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KANO AT 50, CELEBRATING PROMINENT PEOPLE OF KANO

The Northern Blog is celebrating Kano State golden jubilee by recognizing prominent people who contributed in diverse ways to the growth and development of Kano State. KANO AT 50, CELEBRATING PROMINENT PEOPLE OF KANO





KANO AT 50, CELEBRATING PROMINENT PEOPLE OF KANO


The Northern Blog is celebrating Kano State golden jubilee by recognizing prominent people who contributed in diverse ways to the growth and development of Kano State. This list is not in any way hierarchical and although most of these people fulfilled some criteria set by the research team of The Northern Blog, we will still accommodate any individual who you feel should be on the list. However, we will not add the person to the list until we are convinced. We have gathered the history of these people based on our capacity, we did not alter any information deliberately, in case there is any observation as such please do make sure to inform us so we will make the necessary corrections. 


ALI YAJI DAN TSAMIYA
Ali Yaji (1349–85) presided over the introduction of the Abrahamic religions in Kano, he brought in holy men from Wangara, presumably Mali. He extended Kano's reach and launched an unsuccessful expedition into the Kwarafa region. He became the Last king of Kano when in the 1350s, after conquering Rano and Santolo he made Islam the state religion and proclaimed an end to the Kingdom, Kano from then on became an Islamic sultanate and its leaders took on the Title of Sultan. He died on Friday 9th Safar 1262 AH (9th February 1846) he had governed Kano for twenty-seven years three months and sixteen days. He was a scholar and one of his works Kaff al-ikhwani has been recovered it was published in Kano Native Authority Press c. 1955 (Hunwick 1995: 258-9).

SARKI IBRAHIM DABO
He was appointed Sarkin Kano on Tuesday 23rd/24th Dhil Qa’ada 1234 AH (21st September 1819) by Sarkin Musulmi Muhammad Bello. He was perhaps the youngest member of the Emirate council before his appointment as the Sarki he had succeeded his elder brother Mallam Jamo as a member of the council. The elder members of the Emirate Council unanimously nominated Ibrahim Dabo for the emirship. He had a record of sound Islamic scholarship at Gulu where he established a Mosque, which has remained as a legacy of his remarkable scholarship. He returned to Kano from Gulu to join the contingent of his elder brother Mallam Jamo during the Jihad campaigns in Kano. Ibrahim Dabo was confronted by serious dissent immediately he assumed the Emirship of Kano the most serious was that of Dantunku, who refused to pledge allegiance to the new Sarki.  He was nicknamed Saifullahi or Sword of Allah (Ado-Kurawa 1989: 53) because of his victory over all the incited rebels who revolted against his leadership. Ibrahim Dabo established an efficient administration after subduing his opponents and rebels. This was achieved diplomatically force was only used when it was indispensable. Muhammad Zangi Ibn Salih has summarised these administrative successes of Sarki Ibrahim Dabo in his Taqyid al-akhbar as follows: “He established justice insttructed people to do good and prevented them from doing evil. He killed the highway robbers, amputated the hands of the theives and destroyed the houses of the fornicators. It reached an extent that people no longer closed their doors at night and animals moved freely without shephards except during the rainy season. Allah opened the routes during his reign and a lady could travel from Kukawa to Kwara without any harrasment” (Ado-Kurawa 1989: 53). He died on Friday 9th Safar 1262 AH (9th Febraury 1846) he had governed Kano for twenty-seven years three months and sixteen days (Ado-Kurawa 1989: 53 and Last 1966: 468-9). He was a scholar and one of his works Kaff al-ikhwani has been recovered it was published in Kano Native Authority Press c. 1955 (Hunwick 1995: 258-9).

MUHAMMADU RUMFA
Muhammad Rumfa was the Sultan of the Sultanate of Kano, located in modern-day Kano State, Northern Nigeria, it was believed that Muhammad Rumfa migrated from Daura, long after Bagauda. He reigned from 1463 until 1499. Among Rumfa's accomplishments were extending the city walls, building a large palace, the Gidan Rumfa, promoting slaves to governmental positions and establishing the Kurmi Market. He was also responsible for much of the Islamization of Kano, as he urged prominent residents to convert.

