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The King’s visit to Babban Daki

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 In every culture, tradition is key part of the identity of that ethnic group, whether in Nigeria or anywhere in the world. The members of that cultural group try as much as possible to keep it alive and by showcasing periodically, and it can be obvious in their character as they interact with others in their day to day activity.

The historic Kano Kingdom is no exception when it comes to display of their heritage, which is still in practice till today especially in the matters of the Royal household. Paying homage to the Queen Mother is a strong tradition practised by the King whenever he returns from an official journey or visit outside the kingdom.

This visit to the Emir’s Mother’s home [called Zuwa Babban Daki – literally “Going to the Great Room”] is one of the most cherished traditions of the Emir of Kano, that is inherited, valued and practiced by generation of Emirs for centuries. It is celebrated with cultural pomp and pageantry, even though not with the full grandeur of the real Durbar displayed during the Eid/Sallah celebrations. It is still a sight to behold.

The Emir will be wearing colorful royal attire, riding a beautifully decorated horses as citizens come out to hail him on his way to Babban Daki. He is accompanied and escorted by an entourage of his Council Members – the Wambai, the Tafida and other numerous title holders with their horses and flags. Providing safety and security are the Royal Guards and Protocol Official. Algaita (Trumpet) sounds of Royal musicians fills the air, capturing every bystanders’ mind in an exciting and sensational way even from a far distance. The colorful parade is certainly hard to ignore, as it almost magically pull more crowd, towards the beats of special royal drums (Tambari). Cheers and joyful waves of citizens, adult and children adds to the flavor of happiness to the gentle and majestic procession to the home of the Emir’s Mother.

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Posted by on June 13, 2016 in Art and Culture

 

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Dutsen Dala (Dala Hill)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dala hill is considered the first settlement of Kano people. Legend has it that the top of the hill serves as a worship ground for the Maguzawa (initial inhabitants of Hausa land). Barbushe, the then chief priest in charge of the ground, is said to be the one mediator between the people and Tsumburbura, the goddess to whom they owe reverence. Remarkably, Dala hill still holds some of that awe even now given the fact that then, the people are not allowed to climb the hill, they could only

Stand at the foot of it for any deific service as only Barbushe was virtuous enough to climb the hill. Dala owes its name to a man who was a hunter. Lore has it that Dala used to frequent the hill to source for raw materials for his craftsmanship. The belief among the Maguzawa reckons that wherever they see a rock, there is the prospect of wealth like aluminium metal and so on especially for metal Crafts.

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Posted by on April 20, 2012 in Travel

 

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