1 of 36 Nigerian States
Center of Commerce

Year of Creation

May 27, 1967

Size of State

20,680sq km

Capital City


Other Major Town(s)

Bichi, Kunchi, Warawa, and Nassarwawa

Major Ethnic Group(s)

Hausa and Fulani

 Language(s) Spoken

Fulfulde, Hausa, Duwai and Kurama


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

State Website

  • There is a popular Hausa cliché that applies uniquely to Kano roughly translated in English as “Kano is the bowel of the elephant into which whatever is injected is likely to be less than what is already there.”
  • Kano State was created from part of the Northern Region and borders Kastina State to the northwest, Jigawa State to the northeast, Bauchi State to the southeast and Kaduna State to the south-west.
  • Natural Resources: Tin, Niobium, Columbite, Tantalum & Wofram, Tungsten, Silica, Kaoline, Clay, Lead, Granites, Soda-Ash

Kofar Mata Dyeing Pits

Believed to be the oldest pits in Africa, the techniques used to create the various fabric designs are unmatched around the world. Designs are folded into the material before dyeing, and then the fabric is often beaten to achieve the shiny, iridescent appearance. Although the methods used are ancient, these lush works of art always remain extremely popular and continue to be in great demand.

Old City, Kano

A main attraction for the state is the Old City where despite the disintegrated state of the walls of the city, the gates however have remained intact.

  • Kazaure Rock Ranges
  • Tiga Dam
  • Folgore Games Reserve
  • Kano Zoological Garden, GankumAlbaba
  • Roxy Amusement Park, Airport Road, Kano
  • Cooky Amusement Park, Kano
  • Bagauda Lake/Tiga Lake Resort
  • AuduBako Zoo, Kano
  • GidanMakama Museum Monument and Museum
  • Bagauda Lake Resort Conference Centre/Center