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KANO GROUNDNUT PYRAMID

By Muhammad Y Musa

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THE GROUNDNUT PYRAMID OF KANO STATE!!

Groundnut pyramids was one of the leading sight and sound of northern Nigeria, mainly Kano state and some parts of Jigawa state, in the 1960s and 1970s.

Groundnut production was a key part of Nigeria’s economy. They were viewed as both a tourist attraction and a symbol of wealth. People came from as far as Europe to trade in the agro- business sensation in northern Nigeria, some locals dubbed it the ‘eighth wonder of the world.’ Formal sight-seeing records were not kept then.

A recurring problem in Africa, as demographic data of economic application is usually limited or non-existent. How many people visited Nigeria to look at the pyramids?

How much annual revenue did groundnut pyramids generate? We may not tell. Perhaps the data sit in the dusty shelves of one of Nigeria’s agriculture departments and research Universities, away from policy makers, town planners and administrators, economic and industrial specialists. Groundnut was not the only cash crops sold in Kano at the time, but it opened the door for other businesses in Kano to thrive. Kano was a major trading outpost and the pride of West Africa in the 1960s.


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