Minna is a city (estimated population 304,113 in 2007) in west central Nigeria. It's the capital of Niger State, one of Nigeria's 36 federal states.
Minna is connected to neighboring cities by road. Abuja
, the capital, is only 150 km away. Minna is also connected by railroad to both Kano
in the north and Ibadan
in the south. The city also has an airport.
, guinea corn
, and ginger
are the main agricultural products of the city. The economy also supports cattle trading, brewing, shea nut
processing and gold
Traditional industries and crafts in Minna include leather
, and cloth weaving.
Archaeological evidence suggests settlement in the area dates back to about 47,000-37,000 years ago. Muslim
culture filtered into Minna by way of the ancient Saharan trade routes and the city contains many mosques
and Muslim organizations. Minna is the home of Nigeria's former military President Gen. Ibrahim B. Babangida
, and of former Head of State Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar
Minna is also the seat of the Federal University of Technology
, that is located in Gidan-Kwanu and Bosso.