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Katsina, usually referred to as Katsina State to distinguish it from the city of Katsina, is a state in North West zone of Nigeria. Its capital is Katsina, and its Governor is Aminu Bello Masari, a member of the All Progressives Congress. Katsina State was carved out of old Kaduna State in 1987.

Katsina State
Flag of Katsina State
Location of Katsina State in Nigeria
Location of Katsina State in Nigeria
Coordinates: 12°15′N 7°30′E / 12.250°N 7.500°E / 12.250; 7.500Coordinates: 12°15′N 7°30′E / 12.250°N 7.500°E / 12.250; 7.500
Country Nigeria
Date created23 September 1987
 • Governor
Aminu Bello Masari (APC)
 • Deputy GovernorMannir Yakubu
 • Senators
 • Total24,192 km2 (9,341 sq mi)
Area rank17th of 36
 (2006 census)
 • Total5,801,584[1]
 • Rank5th of 36
 • Year2007
 • Total$6.02 billion[2]
 • Per capita$1,017[2]
Time zoneUTC+01 (WAT)
ISO 3166 codeNG-KT
HDI (2016)0.303[3] · 35th of 36
WebsiteOfficial website


The Hausa people (sometimes grouped with the Fulani as Hausa-Fulani) are the largest ethnic group.[4]


The state is predominantly Muslim, and Gobarau Minaret is an important building. Sharia is valid in the entire state. The Church of Nigeria has a Diocese of Katsina.[5] The Redeemed Christian Church of God and the Roman Catholic Church are fairly present in the state.[6][7]

Local Government AreasEdit


Katsina State is a centre of both formal and informal education. Currently it has Federal College of Education Katsina, Hassan Usman Katsina Polytechnic, Federal University Dutsin-Ma, the federal University of katsina state, which was renamed after the late President Umaru Musa Yar'adua, Umaru Musa Yar'adua University, Alqalam University Katsina; Yusufu Bala Usman College of Legal, and General Studies, Daura and the School of Basic and Remedial Studies, Funtua (SBRS/ABU Funtua) and Isa Kaita College of Education Dutsin-Ma, located at Dutsin-ma town.

Notable people from Katsina StateEdit

The Emir of Katsina, Muhammad Dikko dan Gidado, and other officials, 1911


  1. ^ "2006 PHC Priority Tables – NATIONAL POPULATION COMMISSION". Retrieved 2017-10-10.
  2. ^ a b "C-GIDD (Canback Global Income Distribution Database)". Canback Dangel. Retrieved 2008-08-20.
  3. ^ "National Human Development Report 2018" (PDF).
  4. ^ Nkromah, Gamal. "Nigeria fastened with nails". Al-Ahram Weekly Online. Al-Ahram Weekly. Archived from the original on 2007-05-04. Retrieved 2007-04-24.
  5. ^ [1] Archived January 11, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-10-08. Retrieved 2011-08-22.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ "Two churches destroyed in Bauchi State, Nigeria". Retrieved 22 May 2017.