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Kanta Museum Argungu

Kanta Museum is a museum in Argungu, Nigeria, adjacent to the main market. Built in 1831, the building was named after Muhammed Kanta, who founded the Kebbi Kingdom in 1515. It 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. After the building became vacant, on July 1, 1958 it opened as a museum, offering an insight into the turbulent history of Kebbi State.

The museum is divided into eleven compartments and has a notable collection of weapons, consisting of charms, spears, swords, wood, stones, bows and arrows, local guns and even drums on display. The ancient architectural beauty of the museum is maintained with minimal renovations and reconstruction. It retains its historic charm; and the view from outside is of ancient northern Nigerian structure and edifice.

The Emir, Alhaji Samaila Mera, comes into the museum every Friday after the Jumat service to pay homage to his ancestors by sitting for a time on the ancient throne.

Not surprising, since the museum also serves as a royal tomb; all past Emirs of Kebbi kingdom have been interred there The Kanta Museum is a fascinating treasure house for those seeking a more reflective experience of Argungu and its environs."

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