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Aku. Aku was created by the Nigerian author Abubakar Imam (Alhaji Imam) and appeared in Magana Jari Ce (1940).
Aku is an exceptionally intelligent and clever parrot who is ordered to delay the departure to battle of a young Hausa man. Aku does so by imitating Scheherazade and telling the man Hausa versions of stories from the Brothers Grimm, Arabian Nights, and many other sources. Aku succeeds and keeps the man from joining the battle, and as a reward the king, returning from battle, replaces his evil vizier with Aku. Aku later gets into a story-telling competition with another parrot, Hazik, and then teaches his son the art of story-telling.
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