Adamu Garba is a Lecturer in the Department of Languages and Linguistics, Bauchi State University, Gadau. She specializes in Socio-linguistics where she researches language endangerment and documentation. She is currently working on gender studies.