Argungu

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Argungu
LGA and town
Nickname(s): 
Gungun Nabame
Argungu is located in Nigeria
Argungu
Argungu
Coordinates: 12°44′N 4°31′E / 12.733°N 4.517°E / 12.733; 4.517
Country Nigeria
StateKebbi State
Government
 • Sarkin KabbiAlhaji Samaila Muhammad Mera
Population
 (2007)
 • Total47,064
Time zoneUTC+1 (WAT)

Argungu is a city in Nigeria's Kebbi State, situated on the Sokoto River. As of 2007 Argungu had an estimated population of 47,064;[1] the city is the seat of the Argungu Emirate, a traditional state. The city is a major agricultural center for the area, with key crops including tobacco, peanuts, rice, millet, wheat, and sorghum; the city also, before 2009, hosts an annual international fishing competition.

History[edit]

After the Hausa state of Kebbi was conquered by the Fulani Empire in 1808, Kebbi's rulers fled to Argungu to found a new emirate. Though the neighboring Hausa state of Gwandu conquered Kebbi in 1831, it was unable to fully secure control of Argungu, and a series of revolts followed. By the end of the century, Argungu had become a de facto independent state, though it was again conquered by the British in 1902.

Museum[edit]

Sokoto river basin, Argungu to the west, downstream from Sokoto

The building of the Kanta Museum, adjacent to the main market was built in 1831 and named after Muhammadu Kanta, who founded the Kebbi Kingdom in 1515, it was erected by Yakubu Nabame, a former Emir of Kebbi, and served as the Emir’s palace until 1942 when the British built a new administrative palace during the reign of Muhammed Sani. After the building became vacant, on July 1, 1958, it opened as a museum, offering an insight into the turbulent history of Kebbi State; the museum is divided into eleven compartments and has a notable collection of weapons, consisting of charms, spears, swords, wood, stones, bows and arrows, local guns and even drums on display. The museum is also known to be a place where dead emirs of the local government are buried.[2]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The World Gazetteer". Retrieved 2007-04-04.
  2. ^ Ayo Okulaja. "The charm of Argungu Museum". Next. Archived from the original on 2011-07-21. Retrieved 2010-10-08.

Coordinates: 12°44′N 4°31′E / 12.733°N 4.517°E / 12.733; 4.517