MUHAMMADU ABBAS
Muhammad Abbas was a Regent of Kano and later Emir of Kano. He was appointed regent by Lord Lugard after the pacification of Northern Nigeria, he presided over the transformation of the Caliphal Emirate into an Emirate subject to the British throne under the Protectorate of Northern Nigeria.
Little is known about the early life of Muhammad Abbas. During the Third Kanoan civil war, he was loyal to his brothers and later became the Wambai of Kano after Aliyu Babba led the Yusufawa to victory. He escorted Aliyu Babba to Sokoto for the autumn campaign of 1903, when Kano was captured by the British. After the Battle of Kwatarkwashi, he led section of the Kanoan force to surrender to Lugard, for his loyalty, Lugard appointed him Regent of Kano and in May 1903 confirmed him as the Emir of Kano.

SARKIN KANO TUKUR
Tukur the son of Sarkin Kano Bello was the Galadiman Kano and hero of the battle of Arugungu in which he saved the Sarkin Musulmi Abdurrahman who later appointed him Sarkin Kano in December 1893 (Last 1966: 468). This was the reward for his bravery at that the Arugungu encounter in which the Sokoto army was nearly defeated. Waziri Bukhari advised against Tukur’s appointment because of the latter’s unpopularity and the fact that the Sarkin Musulmi had earlier promised to appoint Yusuf who was more popular in Kano (Hogben 1967: 211).

 The majority of the apolitical Kano Jama’a pledged their allegiance to Tukur but only two sons Sarkin Kano Abdullahi Majekarofi pledged their allegiance to him because they were the only ones not dismissed by Tukur’s father. It was in the presence of one of them, Wambai Shehu that Tukur’s brother, Sarkin Shanu Datti made this statement: “today only five of us have conquered one hundred” (Fika 1978: 61). This statement angered Tukur and he reprimanded his younger brother but the damage had been done. Wambai Shehu was so furious that he went straight to Yusuf’s residence were his brothers were meeting and planning the next line of action. 

Most of the territorial chiefs and Emirate titleholders were Tukurawa (supporters of Tukur). For example Madaki Ibrahim Mallam, Makama Iliyasu, Sarkin Bai Bashari (Alhaji), Alkalin Kano Modibo Salihu, Sarkin Gaya Ibrahim Dabo and Sarkin Fulanin Dambatta were all staunch supporters of Sarki Tukur. He directed Chiroma Musa, Turaki Zakari and Sarkin Fulanin Dambatta to defend Gano, Gogel and Garko respectively against the Yusufawa (supporters of Yusuf) who have already left Kano for Takai. He also instructed them to secure the support of the inhabitants of these towns against the rebels (Said 1978: 365-369 and Fika 1978: 74). He later died on Saturday 19th Ramadan 1312 (16th March 1895) at Gurin and he was buried there.

SARKIN KANO ALU
He was the Waziri and closiest associate of the leader of the Yusufawa, Yusuf Dan Abdullahi. When the later died the Cucanawa skillfully stage-managed the ascension of Aliyu to the leadership of the group. He was the most knowledgeable and charismatic of the surviving sons of Abdullahi Majekarofi. It was also believed that Yusuf recommended him as his successor because he was a grandson of Sarkin Musulmi Aliyu Babba Dan Muhammad Bello thus making it difficult for Sokoto to attack the Yusufawa (Last 1977: 135-136). The two contenders to the leadership of the Yusufawa, Sarkin Dawakin Tsakar Gida Abbas and Dan Makwayo Shehu had no option other than to pledge allegiance to their younger brother.

Aliyu triumphantly entered Kano on Wednesday 16th Safar 1312 AH (19th August 1894) after the defeat of Sarki Tukur who was forced into exile. Sarkin Musulmi Abdulrahman’s effort to reinstate Tukur failed while Aliyu consolidated his position as the new Sarkin Kano. He made many appointments the most prominent was his elder brother Ahmadu who was appointed Waziri, which was the highest title (East and Mani 1979: 52). He also appointed Mahmud, Kwairanga, Sulaiman, Hamza, Abdussalam as Galadima, Madaki, Alkali, Makama and Sarkin Bai respectively.

