In a surprising event, a Chinese business man was installed as a traditional ruler in the city of Kano on Thursday.
The man identified as Mike Zhang was turbaned as “Wakilin ‘Yan China” or ‘the leader of the Chinese community’, by the Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi.
Mike Zhang becoming the Wakilin Yan China is described by observers to be an effort by the emirate in Kano to bridge the communication gap between the large Chinese businesses and community and residents/ indigenous people of Kano.
After being turbaned as a chief, Mr Zhang will be expected to be attending meetings at the Emir Sanusi Lamido Sanusi’s palace and may also decide to take part in the traditional horse riding festival, known as a durbar, along with his entourage which usually takes place during Eid festivals, if he so wishes.
See pictures from his coronation below;
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