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The Groundnut Pyramids were huge pyramid-like structures made from groundnut sacks. The pyramids were built in northern Nigeria in cities such as Kano, where groundnut production was a key part of the economy.
Groundnut pyramids were the invention of Alhassan Dantata (1877—1955), a prominent nut trader. They were viewed as both a tourist attraction and a symbol of wealth.
One pyramid could be made from as much as 15,000 filled bags.
The pyramids became synonymous with Nigeria’s agriculture wealth; a postage stamp even featured a groundnut pyramid as well as our current N200!
In the 1970s and 80s, as production in Nigeria shifted from agriculture to oil, the groundnut pyramids disappeared.
The major causes of the disappearance were drought, rosette virus, and general neglect of agriculture due to oil boom, lack of organized input and marketing and dissolution of groundnut marketing boards.
Did you know of the magnificent groundnut pyramids?
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