Aliyu was a brave and industrious warrior he invented the sango (explosive), which he used in his miltary engagements. The Damagarawa seriously threatened his authority. They invaded Kano twice in the first instance in 1313 AH (1896) they were heavily defeated but later in 1313 AH (1898) they retaliated and inflicted heavy casualty and defeat on Kano. Eventually Kano was relieved of their nuisance in 1316 (1899) when the French imperialist subjugated them. He was also able withstand Ningi’s aggressiveness, the Ningawa were defeated several times during his reign. The other external threats to his reign were Maradi and Hadejia when they took the advantage of the uneasiness caused by the Kano civil war (Fika 1978: 75-76).

Sarkin Kano Alu will be remembered in the history of Kano as an excellent military commander and the most knowledgeable pre-colonial Sarkin Kano. He was well versed in Islamic Jurisprudence he also had a profound understanding of the advanced science of Tasawwuf (Islamic mystism). His book Rad al-Jahla is a clear testimony of his intellectual disposition (Paden 1973).

ADO BAYERO
Alhaji Dr. Ado Abdullahi Bayero (CFR, LLD, JP) (25 July 1930 – 6 June 2014) was the Emir of Kano in Nigeria, from 1963 to his death. Bayero was seen as one of Nigeria's most prominent and revered Muslim leaders who was a successful businessman and had worked as a banker, police officer, MP and diplomat. He was a former ambassador to Senegal. He was the son of Abdullahi Bayero son of Muhammad Abbas. Ado Bayero was the 13th Fulani emir since the Fulani War of Usman dan Fodio, when the Fulani took over the Hausa city-states. He was one of the strongest and most powerful emirs in the history of the Hausa land. He was renowned for his abundant wealth, maintained by means of stock market investments and large-scale agricultural entrepreneurship both at home and abroad.
Ado Bayero was the son of Abdullahi Bayero, a former emir, who reigned for 27 years. Muhammadu Sanusi who was Ado Bayero's half brother ruled after their father from 1953-1963. Following his dethronement in 1963, Muhammadu Inuwa ruled only for three months. After his death, Ado Bayero ascended the throne in October 1963. Bayero was the longest-serving emir in Kano's history. 
Bayero was a former chancellor of the University of Nigeria and served as the chancellor of the University of Ibadan. He has served as the chief of the Kano police. He was installed the Emir of Kano on October 22, 1963, becoming the 13th Fulani emir of Kano and the 56th ruler of the Kano Kingdom. He died on 6 June 2014. He was succeeded by his brother's grandson Muhammadu Sanusi II.
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AUDU BAKO
Audo Bako was born in 1924 at the Kaduna police barracks. His father had served in the police force for 36 years and was chief of the Sabon Gari (non-Hausa people) in Kaduna. He was educated to the Kaduna Government School and the Zaria Middle School. Bako joined the police force in 1942, became an instructor in police law at the Kaduna Police College, and then was appointed deputy commissioner of police in charge of all Native Authority police in the former Northern Region. Appointed military governor of the old Kano State in May 1967, Bako undertook reforms of the local governments which had been dominated by the traditional emirs. He sought to improve professionalism among local government employees while transferring some responsibilities to the State government. He said the reforms would strengthen the position of the Emirs in their traditional role as religious leaders.

Bako built most of modern Kano's landmark structures. The state government secretariat and the Audu Bako School of Agriculture in Dambatta were named after him. Baku was a strong supporter of women's education. Using the teachings of the Shehu as justification, Bako established primary, secondary and teachers training colleges for women and children. He produced the first plan for developing and promoting tourism in the state in 1967. He established the Trade and Industry Division under the Ministry of Finance in 1968.

Bako retired in 1975 after the coup that brought General Murtala Muhammed to power, and began farming in Sokoto State. He died in 1980 leaving a widow and eleven children. After his death, the Tiga dam was renamed the Audu Bako dam. The Audu Bako prize is awarded each year to the winner of the Kano International Polo Tournament. Bako was widely respected, and was considered an example of moral integrity.
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MALLAM AMINU KANO
Aminu Kano (1920—April 17, 1983) was a Muslim politician from Nigeria. In the 1940s he led a socialist movement in the northern part of the country in opposition to British rule. The Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport and the Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital, both in Kano, are named after him. Aminu Kano was born to the family of an Islamic scholar, Mallam Yusuf of the scholarly Gyanawa fulani clan, who was a mufti at the Alkali court in Kano. He attended Katsina College and later went to the University of London's, Institute of Education, alongside Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa. He earned his teaching certificate after completing his studies at Katsina College and subsequently became a teacher; he started teaching at the Bauchi training College.

