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State: Katsina
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Daura is a city, emirate, and Local Government Area in Katsina State, northern Nigeria. It is the spiritual home of the Hausa people.

Daura is the city that Bayajidda, a figure from Hausa mythology, arrived at after his trek across the Sahara. Once there, he killed a snake (named Sarki) who prevented the people from drawing water from the well, and the local queen, Magajiya Daurama, married him out of gratitude; one of their seven children was named Daura. The well in Daura where Bayajidda is said to have slew Sarki is housed in a museum and has become a tourist attraction.

Daura is an emirate, and is referred to as one of the \seven true Hausa states\ (Hausa Bakwai) because it was, (along with Biram, Kano, Katsina, Zaria (Zazzau), Gobir, and Rano), ruled by the descendants of Bayajidda's sons with Daurama and Magaram, (his first wife). As of 2007, Daura still has an emir.

In 1805, during the Fulani War, Daura was taken over by Fulani warrior Malam Ishaku, who set up an emirate. The Hausa set up rival states nearby, and the ruler of one, Malam Musa, was made the new emir of Daura by the British in 1904. Once part of Kaduna State, Daura became part of the new Katsina State in 1987.





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