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Kaduna, the place to fish on a calabash

calabash fishing, never without my umbrella in the rainy season
calabash fishing, never without my umbrella in the rainy season
Kaduna is the largest city, roughly 2 million inhabitants, after Kano. It is essentially a trading hub for agricultural products. In the past there was a bit of industry. Peugeot had a factory up until a few years back. As a result there was a french international school, which still exists but has ceased to teach french at all.
It is two and half hour drive north of Abuja. A very smooth road at the moment which stretches past the Aso Rock where the presidential palace is located.
But road is not the only way to come to Kaduna. There is a small airport served by a few airlines, punctuality aside. And there is also a railway and rumours of a high-speed train between Abuja and Kaduna.
Kaduna State House of Assembly
Kaduna State House of Assembly
It has a renown university as a result of Kaduna's position as the capital of the north of Nigeria for a large part of the 20th century.
The city is also crossed by the Kaduna river where fishermen traditionally go fishing floating on the back of a huge calabash.
The city has very few landmarks besides a colonial building which was serving as the center of the british administration, it was created for Lord Lugard. It is now called the Kaduna State House of Assembly. There also a a large hotel from the 70s with arts and craft.
cleaning locally carved calabashes
cleaning locally carved calabashes

Kaduna has a museum under renovation at the moment (timing is unclear) and at the back a few craftsmen working silver and other metals. An old man is designing small stylized animals.
Kaduna has a large muslim population but christians are well represented too.
the workshop of the small metal animals
the workshop of the small metal animals


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