Hauwa comes from a community whose members are often regarded as disrespectful. She talks about how her first encounter with people often means being stereotyped as rude and unwelcome. Growth, for Hauwa meant denouncing her community’s famed rudeness, and even more — rewriting other people’s perception of herself devoid of the stereotype. We are not our forefathers; we are who we are. Hauwa Shaffii Nuhu is a poet and essayist from Nigeria, whose work has appeared on Popula, Ake Review, Lolwe, Arts and Africa, After The Pause journal, Bitter Oleander, 20.35 Africa, Memento, and elsewhere. She is a 2018 fellow of Ebedi Writers Residency.
She has an LLB from Bayero University, Kano, and has just rounded up her BL from the Nigerian Law School. A two-time shortlistee of the Nigerian Students Poetry Prize, she has been a guest at literary festivals and panels such as the Ake Festival and the Kaduna Book and Arts Festival.
Passionate about northern and women representation and amplification, in 2018 she was an associate producer of season 4 of the popular Hausa TV show “Haske Matan Arewa”; a program that aired on Arewa24 on Wednesdays, interviewing and showcasing exceptional northern Nigerian women and their work to the word.
She is currently a staff writer at Folio Nigeria, and a reporter at HumAngle This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx