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Novel writing in Hausa is more recent than the tradition of written poetry. The first
clutch of novels was published as the result of a competition held in 1933.
Dominant interests were heroic figures of the past and aspects of traditional life.
range of topical subjects appear regularly in the local Swahili-language
newspapers, but the publication of novels is hindered by the lack of strong
indigenous publishing houses, despite a large potential readership. Southern
Barth described his own work as "novels which imitate the form of the novel, [
written] by an author who imitates the role of Author." In his most ambitious work,
he simultaneously imitated and parodied conventional forms — the historical
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