Market in Sokoto
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The Sokoto State, which was formed in the year 1976, is located in Northwestern Nigeria. Since its formation as a state from the divergence of the previous North-western State into Niger and Sokoto states, Sokoto has been run by governors who succeeded each other at short time periods.

As a region, Sokoto has a long history. During the sovereignty of Fulani Empire in the nineteenth century, it was a significant Fula state. Sokoto, which took in the whole Nigerian northwest area, became a region of the British territory of Nigeria from 1900 with the conquest of British armies.

In the year 1967, not too long following Nigerian liberty from the British, Sokoto came to be considered as the North-western State. In 1976, the territory was divided into Niger State and Sokoto State. And later on, the Kebbi State and Zamfara State separated from the Sokoto State.

The state of Sokoto is chiefly populated by the Hausa people. Majority of the Sokoto State inhabitants are Sunni Muslims.

The state of Sokoto is in the arid Sahel, enclosed by remote hills and sandy savannah. With 23.8 degrees Celsius as a yearly average temperature, Sokoto is generally an extremely hot place. But, highest day temperatures are generally lower than 40 degrees Celsius for most of the year and the aridity makes the high temperature just bearable. The hottest months are from February to April when day temperatures can go beyond 45 degrees. The wet season would be from June until October when showers are an everyday occurrence.

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