By Aliyu Kamal
“You cheated me and now want to turn round and marry my daughter into the bargain! Where have you ever heard that happen?”
Thus spake Alhaji Nadudu, the usual run of the Hausa gentleman who is brought up short by the protagonist of this novel of ideas, Tasi Bello.
Having turned his back on education, Tasi joined Uncle Nadudu with alacrity to be shown the ropes by a Jack of all trades and the master of none. The young man's failure to rise above his life of penury and destitution ends his relationship with Barmani Balliya, but his uncle's unusual avocation gives him the idea to flout native Hausa customs of marriage valued above religious precepts by women and marry his niece, Safiyya Nadudu.
As usual, Aliyu Kamal challenges Hausa women's strict adherence to the dispensable aspects of their culture and their leaving religious precepts in abeyance at the expense of their menfolk who end up suffering unfairly for it.