Journey to the Emirate of Kano

On April 26, 2017, I left my life in Sydney behind to embark on an expedition to the Kano Emirate of Northern Nigeria. The ancient city of Kano was once breathtaking, with mud walls surrounding a vibrant city of trade and scholarship – an oasis of palm trees, one and two storey mud buildings,  mosques and donkeys pulling carts in narrow streets, the official languages being Arabic and Hausa. Its Hausa kings and chiefs prospered in their independent state until they were absorbed by the Sokoto Caliphate led by the acclaimed Shaykh Usman Dan Fodio. In 1805, the Kingdom...

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