Keffipronunciation Local Government Area and also is a traditional or commercial town in Nasarawa north central Nigeria Its headquarters are in the town of Keffi. Keffi is 50 kilometers from Abuja. Nasarawa State university is located in Keffi sitting along Keffi-Akwanga express way.[1][2][3]

keffi hausa/fulani
LGA and Town
Country Nigeria
StateNasarawa State
HeadquartersKeffi Town
 • Typechairman Hon. Baba shehu
 • emirDr. Shehu cindo yamusa lll
Time zoneUTC+1 (WAT)

It has an area of 138 km2 and a population of about 92,664 at the 2006 census.[1] The postal code of the area is 961.[4]

History edit

Keffi town was founded around 1802 by a Fulani warrior leader Abdu Zanga who took the title of emir.[5] His small dominion was subject to the Zaria emirate to which it had to pay an annual tribute of slaves.[6][1]

In 1902 Keffi was the location of an incident that led to the British invasion of Northern Nigeria, after the "magaji", a representative of the Zaria sultan killed a British officer. When the Magaji found refuge in Kano, this was the pretext for Lugard to invade the northern caliphate.[7][8][1]

Geography edit

Climate edit

Keffi LGA covers 138 square kilometers in total and experiences average temperatures of 30 degrees Celsius. The dry and wet seasons are the two main seasons in the region, and the average humidity in the LGA is 42 percent.[9][10]

Keffi has a tropical wet and dry or savanna climate (Classification: Aw) and is zero meters (0 feet) above sea level. The district averages a yearly temperature of 30.27oC 86.49oF, which is 0.81% warmer than the national average for Nigeria. Keffi generally experiences 160.03 wet days 43.84% of the time and receives about 140.81 millimeters of precipitation annually, or 5.54 inches.[11][12]

In Keffi, the dry season is partly gloomy, the wet season is oppressive, and it's hot all year round. The average annual temperature ranges from 63 to 96 degrees Fahrenheit, rarely falling below 57 or rising over 102.[13][14]

Between January 28 and April 13, a 2.5-month period known as the "hot season," with an average daily high temperature of more than 93 °F. With an average high of 96 °F and low of 73 °F, March is the hottest month of the year in Keffi.[15][16]

The 3.7-month cool season, which runs from June 20 to October 11, has an average daily maximum temperature of less than 85 °F. With an average low of 63 °F and high of 90 °F, December is the coldest month of the year in Keffi.[17]

The average proportion of sky covered by clouds in Keffi varies significantly seasonally throughout the year.[18][19]

In Keffi, the 3.7-month-long clearer season starts about November 7 and ends around February 26.[20]

December is the clearest month of the year in Keffi, with the sky remaining clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 53% of the time on average.[21][22]

Beginning around February 26 and lasting for 8.4 months, the cloudier period of the year ends around November 7.[23][24]

May is the cloudiest month of the year in Keffi, with the sky being overcast or mostly cloudy 84% of the time on average during this month.[25][26][27]

Economy edit

In the Keffi LGA, there are numerous mineral resources, including those for tin and columbite. Crops including millet, sorghum, yams, and cotton are also grown in the region, making farming another important economic activity there. The Kefi cattle market, which draws hundreds of buyers and sellers, is one of many markets that are held in the Keffi LGA, where trade is also thriving. Animal husbandry and handicrafts are two other significant economic pursuits of the residents of Keffi LGA. Additionally, Keffi is home to numerous officially and privately owned banks, hotels, and other institutions.[9][28]

Town edit

Villages and Places under Keffi Local Governments Area.[3]

Angwan Iya

Angwan Rimi

Anguwan Jaba

Anguwan Maiganga


Angwan Salabu

Dan Dabi


Gangare Tudu




Kaibo Mada

Keffi East

Kofar Goriya

Liman Abaji


Sabon Gari



Yar Kadde


Notable people edit

References edit

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