History of Sultan of Sokoto Palace
Sultan of Sokoto Palace was built in 1808.
Built by Sultan Bello in 1808.
The palace is home to the Sultan of Sokoto, the traditional and spiritual ruler of the Sokoto Caliphate who historically holds the most important Muslim position in Nigeria. An imposing and magnificent building, it has drawn Muslim pilgrims and tourists alike to Sokoto.
Security/Safety of Sultan of Sokoto Palace
This is a very safe location.
Go with a tour guide or local to know your Do's and Don't's
What To Bring
A head shawl
Camera to capture your visit
Things to do while at Sultan of Sokoto Palace
Pay homage to the Sultan
As home to the spiritual leader of the Muslim community in Nigeria, it is an accommodating attraction center. Everything in it displays grandeur, from the palace guards fitted in multi-colored regalia and robes to the Sultan's famous trumpeters who perform praises for the Sultan during special ceremonies.
Join a tour party and marvel at the sights and culture displayed with fellow tourists and non-indigenes. Islam is the practised religion so there will be other Muslims on the palace grounds.
Most common visitors
Located opposite the city, the Palace is a cultural and traditional museum where relics from eras of former Sultans are displayed. The physical structures make one imagine the unique architectural prowess of the people during the time of the Caliphate overlordship.
History of Surame Cultural Landscape Surame Cultural Landscape. Surame is an ancient city created in the 16th Century by its first king Muhammadu Kanta Sarkin Kebbi and was later abandoned in the 1700 when the empire's capital was moved to Birnin Kebbi. Security/Safety of Surame Cultural Landscape This is a very safe location. What To Bring Before heading to Surame Cultural Landscape, here are some helpful things to take along with you: Camera to capture the sights and take selfies with Sun shades and a hat A bottle of water Best Features There were 14 gates to Surame City. These gates were categorized as seven great gates and seven smaller gates. The great gates connected the city with the outside world, while the seven smaller gates connected different sections of the city. Six hundred years after it was destroyed some of the gates are still standing at the site. One of the standing gates is referred to as Dashe Tree Gate. The stone arrangement of the city gates, security posts, the narrow paths leading into the city through the gates, the two concentric stone walls, rectangular palace walls and the enclosures built to fortify it against external attacks, are some of the awesome features that still exist at the site till today. Writer's Review It is regarded as one of the world’s wonders of the human civilization, ingenuity and creativity. It was declared as an ancient Nigeria’s National Monument in 1964 and added in the Cultural and Natural category of the UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List in 2007. Largest ancient built stone walls in the whole of Africa-P.K Darling
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 of Tomb of Usman Dan Fodio 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.
Sightseeing, Relaxation, Learn, Explore art, Attend public lectures
History of Waziri Junaidu History and Culture Museum Waziri Junaidu History and Culture Museum was established in 1973. Any visit to Sokoto would be incomplete without spending a few hours at the Waziri Junaidu History and Culture Museum, a combined library, museum and archive. Security/Safety of Waziri Junaidu History and Culture Museum This is a very safe location. Best Features Established with the purpose of collecting, preserving and displaying all relics, artifacts, archives and manuscripts relating to the history of Sokoto people and its government, this six department museum of international standards house more than 500,000 volumes of assorted materials and other historical treasures. Writer's Review An extensive tour of the museum is very enlightening. The manuscripts of the Jihad leaders are there, so are some of the flags given to many of the ancestors who made Islam so relevant in today’s Nigeria, West Africa and beyond. The museum, with the support of the Sultanate Council, has compiled many publications, and more are forthcoming.
Sightseeing, Relaxation, Learn, Explore art, Attend public lectures
History of Sokoto Museum Sokoto Museum. Located in the city where the famed caliphate was sited many years ago, the museum tells the history and features many historic relics from the Sokoto Caliphate. Security/Safety of Sokoto Museum This is a very safe location. What To Bring Before heading to Sokoto Museum, here are some helpful things to take along with you: Camera to capture the sights and take selfies with Sun shades and a hat Best Features The museum is dedicated to the Islamic scholar and founder of the Sokoto Caliphate Usman Dan Fodio. It tells the story of the caliphate from its inception, its rise and expansion, its dealings with the British colonists and its sudden fall. Writer's Review You will see relics and even personal effects of Usman Dan Fodio such as his maps, scriptures, copies of his Quran and his thrones. It is a very rich history and the museum brings to life how it was to live in those times. However, the museum is not much in terms of aesthetics.
History of Usman Danfodiyo University Usman Danfodiyo University was established in 1975. Built by Federal Government of Nigeria in 1975.
