Tomb of Usman Dan Fodio

Sultan Bello Road, Close to the Shehu Mosque, Sokoto

History of Tomb of Usman Dan Fodio

Tomb of Usman Dan Fodio.

Also known as The Hubbaren, this is the resting place for Islamic scholar and founder of the Sokoto Caliphate Usman Dan Fodio, his disciples and companions, Sultans after him and his descendants.

Security/Safety

This is a very safe location.

  • If you are a female, follow the local customs and cover your hair before heading out
  • What To Bring

    Before heading to Tomb of Usman Dan Fodio, here are some helpful things to take along with you:

  • Camera to capture the sights and take selfies with
  • Best Features

    The tomb is located alongside Usman Dan Fodio's personal building. This site contains hundreds of graves of Sokoto's elites and figures in the Sokoto Caliphate. The grave of Shehu Dan Fodio is in one small room, decorated and covered with a black cloth with Arabic inscriptions. It is in the same room that his two sons, Hassan Dan Shehu and Sambo, were buried. Here also, is where the Shantalin Shehu is found. This is the traditional long cup which Dan Fodio reportedly used to drink water. Also in the compound is the school of Dan Fodio where he taught his students from far and near.

    Writer's Review

    This is a revered and almost sacred site for the Fulani locals as evidenced by the people who come here for spiritual healing, blessings, veneration and prayers. When one enters the first corridor on getting to the site, the person will take a walk of about 200 yards before getting to the tomb. At the entrance, the person greets the Wakili before proceeding inside. The Wakili is the designated custodian of the tomb. It is important to note that women cannot enter inside the tomb, but can look through the windows.

    Most common visitors

    Different manner of people, academics, tourists, special envoys, students, as well as those seeking spiritual help from far and near, particularly in the West African sub-region, visit the tomb.

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    Sultan Bello Road, Close to the Shehu Mosque, Sokoto

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