Growing up on campus, this university was full of life! There were times I could not wait to be an adult like the students. They dressed up, had parties, shows, rags day and so many other exciting events. It all looked like good fun to my small mind at the time.
There are parts of the university that one would not know or discover except you really knew the place. The drama village was the place to go to. Theatre Arts students performed extraordinary plays, the plays were always mesmerising to watch. The students were so full of energy. Being the child of a Professor in that field, I learnt to appreciate art quite early in my life.
The dam in ABU has some beautiful hidden spots. Picnics were regular around there. I remember the last party I had at the dam, I smile each time I remember that day. My craziness is nothing new!
|If you are Nigerian and do not know who this is, you need to revisit your history!
|Even the lizard was taking in the view of the sculptures...
|Queen Amina of Zazzau
Nineties, the social centre the front of the student hostels like Amina hall, Ribadu hall and Suleiman hall are spots that were always full of life.There were no dull moments day and night.
|Queen Amina hall
|That path leading to Nineties
|Umar Suleiman hall
Outside the campus, Samaru is another place where there is always something to do. Many students who live off campus stay around Samaru area. The Samaru market always attracts residents from all around especially for groceries.
Just across the road from the A.B.U main gate, there is a Leather Research Institute. Some kilometres away, there is the National College of Aviation Technology. The pool in there used to be the happening place...oh the good old days! There is a good number of higher institutions in Zaria.
By the way, there is another campus of A.B.U called Kongo. That's where the Law, Administration and a few other faculties are.
When students thought of baffs (clothes), (of course they had to look good!) Sabon Gari market had a bit of variety. I could go on talking of all the little corners and interesting places in Zaria.
I am visited for Easter and going back to all these places where small pieces and stories of my life were formed, I can't help but smile all the way through my tour of Zaria.
We had never been to the Emir's palace and thought it was time to put that right, so that was the activity for Easter Monday.
The Emir is a traditional leader of the Hausa people in Nigeria. The Kingdom has its own history. A full story we were told would include visiting Kufena hills, from where the warriors at the time could see trouble approaching from far in the distance. What was seen was reported to the likes of Queen Amina of Zazzau (now known as Zaria), warrior queen, she was one of the first women to lead in a male domainated society.
We went hiking around Kufena hills years ago, not knowing there was all this history to be discovered.
|Heading into Zaria city where the Emir's palace is located
|Entrance to the palace
|Different chiefs (Dogara) stay in here with the Emir and occupy the seats
|A back entrance to the palace
|The way out
It is prepared in a small bowl and people happily chat around while they have it. These days, it is made in a more fancy way, blended with yoghurt.
|The little girl looking above had this for sale.
Durbar is a festival with a display of horses ridden by local titles holders. Flutes are played, there is drumming and other local instruments. The festival happens typically around the Eid celebration.
I was not aware that there was a dam outside A.B.U, but for my brother who is doing some research. We went with him to find the place
|This side of the dam is not pretty at all!
|One of the rare photos with this baby brother of ours like this
When most people think or hear about Northern Nigeria, the stories that come out these days tend to be negative. This is a reminder that people are happy and normal activities go on there. There is a lot to see and the culture of the North is rich and worth exploring, just like other parts of Nigeria.
Photos at ABU Dam: Temidayo Odutokun
Photos at the Palace: Asosa
All other photos were taken by me.