Kanta Museum Argungu
The Kanta Museum is a historical and cultural gem located in Argungu, Nigeria. Situated adjacent to the main market, the museum's building was constructed in 1831 and named after Muhammed Kanta, who founded the Kebbi Kingdom in 1515. The building 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, this old building became vacant. Recognizing its historical value, it was opened as a museum on July 1, 1958, serving as a window into the rich and turbulent history of Kebbi State.
The Kanta Museum is divided into eleven compartments, each holding a piece of the region's historical narrative. The museum boasts a notable collection of weapons, including charms, spears, swords, wood, stones, bows and arrows, local guns, and even drums. The museum is a testament to the ancient architectural beauty of the region, with minimal renovations and reconstruction, thus maintaining its historical charm. The exterior view of the museum echoes the ancient northern Nigerian structure and edifice.
A unique tradition takes place every Friday in the museum when the Emir, Alhaji Samaila Mera, visits the museum after the Jumat service. He pays homage to his ancestors by sitting for a while on the ancient throne. This is not surprising, considering that the museum also serves as a royal tomb; all past Emirs of Kebbi kingdom have been interred there. The Kanta Museum is a treasure trove for those seeking a deep and reflective understanding of Argungu and its surrounding regions.
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