About the Yan Taru In the sixteenth century, there is evidence that a learning association for women existed. The teachers were called Yan Taru, a Hausa appellation which literally means: “those who have come together” or “the collective”. The lead teachers therein were known as Jajis, in Hausa it means ‘the leader of a caravan’, but this simply referred to the leader status of women. Three centuries later, at the request of the Caliph Muhammad Bello, her brother, Sayyida Nana Asmau, a scholar, poet and teacher systematized the Yan Taru for the benefit of women and children. Questions or comments for Shaykh Muhammad Cancel reply This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.