7 AMAZING THINGS TO DO IN KADUNA
Kaduna is the capital of Kaduna state, a state in Northern Nigeria dominated by the Hausa and the Fulani tribe. With a population of more than 2.1 million, Kaduna is one of the important cities in Nigeria because it has a place in the history of political development in Nigeria. Located on the Kaduna River, Kaduna is an industrial center of Northern Nigeria where manufacturing products such as textiles, machinery, steel, aluminum, petroleum products are widely available. It’s also a trade center and a major transportation hub for the surrounding agricultural areas with its rail and road junction.
There are numerous places of attraction in Kaduna you can visit. While some of these destinations in Kaduna tell history, some offer great luxury while others are simply awe-inspiring. The adventurous, nature-loving and culture-loving Traveler would find this northern city a perfect getaway.
Here are the top mind-blowing activities you can explore while in the city of Kaduna!
LEARN CREATIVITY AND CULTURAL DIVERSITY AT THE KADUNA MUSEUM
The Kaduna Museum is located along the Ali Akilu Road in Ungawan Sarki, Kaduna. The museum contains collections of both archaeological and ethnographic materials, including ancient Terracotta statues and unique Benin bronze artifacts. There is also a traditional craft village located within the Museum premises, where you can observe traditional craftsmen and women making crafts. Keen observation can help you learn from scratch how to make several art pieces you’ve always admired, inspiring your creativity and appreciation of arts.
GET A FEEL OF TRANQUILITY AT THE KAJURU CASTLE
Located in Kajuru village, the Kajuru Castle is one of the most luxurious lodging sites in the country. As with every other castle is, it is a magnificent edifice that leaves you in awe at first sight. The villa was erected in 1989 in early medieval style complete with turrets, armoury and even a dungeon which would remind you of a scene from the Game of Thrones. Built in five years, the Kajuru castle is royalty at its finest in Nigeria. It is important to note that Kajuru Castle is a tourist attraction, but NOT a resort, which means you can rent it for as long as you wish.
This exclusive villa includes a guest tower of 4 rooms, a central building with an authentic knights’ hall and a master suite as well as a dragon tower. You can visit this magnificent place as a group or even consider it as a location for your wedding. The castle operates on an exclusive basis; only the complete facility can be rented out! The capacity of the castle is up to 150 guests, but only 12 can lodge in full comfort.
PAY A VISIT TO THE EMIR OF ZAZZAU
ZAZZAU, also known as the Zaria Emirate or Zegzeg, is a historical kingdom, traditional emirate, and local government council in Kaduna State, with its headquarters at Zaria Town. Your visit to Kaduna is not complete if you haven’t taken the time to see the Palace of the Emir of Zazzau. You can take a tour around the central courtyard and the anteroom as well as the corridor leading to the Emir’s main living area. You would also get to learn about the history of the Zazzau Emirate as well as the exploits of its most famous ruler, Queen Amina.
The Palace is surrounded by high walls with beautiful gates. One of the gates is the main entrance gate, while the other gate separates the residential area of the Emir and his family from his emirate offices. The Palace walls are painted with different bright and colourful designs as well as the Emir’s insignia, projecting a sheer grandeur of beauty and elegance.
EXPERIENCE AFRICA’S FIRST CIVILIZATION AT THE NOK VILLAGE
The little settlement called Nok village is located in Jaba Local government down in the southern part of Kaduna State, up in northern Nigeria, which attracts visitors. The Nok Culture appeared in northern Nigeria around 1000 BC and lasted for approximately 1,500 years. The Nok civilization was discovered in 1928, and since then, Archaeologists have found human skeletons, stone tools and rock paintings around this area, not to mention the main art. The inhabitants of what is now called Nok Village were known to make some of the oldest and culturally intriguing sculptures found in Africa. When strolling through the village, you will be delighted to rediscover an amazing group of people culturally and socially as well as experience an undiluted feel of the history of the ancient Nok people.
Tourists from around the world have always made it a duty to take a trip into the rural enclave to see, firsthand, the globally acclaimed site of Africa’s first civilization and perhaps the spot where life-sized terracotta carvings were first discovered. A museum at the village houses the unique terracotta pieces crafted by the Nok people.
SPEND QUALITY TIME AT THE KOFAR GAMJI PARK
Kofar Gamji, also known as Hassan Usman Katsina Park, was the first amusement park built in the heart of the Kaduna City. Located along the Shooting Range New Extension, it is indeed the most visited place during celebrations such as Christmas and New Year. The premises which started as a garden during colonial rule and northern administrations occupies a landmass of about 7, 000 square metres and has beautiful greenery with several trees, a small mangrove, orchards and small islands with majestic water flowing from the River Kaduna. The park is divided into two by the river with a footbridge built by Lord Frederick Lugard connecting them together. Until the bridge was constructed, there was no way of linking both halves except by canoe.
