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Oyinbo woman who lived and taught Hausa for 30yrs in Nigeria, Clocks 80

An Oyinbo woman who spent 30 years as a missionary in Nigeria has turned 80, and her son has taken to LinkedIn to congratulate her.

Frances Boer worked as an elementary school teacher and a Hausa language instructor in the states of Taraba and Plateau.

Wiebe Boer, the woman’s son, shared vintage images of her in her prime, when she lived and worked in Nigeria.


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A Dutch woman who spent three decades as a missionary in Nigeria has reached the age of 80.

Frances Boer, a Nigerian lady, worked as an elementary school and Hausa language teacher in the northern region of the country.

Frances Boer is from the Netherlands

Frances was born in the Netherlands during WWII, but later moved to the United States and then Nigeria.

“Happy 80th birthday to my Sweet Mother FRANCES BOER. She was born in occupied Friesland (Netherlands) during World War II, emigrated to the USA with her parents and six elder siblings when she was 6, and at age 24 moved to Nigeria where she served as a missionary in Taraba and Plateau for 30 years along with my father. She is now retired in Vancouver, Canada.

“While in Nigeria she was an editor, elementary school teacher and Hausa language teacher to Nigerians and expatriates.”


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On how the woman learned Hausa Language to the extent of teaching it to other learners, Boer said:

“My father and mother studied Hausa at Michigan State University for a year before going to Nigeria in 1966, and then their first decade in Nigeria was in Wukari and Baissa in Taraba where they had to speak Hausa to communicate so they both became very fluent. By the 1980s my mother was teaching Nigerians Hausa and my father was writing books in Hausa.”

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