1 of 36 Nigerian States
The New World

Year of Creation

August 27, 1991

Size of State

22,605 sq km

Capital City


Other Major Town(s)

Kazure, Birnin, Kudu and Maitagari

Major Ethnic Group(s)

Hausa, Fulani, and Kanuri

 Language(s) Spoken

Bade, Hausa, Kanuri and Warji


Tropical climate marked by two distinct seasons; the dry season (November – March) and the wet season (April – October)

State Website

  • Jigawa is situated in the north-western part of the country.
  • The state borders Kano and Katsina to the west, Bauchi to the east and Yobe to the northeast. To the north, Jigawa shares an international border with Zinder Region in The Republic of Niger.
  • Natural Resources: White Quartz, Potash, Iron-Ore, Silica

Birnin Kudu Rock Paintings

The town of Birnin Kudu lays in the southern part of Jigawa State, is known for its rock formations and one of the oldest rock paintings in Nigeria. Each of these paintings is very different and provides detailed information on the styles of the early settlers in the area.

  • The Wawan Rafi Lake
  • The Magatari Tourist Camp
  • The age-old Dyina pits at Ringim, Hadejia
  • Hadejia/Ngum Wetlands and Bird Sanctuary