Hausa, the language of the Hausa people of Africa, belongs to the Chadic language group of the Adriatic language family. It is the most commonly used language of Northern Nigeria and many parts of Western Africa. Hausa is spoken by over 23 million people as a first language and by over 5.5 million as a second language.
It is the main language in the Nigerian states of Kano, Kaduna, Katsina, Zaria, Daura, Bauchi, Jigawa, Zamfara, Kebbi, Gombe, and Sokoto. It is also spoken in Benin, Burkina Faso, Congo, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Eritrea, Ghana, Niger, Sudan, and Togo.