National Geographic : 1953 Aug
© National Geographic Society 4 Market-bound Nigerians Enter Kano Through a Massive Adobe Gate Kano boasts a written history extending back nearly 1,000 years. Today the city is northern Nigeria's me tropolis, with 102,000 people. A high mud wall pierced by 15 gates encircles the oldest section. Donkeys and pedestrians, but few vehicles, may use this portal. IKodachromes by Gilbert Grosvenor 4 Nigeria's Largest Open-air Mart; the Author Shops for Cloth Sprawling Kano market attracts 20,000 people daily. Merchants, afoot or in stalls of thatch or mud, hawk an infinite variety of wares. The cloth salesman (left) quotes a price in Hausa, his native tongue. The author finds a topcoat comfortable in "tropical" Nigeria.