The Kano Chronicle
is a written account of the history
of the Hausa people
who inhabit northern Nigeria
. Although it relates only to Kano
, it is typically drawn upon to explain the early history of the Hausa as a whole. This chronicle, a list of rulers of Kano stretching back to the tenth century AD, tells of eleven corporate clans of animists (such as salt-extractors, brewers, or smiths) who were warned by their spiritual leader that a stranger would come and cut down their sacred tree and wrest their dominion from them: “If he comes not in your time, assuredly he will come in the time of your children, and will conquer all in this country” (Palmer 1928: III: 98). Indeed, a man named Bagauda allegedly arrived soon after, conquered, and became the first king of Kano (Palmer 1928: III: 97-100). The existing version was probably written in the 1890s but represents the amalgamation of earlier works.
- Palmer, H. R. 1928. Sudanese Memoirs. 3 volumes. Lagos: Government Printer.
- John Hunwick. Kano kinglists