Saturday 30 September 2023

𝗗𝗶𝗱 𝗬𝗼𝘂 𝗞𝗻𝗼𝘄 𝗕𝗮𝗹𝗮𝗿𝗮𝗯𝗮 𝗥𝗮𝗺𝗮𝘁 𝗬𝗮𝗸𝘂𝗯𝘂 (𝗕𝗼𝗿𝗻 𝟭𝟵𝟱𝟵) 𝗜𝘀 𝗔 𝗡𝗶𝗴𝗲𝗿𝗶𝗮𝗻 𝗔𝘂𝘁𝗵𝗼𝗿 𝗪𝗵𝗼 𝗪𝗿𝗶𝘁𝗲 𝗜𝗻 𝗛𝗮𝘂𝘀𝗮

She is a leader in the genre of littattafan soyayya or "love literature", and one of the very few Hausa-language writers whose work has been translated into English. She has also worked as a screenwriter, producer, and director of Kannywood films. Her stories have focused on issues such as forced marriages and women's education.

Balaraba Ramat Yakubu is the younger sister of General Murtala Ramat Muhammed, who briefly served as the military ruler of Nigeria from 1975 until his assassination in 1976.

At the age of 13, she was taken out of school and forced into an early marriage. She has said that this is the reason she writes in Hausa rather than English.

Balaraba Ramat started her career as the only woman member of the influential Kano-based writer's club Raina Kama. Her first novel, Budurwar Zuciya ("Young at Heart"), was published in 1987. Her second and third novels, Alhaki Kwikwiyo Ne... ("Sin Is a Puppy That Follows You Home") and Wa zai auri jahila? ("Who Will Marry an Ignorant Woman?"), followed in 1990. Alhaki Kwikwiyo Ne... was adapted into a film by Abdulkareem Muhammed in 1998.

An English translation of Alhaki Kuykuyo Ne..., Sin Is a Puppy That Follows You Home, was published in 2012 by Blaft Publications, an Indian publishing house, to positive reviews.

There is a literary prize named after her, the Balaraba Ramat Yakubu Literature Prize for Hausa dram.

Balaraba Ramat started producing film in 1990's with Wata Shari'ar and recently she wrote and produced Juyin Sarauta, a film that won about ten awards and received positive reviews from scholars and film experts.

"Balaraba Yakubu: Nigeria's Feminist Writers". Deutsche Welle. Retrieved 12 January 2018

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