While in Bauchi, he spoke freely on political issues and extended his educational horizon by engaging in some various political and educational activities beyond his formal teaching duties. He wrote a pamphlet, 'Kano, Under the Hammer of the Native Administration, and along with Balewa, was a member of the Bauchi General Improvement Union. He was also a secretary of the Bauchi Discussion Circle, a group whose activities were later constricted as a result of an attack on indirect rule by Aminu Kano. In 1948, he became the head of the teacher training center in Maru, Sokoto and was also the secretary of the Northern Teachers Association.

During this period, he established an organization to improve the quality of Koranic schools in the north. Aminu Kano co-founded the Northern Elements Progressive Union as a political platform to challenge what he felt was the autocratic and feudalistic actions of the Native Northern Government. He geared his attack on the ruling elite including the emirs, who were mostly Fulanis. The potency of his platform was strengthened partly because of his background. His father was an acting Alkali in Kano who came from a lineage of Islamic clerics, Aminu Kano also brought up Islamic ideas on equity in his campaign trails during the first republic. Many talakawas (commoners) in Kano lined up behind his message and his political stature grew from the support of the Kano commoners and migratory petty traders in the north. Many of the tradesmen later manned the offices of NEPU. He also sought to use politics to create an egalitarian Northern Nigerian society.

Another major idea of his in the prelude to the first republic was the breakup of ethnically based parties. The idea was well received by his emerging support base of petty traders and craftsmen in towns along the rail track. The men and women were mostly migratory individuals searching for trade opportunities and had little ethnic similarities with their host communities. He also proposed a fiscal system that favors heavy taxation of the rich in the region and was notably one of the few leading Nigerian politicians that supported equal rights for women.
Mallam Aminu Kano is highly respected politician in Northern Nigeria. He symbolized democratization, women's empowerment and freedom of speech. An airport, a college and also a major street are also named after him in Kano. His house where he lived and died and buried has been converted to Centre for Democratic Research and Training under the Bayero University Kano.
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SHIEK ISA WAZIRI
Sheikh Waziri became famous in Kano and other parts of the country through his routine Tafsir (commentaries on the verses of the holy Qur’an), especially during the holy month of Ramadan. His Tafsir garnered audience that cut across all ages. He was famous for his soft but firm tone while translating the verses  of the holy Qur’an. Malam Abdullahi described late Waziri as “easy going, but frank and straight forward. He never hid his feelings and he was man of principle.” Late Sheikh Waziri began his pursuit for knowledge at home with his father, Malam Gidado, a onetime Waziri of Kano. After the death of his father, he continued his studies with his elder brother, Malam Cigari Waziri and later with another elder brother, Malam Shehu Gidado, also a former Waziri of Kano.

Late Waziri enrolled into the School for Arabic Studies and the School for Higher Arabic Education (Aliya) at Shahuchi Quarters all in Kano to earn certificate in Islamic studies. He then proceeded to Egypt where he earned certificate in Qur’anic exegesis (Tafsir) and related fields. Sheikh Waziri began his public service career as a classroom teacher and later became a judge (Alkali); the job that took him to many towns in Kano like Gwarzo, Zakirai, Minjibir, among others. After leaving the judiciary, he became the Vice Principal of Government Arabic Teachers College Gwale, Kano.
 
