Kano State is a place to be for business people, religious worshippers, tourists, fun lovers and what have you. The state is known as the  ‘Center of Commerce’ and it is the most populous state in Nigeria. Numerous opportunities abound in the state, making it one of the best places to live and visit in Nigeria. Located in Northern Nigeria, the state has boundaries with Katsina, Jigawa, Bauchi, and Kaduna State. The main language spoken here is Hausa, it will do you good to learn a few words and they will make you feel welcome among locals.

There are 44 local government areas of the state, making it a wide area to tour. The LGAs are Fagge, Dala, Gwale, Kano Municipal, Taranmi, Nassarawa, Kumbitso, Ungigo, Kano Metropolitan area, Dawakin Tofa, Tofa, Rimin Gudo, Gezawa, Gabasawa, Munijibir, Dambatta, Makurda, Kunchi, Binchi and Tsanyawa. Others are Shanono, Karaye, Rogo, Kabo, Northern Kano, Bunkure, Kibiya Kano, Tudun Wada, Doguwa, Madobi, Kura, Garun Mallam, Bebeji, Kiru, Sumaila, Garko, Takai, Albasu, Gaya, Ajingi, Wadil, Warawa, Dawakin Kudu, and Southern Kano.


Kano is accessible by the roads linking it with its boundaries. Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport is the destination for tourists and travelers taking the air route to the Emirate city of Kano.

What To Bring

You’ll definitely need your debit/credit card(s) in the state nicknamed Center of Commerce. Sunshades, hats, cover clothes for females, light clothing are important for the state’s weather. Bring your camera and journals to capture and jot down events. Your luggage is also necessary because you’ll probably outstay the days you’ve planned for your visit; Kano is a happening state in Nigeria. You will surely enjoy your time here.

Places To Visit

A Travel Guide To Kano State
A Travel Guide To Kano State

The state is known for Commerce, one of the top commercial places in the state is the Kurmi market. It is known as the oldest market in Nigeria and one of the oldest in Africa. The market was established about 400 years ago by Emir Muhammadu Rumfa to promote the Trans-Sahara trade. It is a very big market with a lot of alleys to connect with traders. Foodstuff, pottery, leather products, ancient pieces of jewelry, calabash, and brass works are sold in the market.

Kano State

Another ancient place to visit in Kano State is the City wall. This is the Nigerian version of the Great Wall of China, even though it is not as magnificent as the latter. This is one of the oldest and most intricate parts of the city. The wall was built over 600 years ago. The wall, which stands 18 meters high, serves as a protection for the city during its wars. 

A Travel Guide To Kano State

You could learn about the rich history of the state by visiting the Gidan Makama Museum. It was formerly the home of the Emir. The artifacts on display around the museum tell the story of Kano from the pre-colonial era and the city’s transition into modern times. The different sections of the Museum hold different kinds of Nigerian arts and crafts.

A Travel Guide To Kano State
A Travel Guide To Kano State

One of the most beautiful architectural edifices in the state is the Emir of Kano’s Palace. The Emir’s palace is a pointer to the Emirates with its beautiful designs. You have not really been to Kano if you haven’t seen the residence of Emir Sanusi Lamido.

Kano State is a place of learning. If you’re looking for a place to study, then you are highly welcome to Kano. The state has five universities. These include Bayero University Kano (BUK), Kano State University of Science and Technology (KUST), Yusuf Maitama Sule University Kano (YUSMUK), and Skyline University of Nigeria (SUN).

Do have a wonderful time visiting the Northern State of Kano in your next vacation!

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