Katsina Emirate Council

The Katsina Royal Palace ‘Gidan Korau’ is a huge complex located in the centre of the ancient city. It is a symbol of culture, history and traditions of ‘Katsinawa’. According to historical account, it was built in 1348 AD by Muhammadu Korau who is believed to be the first Muslim King of Katsina. This explains why it is traditionally known as ‘Gidan Korau’ (House of Korau). It is one of the oldest and among the first generation Palaces in Hausaland. The rest are that of Daura, Kano and Zazzau. The Palace was encircled with a rampart ‘Ganuwar Gidan Sarki’ (which is now extinct). The main gate which leads to the Palace is known as ‘Kofar Soro’while the gate at the backyard is called ‘Kofar Bai’ (now extinct). The Emir’s residential quarters which is the epicenter of the Palace, is a large compound built in the typical Hausa traditional architecture. Read More


Sallah festival

The word ‘Sallah’ originated from the Arabic word ‘Salat’, which means prayer. But the word is also used in Hausa to refer to the festivities that take place during the Eid-el fitr and Eid-el Kabir which include a colourful durbar popularly called “Hawan Sallah”. The Durbar is led by the Emir the purpose of the Durbar is to express joy and happiness for the Sallah day and to entertain people on the cultural and historical heritage of the people of Katsina. Besides this, it is regarded as a mark of homage and loyalty by the District Heads to the Emir. The durbar also served to unite the people, bring them closer to Government, and give them opportunity to listen to policy statement at firsthand. Read More

Old Katsina College

Before the coming of western education, Islam was the comprehensive learning system, which seems to have met society’s expectations and demands. For this reason, the colonial rulers had to treat the matter of spreading western education with caution.But with the amalgamation of Nigeria in 1914, the need for education and manpower was most felt. After two decades of British occupation, the Northern Provinces could not produce a single native who was sufficiently educated to fill the most minor clerical post in the office of any government department. Read more

Gobarau Minarat

Gobarau Minaret is part of a mosque, which was built in Katsina in the late 14 th century. The history of the mosque is attributed to the introduction of Islam in Hausaland, and the efforts of the celebrated Islamic scholar, Shekh Muhammed Abdulkarim Almaghili and that of Sarkin Katsina Muhammadu Korau. Almaghili was born in the early decades of the 15 th century in Tilmecen town in the present day Algeria. He was raised in the best traditions of North African Maliki scholarship and lived in Tout as a leading scholar. Read more