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Tubali: Hausa Architecture in Northern Nigeria


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by Sabine Jell-Bahlsen
color, 45 min, 1994





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The beautiful architecture of Hausa cities in Northern Nigeria is examined in this film. Local builders, architects, and a museum curator explain the development of the Hausa style and traditional methods of construction. Master craftsmen and their apprentices show how traditional architectural forms influence contemporary design. Hausa building technology, as well as the social, religious and aesthetics of Hausa architecture are also discussed.

“Sabine Jell-Bahlsen's video, Tubali: Hausa Architecture of Northern Nigeria, is a useful teaching tool in terms of building technology.” — Gloria Emeagwali, "African Indigenous Knowledge Systems (AIK): Implications for the Curriculum", Toyin Falola (ed.) Ghana in Africa and the World. Essays in Honor of Adu Boahen. Africa World Press, 2003.

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