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The Hausa People (Nigeria)

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The Hausas are the dominant ethnic group in the north of Nigeria (40-45% of the population of the country), with Kano as their capital. In 1966, after an aborted coup, the federal system was to be abolished. The north reacted violently because this abolishment was interpreted as a means to establish domination by the south (especially the Ibos). This movement, followed by tribal and political violence, led to the secession of Biafra. So this flag might have been used during one of the several military rebellions which occurred in the north during1966 (Source: Encyclopaedia Unversalis [eunXX].
Ivan Sache, 12 Sept 1999

Hausa is a language group consisting of 10-15 million people primarily in northern Nigeria and Niger.
Michael Smuda, 02 Mar 1999

Flag of the Hausa

[Northern Nigeria 1966] by Ivan Sache, 04 March 2001

The flag of the proposed Hausa dominated state of 1966 as shown in Flags of Aspirant Peoples [eba94] consists of five horizontal stripes: red, yellow, black, green, and light brown (shown above). Nations Without States, however, describes the 1966 flag adopted by the Hausas as having five horizontal stripes of red, yellow, indigo blue (instead of black), green and khaki beige (shown below).
Ned Smith, 03 March 2001

[Northern Nigeria, 1966] image by Ivan Sache, 03 March 2001

Other Hausa Flags and emblems

This site shows another flag used by the Hausa.
Gvido Petersens

The flag shown at this website is a "logo on a bedsheet" with the emblem of the Hausas. that was official in a green flag (within a white circle) and yellow cross fimbriated white from 12 December 1958 to 1963 as a Northern Region flag, probably later adopted by the Hausa people (or at least an organization). The emblem is named Northern Knot and was used in the Nigerian national flag for some months in 1963 (until October) as the North Nigeria regional flag. After October 1963 only the national Nigerian flag was in use.
Jaume Ollé, 05 March 1999

[Hausa symbol] image sent by John Beadle, 12 April 2000

From the website of Today, a newspaper published in Abuja, Nigeria, another example of the 'Hausa symbol':
John Beadle, 12 April 2000