Kontagora is an important town and the capital city of Kontagora Emirate in north-west Niger State, Nigeria. The town is located on the southern bank of the Kontagora River and lies on the highway between Jebba and Kaduna. It was formerly made up of 5 districts namely; Aguarra, Dakka-Karri, Kambari, Dukwa and Ngaski which formed the emirate of Kontagora, a dependency of Sokoto Caliphate. An attack on the emirate in 1901 brought it under British rule, making it the first province in the British Protectorate of Northern Nigeria until independence in 1960. Kontangora town now consists of Kontangora emirates namely; the chiefdom of Wushish, the territories of Sarkin Bauchi and the chiefdom of Kagara.
The town is a major cultivator of cotton, peanuts and groundnuts. Other agricultural produce cultivated include: millet, sorghum, cowpeas, tobacco, beans, shea butter, kola nuts and gum arabic. Considerable trade in locally dyed and woven cotton clothes, sorghum beer, gold artifacts, brass wares and various livestock influence the economy of the town. A federal college of education, a plastic sack industry and hospital are located in Kontagora.
ATTRACTIONS IN KONTAGORA
Some of the major attractions around Kontagora include: the Kainji National Park, the Gurara Water Falls, the mysterious Soje Hut, Bina Footprints, Mayanka Falls, Nagwamatse Well and the spectacular view from the Baro Empire Hill. Other attractions include: the Gani Cultural festival, Dutse Mai Nono translated “the hill with breasts” and the renowned Dr Ladi Kwali Pottery Centre.
HOTELS IN KONTAGORA
The Hamson International Hotel is a great place to stay in Kontagora. The Hotel is spacious and very conducive. It also has on-site restaurant where you can get decent meals. Behind the Niger Supermarket is Had Resources Hotel which is also a good choice when considering places to stay in the town. Kontagora hotels can be easily booked on Jumia Travel and at the best price.