Formerly known as University of Sokoto, it was renamed after Usman Dan Fodio, the founder of the Sokoto Caliphate. Security/Safety of Usman Danfodiyo University This is a very safe location. What To Bring Before heading to Usman Danfodiyo University, here are some helpful things to take along with you: Educational materials All required documents if you are a returning or fresh student Things to do while at Usman Danfodiyo University Before heading to Usman Danfodiyo University, here are some helpful things to take along with you: Enroll for part time or full time course(s) Partake in the various academic and social events on campus Best Features This is one of the initial twelve federal universities in Nigeria founded in 1975. It currently has four campuses. The main campus houses the administrative offices, sciences, social sciences, agriculture, arts and languages, education and research facilities. The city campus hosts the college of health sciences and school of veterinary medicine. A third site host the modern and famous university teaching hospital (one of the largest hospitals in Nigeria, and even West Africa). The fourth site site houses the School of Matriculation Studies where students opting for the Remedial Studies are admitted and taught before enrollment in the university. Writer's Review The university is one of the highest ranking in northern Nigeria due to its high moral stand, academic excellence and its ability to resist the prevalent ASUU strikes that bedevil Nigerian government universities. A great institution, some of its prominent alunmis include Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, Collins Osa Oseki, Prof. Mungadi, and many more.
History of Sultan Abubakar III International Airport Sultan Abubakar III International Airport was built in 1983. Built by FAAN in 1983.
Serving Sokoto and its neighboring states, this airport serves as the link connecting North-Western Nigeria and the rest of the world. Security/Safety of Sultan Abubakar III International Airport This is a very safe location. Be cautious of your possessions as pick-pockets look for easy targets Be attentive to the flight announcements so you don't miss your flight What To Bring Before heading to Sultan Abubakar III International Airport, here are some helpful things to take along with you: Your flight documents; passport, flight ticket, booking confirmation (in case of a problem) Your luggages Music player or a good book to keep you company as you await your flight Best Features Also known as Sadiq Abubakar III International Airport, the airport is named after the 17th Sultan of Sokoto who reigned from 1938 to 1988. Commissioned in 1938, some parts of it got destroyed by a rainstorm a year after, which took a few years to reconstruct. One of the major domestic airports in Nigeria, it features the necessary facilities required as laid down by the aviation authority. In the few times it defaulted to keep to international standards, it has promptly been shut down till the issue gets rectified to ensure customers are guaranteed a safe flying experience. Writer's Review As the major link for the primarily Muslim North-Western states, it serves Muslim pilgrims and hosts airlines that operate internationally. It is relatively well maintained too.
History of Goronyo Dam Goronyo Dam was established in 1992. Built by Federal Government in 1992.
Enclosing the Rima River in Goronyo, this is a major reservoir important in controlling floods and releasing water in the dry season for the surrounding areas. Security/Safety of Goronyo Dam This is a very safe location. What To Bring Before heading to Goronyo Dam, here are some helpful things to take along with you: Camera to capture the sights and take selfies with Best Features This 21m high sand-filled dam is an important structure that provides irrigation for farmers, prevents floods in the surrounding villages. Writer's Review The view from the top is a must-see. The contrast between the blue river on one side, and the arid land on the other is a marvel and shows the best of man and nature collaboration. The villages around are quite receptive to foreigners so you don't be surprised to find yourself on camel back riding and making friends with the kids. Most common visitors Adventurers, tourists, and engineers.
Work, Sightseeing, Read, Meet friends, Learn, Attend public lectures
History Of Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto also known as UDUSOK and formerly the University of Sokoto was established in September 1975 as one of the Four Universities established by the then Federal Government of Nigeria. The University was initially sited at the now City Campus and moved out most of its facultues to the permanent site in 1982. It however began its first classes on October 20th 1977 and till date has been producing academicians for the society. Safety/Security Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto is a relatively safe place to visit and has a slogan as the most peaceful university in Nigeria Things to Do/What to Bring While heading to the University make sure to go along with the following necessities 1. Eduactional materials 2. Necessary Documents as listed in the case of an enrollment at the University Things to Do at the University include; 1. Engage in the Academic and Social events at the University 2. Enroll in full time or part time courses 3. Make extensive use of the university library for study or research purposes Best Features Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto presently has 10 faculties and a Post graduate school,it also has another faculty the Food sciences and Engineering faculty under development. Most Common Visitors Common visitors at the University are students,Lecturers,educationists and people on leisure visits Best Time to Visit Best Time to visit the School is during the academic session of the University when all activities are still on
History of Sokoto State NYSC Secretariat Sokoto State NYSC Secretariat. This is the administrative office of the National Youth Service Corps in Sokoto. It oversees the welfare, documentation and the general affairs of youth corpers in the state. Security/Safety of Sokoto State NYSC Secretariat This is a very safe location. Always come in your NYSC uniform or you won't be attended to What To Bring Before heading to Sokoto State NYSC Secretariat, here are some helpful things to take along with you: All documents regarding NYSC including; Call-up letter, Registration documents, School's Certificate, Green Card and Student ID Card Copies of Passport Photographs Your NYSC ID Card Best Features 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. It is here to report to after your 21 days at the Orientation Camp to get assigned to your Place of Primary Assignment (PPA). Weekly Community Development Service (CDS) are also held here, along with the NYSC sponsored Skills Acquisition Entrepreneurship Development program. This is also where to go if you have inquiries about the NYSC scheme in Sokoto State. Writer's Review As long as you are fully kitted in your NYSC uniform, you have no fear of being turned away. Different people have different tales of how they interacted with the officials and staff but I have found that a smile, knowledge of the local language, and an appealing face helps for a positive interaction. It will be wise to befriend one of the staff as you never know when an inside-ear will be needed. Most common visitors You will see a lot of Corps members, NYSC staff, SAED Instructors and hawkers here.