A very popular question. A good number of candidates could not distinguish the Hausa states in the pre-colonial period which included Kano, Rano, Gobir, Zamfara, Biram, Nupe, etc.
The part (b) of the question was adequately treated although some candidates did not expatiate their points. Those who scored high marks were able to highlight to following points;
- they cultivated food crops eg millet which they sold to generate income.
- The Hausa engaged in the production of textile;
- Internal and external trade flourished in pre-colonial times. Trans-saharan trade led to the growth of many trading centers like Katsina, Zaria, Kano;
- leather work, etc.