Fulfulde Video

African Women Speak Out!

There is perhaps no place in the world where women play such a vital role in maintaining societies, yet have so little opportunity to share their stories, as in Africa. Because of unequal access to education, pressures to marry young, and observance of traditional practices that discourage their public engagement, many African women find themselves outside the formal arenas of influence and power. At the same time, they are often the primary caretakers and economic supporters of their families, as well as the frequently unacknowledged experts who transmit both language and cultural knowledge from one generation to the next.
African Women Speak Out attempts to fill this gap by providing a forum where women can tell the stories of their lives and livelihoods, in their own words and in their own languages. The women who tell their stories here – in languages such as Hausa, Zarma, and Fulfulde (forthcoming) – are all active in womens organizations in their respective communities. These organizations provide a way for women to work collectively for the betterment of their families, villages, and neighborhoods, allowing them to enact positive change from the grassroots level where they have created an alternative arena of influence and power. Micro-credit organizations enable them to invest financial resources in ventures that will contribute economically to their community.
This section of the ALMA website has two goals: 1) to make available inspiring oral histories of women that might otherwise never be heard outside of their communities, and 2) to record these histories in the storytellers native languages so that both speakers and learners of these languages can have engaging and linguistically sophisticated material to read.

Women of Aki Yanke Talauci

In collaboration with Hadja Aminatou Djima and the members of Aiki Yanke Talauci, Boston University student Emily Nolan was able to record video interviews with 10 members of Aiki Yanke Talauci who were enthusiastic about talking about their experience in the organization, and how they have connected with the process of micro-credit lending. In this 1 hour video, all 10 of these women speak in their own language about their experience. The subjects appear in the video in the same order as shown in the Women of Aiki Yanke Talauci section.

Hama Amadou

Hama Amadou is a Fulani man who speaks Fulfulde as his first language. He also speaks Hausa. He was born in 1960 in Kirkissoye, a neighborhood in the Harobanda (over the river) area of Niamey. As a youth, he attended Koranic School. He also learned how to farm from his family. In addition to farming, he has held various other jobs and at the time of the interview, he was working as a watchman for the Boston University Study Abroad Program.

Issa Diallo

Issa Diallo is a member of the Board of the African Language Materials Archive, and has been a colleague of Prof. John Hutchison since John spent a year’s sabbatical in Ouagadougou in 1998-99. During 2017, Issa came to the Boston University African Studies Center as a visiting scholar and learned what AIRBNB means in the Boston area. He is a crusader for African languages, and plays an important role in the documentation and the teaching of Fulfulde (Pular) in Burkina Faso and throughout West Africa. In this presentation, he discusses the story of his own language, his career, and the role he has played in academia in Burkina Faso.
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