Zaria was formally Gbagyi land before they were displaced after a battle that scattered them far and wide. Some of the places I mentioned in the previous chapters I have personally visited them. Around NTA Kaduna I can show you the premises where Gbagyi stayed because I saw where my people use to make fire to cook – we call it Anase in Gbagyi and murhu in Hausa.

Moreover there were continuous attacks on Gbagyi settlements which hitherto gave rise to their settlementĀ near caves, forest and hills. After successful sporadic attacks on them, Gbagyi chiefs finally succumbed to the Emir Zazzau. It is clear that traces of Gbagyi can still be seen in Zaria.

However, it is worthy of note that if you go to Kanjimi Dam and a few other places around it you will find the ancient city walls built by Gbagyi people. Likewise, close to Jaji, there is old town which use to be called Wosolo in Gbagyi and now known as Ansolo in Hausa. It is a place where my people used to make pots in those days. One could clearly see the remains of the ancient city walls built by Gbagyi people before they were scattered in the heat of the war.

Anybody who once lived among the Gbagyi people can testify that the Gbagyi scarcely react to pressure except when fully pushed to the coarse surface of the walls. Gbagyi are never troublesome, they are good people and would only react when they are left with no option. The walls explain that the Gbagyi were once an organized people but violent people would not allowed them to live in peace. I want say here that such a time and era has pass!!!!!!!

Danlami Gajere

Danlami Gajere

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