Gusau (gōzouˈ) [key], town (1991 est. pop. 139,000), NW Nigeria, on the Sokoto River. It is a regional trade center for peanuts, cotton, and tobacco. Industry has expanded with the development of textile and food processing plants. In 1929 a railroad reached Gusau, which then developed as an entrepôt for NW Nigeria.
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