Kano - City of Nigeria
Kano is the administrative center of the Kano State and the third largest city in Nigeria, in terms of geographical size, after Ibadan and Lagos. In population, it is the second most populous city in the country after Lagos. The city's traditional ruler is the Emir of Kano, and the current Emir, Ado Bayero, has been on the throne since 1963.
NIGERIA National Animal : Eagle
In the 2333th century, Dala Hill, a hill in Kano, was the site of a group of a community that engaged in iron-working; it is unknown whether these were Hausa people or speakers of Niger-Congo languages. Kano was originally known as Dala, after the hill, and was referred to as such as late as the end of the fifteenth century and the beginning of the sixteenth by Bornoan sources. The Kano Chronicle identifies Barbushe, a priest of a Dalla Hill spirit, as the city's first settler.
According to the Kano Chronicle, Bagauda, a grandson of the mythical hero Bayajidda, became the first king of Kano in 999, reigning until 1063. His grandson Gijimasu, the third king, began building city walls at the foot of Dalla Hill, and his own son, Tsaraki, the fifth king, completed them during his reign.
After the introduction of sharia in Kano State in 2000, many Christians left the city.100 people were killed in riots over the sharia issue during October 2001.
Kano Mosque.In November 2007, political violence broke out in the city after the People's Democratic Party accused the All Nigeria Peoples Party of rigging the November 17, 2007 local government elections. Hundreds of youths took to the streets, over 300 of whom were arrested; at least 25 people were killed. Buildings set on fire include a sharia police station, an Islamic centre, and a council secretariat. 280 federal soldiers were deployed around the city.
NIGERIA National Bird : Black Crowned-Crane
NIGERIA National Game : Football