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GIDAN MADAKIN BAUCHI IN KAFIN MADAKI, BAUCHI STATE

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Declared a National Monument 16th February, 1956. The house and compound at Kafin Madaki, 28 miles(45km) north of Bauchi, known as Gidan Madakin, Bauchi was built in 1860 by the celebrated master builder Babban Gwani of Zaria. The building is sometimes refered to as Babban GwaniThe main hall (and some other buildings) within the compound of the Madakin Bauchi are the work of Babban Gwani, who was renowned in Hausaland for his skill during the period from1850-1860. This building is considered one of the great achievements of Hausa architecture. He died in Birnin Gwari in about 1862 at the hands of his Patron who would tolerate no other ruler acquiring a house finer than his own. The Zaure or entrance hall is a room 3.96m(13ft) x 8.53m(28ft) and has a flat roof supported on four massive square columns. Nine bays are formed and the roof is constructed of Azara timber and mud. The Babban Gwani or main hall with its ancient traditions and unspoilt architectural character is justly among the most revered buildings with its splendid type of domed roof and very impressive arches. The main hall is fitted with leather covered doors. It is approximately 6.1m(20ft) x 4.6m(15ft) and its roof is supported by one central beam. The walls surrounding the structure vary in size. The south side perimeter wall is approximately 13.4m(44ft) long by 4.6m(15ft) high and has been periodically restored. The North-east perimeter wall is about 9.5m(31ft) long and 6.1m(20ft) high.
Ginda Madakin



Gidan Madakin