Year of Creation
February 3, 1976
Size of State
25,973.48 sq km
Other Major Town(s)
Binji, Dange, Shunte, Kebbe, and Shagari
Major Ethnic Group(s)
Hausa, Fulani, Zarbawa, Taureg
Fulfulde and Hausa
Tropical climate marked by two distinct seasons; the dry season (November – March) and the wet season (April – October)
- The name Sokoto is the modern/anglicised version of the local name, Sakkwato, which is of Arabic origin. It is also known as Sakkwato, BirninShaihu da Bello or “Sokoto, Capital of Shaihu and Bello”
- Kebbi and Zamfara were both carved out of th former sokoto state, thus they border Sokoto at the west/south and south/east, respectively. The Republic ofNiger borders to the north.
- Natural Resources: Kaolin, gypsum, limestone, laterite, red mills, phosphate both yellow and green, shade clay
Usman Dan Fodio Tomb
Usman Dan Fodio has a significant place in the history of Nigeria as a famous Jihadist credited with the spread of Islam in the north and beyond. His tomb in Sokoto has remained an attraction and pilgrimage spot.
The Sultan of Sokoto Palace
The significance of the palace of the Sultan of Sokoto goes beyond cultural and artistic excellence. The palace is also the cohesive symbol of the Nigerian Muslim world located in the city of Sokoto, the state’s capital.