The North-Western part of Nigeria is made up of seven states, namely; Kano, Kebbi, Sokoto, Jigawa, Katsina, Zamfara and Kaduna States. The North-West also has lots of fun and educative destinations where students can go to for excursions and sight-seeing. Here are some of the excursion destinations in the North-West;
The Kanta Museum is a museum that displays the history of the Argungu Emirate. Located in Argungu, Kebbi State, it used to be the Emir’s palace. It was later converted to a museum in 1958. The museum portrays the traditions and customs of the Argungu people through arts, crafts, local ammunition and other artifacts. Definitely a place to visit in the North-West.
Surame Cultural Landscape
This amazing piece of nature is a UNESCO World Heritage Site located in Sokoto State. With a large expanse of Sahel Savanna, Surame Cultural Landscape contains remains of human settlements, wells, walls and potteries. This site has so much history to learn from and an attractive arrangement of stone and mortar used in setting up the walls.
Tomb of Abdullahi Fodio
Another intriguing excursion site is the Tomb of Abdullahi Fodio. Abdullahi Fodio was the ruler of the Gwandu Empire. He was also the brother of Usman Dan Fodio, the great jihadist of the 19th century. At his death, Abdullahi was buried in Gwandu, in Gwandu Local Government Area of Kebbi state. His tomb remains a tourist attraction, especially for lovers of history and Islamic scholars.
Matan Fada River
What makes the Matan Fada River in Argungu, Kebbi State, a very important excursion destination is due to the popular Argungu fishing festival that takes place every year. It’s a four day cultural event that comes to an end with a fishing competition where any fishermen that catches the largest fish is declared the winner, and rewarded handsomely. Such a wonderful event to behold in the North-West, coupled with other exciting musical and cultural sessions.
Gidan Makama Museum
The Gidan Makama museum is located on Emir Palace road in Kano. It has 11 galleries which used to be the rooms and courtyards of the old Makamas (Royal Lords). This museum showcases lots of Kanawa exhibits, musical instruments, pictures and royal materials. The museum served as a palace and was built in the 15th century, depicting the style of a traditional residence of a Kano noble.
Kano City Walls
This UNESCO World Heritage Site located in Kano, was once regarded as West Africa’s most remarkable monument. It’s an impressive site that is culturally associated with the ancient city of Kano. It was used as a protective shield against the enemies of the city.