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Ene Unravels Zaria | From The Horse’s Mouth

Ene Unravels Zaria

If the name Ene rings a bell, that’s because she did a post for us when she went to Yobe State and Maiduguri. Now shes’s back to dish on her visit to Zaria and finding a Dam which not a lot of outsiders (and even insiders) know of.

Read and enjoy.

Give us a brief description of where you went and what the trip was about.

I went back to Zaria in Kaduna state. I once lived on campus in ABU Zaria. I grew up there.

There were some parts in Zaria I had never been to so since I was in Zaria for Easter, I thought I would put that right. I went to see the Emir’s palace, then we stumbled on the Zaria dam.


Inside the emir’s palace


Zaria Dam


Was accommodation required for this trip? If yes where did you stay and what was it like?

I had accommodation as part of my family still lives in Zaria. But for those looking to visit, staying on campus would be a good idea. There is a place just right by the staff club and another place in the Agricultural department.

If on the other hand, you might like to stay outside the campus, there are also options.


What was the most surprising thing you saw or did?

Most surprising I think was the ease with which we (my siblings and I) could get into the Emir’s palace. It made me wonder why we didn’t go a long time ago. We visited on Easter Monday which was a public holiday. The staff mentioned to us that if we had gone on a working day, we would have met the Emir.


What was your best moment of the entire trip?

I don’t know what it was but there was a sense of pride in discovering a part of the history of the town I spent years growing up in.

What was the scariest moment (if any)?

We visited Zaria dam after the Emir’s palace and the reality of global warming dawned on me and got me concerned. The water is drying up quite fast and a considerable amount of it is gone. The water level is far from what it used to be.


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