Kano State, Nigeria

Capital: Kano
Area: 20,760 sq km
Population: 9,383,682
Major Languages: Hausa
Governor: Abdullahi Umar Ganduje (APC)
ISO 3166-2: NG-KN
Date Created: 27 May 1967
Population Rank: Ranked 2nd



Kano State is a state located in North-Western Nigeria. Created on May 27, 1967 from part of the Northern Region, Kano state borders Katsina State to the north-west, Jigawa State to the north-east, and Bauchi and Kaduna states to the south.

Kano State is the second largest industrial center in Nigeria and the largest in Northern Nigeria with textile, tanning, footwear, cosmetics, plastics, enamelware, pharmaceuticals, ceramics, furniture and other industries. Others include agricultural implements, soft drinks, food and beverages, dairy products, vegetable oil, animal feeds etc.


Kano first became known to the outside world after the visit of Leo Africanus in A.D. 1513. Tradition has it that the earliest settlers found in the area were the Abagayawa whose ancestor called Kano was said to have migrated from Gaya in the vicinity of Kano town in search of iron-stone and charcoal. The small settlemennt evolved some sort of patrilineal organisational struccture at the apex of which was a man called Barbushe - a hunter, a priest, an able leader and a man of ennormous stature. Tradition credits him with so much prowess and strength he was, according to oral tradition, able to kill an elephant with a stick and carry it on his back. Barbushe was the high priest of the supreme deity, Tsumburbura, around whose worship this small and peaceful community was built. The shrine of this deity was sited at a tree on the Dala Hill.

The apparent tranquility pervading the fabrics of the Abagayawa society neighbouring communities. Consequently, these communities began to migrate and settle among the Abagayawa. Amongst them (it is strongly believed) was the belligerent group led by Bagauda. This group quickly established its ascendancy over the original inhabitants and the latter's capitulation sealed their fate. The dynasty established by Kano thus came to an end and the reignns of power changed hands. This cataclysmic development also ushered in a new era, that of the Habe dynasty.


According to the 2016 PON census (unofficial) figures from Nigeria Kano State had a population totaling 9,383,682. Officially, Kano State is the most populous state in the country.[5] The state is mostly populated by Hausa people.

The official language of Kano State is Hausa language, but Fulani languages is commonly spoken.


Hausa, fulani

Local Government Areas

The State has 44 Local Government: Ajingi, Albasu, Bagwai, Bebeji, Bichi, Bunkure, Dala, Dambatta, Dawakin Kudu, Dawakin Tofa, Doguwa, Fagge, Gabasawa, Garko, Garum Mallam, Gaya, Gezawa,Gwale, Gwarzo, Kabo, Kano Municipal, Karaye, Kibiya, Kiru, kumbotso, Kunchi, Kura, Madobi, Makoda, Minjibir, Nasarawa, Rano, Rimin Gado, Rogo, Shanono, Sumaila, Takali, Tarauni, Tofa, Tsanyawa, Tudun Wada, Ungogo, Warawa, Wudil.


Kano state is now a pacesetter in educational projects. Its senior secondary schools are emulated by others while the primary schools management board has now become a national phenomenon. Its vigorous adult literacy programmes that it embarked on have won national and international recognition

Some schools in Kano state

Business Opportunities

Kano state is a showcase in agriculture self reliance and admirable resource management. Before the creation of Jigawa State, there were over 120 earth dams in the state, majority of which are located in Kano territory. Today, the dams which include Challawa Gorge and Tiga Dam, two of the ambitious irrigation projects in West Africa, ensure all year round farming. Kano is known today as the most irrigated state in the country with more than 3 million hectares of cultivable land.


Roxy Amusement Park, Airport Road, Kano Man-made * Cooky Amusement Park, Kano Man-made * Hills and Valleys Amusement Park Dawakin Kudu Junction, Kano Man-made * Bagauda Lake/Tiga Lake Resort Man-made * Tourist Camp, Kano Man-made * Audu Bako Zoo, Kano Man-made * Kano Salla Durbar Cultural * Gidan Makama Museum Monument/Museum * Emir of Kano's Palace Cultural * Kofar Mata Dyeing Pit, Kano Cultural * Bagauda Lake Resort Conference Centre, Kano Man-made/Business Tourism

Useful Resources



State Liason Office:
51, Mississippi Street, Off Alvan Ikoku Street, Maitama District, Abuja

Lagos Liasion Office:

 13, Waziri Ibrahim Street, Victoria Island, Eti Osa, Lagos, Nigeria