As a result, when the names of the top three and bottom three students in each class were announced to the school assembly by our principal, students from northern Nigeria, usually Hausas, were often at the bottom.
Apart from when my parents referred to my friend, Abimbola, as"your Yoruba friend" and my friend, Rahila, as"your Hausa friend," I hardly remembered that there were any differences between us.
Right from the beginning of the missionary work in Igboland, the missionaries attempted to offer the people basic literacy in their native language as they also did among the Hausas and Yoruba.
The purpose of my study is to determine the occurrence of playwriting in Hausa, Igbo, and Yoruba taking into account their privileged position in terms of number of speakers, extent of literary development, and official status as Nigeria's major indigenous languages.
By 1980, there were only six or seven published Hausa plays.
Witnesses said dozens of people were killed in two Lagos slums where the fighting between Yoruba and Hausa men started over the weekend.
We carried my grandmother from my house while they were shooting at us, " said 30-year-old Mohammed Gorlunu, a Hausa resident who fled.
Witnesses said Yoruba militants launched a fresh attack, burning Hausa homes, shooting at residents and throwing petrol bombs.
There are long-standing hostilities between the mainly Muslim Hausas and the Yorubas, the majority of whom are Christians and animists.
The Hausas dominate Nigeria's north, while the Yorubas are the main tribe in the southwest.
Some Hausas blamed members of a Yoruba militant group, Ododua, saying they attacked Hausa homes yesterday.
Black smoke rose over Idiaraba and Mushin, crowded districts of Lagos where members of the Yoruba and Hausa ethnic groups - among Nigeria's largest - make up major parts of the community.