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The Red Walls of Bida

Bida is located halfway between Lagos and Kano in Nigeria. Bida is the capital of the kingdom of the Nupe, a Muslim people with a great past. Bida was once surrounded by a wall as were many cities in antiquity. The city walls were designed to withstand lengthy sieges. However, mud walls are not built to withstand the march of time and neglect. Today, only two short examples of the red walls of Bida remain.

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Date Taken: 02.2015
Date Uploaded: 04.2015
Photo Location: Bida, Nigeria
Copyright: © Lesley Lababidi