Welcome to Kano

KANO STATE NIGERIA

Kano is the state capital of Kano State in North Western, Nigeria. It is situated in the Sahelian geographic region, south of the Sahara. Kano is the commercial nerve centre of Northern Nigeria and is the second largest city in Nigeria, after Lagos. The Kano metropolis initially covered 137 square kilometres (53 square miles), and comprise of Six local government areas (LGAs): Kano Municipal, Fagge, Data, Gwale, Taraun and Nasarawa: However, it now covers two additional LGAs Ungogo and Kumbotso With Kano as capital, the state is divided into forty-four Local Government Areas which forms twenty-four federal constituencies and three senatorial districts. Kano derived it: name from the ancestor of the Abagayawa (the earliest settler), who migrated from Gaya in search of ironstone and chemicals. Kano State was first created under this name on May 27, 1967, when Nigeria assumed the twelve states structure.

Being the most populous state, on August 27. 1991 Jigawa State was excised from it. It is now composed only of Kano Emirate.

GEOGRAPHY

The state borders Katsina state to the north-west. Jigawa state to the north-east, Bauchi state to the south-east and Kaduna state to the south-west. The total area of Metropolitan Kano Is now 499 square kilometres (193 square miles), with a population of 2,828,861 as of the 2006 Nigerian census. Kano is 481 meters: (1.578 feet) above sea level. The city lies to the north of the Jos Plateau. in the Sudanian Savanna region that stretches across the south of the Sahel. The city lies near where the Kano and Challawa rivers flowing from the southwest converge to form the Hadejia River. which eventually flows into Lake Chad to the east

PEOPLE

Officially Kano state is the most populous state in Nigeria with a population of 9.383 682 people with hospitality and great respect for tradition. The state is mostly populated by Hausa people and the official language is The Hausa language. but Fulani language is also spoken

ECONOMY

The economic significance of Kano dates back to the pre-colonial Africa when Kano city served as the southernmost point of the famous trans -Sahara trade routes. Kano was well connected with many cities in North Africa and some cities in southern Europe Formerly walled most of the gates to the Old City to survive. The Old City houses, the vast Kurmi Market, known for its crafts, while old dye pits lie nearby. In the Old City are the Emir's Palace, the Great Mosque, and the Gidan Makama Museum.

Kano is a major centre for the production and export of agricultural products like hides and skins, peanuts. and cotton. Kano is known today as the most irrigated state in the country with more than 3 million hectares of cultivable land. The state has more than 400 SMEs. which produce diverse products like agricultural implements, leather pharmaceutical products, dairy products and textile materials. Kano houses the Bayero University, Northwest University and Kano University of Science and Technology, Wudi.

Transport systems include a railway station with trains to Lagos routed through Kaduna while Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport lies nearby. The city maintains its economy and business even in the 21" century with it producing the richest black man-Aliko Dangote. whose great-grandfather Alhassan Dentate was the richest during Nigeria's colonial period.