Kano Town was Founded by an Igbo Trader

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  • Tuesday, 18 September 2012
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  • Nosagie Nosa-Ero
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  • Do You know that the Town Kwankwaso in Kano State, the Home of the State Governor, Dr Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso was founded by an Igbo Trader, Mr Okonkwo about 90years ago?
    Kano formed by an Igbo man
    Img: Okuru

    The Story.
    An Igbo trader called Mr. Okonkwo found a convenient farm gate site along the railway track leading to Kano where he could buy, thresh and mill groundnut. He set up his thresher and mill and erected a signboard reading "OKONKWO & SONS ENTERPRISES". Soon he started getting patronage from neighboring villagers and farmers who found it convenient for trade because of proximity to the railway. With time, the spot became lively with business activities and people started erecting huts and market stalls.

    By this time, OKONKWO AND SONS was being pronounced "Kwakwason" by the locals. Thus a famer or people from neighboring settlements would say "I am going over to kwankwason to thresh my groundnuts"

    So it was that the town of KWANKWASO established. There is nobody born over 90years ago who would claim he was born in Kwankwaso. - Written by Danjuma Azemobo Musa [via Elombah perspectives]

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