He retired from active service in 1981, and was then appointed as chief Imam of the Murtala Muhammad Mosque in Kano. In the year 2000, he was appointed the chief Imam of Kano central mosque and also turbaned as the Waziri of Kano in the same year. He was the 8th Waziri of Kano under the Fulani dynasty. Commenting on the death of Sheikh Waziri, a Kano-based Islamic scholar, Sheikh Tijjani Bala Kalarawi, said the death of the cleric has created a big vacuum in Nigeria’s Islamic scholarship.
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ABUBAKAR RIMI
Alhaji Muhammadu Abubakar Rimi (1940 – 4 April 2010) was a Nigerian politician, who was the governor of Kano State during the Nigerian Second Republic. He died following an attack by armed robbers. Alhaji Abubakar Rimi was born in 1940 in Rimi Village of Sumaila Local Government Area of Kano State, Nigeria. In the early 1960s he attended an instructor's course at the institute of Administration in Zaria. He obtained a General Certificate of education from the University of London. In 1972, he completed a diploma in international affairs at the London institute of World Affairs, and later obtained a master's degree in International Relations. He served as an instructor at the Clerical Training Center in Sokoto, and later became an Administrative Secretary at the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs. n May 1983 Rimi fell out with his mentor Aminu Kano and moved from the People's Redemption Party (PRP) to the Nigerian People's Party (NPP) in preparation for the 1983 elections.
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ALHASSAN DANTATA
Alhassan Dantata (1877 – 17 August 1955) was a Northern Nigerian trader in kola nuts, ground nuts and distributor of European goods. He supplied large British trading companies with raw materials and also had business interests in the Gold Coast. At the time of his death he was one of the wealthiest men in West Africa. Alhassan was sent to a Qur'anic school (madrasah) in Bebeji. It is likely that it was run by a Tijaniyya. His share of his father's wealth seemed to have vanished and he had to support himself. The life of the almajiri (Qur'anic student) is difficult, as he has to find food and clothing for himself and also for his malam (teacher) and at the same time read. Some simply begged while others sought paid work. Alhassan worked, as was tradition for a young Agalawa. He succeeded at the insistence of Tata in saving. His asusu, "money box" (a pottery vessel) purchased by Tata, still exists in the walls of the house. Dantata was still a teenager boy when the great upheavals occurred in the Kano Emirate from 1893 to 1895. There were two claimants to the Kano Emirate when Emir Muhammad Bello died in 1893. Tukur was his son. Tukur received his religious training from a Tijaniyya scholar and received the support of the Agalawa. Yusufu had been passed over when Bello became Emir. Yusufu received his religious training from Qaadiriyya schools. In the resulting civil war, Yusufu forces were victorious over Tukur, and claimed the title of emir. Because of the Agalawa support of Tukur, Dantata and the other Agalawa had their property confiscated and many were captured. Dantata and his brothers were held for ransom, under the threat of slavery. They paid it and Dantata returned to the trading business without his family lands around Kano. Probably after being freed from slavery around 1894, Alhassan joined a Gonja bound caravan to see his mother. He purchased some items in Bebeji, he sold half of them on the way and the rest in Accra. He might have hoped his wealthy mother would allow him to live with her and find him work among the Gold Coast Agalawa community. After only a rest of one day, she took him to a Mallam and asked him to stay there until he was ready to return to Bebeji. Alhassan worked harder in Accra than he did in Bebeji. After the usual reading of the Qur'an, Alhassan Dantata had to go and beg for food for his mallam and himself. He worked for money on Thursdays and Fridays. As was the tradition, the bulk of his earnings went to his Mallam. At some point he returned to Bebeji to his religious studies and work. There, Tata continued to insist that he must save something every day. Alhassan Dantata started to be a long distance trader himself. He remained in Bebeji until matters had settled down. He used the new trade routes to Ibadan and Lagos to develop his network of trading associates. Instead of bringing kola nuts on pack animals, he used steamships to transport them between Accra, Kumasi, Sekondi and Lagos. He was the first to develop this route. This innovation and contact with Europeans helped establish his wealth and future. 

In 1906, he began broadening his interests by trading in beads, necklaces, European cloth, and trade goods. His mother, who had never remarried, died in Accra around 1908. After her death he focused his attention on new opportunities in Lagos and Kano. For example, built up his trade in kola nuts so that eventually whole "kola trains" to Northern Nigeria were filled with his kola nuts. 

In 1912, when the Europeans started to show an interest in the export of groundnut, they contacted the already established Kano merchants through Emir Abbas and their chief agent, Adamu Jakada. Some established merchants of Kano like Umaru Sharubutu, Maikano Agogo accepted their offer. 