Some of the other features of the amusement park include wide lawns for relaxation, eateries, a swimming pool, a mini zoo, a children’s playground and a terrace for couples who choose to stroll hand in hand with the Kaduna River offering a scenic and refreshing view. Kofar Gamji is also host to CD World Play Club, where comedians, dancers and other acts entertain, thereby drawing a large crowd of people, making the whole experience worthwhile.
EXPLORE WILDLIFE AT THE KAMUKU NATIONAL PARK
Established as a National park in 1999, Kamuku Park, located in the Brinin Gwari area of Kaduna, is known as a wildlife sanctuary and national park. The park is home to wildlife and fauna and was built to preserve rare plant species. While at the park, you could study and document some of the rare plant species, take pictures of the wildlife and get in touch with nature. The park attracts tourists, Historians and Ecologists alike being one of the remaining finest areas of the savannah in Nigeria. The park shares a boundary with the Kwiambana Game Reserve: the River Mariga separates the two.
The park is home to baboons, warthogs, antelope and different types of reptiles and birds. It’s a paradise for bird watchers, having over 177 species, including species not found in other areas of the country. Places of attraction in the park include the Dogon Ruwa Waterfalls, the Goron Dutse and the Tsuanin Rema.
CONNECT WITH NATURE AT THE MAITSIRGA WATERFALL
Popularly referred to as River Wonderful, because of its warm spring and beauty. The Matsirga falls does not dry up even in the dry season. The waterfall is a unique natural beauty and can be spotted even from the road on the right-hand side when you are going to Kaduna from Kafanchan. The Crystal Clear water cascading down the rock from a height of about 30 metres makes a splashing noise that can be heard from the road. The waterfall which is reputed for producing rainbows on some Sundays and smoke from its pool straddles between Aduan 5, a suburb of Kafanchan, on the southern bank and Matsirga. It offers an unforgettable experience of the enthralling wonder of nature.
You can also get to have amazing meals and comfort at the Trapcco Ranch and resort or the Fifth chukker polo and country club. You can also go hiking at the Kagoro hills, take a look at the St Bartholomew’s Church, which is the oldest in Northern Nigeria and still retains the traditional architecture of the Hausas during Pre Colonial times. While having the most fun in Kaduna city, don’t forget to be friendly to the accommodating locals who will be more than willing to show you the impressive Zaria City wall.
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TOP THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT MODE 9
Babatunde Olusegun Adewale is a popular Nigerian rapper and lyricist who goes by the stage name, Mode 9. The rapper has been in the industry for a very long time and is one of the leading rappers in Nigerian music history. He has recorded several albums and also had mixtapes released to his name. He is also a multi-award winning rapper, having a record of most wins at the Headies Awards. He owned the “Lyricist of the Year” award category for a long time and no one has been able to dominate as much as he did in recent times. Join me as I take you through his early life and childhood, music career, personal life and some of his songs.
MODE 9’S EARLY LIFE AND CHILDHOOD
The rapper was born on the 14th of June 1975 in London, United Kingdom to Nigerian parents who hailed from Osun State. He is the third children of his parents. His secondary school education was at Agboju Seconday School and then he proceeded to Federal Polytechnic, Bida in Niger State where he bagged a degree in Building Technology. His music influences were Grandmaster Flash and The Furious Five.
MODE 9’S MUSIC CAREER
Mode 9 started music as far back as the early 2000s. He released his debut project in 2004 for “Malcolm IX”. The album enjoyed a fair amount of success and it helped gained the rapper popularity in the industry. He was known for his incredible rap style and fast became one of the lead rappers in the industry. He released another album two years later in 2006 for “Pentium IX”. At the time, he was already recognised as a good lyricist and rapper and he was already bagging awards for it.
Mode 9 didn’t stop at that, he released several other albums. He has recorded eight studio albums and five mixtapes to his name. He has also released five featured albums with the most recent recorded with Black Intelligence for “Hence4th” in 2018. His most recent album was in 2019 for “Monument”. The rapper, at a time, stopped releasing his albums in Nigeria because he felt Nigerians gave up on him.
His awards list is quite the collection. He has won 9 Headies Awards to his name and bagged the Lyricist Award of the Year seven times in a row, which still stands as a Headies record. He also has won a number of Channel O Awards for music videos.
MODE 9’S PERSONAL LIFE
Mode 9 loves to keep information about his personal life private. There is no known information about if the veteran rapper is in any relationship.
MODE 9’S SONGS
Some of his songs include;
- Where Una Dey
- Nigerian Girls
- Elbow Room
- Kaiser Flow
- 419 State of Mind
- It’s a Goal
- 360 Poetry
- Super Human
TOP THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT MO CHEDDAH
Modupe Oreoluwa Oyeyemi Ola is a Nigerian singer, rapper and songwriter who goes by the stage name “Mo Cheddah”. She always loved music as a child and even started singing from a young age. Her big break came with the release of her song titled “The Finest” featuring Sauce Kid and Tito. Following the release of the track, Mo Cheddah went on to drop even more songs and then her debut album. “Komaroll”, “If You want me” and “Destinambari” featuring Phyno are three of her other big songs in her career. Join me as I take you through her early life and childhood, music career, personal life and some of her songs.
