The Ancient Kano City Walls were ancient
defensive walls built to protect the inhabitants of the ancient city of Kano. The wall was initially built from 1095 through 1134 and completed in the middle of the 14th century. The Ancient Kano City Walls were described as one of “the most impressive monument in West Africa”
Malam Bashir Idris is a historian with the Kano State Teacher’s Service Board. He revealed that the Kano City wall was built during the reign of Sarki Gijimasu from 1095 to 1135 AD. “They were built to prevent enemies and the armies of empires that were in search of vassal states to expand and increase their royalties, from penetrating Kano.” The Ancient Kano City Walls were built as a defensive wall with the construction of the foundation laid by Sarki Gijimasu ( 1095–1134 AD), the third king of the Kingdom of Kano in the Kano Chronicle.
In the mid 14th century during the reign of Zamnagawa, the wall was completed before it was further expanded during the 16th century. According to historians, the then General-Governor of the Colony and Protectorate of Nigeria, Fredrick Lugard, wrote in a 1903 report about the Kano Walls that he never seen anything like it in Africa” after capturing the ancient city of Kano along with British forces.
However, it is sad that this historical monument which had remained standing against external attack and invasion of the city for nearly a thousand years is virtually gone due to human encroachment, negligence that resulted in its collapse and other natural factors.