Alhassen Dantata was already familiar with the manner by which traders could make fortunes by buying cocoa for Europeans in the Gold Coast. He had several advantages over other Kano business men: language, wealth and age. He could speak some English and already had direct dealings with Europeans in Lagos and Accra. He had substantial amounts of capital. Unlike other established Kano merchants, he was in his mid-thirties, with a small family and retinue to support. Despite the famine in Kano in 1914, he quickly dominated the groundnut purchasing business via promotions, loans and contacts.
In 1918, the UK-based Royal Niger Company (later became the United Africa Company) searched for an agent to purchase groundnuts for them, and Dantata responded to their offer. It is said that he used to purchase about half of all the nuts purchased by the United Africa Company in northern Nigeria. 

By 1922 Dantata had become the richest businessman in Kano, surpassing other merchant traders. In 1929, when the Bank of British West Africa opened a branch in Kano, Dantata placed 20 camel-loads of silver coins in it. (For religious reasons, his money collected no interest). Shortly before his death, he pointed to sixty "groundnut pyramids" in Kano and said, "These are all mine". 

Alhassen Dantata applied for a license to purchase and export groundnuts in 1940, on the same level as the United Africa Company. However, it was not granted because of world wide military and economic conditions. In 1953–54 he became a licensed buying agent, which allowed him to sell directly to the Nigerian Groundnut Marketing board instead of another firm. 

Dantata had many business connections both in Nigeria and in other West African countries, particularly the Gold Coast. He dealt, not only in groundnuts and kola, but also in other merchandise. He traded in cattle, cloth, beads, precious stones, grains, rope and other things.

In 1955, Dantata fell ill. Because of the seriousness of his illness, he summoned his chief financial controller, Garba Maisikeli and his children. He told them that his days were approaching their end and advised them to live together. He was particularly concerned about the company he had established (Alhassan Dantata & Son's). He asked them not to allow the company to collapse. He implored them to continue to marry within the family as much as possible. He urged them to avoid clashes with other wealthy Kano merchants. They should take care of their relatives, especially the poor among them. Three days later he died in his sleep on Wednesday 17 August 1955. He was buried in his house in the Sarari ward.
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AMINU DANTATA
Aminu Dantata (born 1931) is a Nigerian businessman and philanthropist who is one of the promoters of Kano State Foundation, an endowment fund that supported educational initiatives and provided grants to small-scale entrepreneurs in Kano. He is the head of a group of companies that manages his real estate and other business ventures.

Dantata is the founder of Express Petroleum & Gas Company Ltd and one of the organizers of Jaiz Bank in Nigeria. In 1978, he was a member of the National Movement, an organization that later transformed to the National Party of Nigeria.

Dantata was born to the family of Alhassan Dantata, he was the fifteenth child in a family of seventeen children. From 1938 to 1945, he attended Dala Primary School and then finished his education through home studies in a private school built by his father. After studies, he joined the family business, Alhassan Dantata & sons in 1948 as a produce buyer and also got married. In 1955, he became the Sokoto district manager of the business. The year 1955 was also when his father died and the shares in the business were subsequently distributed to the children. In 1958, Dantata became the deputy managing director of the business with his brother Ahmadu, was the MD. When Ahmadu died in 1960, Dantata became the head of the business.

Over the years, Dantata expanded the business holdings and his activities into various sectors of the Nigerian political and economic sphere. By the beginning of the 1960s, Dantata had a construction firm that received patronage form the newly independent government in Nigeria, his firm was given a contract to build part of the School of Aviation in Zaria. In 1961, he was among three other businessmen as part of the 23 member economic mission group, the first world-wide mission sent by an independent government in Nigeria. In 1964, he was among the pioneer board members of the Nigerian Industrial Development Bank. In 1968, Dantata was appointed Kano State commissioner for Economic Development, Trade and Industry under the administration of Audu Bako, he was in the position until 1973.

During the indigenization period of the 1970s, the Dantata group bought shares and held significant holdings in Namco Nig, Main Line transport, SCOA, Funtua Cotton Seed Crushing Co and Raleigh Industries. Dantata has donated funds and buildings to various institutions around Kano. He donated the Alhassan Dantata Haemodyalysis Center to Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital. He was the first chancellor of Al-Qalam University, Katsina.

