Bida is a town located in Niger State, Nigeria. It is situated in the western part of the state and serves as the headquarters of the Bida Local Government Area. Bida is known for its rich history, vibrant culture, and economic significance.
Historically, Bida was a prominent city-state and a center of the Nupe Kingdom. The Nupe people are the major ethnic group in the area, and their traditional customs and cultural practices still play a significant role in the community.
Bida is renowned for its traditional crafts, particularly brass and bronze metalwork. Skilled artisans in Bida create intricate works of art, including decorative items, jewelry, and sculptures, using the lost wax casting technique. These crafts are highly regarded for their craftsmanship and are sought after by collectors and art enthusiasts.
The town also hosts the annual Bida Emirate Durbar festival, a colorful celebration of the Nupe culture. During the festival, the Emir and his entourage, adorned in traditional attire, parade through the streets on horseback, accompanied by music, dances, and displays of equestrian skills. The Durbar festival attracts visitors from far and wide who come to witness and participate in the festivities.