Nigerian Women In History

A Brief History Of Hajiya Sa’adatu Aliyu, Popularly Known As Barmani Choge – The Woman Who Was A Strong Voice For Women Through Traditional Music


Born in 1945 in Kaduna, Hajiya Sa’adatu Aliyu, popularly known as Barmani Choge started singing when she was 27.  She  was one of the best female Hausa singers from Northern Nigeria.

Barmani Choge popularized the mature Hausa women genre of music called Amada, which is centered around five upturned calabashes floating on water and played with the hands by elderly women.

Without fear of tradition or religion, her songs talked about serious social issues like women’s education and importance of small-scale trading by women, to vulgar topics like co-wives as idle snobs, voluptuous women’s backsides, etc.

The core messages of her song is that women should get up and shine in this male-dominated world.

Barmani Choge’s performances appeal to  women in high society due to her courage and how she takes on issues that other conventional women musicians avoid.

Her music didn’t only make women dance, it also made them think about their status in the society.

After a long battle with diabetes and paralysis, she died in 2013 at the age of 80. She is survived by six children and 60 grandchildren.




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