SHIEK ISYAKU RABIU
Rabiu was born to the family of Muhammadu Rabiu Dan Tinki, a Quranic preacher from the Bichi area of Kano State who led his own Quranic school. From 1936 to 1942, Rabiu's attended his father's school learning the Quran and Arabic. He then moved to Maiduguri, Borno for further Islamic education. After spending 4 years in Maiduguri, he returned to Kano prepared to be an Islamic scholar. In 1949, Rabiu was an independent teacher of Arabic and the Quran who had among his audience, Ibrahim Musa Gashash. In the early 1950s while still a teacher, Rabiu began to engage in private enterprise and established Isyaku Rabiu & Sons in 1952. Originally the firm acted as an agent of UAC and was trading in sewing machines, religious books and bicycles. In 1958, the firm had a breakthrough when Kaduna Textile Limited was established and it became one of the early distributors. Rabiu emerged as the leading distributor of the company in Northern Nigeria. In 1963, he joined a consortium of businessmen from Kano who came together to form the Kano Merchants Trading Company. The establishments continued to survive withstanding competition from foreign products. In 1970, he established a suit and packing factory. Isyaku Rabiu & Sons founded by Rabiu is a family operated holding company with a history of investment in manufacturing, insurance, banking and real estate. In the 1970s, the group invested in manufacturing with its first investment being the Kano Suit and Packing Cases company, a factory producing suit cases and handbags, the firm was a joint venture with Lebanese investors. In 1972, he formed the Bagauda Textile Mill, manufacturing woven cloths for uniforms. From then on he established a series of ventures in different segments of the economy including frozen food service, real estate, sugar and a motor vehicle and parts distribution company specialized in Daihatsu products. However, unfavorable exchange rates and economic conditions forced the company to scale back on manufacturing and returning to its trading roots.
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ABDULSAMAD ISYAKU RABIU
AbdulSamad Isyaku Rabiu CON (born 4 August 1960, Kano Nigeria) is a Nigerian businessman. His father, Khalifah Isyaku Rabiu was one of Nigeria's foremost industrialists in the 1970s and 1980s. Abdul Samad is the founder and chairman of BUA Group, a Nigerian conglomerate with interests in manufacturing, infrastructure and agriculture with a revenue in excess of $2.5 billion. He is also the chairman of Nigerian Bank of Industry. In 2013, Forbes estimated Abdul Samad's wealth at $1.2 billion, bringing him to the global billionaire's club.

Abdul Samad Rabiu was born in Kano in the North-Western part of Nigeria, where he did his early education. He then attended Capital University in Columbus, Ohio and returned to Nigeria at the age of 24 to oversee the family business. This was the time his father, Isyaku Rabiu was detained by the administration of General Muhammadu Buhari on allegation of duty aversion on rice imports. As a young executive director at the company, Abdul Samad was able to steer the family business out of trouble created by the absence of their father.
Abdul Samad Rabiu established BUA International Limited in 1988 for sole purpose of commodity trading. The company engaged in the importation of rice, edible oil, flour and iron and steel.

In 1990, the then Government owned Delta Steel Company contracted BUA to supply its raw materials needs, for which Bua was paid with finished products. This provided the much needed windfall for the young company. Bua further ventured into steel, billets and iron ore importation and supplying multiple rolling mils in the country.

