Kano, A City Of Antiques And Culture
Kano city serves as the capital city of Kano state, located in the North-Western part of Nigeria. With over 9 million people comprising mostly of Muslim Hausas. Kano has a long history, especially in its culture, dating back to the 7th century (1513 AD in other literature). Kano, like most states of Northern Nigeria, has been shrouded by the cloud of the insurgency. The point that everyone forgets how beautiful it is. Let’s take a moment and appreciate the beauty in Kano. Take time out and appreciate this beautiful location.
Home of Ancient Relics and Culture
This makes Kano one of the major tourist destinations in the country for its ancient landmarks which include the Dala Hill, the Emir’s palace, Gidan Makama Museum, Bagauda Lake Resort, Kano State Cultural Centre, The Great Mosque, and the Kofa Mata dye pits. The city of Kano is also the commercial hub of Northern Nigeria.
Ado Bayero Mall
This is the first and largest shopping mall in the whole of Northern Nigeria. The mall has over 52 flexible shop spaces. You would find virtually everything you need at the mall during your stay in the city. Spa and arcade games shop are also available at the mall.
There are also few small and medium scale supermarkets in different parts of the city. Familiar ones include Sahad stores, Fantasia, Shopping Time, Dan Koli Supermart and the Grand Square.
Places To Eat In Kano
There are several food outlets in the Kano metropolis. If you are on a budget, you can look out for roadside canteens which serve local delicacies like Masa, Pate, Tuwon Shinkafa, Miyan Kuka, Burabisco, and Tuwon Dawa. You can also try some spicy kilishii (a local dried meat snack).
Intercontinental dishes and cuisines in classy restaurants are also available. You can try the following highly rated restaurants in the city.
Cilantro Restaurant and Lounge
This restaurant is open every day of the week and offers a wide selection of items on its menu including Indian and Chinese cuisines, Vegan options, and Halal delicacies. Guests at the restaurant can enjoy the delicacies for prices between N1, 600 – N4, 800.
Corner, located at Lafia Road, serves exquisitely prepared Indian cuisines, Arabian grilled chicken, barbequed kebabs, as well as Cappuccinos. They also run a full bar where drinks can be bought. Prices range between N1, 920 – N7, 360. You can make reservations, order takeout or request delivery of food.
Pizza & Burger Hott
Pizza & Burger Hott is located at 131, Lamido Crescent, Kano. You can enjoy quickly yet deliciously prepared pizza for an affordable price. The pizzas come in different varieties and toppings depending on your choice.
Drinks in Kano
Zobo, Kunun aya, and Fura de nunu are local drinks made from natural products. They can be bought from roadside traders or hawkers. Alcohol might not be easy to come by due to district religious laws. Therefore, you might need to negotiate your way into getting them from hotel staff or ultimately get them from one of the night bars.
Durbar festival (Photo credit: nomad4now.com)
Also called Kano Durbar by some, this is the most popular festival amongst the various festival celebrated in Kano, hosted by the Emir of Kano. A thrilling display of culture, tradition and religion, it is celebrated to mark the two annual Muslim festivals, Eid-al-Fitr and Eid-al-Adha.
The Dubar basically is a procession of very sophisticated dressed horsemen, passing through the city to the Emir’s palace to offer respect and allegiance.
Dawakin tofa pottery
Situated in the local government area of Dawakin Tofa, artistic vessels of various forms are created. Do you want to see clay pottery transform from its raw state, this is where to go.
Kurmi Market: Photo common.wikimedia.org
Once known for its large involvement in the transatlantic slave trade, the kurmi market is an age long traditional market popular for the sale of very attractive cultural items like handcrafted beads and jewellery, sculptures and other woven materials.
Kofar Matar dyeing pit
Famous all over the world and a major reference point in international museums, the 500-year-old pits have never ceased operation since its creation. In ancient time, it was one of the most lucrative occupations that brought people from far and wide to purchase. It is the best place to learn about cloth-dyeing.
Minjibir weaving place
Minjibir is a whole village which is entirely dedicated to textile weaving. Here, you can feel the passion of the locals in their creation of beautiful African materials.
Kano city wall
Kano city wall (Photo credit: the cable.ng)
Of course, the city wall is an antique that must be mentioned for the piece to be. Built in the 14th century to secure the city, this architectural beauty offers archaeological significance and an impressive tourist attraction. Though not as grandiose as the Great Wall of China.