National Geographic : 1959 Aug
Ensconced on His Throne, the Emir of Kano Holds Court Fourteen million Moslems inhabit Nigeria. Five times a day they turn toward Mecca and prostrate themselves in prayer. Moslems in Kano regard the emir as their king. Here, flanked by the chief of protocol (left), he receives his subjects in a palace courtroom. Clad in cloak, embroidered gown, and snowy turban-his favorite cos tume-he has removed his slippers before ascending the throne. Clay walls bear geometrical designs and verses from the Koran. Alhaji Abdullahi Bayero, who was Emir of Kano when Maurice Fievet made the painting, has since died. His successor now rules. 249 © NATIONALGEOGRAPHICSOCIETY Beaded helmet fringed with feathers adorns the Atta, or king, of Igala. His luxurious mantle is of silk. The bronze mask on his chest passes down from king to king. At tired in these regal robes, the chief visits his fa ther's tomb once a year to meditate.