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Nigeria, Bruce 1930

An amateur silent film illustrating the people and places of northern Nigeria, by Charles Bruce. From daily market life to adobe architecture, the film also features ceremonies and horse racing at a traditional Durbar.

Amateur film 1930 16 mins Silent


Charles Bruce captures the Durbar Festival – an annual event celebrated during the Muslim festivals of Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha a tradition of the Hausa people for over 500 years. The great mosque at Kano is shown as an example of adobe architecture and ornament. Horse racing, in the European-style is also recorded in the city.