Boko (or bookoo, from English "book") is a Latin alphabet used to write the Hausa language. The first boko was devised by Europeans in the early 19th century, and developed in the early 20th century by the British (mostly) and French colonial authorities. It was made the official Hausa alphabet in 1930. Since the 1950s boko has been the main alphabet for Hausa. Arabic script (ajami) is now only used in Islamic schools and for Islamic literature. Since the 1980s, Nigerian boko has been based on the Pan-Nigerian Alphabet.
Derivatively, "boko" also refers to non-Islamic (usually western) education ('yan boko = "modern school") or secularism.
There are some differences in boko used in Niger and Nigeria due to different pronunciations in the French and English languages. The letter ƴ is used only in Niger; in Nigeria it is written ʼy.
Tone, vowel length, and the distinction between /r/ and /ɽ/ (which does not exist for all speakers) are not marked in writing. So, for example, /daɡa/ "from" and /daːɡaː/ "battle" are both written daga.