Kaduna State

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Kaduna State
Nickname(s): Centre of Learning
Location of Kaduna State in Nigeria
Location of Kaduna State in Nigeria
Coordinates: 10°20′N 7°45′E / 10.333°N 7.750°E / 10.333; 7.750Coordinates: 10°20′N 7°45′E / 10.333°N 7.750°E / 10.333; 7.750
Country  Nigeria
Date created 27 May 1967
Capital Kaduna
 • Governor
Mallam Nasir Ahmad el-Rufai (All Progressives Congress)
 • Deputy Governor Yusuf Barnabas Bala
 • Senators
 • Total 46,053 km2 (17,781 sq mi)
Area rank 4th of 36
Population (2006 census)1
 • Total 6,113,503[1]
 • Rank 3rd of 36
 • Year 2007
 • Total $13.33 billion[2]
 • Per capita $1,666[2]
Time zone WAT (UTC+01)
ISO 3166 code NG-KD
Website [1]
^1 Preliminary results

Kaduna, usually referred to as Kaduna State to distinguish it from the city of Kaduna, is a state in Northwest Nigeria. Its capital is Kaduna.


The state is located at the Northern part of Nigeria's High Plains. The vegetation cover is Sudan Savannah type, characterized by scattered short trees, shrubs and grasses. The soil is mostly loamy to sandy type. A substantial amount of clay is found also.


The word Kaduna is said to be a corruption of a Gbagyi word/name for a river. Another version of the etymology of the name is a narrative linked to the Hausa word for crocodile - but this is contested by the Gbagyi people known to have lived in the area for centuries. It is therefore indicative that the name, Kaduna, was taken up by Lord Frederick Lugard and his colonial colleagues when they moved the capital of the then Northern Region from Zungeru to Kaduna in 1916. This move of the colonial office to Kaduna started in 1912-1918/20 with the initial effort having been made in 1902 from Jebba to Zungeru.

At the start of British colonial rule in northern Nigeria the people groups who live in the area became 'Northern Nigerians'- a construct which continues even today. By 1967 these people groups again were carved into 'North Central State'; this was the case until 1975 that 'Kaduna State' was formerly created by the then military leader, Gen. Murtala Mohammed, with all distinct identities amalgamated into one state without a referendum. The state hence is the successor of the old Northern Region of Nigeria, which had its capital at Kaduna which is now the state capital to about 6.3 million people (Nigerian census figure, 2006).

In 1967, the old Northern Region was divided into six states in the north, leaving Kaduna as the capital of North-Central State, whose name was changed to Kaduna State in 1976. Meanwhile, Kaduna State was further divided in 1987, creating Katsina State. Under the governance of Kaduna are the ancient cities of Zaria, Kafanchan, and Nok, the area where Africa's earliest civilization is recorded to have been excavated. The most intriguing aspect of this area is that the colonial construction and its post-colonial successor called 'Nigeria' hardly documented the history or the method of how Kaduna state's people groups encompassed in these constructs define and identify themselves as such the people groups who populate the area have lived in near oblivion or obscurity as they often are thought of as Hausa people.

The current governor of Kaduna state is Mallam Nasir el-Rufa'i.

Local Government Areas

Kaduna State consists of twenty-three (23) Local Government Areas. They are:


Kaduna State, north central Nigeria, is politically classified as belonging to the now 'North - West' zone of the current six Geo - political zones of Nigeria. It is populated by about 59 to 63 different ethnic groups, if not more, with the exactitude of the number requiring further verification through genuine field work [Hayab, 2014]. The question ted as id in the last paragraph with the Hausa and Fulani as the dominant ethnic groups followed by at least 60 others. These groups include:

  1. Adara (dubbed Kadara)
  2. Akurmi (labelled Kurama by the Hausa)
  3. Anghan (dubbed Kamanton by the Hausa)
  4. Amo
  5. Aruruma (named Ruruma by the Hausa)
  6. Atachaat (dubbed Kachechere)
  7. Atyab (dubbed Kataf by the Hausa)
  8. Ayu
  9. Bajju (dubbed Kaje by the Hausa)
  10. Bakulu (Ikulu by the Hausa)
  11. Bhazar (named Koro)
  12. Bur (Sanga)
  13. Binawa
  14. Dingi
  15. Fantswam
  16. Fulfulde
  17. Gbagyi (Gwari in Hausa)
  18. Gure
  19. Gwandara
  20. Gwong (Kagoma in Hausa)
  21. Ham (dubbed Jaba in Hausa, which is a derogatory name)
  22. Hausa
  23. Jangi (dubbed Gwari by the Hausa)
  24. Kaibi
  25. Kahugu
  26. Kanufi
  27. Kigono
  28. Kinugu
  29. Kitimi
  30. Kiwafa
  31. Kiwollo
  32. Koro
  33. Kuvori (called Surubu)
  34. Kuturmi
  35. Lemoro * not sure
  36. Mada (Mardan) Mada must have migrated during colonial rule
  37. Nandu
  38. Nduyah
  39. Numana
  40. Nindem
  41. Ningeshe
  42. Ninkyop
  43. Ninzo
  44. Nyenkpa (Yeskwa)
  45. Oegworok
  46. Pikal
  47. Pitti
  48. Ribang
  49. Rishuwa
  50. Rumada
  51. Ruruma
  52. Rumayya
  53. Shemawa * Hausa name?
  54. Sholio (Dubbed Marwa)
  55. Siyawa (Bauchi state?)
  56. Takad, (Attakar)
  57. Tarri
  58. Tsam (Chawai)
  59. Tuku (Atuku by the Hausa)

Available records show that Christian mission activities in the area began formally in the 1900s with the establishment of Sudan Interior Mission (S.I.M.) in the Ham town of Har Kwain (Kwoi), hence today these people groups are predominantly Christians. Culturally, the people groups of the then southern Zaria who now see themselves as southern Kaduna, with some exception it must be acknowledged, share a lot in the cultural practices of marriage rites, naming, burial, farming, social organisations, kinship, etc. Until full scale research is undertaken, the diversity of Kaduna state remains blurred as some ethnic groups are so small in population that they are often overshadowed by the larger groups who live near them.[3]


Kaduna is one of the education centers in Nigeria, with many colleges and the most recognized university in Nigeria


Kaduna State has over 1,000 primary healthcare facilities to cater to every resident - even in the most remote village or ward of the state. To further improve on healthcare delivery, in 2016, the Kaduna State Government partnered with the UK Department For International Development (DFID) to install over 1.3MW of Solar Systems in primary healthcare facilities across the state.[4]


  1. ^ "2006 PHC Priority Tables – NATIONAL POPULATION COMMISSION". population.gov.ng. Retrieved 2017-10-10. 
  2. ^ a b "C-GIDD (Canback Global Income Distribution Database)". Canback Dangel. Retrieved 2008-08-20. 
  3. ^ http://www.onlinenigeria.com/map.gif
  4. ^ "Energy | Kaduna State Government". www.kdsg.gov.ng. Retrieved 2017-05-02. 


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External links

  • Kaduna State Media Corporation
  • Official State Government Website
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