Zaria is a city and a Local Government Area in Kaduna state, Nigeria. Zaria was formerly known as Zazzau and it was one of the seven original Hausa city-states. Nigeria's largest university is located in Zaria, Ahmadu Bello University. It is also the second largest in Africa. The institution is very prominent in the fields of Agriculture, Science, Finance, Medicine and Law.Dwellers in this area engage in agriculture. They engage in the production of cash crops such as: cotton, groundnuts and tobacco.
The city is considered by some to be a main center of Hausa agriculture. Islam is the dominant religion in this local government area. Zaria is not only a market town for the surrounding area, it is the home of artisans, from traditional crafts like leather work, dyeing and cap making, to tinkers, print shops and furniture makers. Zaria is also the center of a textile industry that for over 200 years has made elaborately hand-embroidered robes that are worn by men throughout Nigeria and West Africa.