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Bida

(bēdä`), town (1991 est. pop. 111,000), W central Nigeria. It is the trade center for a rice-growing region and is noted for its fiber, glass, and metal handicrafts. In the 19th cent. Bida was the capital of an emirate of the Muslim FulaniFulani
, people of W Africa, numbering approximately 14 million. They are of mixed sub-Saharan African and Berber origin. First recorded as living in the Senegambia region, they are now scattered throughout the area of the Sudan from Senegal to Cameroon.
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, city (1987 est. pop. 164,000), NW Nigeria, on the Sokoto River. It is the commercial center for a wide region and a collection place for hides, skins, and peanuts. Rice and tobacco are grown for local consumption.
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