National Geographic : 1956 Sep
fi 360 Not a Bandstand with Living Columns, but a Ready-made Roof on Its Way Home From Jos I flew to Kano and later went by plane and motorcar to explore several towns of the Northern Region. This region is as much unlike southern Nigeria as if the two were half a continent apart. Here is a Moslem world teeming with people garbed in the loose robes, caps, and turbans common to Arab lands. Here, too, are mud-built towns protected for centuries by thick earthen walls, most of which still remain almost intact (page 345). Largest of these centers is Kano, a city of 162,000 persons living in or just outside its 11-mile circuit of walls. A maze of red-earth homes, Kano is built of clay dug from borrow pits right within the city. Most houses are sturdily built, and many decorated ornately. Its streets and twisting lanes are alive with life and color (page 342).* * See "Safari Through Changing Africa," by Elsie May Bell Grosvenor, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGA ZINE, August, 1953.