Al-Mahram International Journal

  • Abbreviation: Al-Mahram Int. J.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 0794-3318
  • DOI: 10.5897/AIJ
  • Start Year: 2020
  • Published Articles: 10

Full Length Research Paper

Heritage management in the Sokoto Rima Basin: A Case Study of Alkalawa in Sabon Birni Local Government Area of Sokoto State

Isa Muhammad

  • Article Number - 670EEE767309
  • Vol.9(1), pp. 101-116 , November 2020
  •  Received: 11 February 2020
  •  Accepted: 10 July 2020
  •  Published: 30 November 2020


 Alkalawa is an abandoned settlement site, located ten kilometers away from SabonBirni Local Government Area Sokoto State Nigeria. It has got some archaeological features like; grave yard, dye pits, ruins of defensive wall, historical manuscript which speak a lot about the heritage of Gobir people who settled in this site. The site is currently enlisted as one of the tourist site in Sokoto State because of its archaeological potentials. The Ministry of Arts and Tourism started a site Museum which is uncompleted and It also attract people from within and outside Nigeria who come to seek spiritual blessing from the grave of Bawa Jan Gwarzo and other rulers of Gobir Kingdom. Despite these potentials the site is currently managed by the inhabitant of the present day Alkalawa village. Little or no support is coming from the State Government in safeguarding these archaeological resources and the site is under threat due to intensive farming and desertification. This paper attempts to suggest ways towards managing and protecting this historical site for the purpose of education, tourism and economic activities.
Keywords: Heritage Management, Sokoto Rima and Archaeological potentials.