Number of speakers.

Print

Number of speakers.

Mansuk, Sun, 2019-08-04 12:59
Regarding: 
Population
State
Vetted
ISO 639-3: 
hau

Hello! The total number of Hausa speakers was said to be 63 million, which I think is much less compared to what is supposed to be. My reasons: - in 2016 department of African languages ahmadu bello university Zaria, done a research and found that 120 million people speak the language in Nigeria alone ( close to 70% of Nigeria's population ) - Nigeria is estimated to have 200 million people. - the northern part of the country have more than half of the nation's population and almost everybody in the north can speak Hausa. - in Niger, it is also estimated that 97% can speak the language. - Ghana has millions of Hausa speakers. - Sudan, chad,Cameroon,ivory cost and some African countries have hundreds of thousands of Hausa speakers. Also in 2018 an estimate made by the spectator index on twitter, says 150 million people speak Hausa. I hope my feedback will be checked. Thanks!

Comments

Chuck Fennig, Thu, 2019-08-08 10:58

Dear Mansuk,

Thank you for this feedback on the number of Hausa [hau] speakers in Nigeria and elsewhere.

We will make an effort to update the numbers that Ethnologue has for Hausa, in view of including a more accurate account of Hausa speakers in the next edition. If you have links to some good sources, please feel free to share them here.

Best regards,

Charles Fennig
Managing Editor, Ethnologue

Mansuk, Thu, 2019-09-12 11:25

Hello!
Also CIA factbook say
Nigeria have 27.4% Hausa=54.8million
And Niger has 53.1% Hausa=10.62million

https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/ng.html

https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/ni.html

Which can be considered native Hausa speakers population for each country.
Thanks!