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Balaraba Ramat Yakubu is a Nigerian author who writes in Hausa. She is a leader in the genre of littattafan soyayya or "love literature", and one of the very few Hausa 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.
About the Book
Sin is a Puppy That Follows You Home, by Nigerian Hausa novelist Balaraba Ramat Yakubu, is just one example of the flourishing genre of Hausa popular literature known as littattafan soyyaya, or “love literature”. As the term suggests, littattafan soyyaya is primarily concerned with love and romance, although like many definitions for genre literature this is a reductive one: Hausa popular literature generally depict situations that involve family and communal strife and resolution amidst the bounds and strictures of politics, religion, and social and cultural norms. Its focus on how traditional mores or values rub up against newly-defined values or boundaries brought about by the invasion of capital, or “globalisation”, is a theme that strikes a chord among its younger readers, in particular. Littattafan soyyaya has also come to be known by its academic term, Kano market literature, primarily because Kano is the city where the majority of the literature is written and sold.