Thursday, May 13, 2010

About Kano

Kano is a momentous kingdom and conventional emirate in northern Nigeria. Kano has been the financial centre of northern Nigeria, and a centre for the manufacture and export of groundnuts. Kano accomodates the Bayero University and a railway station with trains to Lagos routed through Kaduna, while Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport lies nearby controlling a large number of flights. Since Kano is north of the rail junction at Kaduna, it has the same approach to the seaports at Lagos and Port Harcourt.

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 Emir's Palace, the Great Mosque, and the Gidan Makama Mosque. Kano has six districts. They are the Old City, Bompai, Fagge, Sabon Gari, Syrian Quarter, and Nassarawa. The city also contains the Gidan Makama Museum Kano; housed in a 15th century building that is a National Monument.

Most celebrated festival in Kano is Durbar festival. Kano hosts a Durbar to rejoice and celebrate the two yearly Muslim occassions which are Eid-ul-Fitr (to identify the end of the sacred Month of Ramadan) and Eid al-Adha (celebrated after Hajj Holy Pilgrimage). The Durbar concludes in a parade of extremely richly clothed horsemen who move through the city to the Emir's palace. Once came together close to the palace, clusters of horsemen, each group symbolizing a adjacent village, take it in turns to charge towards the Emir, pulling up just feet in front of the seated dignitaries to offer their admiration and loyalty.

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