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Horsemen at the traditional Ramadan festival at the Sultan's Palace in the Hausa city of Zinder. ◆Niger - Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Niger #Niger

Horsemen at the traditional Ramadan festival at the Sultan's Palace in the Hausa city of Zinder. ◆Niger - Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Niger #Niger

Africa | Royal cavalier and horse dressed in ceremonial finery during the Sallah celebrations in the Hausa city Katsina, Nigeria. | ©Carol Beckwith and Angela Fisher

Africa | Royal cavalier and horse dressed in ceremonial finery during the Sallah celebrations in the Hausa city Katsina, Nigeria. | ©Carol Beckwith and Angela Fisher

Royal cavalier and horse dressed in ceremonial finery during the Sallah celebrations in the Hausa city Katsina, Nigeria

Royal cavalier and horse dressed in ceremonial finery during the Sallah celebrations in the Hausa city Katsina, Nigeria

Muslims dominated the Songhay Kingdom and had a capitol at Gao. Muslims spread influences even to regions without Islamic states. The first muslin ruler of Kano made the Hausa city a center of Muslim learning.

Muslims dominated the Songhay Kingdom and had a capitol at Gao. Muslims spread influences even to regions without Islamic states. The first muslin ruler of Kano made the Hausa city a center of Muslim learning.

The Fulani War of 1804–1808 was a military tragedy in what is today Nigeria and Cameroon.  The war began when Usman dan Fodio, a prominent Islamic scholar and teacher, was exiled from the Hausa city-state of Gobir by King Yunfa, one of his former students. Usman dan Fodio assembled a Fulani army to lead in jihad against the Hausa kingdoms.  The forces of Usman dan Fodio slowly took over more and more of the Hausa kingdoms, capturing Gobir in 1808 and executing Yunfa.

The Fulani War of 1804–1808 was a military tragedy in what is today Nigeria and Cameroon. The war began when Usman dan Fodio, a prominent Islamic scholar and teacher, was exiled from the Hausa city-state of Gobir by King Yunfa, one of his former students. Usman dan Fodio assembled a Fulani army to lead in jihad against the Hausa kingdoms. The forces of Usman dan Fodio slowly took over more and more of the Hausa kingdoms, capturing Gobir in 1808 and executing Yunfa.

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