Historic kingdom and headquarters of Yauri traditional Emirate, Kebbi state, Northwestern Nigeria. The date of its founding is unknown, but by the mid-14th century it was considered one of the most important states of the Hausa-speaking peoples. A political power with complete system of government which predates the legendary Sokoto . The walls of its first capital, Bin Yauri (Birnin Yauri,)—traditionally said to date from the 10th century—have long been in ruins. Yauri's 5th and 11th kings (Yauri and Jerabana II, respectively) are both credited with establishing Islam as the state religion.
Since that time—through British rule (1901–60) and Nigerian independence (since 1960)—Yelwa has remained the traditional seat of the emirate and the chief trade center. Crops are grown for export on the fertile Niger River flood plain. Most of the population of the emirate is composed of members of the Kambari, Reshe/gungawa, Dukawa, Hausa, and Fulani other migrant communities.
In the present day apart from being the commercial nerve center of kebbi state,it is also the most cosmopolitan of all the Emirates of Kebbi state Nigeria
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