What is Sokoto known for?

low variety

of the region allows for few crops, millet perhaps being the most abundant, complemented by maize, rice, other cereals, and beans. Apart from tomatoes, few vegetables grow in the region. The low variety of foodstuffs available has resulted in the relatively dull local cuisine

combining heavy

Cameroon 1884-2008 In the rush to claim African territories Germany first entered Cameroon in 1884 and established rule in northern Cameroon by 1902. Throughout the German colonial period, the Adamawa and Lake Chad regions were governed by combining heavy military presence with indirect rule. The local Muslim rulers, called ''Lamido'' in Adamawa and ''Sultan'' in the far north, remained in power, although their influence was much more limited than during the nineteenth century, owing

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to Niger AfricaRail A map of a scheme to link Côte d'Ivoire (Transport in Côte d'Ivoire), Burkina Faso (Transport in Burkina Faso), Niger, Benin (Transport in Benin) and Togo (Transport in Togo), which are conveniently all gauge. East of Mali, the river forms a lake or "Island of Gold" shown

here studded with river-washed gold nuggets (this is what the Pizzigani brothers called the island of "''Palolus''", and most commentators take to indicate the Bambuk-Buré goldfields). It is connected by many streams to the southerly "mountains of gold" (labelled "''montanies del lor''", the Futa Djallon Bambouk Mountains and Loma Mountains of Sierra Leone). It is evident the Senegal river morphs east, unbroken, into the Niger River - the cities


their locality into Sokoto city for survival. From the above observation on how caliph Muhammad Bello designed the city of Sokoto we will see that Sokoto witnessed more immigrants with interest in blacksmithing leather works, pottery etc. For example, some of these people either engage in the business of blacksmithing or in other related business as in Makera Assada. There are people who used to travel to different parts of present Nigeria and even in neighbouring countries to buy damaged iron

traditional military

the Fulani and the Sullubawa entertain themselves with Sharo and Doro respectively. Important visitors to the state are usually treated to the grand or mini durbar (Durbar festival), an event involving the parade of heavily decorated horses and camels mounted by men in full traditional military and cultural attire. Economic activities right thumb Sokoto Market (File:Sokoto market 2006.jpg) Over eighty percent (80%) of the inhabitants of Sokoto practice one form

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set by the Pasha. Umar Tal later became the commander of the Toucouleur in what is now Guinea, Senegal, and Mali. Early colonial services After he relinquished command of the West African Frontier Force, Lugard was made High Commissioner of the Protectorate of Northern Nigeria (Northern Nigeria Protectorate), a position he held until 1906. At that time, the portion of Northern Nigeria under effective control was small, and Lugard's task in organizing this vast

roles played

in the opposition’s diplomatic engagements in exile. An account of the process and roles played in the setting up of Radio Kudirat may be found in Fayemi's book Out Of The Shadows. '''Sir Ahmadu Bello''' (June 12, 1910 – January 15, 1966) was a Nigerian politician, and was the first premier of the Northern Nigeria region from 1954-1966. He was the Sardauna of Sokoto and one of the prominent leaders in Northern Nigeria alongside Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, both


of "''tenbuch''" (Timbuktu), "''geugeu''" (Gao) and "''mayna''" (Niamey? or a misplaced Niani (Niani, Mali Empire)?) are denoted along the same single river. South of them (barely visible) are what seem like the towns of Kukiya (on the eastern shore of the Island of Gold), and east of that, probably Sokoto (called "Zogde" in the Catalan Atlas) and much further southeast, probably Kano. The inscription above Kano reads

historical development

dissects the plain and provides the rich alluvial soil fit for a variety of crop cultivation in the state. There are also isolated hills and mountain ranges scattered all over the state. Historical development of Sokoto thumbnail right The Sokoto area, crudely shown on an 1897 map (File:West Africa in 1897.jpg) thumb right Sokoto Caliphate in the 19th century (Image:Sokoto caliphate.png) Sokoto had been used as early as October 1804 by the Usman

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in London, UK, reporter with the newspapers, The Guardian and City Tempo, editor of the political monthly, Nigeria-Now, management consultant at Development and Management Consultants and lecturer at the Police College in Sokoto, Nigeria. As a prominent leader of the Nigerian opposition to military rule in exile, he was responsible for the founding and management of the opposition radios – Radio Freedom, Radio Democracy International & Radio Kudirat and played a central role


thumb right Sokoto river basin, showing location of the city (File:Sokotorivermap.png) '''Sokoto''' is a city located in the extreme northwest of Nigeria, near the confluence of the Sokoto River and the Rima River. As of 2006 it has a population of 427,760. Sokoto is the modern-day capital of Sokoto State (and its predecessor, the Northwestern State).

The name Sokoto (which is the modern anglicised version of the local name, ''Sakkwato'') is of Arabic origin, representing ''suk'', 'market'. It is also known as ''Sakkwato, Birnin Shaihu (Usman dan Fodio) da Bello (Muhammed Bello)'' or "Sokoto, Capital of Shaihu (Usman dan Fodio) and Bello (Muhammed Bello)".

Being the seat of the Sokoto Caliphate, the city is predominantly Muslim and an important seat of Islamic learning in Nigeria. The Sultan who heads the caliphate is effectively the spiritual leader of Nigerian Muslims.

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