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Mud Wall, Kano, Nigeria – various stages of decay

Mud Wall, Kano, Nigeria - various stages of decay

Surrounding the old city center of Kano, Nigeria, there was a 18m high, 25 km long man-made mud wall. It was built with the few local resources of the time: Sand, grass, clotting agents like dung, made into pear-shapd tubali. These were sun-dried and stacked to form the wall. Outer finishing included hand-made patterns, often rendering an impressive structure.

It is a very old wall, dating back more then 1000 years. Once concidered one of the most valuable heritages of Africa, it is now being encroached from both sides – both by locals shacks and nouveaux riches’ estates. Erosion and lack of maintenance might soon let these impressive structures be lost to the sands of time.

This video depicts the various stages of decay of the wall, and the newer style gate Kano government decided to put in place of the old city wall.

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