MO CHEDDAH’S EARLY LIFE AND CHILDHOOD
The talented singer was born on the 26th of October 1990 in Lagos though she hails from Osun State, Nigeria. She was the fourth of five children. She had her early education in Lagos with her primary school education at University of Lagos Staff school and her secondary school education at Our Lady of Apostles school in Yaba, Lagos. After that, she proceeded to the University of Lagos to pursue a degree in Creative Arts.
MO CHEDDAH’S MUSIC CAREER
Mo Cheddah’s music career started from when she was 12. She got signed to a record label named Knighthouse Entertainment when she was 13. At the time she was still in school and she expected to be a child star. She used to spend time in studios during her holidays. She released her first song when she was 17 and from there she became popular. The first single was titled “Las Birdie”. She went on to record the song with Sauce Kid and Tito titled “The Finest”. The song was a hit upon release and helped her gain even more popularity. The song ultimately launched her music career.
Following up the previous successes of her singles, she dropped another hit titled “If You Want Me”. The song also enjoyed a period of success and got her the award for Best New Artist at the MTV Africa Music Awards (MAMA) in 2010. The video for the song also got Best Female Video at the Channel O Music Video Awards. Her debut album dropped in 2010 for “Franchise Celebrity”. She left her record label, Knighthouse Entertainment, after a while and went on to start her own which she called it “Cheddah Music”.
Mo Cheddah took a break from music when she was 21 because she wanted to enjoy a normal life. She came back after a couple of years.
MO CHEDDAH’S PERSONAL LIFE
She is married to longtime boyfriend, Bukunyi Olateru Olagbeji. Asides music, she is a fashion designer. She also runs a blog.
MO CHEDDAH’S SONGS
Some of her songs include;
- My Time
- Bad ft Olamide
- Tori Oloun
- Coming for You ft May D
- Destinambari ft Phyno
- See Me
- No be Money
- Wole Pelu Change
TOP THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT PRINCE NICO MBRAGA
Prince Nico Mbraga might not be very popular but his hit single titled “Sweet Mother” is one of the greatest African songs to be released till date. The song sold over 13 million copies, even more than any of the Beetles classic songs. Together with his band for a couple of years, Rocafil Jazz, he recorded several other songs though none of them was able to match the success and greatness of “Sweet Mother”. His style of music is known as Highlife. Unfortunately, the singer died in 1997. Join me as I take you through his early life, music career, personal life and some of his songs.
PRINCE NICO MBRAGA EARLY LIFE
The “Sweet Mother” crooner was born on the 1st of January in 1950 to a Nigerian mother and a Cameroonian father. He was born in Abakaliki part of eastern Nigeria though he hails from Obubra in Cross River State. His father was a music lover and he worked to get salary from sawing timber. When he was still young, his father bought a Phillips radio and from there he listened and grew interest in music. He listened to songs like Bobby Benson’s Taxi Driver and Rex Lawson’s Yellow Sisi. He spent a couple of years in Cameroon growing up in the late 60s during the Nigerian Civil War. While in school, he learnt how to play several instruments such as conga, xylophone, drums and the electric guitar.
PRINCE NICO MBRAGA MUSIC CAREER
His music style was influenced by his time in Cameroon. In 1970, he started music professionally as a member of a hotel band named “Melody Orchestra”. He later returned to Nigeria in 1972 and formed his own band, Rocafil Jazz. Their debut single wasn’t successful as they expected but they moved on to release a second for “I No Go Marry Your Papa”. The song enjoyed success locally in his part of the country.
Eventually the hit came with “Sweet Mother”. It came at a time when their recording contract had just been dropped by EMI. They got signed with an Onitsha based label named “Rogers All Stars”. He dropped the hit single with the band and then went as popular as going outside the country and then the continent. The huge success gained by the singer helped him go on tours in different countries including England. He performed with the likes of London based band, Ivory Coasters.
“Sweet Mother” appeared to be the only hit song the band would record and Prince Nico Mbraga quit music after a time when his band split and then he formed a new one. His hit song has been tagged as the best selling song in history by an African singer and was once voted as Africa’s favourite song by BBC. The song was also called “Africa’s Anthem”.
PRINCE NICO MBRAGA PERSONAL LIFE
After he quit music, he focused on managing his hotel in Ikom, Cross River State. He named the hotel Sweet Mother Hotel. Prince Nico Mbraga died in a motorcycle accident on 23rd June 1997.
PRINCE NICO MBRAGA SONGS
- I No Go Marry Your Papa
- Sweet Mother
- Family Movement
- Wayo Inlaw
- Good Father
- Free Education in Nigeria
- Love and Unity for Africa
- Adam & Eve
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