Kano

The largest city in Northern Nigeria, Kano is home to around two million people. It has been inhabited for more than a thousand years and remains a fast-moving commercial centre – and it’s the perfect place to soak up the authentic atmosphere of Nigeria.

Built in the fifteenth century and declared a national heritage site, the Gidan Makama Museum has fascinating ethnographic exhibits on the Kanawa Civilisation and Hausa Land. You should also see the Emir’s palace directly opposite, although internal tours are available only by invitation, and the Kofar Mata Communal Dye Pits, which commemorate Kano’s skin dyeing trade and date back to 1498.

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