Katsina state in Nigeria is a beauty yet unexplored. Its vast lands that stretch far across the horizon, like an unending day, is but a little taste of what makes this place a tourist’s delight. Here are 10 amazing photos, all unfiltered nor edited, from my trip to Katsina in Nigeria.
Skies and Sights of Katsina_Vast Land.
I visited Katsina state in northwestern Nigeria recently to cover and write about the Mobile Science Laboratory project being piloted by VSO International in fifteen schools across the state.
Skies and Sights of Katsina_Government Day Secondary School, Muduru.
I took some time to take in and capture a few sights and the beautiful skies of ‘the Home of Hospitality’, Katsina. I especially love this photo of a tree I found standing pretty between two classroom blocks of one of the pilot schools, Government Day Secondary School, Muduru.
Skies and Sights of Katsina_Tree in the Ground.
Nigeria has the most number of out-of-school children in the world (10.5 Million), and 60% of these children are in northern Nigeria. This photo of a school-age boy pushing a cart was taken from the entrance of the school I visited, and to think that education is completely free.
Skies and Sights of Katsina_Boy Pushing Cart.
The roads in Katsina are very free, something I know the Lagos folks will do anything to have. However, the drivers in this state are quite rough and reckless, a side-effect perhaps, of the traffic-free roads.
Skies and Sights of Katsina_Free Road.
Skies and Sights of Katsina_fault in our skies.
There are not a lot of water bodies in Katsina state and I wondered where most of their drinking water came from. [P.S: The rest of the photos below were taken through a dirty window from the back of a vehicle moving at 130Km/hr from Katsina to Kano.]
Skies and Sights of Katsina_Wet Land.
It was also refreshing to see this lush green vegetation in Katsina as well.
Skies and Sights of Katsina_Lush Green Vegetation.
As we drove through a town called “Charanchi” I asked what the name of the town meant and I was told of the legend of Charanchi. Apparently, the name doesn’t quite have a literal meaning in English, but was gotten from the legend about a caravan merchant long ago who visited the town and was given the town’s popular meal of baobab soup to eat. He loved it so much that he exclaimed “Chara-nchi”, and that was how the town got its name.
Skies and Sights of Katsina_Charanchi Town.
I hope to visit Katsina again, but until then, ‘Farewell to Katsina’.
Skies and Sights of Katsina_Goodbye to Katsina
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