The Kanuri language is one of the major languages in central Africa. It is spoken by more than four million people in the Lake Chad region. Most speakers live in Borno in north-eastern Nigeria and in the eastern parts of Niger. The Kanuri language together with Teda-Daza and Zaghawa, including the defunct Berti language, form the Saharan language family which is a member of the Nilo-Saharan phylum.
The dialect used in this course refers to the speech form of Maiduguri which is recognized as the standard form in Nigeria. The manual consists of 30 lessons, each comprising a dialogue, a grammar section, translation parts, several exercises and drills, and a vocabulary section. An appendix gives the keys to the exercises, the translation of the texts, and a vocabulary as well as a grammatical index. Numerous illustrations show the Kanuri material culture.