Emir of Kano celebrates NANTA with Mini Durbar

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The Emir of Kano, Alhaji Aminu Ado-Bayero has held a mini Durbur in his palace to welcome and honour members of the National Association of Nigeria Travel Agencies, NANTA as they converge on Kano for its 46th Annual General Meeting, AGM.

The colourful event with horse riders clad in different attires, lined up in front of the palace to welcome the August visitors to the ancient city of Kano.

Also to welcome the visitors were massive crowd outside the palace who
not only came to witness the event but also to have a glimpse of those in whose honour the Durbar was held.

There were also cultural displays by various groups as the NANTA members matched into the courtyard of the palace, entertained and thereafter taken round to see the pictures of the different Emirs who have ruled the Emirate till date.

Aide to the Emir, Ahmed Aminu, went down memory lane to give a brief history of how the durbar started back in the 20th century.

“The Durbar was introduced to Africa particularly West Africa by the colonial masters in the 20th century but before they came, we had an interaction with the maghrib people in the northern part of Africa during the course of the trans-saharan trade which held sway between
probably between the 5th and 17th century”.

He added that, “The peak of the trans-saharan trade between the maghrib
and the atlantic ocean, and Kano served as the entry port in the trans-saharan trade where traders, caravans on camel backs came all the way from there to come and trade with us and then take away from here the Kano cloths, the dyed carbon which was a convertable currency that we used to trade wherever we went that time”.

Explaining further, he said, the Durbar means a procession of horses and camels that shows the ability of the military strength and also the pageantry, culture including everything to do with the culture of the people, the mode of dressing, the attires, the way they adorn
their horses.

According to him, durbars are common in the northern part of the country namely in Borno, Katsina, Kano, Bauchi and also in Zaria and staged primarily as ceremonies now not necessarily for showing invisibility in terms of wars, but to commemorate special occasions, to entertain and to probably honour august visitors came to visit.

Responding after the festivities of the mini durbar, President of NANTA, Mrs. Susan Akporiaye thanked the emir for his show of love and support to the Association and pledged the Association’s unflinching support in the promotion of the rich cultural heritage of the Kano people and the emirate in general.

“I thank you for this singular honour you have given to NANTA will go down in history for every member of the Association”.

“Now, NANTA we are sitting in the stage with royalties and personalities, that is the statement that has been made today and that statement is going to go with us. The news will spread around every part of the country of what has happened today and what we have witnessed”.

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