Kano is regarded as the north’s centre of commerce. Based on the last census carried out, it is the most populated state in Nigeria as there is a high influx of people from neighbouring towns.
As the Islamic festival of Eid Adha approaches, Kano will be abuzz with activity. Luckily, there are attractions which visitors and residents can indulge in during this long weekend. Jovago.com, Africa’s No 1 hotel booking portal rounds up some amazing things to do in the city.
Visit the Emir’s Palace
The Kano Emirate led by His Royal Highness Sanusi Lamido Sanusi has a thriving traditional institution that has been in existence for decades. The Emir’s palace, located in the heart of Kano, is an imposing structure that cannot be overlooked by visitors. The palace reflects the history and heritage of Kano with amazing traditional values respected by Nigerians and foreigners alike.
Ride horses at the Kano Durbar
The Durbar is unique to Northern Nigeria and it is a pulsating display of resplendently dressed horses. During the ceremony, the focus of attention is usually the Emir and his inner cabinet as well as his subjects who ride around the city. It is a ritual that has become a key feature of the Muslim festival.
Learn at the Gidan Makam Museum
Aside from the Emir’s Palace, another place to derive knowledge is the Gidan Makama Museum. The artifacts on display around the museum showcases Kano as an ancient city that has made a smooth transition into the contemporary era. The museum protects the heritage of the Hausa or Fulani.
Eat like a local at Al-Amir restaurant
Indigenous cuisines like Tuwo Shinkafa, Miyan Taushe and others are available at the Al-Amir restaurant. The restaurant has a humble feel and gives you rare insight into the everyday lives of the everyday Kano man and woman.
Explore Kurmi Market
Noisy, carefree and unapologetic, the market bubbles with life unhindered as buyers and sellers haggle about the prices of goods and services. The market was founded in the 15th century and is frequented by different cadre of people. If this is your first trip here, try to go with someone that is familiar with the place to assist you with bargaining.
Visit the Kano Wall
This is no ordinary wall. At a radius of 14 km, this large partition protected the city during war. It is as old as the city itself and is grounded in so much history that everyone who visits Kano should endeavour to check out the wall.