National Geographic : 1953 Aug
© National Geographic Society 152 Kodachrome by W. Robert Moore, National Geographic Staff Nigerians Say, "Take Our Picture!" Mr. Grosvenor Obliges For centuries Kano buildings have been made of mud (opposite page). Many, like this dwelling, bear elaborate exterior molding. Friendly Hausas grouped themselves in front of Mr. Grosvenor each time he tried to photograph the geometrical decoration. Not understanding his purpose, they thought it courteous to stop and pose. A thin coating of native cement protects this wall. A solution from pods of the locust bean tree stains and binds the plaster.