‘Village of Idiots’ celebrates new name

The Emir of Karaye has officially announced the change of name

YALWAR KADANA, Nigeria – People in northern Nigeria are celebrating the renaming of their village from Area of Idiots to Area of Plenty.


The local emir announced the Hausa-language name change after residents complained that they had been mocked for years and were ashamed to tell people where they came from.

“It was shameful telling people outside I come from Unguwar Wawaye [Area of Idiots] but now I can proudly say I come from Yalwar Kadana [Area of Plenty],” resident Bala Sani said

“We thank the emir for this gesture.”

The village, in Kano state, gained its initial name about 70 years ago when people settled close to a river known as Idiotic River.

It is not clear why the river has that name.

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