Hausa is the Chadic language with the largest number of speakers, spoken as a first language by about 25 million people, and as a second language by about 18 million more, an approximate total of 43 million people. Hausa is one of Africa's largest spoken languages after Arabic, French, English, Portuguese and Swahili. Before settling in places such as northern Nigeria the Hausa people were originally not actually from western Africa. They were believed indigenes from upper northern Saharan regions, before settling in northern parts of western Africa. Prior to the British colonisation of what is the current day Nigeria, Hausa people initially wrote in Ajami also referred to as;Ajab/Ajamiyya or Arabic Alphabets, this was up until the swept introduction of the English Alphabets which came as a result of Western Colonisation. Ajami is still used in Hausa communities throughout West Africa. Wikipedia