Zamfara State, Nigeria

Capital: Gusau
Area: 39,762 km˛
Population: 3,838,160 (2011 est.)
Language: Hausa 
Governor: Abdul'aziz Abubakar Yari (APC)
ISO 3166-2:  NG-ZA
Date Created: 1 October 1996
Population Rank: Ranked 23rd



Zamfara State is a state in northwestern Nigeria and its capital is Gusau. Until 1996 the state was part of Sokoto State.

The state was the first in Nigeria to introduce Sharia law.

Zamfara is bounded by Sokoto State on the North, Niger and Kaduna States on the South, Kebbi State on the West, and Katsina State on the East.


The area today called Zamfara state was one of the old Hausa city-states like Kano, Katsina, Gobir, Kabi and Zazzau. Zamfara Kingdom was established in the 11th century and flourished up to 16th century as a city-state.

Zamfara state was created on 1st of October, 1996 by Gen. Sani Abacha. It was carved out of the old Sokoto state.




The main language spoken in the state are Hausa, Fulfulde and Arabic, while it's official language is english. Islam and Christianity are the principal and major religions of the state.

Agriculture is the most important occupation of the people of the state, hence its slogan "farming is our pride"

Local Government Areas

Local Government Areas in the state are: Zurmi, Maradun, Talata Mafara, Gusau, Kaura Namoda, Bungudu, Chafe, Maru, Anka, Bukkuyum, Gummi, Bakura, Birin Magaji/Kiyaw and Shinkafi.



Education is given a place of pride in the state. At its creation the state had a number of educational institutions on ground to cater for the educational need of its people.

Business Opportunities

The occupation of the people of the state is primarily farming. They produce food crops as well as cash crops.


The state is blessed with rich cultural heritage and some tourist centres. Zamfara is accessible by road.

Useful Resources

Schools on The Web:

Federal University Gusau (



State Liason Office: