14 August, 2016 • Cape Coast, Ghana
One week before the official book launch for "Gizo Gizo! A Tale from the Zongo Lagoon," students of the Hassaniya Quranic School were treated to a special sneak preview and reading. Fittingly, many of the same students who began work on the story and illustrations almost three years ago, were the first to hear the story read aloud, in both Hausa and English. Needless to say, the children were delighted to see their words and pictures transformed into the beautiful, professional book it became. The misadventures of Gizo Gizo--the lazy, selfish, greedy trickster of Hausa oral tradition--are an endless source of entertainment through Sub-Saharan West Africa, and beyond. We are proud to contribute this unique, contemporary original story to the body of Hausa trickster tales.