Being  the custodian of religion and culture, the  emirate council customarily organizes festivities and ceremonies to mark special occasions. The ceremonies elegantly and adorably display the best of our proud Heritage. Among the special occasions that are being marked include the two Islamic Eid-fitir and Eid-Adha. They  are  marked  with 3 day of 
Hawan Sallah, 
Hawan Bariki, 
Hawan Shuwari 

The ceremonies feature a large procession of more than a  thousand  horsemen dressed in colorful costumes followed by  musicians and dancers in a carnival like atmosphere. The horses are equally decorated with silver and gold ornaments to complement the colors and importance of the rider. The procession is watched by thousands of on lookers lined up in the streets cheering the participants. The evenings are spent watching  various cultural dances  and displays of musical talents, at the Emir’s palace.
There are less colorful but equally important ceremonies that displays the rich cultural and religious heritage of the Emirate such as mini-Durbar, installations  and turbaning ceremonies.


Hawan sallah a Dutse - Part 1


Hawan sallah a Dutse Part 2

Sallah Festivals
Hawan Sallah Karama [Eid- Fitir]  
Hawan Sallah Babba [Eid- Kabir]

Fishing Festivals

Regular Festivals 
Wasan Danbe [Traditional Boxing]
Wasan Kokawa [Traditional Wrestling]
Wasan Sharo [Fulani Beatings]

 The purpose of creating this site is as a result of many enquiries from historians and others interested in understanding our history since the creation of Jigawa State of Nigeria. Dutse [Gadawur] was relatively unknown to many people except academics even within the old Kano State. There is little wonder therefore when General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida announced the creation of Jigawa State and Dutse [Gadawur] as its capital city. Many people protested the sighting of the capital at Dutse, while there were at that time more prominent towns such as Hadejia, Gumel and Kazaure in the state.


Historical evidences available in our ltratures, shows Dutse [Gadawur] as one of the oldest urban centres within the Old Kano state. It was infact second to Birnin Kano itself. It was inhabited by many ethinic groups long before the 15th centuray, such as the [Fulbe] Genawa, Wangarawa, [Kanuri], and [Hausa] Digawa. Birnin Gija which is a few kilometres north of Dutse Gadawur is well known to historians as one of the oldest trading centres out side Birnin Kano. The conquest of the Saifawa by the el-kanemi and taking over the administration at Birnin Gazargamu futher brought about a large number of Fulbe immigrants to Dutse Gadawur, namely the Jalligawa and Yalligawa clans.