NIGERIA: The Sardauna

To lure away the vultures that are ever present in Kano, even on the tree-shaded grounds of Kano's Central Hotel, carrion had been dumped outside the city, and by the time the royal visitors flew in last week scarcely a bird could be seen. The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, representing their niece, Queen Elizabeth, were on their way to Kaduna to attend the biggest durbar (homage to princes) in northern Nigeria's history.

For three hours at Kaduna. 3,000 turbaned horsemen, 7,000 warriors in medieval chain mail, archers, lancers, musketeers, musicians, dancers,...

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