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Katsina is a Local Government Area and the capital city of Katsina State in North West Nigeria.


Gobarau Minaret

In 2019, Katsina's estimated population was 453,000. The main ethnic groups are Hausa and Fulani.

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Map of Katsina

Katsina is 175 km (109 mi) north-west of Kano on Highway A9 (Kano-Kankia-Katsina Road), close to the border with Niger. It is about 260 km east of the city of Sokoto.

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  • 1 Marusa Gate (Ƙofar Marusa), Abdullahi Sarki Muktar Road. Marusa Gate was built around the 15th century Shabbat. It was built during the construction of the other walls of Katsina State, and derives its name from the Habe King of Dutsi, Marusa Usman.
  • 2 Gobarau, Tsohowar Kasuwa Rd. One of the largest buildings in West Africa, it may have been built as early as 1400 or as late as the 18th century. It had a major reconstruction in the early 20th century. It was built as the central mosque of the city, and wax later used as a school and an institution of higher education. It has a 15-m-tall minaret. Gobarau Minaret (Q5575409) on Wikidata Gobarau Minaret on Wikipedia
  • Katsina City Gate. Katsina city gate is a tourist attraction because of the wall that surrounds it with its seven different gates. The wall was built about 900 years ago during the reign of King Murabus. Emir's Palace, Daura.


  • 1 Muhammadu Dikko Stadium (formerly Karkanda Stadium). Muhammadu Dikko Stadium is an all-seater association football and athletics stadium. It is home to the football club Katsina United. There is also a gymnasium and fitness club in the stadium. Muhammadu Dikko Stadium (Q16632786) on Wikidata Muhammadu Dikko Stadium on Wikipedia




The state has a strict Islamic law, or Sharia, which prohibits the sale and consumption of alcohol. There are a few exceptions to this rule, such as for non-Muslims and for medical purposes. However, it is generally not advisable to consume alcohol in Katsina, as you could face legal repercussions. These are just a few of the many drinks that are popular in Katsina. With its diverse population, the state has a wide variety of drinks to offer visitors and residents alike.

  • Fura da nono. Fira da Nono is a traditional drink made from millet and fermented cow's milk. It is often consumed during festive occasions and can be found in local markets or from Fulani herdsmen who sell it in Katsina. Fura (Q25203618) on Wikidata Fura (food) on Wikipedia
  • Zobe. Zobo is a popular Nigerian drink made from hibiscus petals. It is typically prepared with spices like ginger and cloves, giving it a tangy and refreshing taste. Look out for street vendors or local restaurants serving zobo in Katsina.
  • Kunun tsamiya. Kunun Tsamiya is a traditional Hausa drink made from millet and tamarind. It is a popular drink in Katsina and throughout Nigeria. It is a non-alcoholic drink and is therefore allowed in Katsina. It is a healthy and refreshing drink that is often served cold. Kunun Tsamiya is a good source of vitamins and minerals, and it is also said to have some health benefits, such as helping to improve digestion and boost the immune system. Kunu (Q6445113) on Wikidata Kunu on Wikipedia


  • Katsina Sahara Suites, 36A Hassan Usman Road, +234 905 962 3400.
  • Daula International Hotel, 166 IBB Way. International hotel.
  • Liyafa Palace Hotel. Good hotel.
  • Albustan Hotel, A9, 820101, +234 815 654 7957. Free parking lot, free breakfast, free WiFi, restaurant, full service laundry, smoking-free property. 7,000.
  • Jamvaly Hotel & Resorts (Jamvaly Hotel), M. T. Usman Road, 820211, +234 813 111 1809. Free parking lot, free breakfast, bar, room service, smoke-free property, full-service laundry. 19,000.


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