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Old August 30th, 2006, 08:21 PM   #1
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#Nigeria´s MUSLIM NORTH: city of Kano, Maiduguri, Kaduna and beyond#

The Northern parts of Nigeria is a "Muslim Country". Their culture and mentality is very different from the South which is mainly Christian-dominated. People of the North are generally a lot more conservative, more reserved, more traditional, less showy, hectic or bustling than in people in the South of Nigeria but once you get into contact with Hausa people you discover that they are also very nice and peaceful people and full of hospitality. Bad tongues in Nigeria claim that the North is so different from the South that you feel to have left the country. Personally, I have been to Maiduguri which I really loved because it was so different from the rest of Nigeria (mainly the South) I knew. Unfortunately, i have never been to Kano and Kaduna.

But I will open this thread with the city of Kano first.A city with a great past

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Kano is the administrative center of the Kano State and the third largest city in Nigeria, with a population of 5.626.204 (2005), after Lagos and Ibadan.

It has long been the economic centre of northern Nigeria, and a centre for the production and export of groundnuts. Kano houses a university and a railway station with trains to Lagos routed through Kaduna, while Kano International Airport lies nearby. From Kano there are direct flights to London, Amsterdam and Jeddah in Saudi arabia and soon to Dubai. Kano has long been a centre for Nigeria's Islamic culture; one of the country's finest mosques lies in the city.

Formerly walled, most of the gates to the Old City survive. The Old City houses the vast Kurmi Market, known for its crafts, while old dye pits – still in use – lie nearby. Also in the Old City are the 15th century Sahelian Emir's Palace, neighbouring Kano Central Mosque and the Gidan Makama Mosque. The Gida Dan Hausa house is another architecturally notable building.

Christians and followers of other non-Muslim religions form only a small part of the population, and traditionally lived in the Sabon Gari, or Foreign Quarter.

History

The city of Kano was founded around the year 1000 as an independent Hausa city-state. Kano remained a leading independent emirate or kingdom until the creation of the Nigerian nation state in 1903. Kano grew to be a prosperous centre for trans-Saharan trade in gold, leather, ivory, salt and slaves, perhaps reaching the height of its wealth and power in the 14th Century, when Islam gained a growing following. By the 15th Century the first Central Mosque had been erected in the city.

According to the Kano Chronicle, the thirty-seventh Sarkin Kano (King of Kano) was Mohammed Sharef (1703–1731). His successor Kumbari dan Sharefa (1731–1743) engaged in major battles with neighbouring Sokoto.

At the beginning of the 19th Century, Fulani Islamic leader Usman dan Fodio led a jihad against Kano, removing its Hausa Emir and reforming the government and religious authority. Since then the Fulani Emirs have remained traditional leaders of Kano. British forces captured the city in 1903. The current Emir of Kano, Dr. Ado Abdullahi Bayero has been on the throne since 1962.

Kano was replaced as the centre of government for the Northern Region of Nigeria by Kaduna, and only regained administrative significance with the creation of Kano State following Nigerian independence. Kano is perhaps the most politically active state in Nigeria with everyone including women and children participating actively in politics.
Transport

Because Kano is north of the rail junction at Kaduna, it has equal access to the seaports at Lagos and Port Harcourt.






















it rained on the following two pics, that is quite rare in Northern Nigeria







one of the numerous mosques of Nigeria



The Oldest City Door of an African city is in Kano






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Old Kano Gate




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another mosque in Kano






typical Hausa man



British Council in Kano



wonderful old gate of an Emir





an emir´s reception room



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Correction : That mosque with the green dome above is one of the mosques of Kano and not of Nigeria.
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MORE KANO PICTURES

















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Old August 31st, 2006, 11:18 AM   #4
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More Kano pictures





Mud architecture - Gobirau Minaret - built 11th Century (!!!!)



traditional musicians

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Well, the quality of this pic is horrible but one can see another brilliant mosque architecture of Kano







The Flag of the Emirate of Kano





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More Kano pictures











a typically old Hausa house



any road in Kano

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Old November 17th, 2006, 11:38 PM   #7
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Kano pictures...



if you strain your eyes you can see a few higher buildings in the horizon...




traditional festival on horses in Kano





beautifully decorated horse

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Looks like a peaceful community.
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Old February 2nd, 2007, 06:41 AM   #10
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It looks very peaceful and happy land I am again and again , impressed with the traditional dress seemingly worn by almost everyone in Nigeria ! Wow Kano has more than 5.6 million , that is bigger than Taipei or Sydney ( metropolis )!! Is Nigeria divided into " Emirs " ? I noticed that every Nigerian town has its own gates . And from the pics I could feel the hospitality of Nigerian people...
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Old February 2nd, 2007, 07:27 AM   #11
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This Thread is fantastic
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i like that old hausa house alot. and is it me or do nigerians have the best traditional dress in africa?
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Old February 3rd, 2007, 09:14 AM   #13
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Yeah, Nigerian attire is quite superb. The yorubas have their own outfits which is similar to thet of other west african countries but slightly differs, The Hausas have a variety of outfits. But i'd have to say the Igbos have the most unique outfit in the whole of Africa, I'd give second place to the Masai of Kenya, Tanzania, uganda...
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I like this Hausa house in Kano : http://idata.over-blog.com/0/30/00/2...ue-haoussa.jpg
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beautiful Old Kano Museum

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ornaments on a traditional Hausa house of which many still exist in Kano

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Inside the Hall of Fame at the Gidan Dan Hausa museum

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shoe market in Kano

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This British Residency in Kaduna still looks like as if it was built yesterday


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Kano Street Scene


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typical Hausa Architecture

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Horses charging to greet the His Royal Highness - The Emir of Kano

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some onlookers

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Ahmadu Bello University in Zaria


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Ahmadu Bello actually is a large university in Nigeria, with approximately 35,000 students, a very large main campus, two smaller teaching hospitals campuses, as well as a handful of research institutions nearby.



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Old July 7th, 2007, 12:26 PM   #17
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Zamfara State: Capital City Gusau




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in Gusau (street scene)

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148km road from Gusua to Zaria

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road close to zaria


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in Gusau

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smiling kids near Gusau

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Kano and Sokoto are alright, but in Northern Nigeria there is an urgent need for development. The Government should revamp Educational Facilities there. Build a couple of New Health Care Facilities, and ensure that the Region is generally safe, so that Investments are encouraged.
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Maiduguri is much better than Sokoto and even Kano in parts, what always strikes me between North and South is that the North is just as if you left Nigeria (or the Nigeria I know at least): culture and mentality and nature of people are completely different from the South!

Once you travelled through the North you will know it what I mean!
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kaduna should be the number 1 or 2 cos it's said to be the most industrialized city in northern nigeria!
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