Film: 6865

Places + Locations | 1940 | Silent | B/W


Katsina, Northern Nigeria, Africa 1940's

Katsina's city wall is crumbling away in places. We are shown the Yandaka Gate which is one of the important entrances. Camels and donkeys enter. The Emir (ruler). Dye-pits, spinning and weaving by ancient methods, the textile industry. Brick making using mud and straw, building a house. The street, doubles as a classroom. Water is precious on the edge of the Sahara. Mohammedan Festival of Islam. Crowds watch as their Ruler passes with horsemen saluting him. Scenes of a Council Meeting. Primitive techniques abound in this film including irrigation, hollowed out of rock dye pits and the other facets detailed above.

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