This blog features the Nigerian Durbar in Northern Nigeria. Much of the traditions seen at the Durbar are the result of culture diffusion by way of the Saharan trade routes between North Africa and the Middle East over the centuries. The history, culture, and traditions celebrated during the Durbar are revealed in beautifully handcrafted and dyed textiles, turbans, leather-works, armor, musical instrument handed down from generations to generations for the yearly celebrations.
As a connoisseur of authentic and traditional handicrafts, Nomad4now – heritage crafts focus is to highlight handmade crafts in Nigeria starting with the Durbar heritage.
I am the author of Cairo’s Street Stories:Exploring the City’s Statues, Squares, Bridges, Gardens, and Sidewalk Cafés (AUC Press, 2008), Cairo: The Practical Guide (AUC Press,15th edition, 2012), Cairo: The Family Guide (AUC Press, 4th Edition, 2010), Silent No More Special Needs People in Egypt (AUC Press, 2002), Paddle Your Own Canoe An American Woman’s Passage Into Nigeria (Spectrum Books, 1997), and Bahgory Legacy (Obelisque Publications, 2013). My articles and photographs are found in: Modern African Culture, Obelisque Magazine, Horus, Turath, Persimmon Tree Magazine, ARCE newsletter and various other Egyptian publications.
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