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Katsina is a beautiful city. There are numerous tourist centers and entertainment hubs around the entire city. The fantastic tourist attractions, rich historical sites, and fun places create an opportunity for tourists and visitors to combine both work and pleasure. The city is known to be one of the most vibrant and strong commercial centers and is believed to be one of the strongest Hausa kingdoms in terms of commerce, trade, and craft.
There are just as many expensive activities to partake in Katsina, just as there are cheap and even free things to do. If you are on a budget, you could worry less as you can have an interesting time in the city, with just a little expense.
Here is a list of free things to do in Katsina:
Check out the Katsina Dolls
Literally, a doll is an inanimate object but not in Katsina. Traditionally, katsina dolls are used as teaching tools. They are the carved representations of the Katsinam, the spirit messengers of the universe. Small brightly painted wooden dolls are what come to mind when people hear the word Katsina. Katsina primarily refers to the supernatural beings that are believed to visit Hopi villagers during half of the year. Katsinas have the power to bring rain, exercise control over the weather, help in many of the everyday activities of the villagers, punish offenders of ceremonial or social laws, and in general, serve as messengers between the spiritual domain and mortals. Do you doubt that a doll can make it rain even during the dry season? Visit Katsina and check out their dolls to clear your doubt.
A tour around the Katsina Teacher’s College
Take a tour of the Katsina Teacher’s College, which was built in 1921 and is reputed to be the oldest institution of higher learning in Northern Nigeria. The old school building is another grand traditional architectural master class and a conspicuous symbol of culture and history; more so as it is now turned into Katsina Museum. It was built with red-baked mud and fired clay. Situated in Kofar Sauri area of the city, the red baked clay structure still tickles the fantasy of tourists. Over time, it has remained a top tourist attraction for visitors in Katsina City.
Have a good time at the Durbar Festival
Attending Durbar festival which dates back hundreds of years would be ideal. It records when the northern emirates used horses in warfare. During the parade, regiments would showcase their horsemanship, their preparedness for war and their loyalty to the emirate. Attending the Durbar festival is a special activity and free to all Katsina invites its guests and residents to this festival. It would be great to have a little fun at this festival.
A Visit to the Katsina Airport
Whether you are traveling or not, visitors could continue their exploration of Katsina City by taking a tour around the Umar Musa Yar’adua Airport, also known as Katsina Airport. This is one of the modern breeds of airports Nigeria boasts of. This airport which is a masterpiece and pride to all Nigerians has a standard terminal, the tarmac, the runway, the control tower, access roads, as well as the arrival and departure sections.
Make a stop at the Umaru Musa Yar’adua University
The university was established in 2006 out of the desire to improve access to higher education for its citizenry. Formerly known as Katsina State University, the University was renamed after the one time governor of the state and ex-president of Nigeria, Alh. Umaru Musa Yar’adua who started the University project. The University commenced academic activities with three faculties (Education, Humanities and Natural and Applied Sciences). The University is ranked 32nd in Nigeria according to National Universities Commission.
Go to see the Katsina Township Stadium
This is a multi-purpose stadium mostly used for football matches. Second, only in infrastructure and facilities to Karkanda Stadium, the township stadium is one of the attraction hubs of Katsina, hosting a number of high profile matches and socio-political events. The home stadium of Spotlight F.C. of the Nigeria National League, the stadium has a seating capacity of about 5,000 people.
Take a stroll to the Katsina State NYSC Secretariat
This is the administrative office of the National Youth Service Corps in Katsina. It oversees the welfare, documentation and the general affairs of youth corps members in the state. While there are secretariats in all local governments in the state, this is the headquarters and so houses the State Coordinator, along with other high-ranking state officials. This is also where to go if you have inquiries about the NYSC scheme in Katsina State.
A Few Hours at the Katsina State Government Secretariat
This is the permanent administrative office of the Katsina State Government. Here, all state agencies and parastatals are quartered. As such, this is one of the most important places in the state. Many, if not all government ministries and agencies operate from this imposing complex. If you have any business with the government, you will most likely find yourself here.
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