A Social history of the 4 Local Government Areas of the project - Building Collaboration, Partnerships and Political Commitment to Delay Early Marriage and the Onset Of Childbearing in Northern Nigeria

Dagatai

Ajingi is the name of a town and an LGA in the Southern Kano state. It was created out of Gaya Local Government in 1996. Traditionally, Ajingi and Albasu are still regarded as part of Kasar Gaya. The first settlers were said to be Kanuri people from present day Machina, Yobe state. Their first settlement was a place called Zango. From this place, the population gradually spread to other parts of Ajingi. Although, Kanuri were the first settlers, but now Ajinga is predominantly Fulani, leaving only Gulya as the main base of the Kanuri. It has an area of 714 km² and a population of 174,137 according to the 2006 census.

In the traditional political setting, Ajingi have twenty (20) village heads (Dagatai) under the district head. The district head is presently Alhaji Wada Aliyu, a western oriented aristocrat and a former federal permanent secretary. Below is a list of the villages under the twenty Dagatai:

1. Toranke
2. Karad’agaji
3. Gafasa
4. Jiyayya
5. Karar Makama
6. Hunk’urawa
7. Ajingi
8. Dundun
9. ‘Yan Wawa
10. Dabi
11. Fagawa
12. Balare
13. Cula
14. Sakarawa
15. ‘Kawari
16. Guddub’a
17. Unguwar Bai
18. Kadiri
19. Gulya
20. Fulatan

Ajingi LG have ten (10) political wards each under a councilor who represent the community in the Local Government Council. Each ward is made-up of two villages and they are in the following order:

1. Toranke- Karad’agaji
2. Jiyayye-Gafasa
3. Kunkurawa-‘Kara
4. Ajingi-Sakalawa
5. Dundun-‘Yan Wawa
6. Cula-Kawari
7. Guddub’a-Gulya
8. Unguwai-Kadori
9. Fulatan-Dabi
10. Fagawa-Balare

The main occupation of the people of Ajingi is farming. The people specialize in hand craft, especially pottery. There are also people from southern Nigeria mainly Igbo and Yoruba. The southerners are mostly mechanics or shopkeepers. Ajingi has one of the biggest rural markets in Kano called the Larabar Zango. It is a weekly market taking place every Wednesday and it is considered the backbone of the economy of the town and the neighboring villages.

The first primary school was established in 1958 in Toranke, and three years after another was established in Ajingi town. Now, there are many primary and secondary schools in LGA. Regrettably, there is no single higher institution of learning in the entire LG. The Village Head of Toranke is very proud of western education when he states that: “The brighter houses in my domain are mostly the houses of the western educated or the parents of the western educated.” There are also modern Islamiyyah Schools in the area and the traditional makarantar allo. Tsangayar Malam Safiyanu is one of the famous traditional Qur’anic schools in the area. The life is predominantly rural with little modernity in architecture. The population is almost 100% Muslims. Most of the youth in the area belong to the Izalah sect. The elderly are mostly members of the Tijjaniyya. Ajingi have a total of 31 mosques, out of which Toranke have four Juma’at Mosques.

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