Hausa  is the largest and best-known member of the Chadic subfamily of the Afro-Asiatic family of languages. Hausa has borrowed freely from other languages, especially Arabic, and is adapting well to the demands of contemporary cultural change. It has become a common language for millions of non-Hausa West Africans, and sizable Hausa-speaking communities exist in each major city of West and North Africa as well as along the trans-Saharan trade and pilgrimage routes.

There are 18,525,000 in Nigeria,  3,250,000 in Niger, 23,500 in Cameroon, 9,600 in Togo, 500 in Burkina Faso, 418,000 in Sudan, 4,000 in Congo - 22,000,000 in all countries.  Spoken as a first language in large areas of Sokoto, Kaduna, Katsina, Kano and Bauchi states, and in Niger. Spoken as a second language in the northern half of Nigeria. Also in Chad, Benin, Ghana. 

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