City Scape / Travel
Where Old Meets New
- By: Maktoub Magazine
- June 10, 2016
On Tour the Beautiful Ancient City of Kano.
The 38 degrees sweltering heat of the sun might feel a bit strangely unfamiliar for a new visitor to the far north of Nigeria, but that quickly shrinks to a dot in the memory as Kano amazes you with a fine blend of tradition and modernity, the new and the old, African culture and western elements. Soon you find yourself serenaded by a scenery that is uniquely Kano!
Set out on a time travel with precious cultural relics from old preserved through the generations at the Gidan Nassarawa, Gidan Makama Museum and Gidan Dan Hausa, which was rebuilt in 1907 and renovated in 2014.
Take a quick tour through the puzzling maze of corridors and passages at the Gidan Nassarawa that spills out to different sections and compounds at the Gidan Nassarawa. It definitely leaves you with an esoteric connection to the city founders and cultural past.
Then journey across the times to the present and through the modern network of beautiful, well-paved and lighted roads to the city centre at the Gidan Muritala Roundabout. You’ll be enthralled by how Kano has successfully conserved and woven its unique cultural identity and history with modernity and trends of civilisation.
In the background, the Gidan Ado Bayero, the impressive Kano State University edifice towers like a colossus.
The beautiful city gates like the Sabuwar Kofa and Kofar Na’Isa are carefully sculpted with imageries and colours of the proud cultural heritage of the people whilst bearing all the hallmarks of a twenty first African city.
The red mud-built ancient Kano wall stretches out a good distance side by side a beautiful modern road. The earthen wall is said to be the guard post of ancient Kano warriors in the early centuries as they do reconnaissance and watch out for enemies.
Other natural attractions like the Dala hills provide another panoramic view of this historical city for the visitor; and for the residents, a resort for lovers and fun-seekers at Salah and other public holidays.
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