Few years down the line, BUA acquired Nigerian Oil Mills Limited, the largest edible oil processing company in Nigeria and later set up 2 flour milling plants in Lagos and Kano in 2005. By 2008, Bua broke an eight-year monopoly in the Nigerian sugar industry by commissioning the second largest sugar refinery in sub-saharan Africa. The company went on the acquire a controlling stake in a publicly listed Cement Company of Northern Nigeria in 2009 and commenced to construction of a $900 million cement plant in Edo State commissioned early 2015.
Abdul Samad Rabiu uses BUA Foundation for his philanthropic activities. These include the construction of a 7,000 Square meter paediatric ward at the Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital as well as the construction of the Centre for Islamic Studies at the Bayero University Kano amongst several others.
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MURTALA MUHAMMAD
Murtala Muhammed was born on 8 November 1938, one of eleven children of his father Risqua Muhammed and mother Uwani Rahamat in Kano, Nigeria. He was educated at Cikin Gida and Gidan Makama primary schools in Kano attending the famous Government College (now Barewa College) in Zaria, and where he obtained his school certificate in 1957. On July 30, 1975, Brigadier (later General) Muhammed was made head of state, when General Gowon was overthrown while at an Organization of African Unity (OAU) summit in Kampala, Uganda. Brigadiers Obasanjo (later Lt.General) and Danjuma (later Lt.General) were appointed as Chief of Staff, Supreme HQ and Chief of Army Staff, respectively. In the coup d'état that brought him to power he introduced the phrases "Fellow Nigerians" and "with immediate effect" to the national lexicon.[7] In a short time, Murtala Muhammed's policies won him broad popular support, and his decisiveness elevated him to the status of a folk hero.

Murtala Muhammed was killed, aged 37, along with his Aide-De-Camp (ADC), Lieutenant Akintunde Akinsehinwa, in his black Mercedes Benz saloon car on February 13, 1976, in an abortive coup attempt led by Lt. Col Buka Suka Dimka, when his car was ambushed while en route his office at Dodan Barracks, Lagos. The only visible sign of protection was a pistol carried by his orderly, therefore making his assassination an easy task. He was succeeded by the Chief of Staff, Supreme HQ Olusegun Obasanjo, who completed his plan of an orderly transfer to civilian rule by handing power to Shehu Shagari on October 1, 1979. Today, his portrait adorns the 20 Naira note and Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos is named in his honor.
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SANI ABATCHA
A Kanuri from Borno, Abacha was born and brought up in Kano, Nigeria. He attended the Nigerian Military Training College and Mons Officer Cadet School before being commissioned as a 2nd lieutenant in 1963. Abacha was commissioned in 1963 after he had attended Mons Officer Cadet School in Aldershot, England. Before then, he had attended the Nigerian Military Training College in Kaduna. In 1990, Abacha became the first Nigerian soldier to attain the rank of a full General without skipping a single rank.

Early in 1998, Abacha announced that elections would be held that August, with a view toward handing power to a civilian government on 1 October. It soon became apparent, though, that Abacha had no intention of permitting an honest election; by April he had strong-armed the country's five parties into endorsing him as the sole presidential candidate. 

Abacha died in June 1998 while at the presidential villa in Abuja. He was buried on the same day, according to Muslim tradition, without an autopsy. The government identified the cause of death as a sudden heart attack. It is reported that he was in the company of two Indian prostitutes imported from Dubai. It is thought that the prostitutes laced his drink with a poisonous substance, making Abacha feel unwell around 4:30am. He retired to his bed and was dead by 6:15am. 

After Abacha's death, Maj. Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar, Nigeria's Chief of Defence Staff, was sworn in as the country's head of state. Abubakar had never before held public office and was quick to announce a transition to democracy, which led to the election of President Olusegun Obasanjo. Abacha was married to Maryam Abacha and had seven sons and three daughters. He left fifteen grandchildren: eight girls and seven boys.
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DR. YUSUF MAITAMA SULE
Yusuf Maitama Sule is a Nigerian politician, acclaimed orator and diplomat. In 1976, he became the Federal Commissioner of public complaints, a position that made him the nation's pioneer ombudsman. In early 1979, he was a presidential candidate of the National Party of Nigeria but lost to Shehu Shagari. He was appointed Nigeria's representative to the United Nations after the coming of civilian rule in September 1979. While there he was chairman of the United Nations Special Committee against Apartheid. After, the re-election of President Shagari in 1983, Maitama Sule was made the Minister for National Guidance, a portfolio designed to assist the president in tackling corruption.

The rise of economic nationalism during the 1970s led to the enactment of a decree stipulating minimum requirements for local content in many companies doing business in Nigeria. To capitalize on the benefits of indigenous control of the economy, many permanent secretaries, federal commissioners, state governors and their cronies established firms to conduct business with the government. It was with the intent of patching the revolving door and to stem small-time corruption that the Public Complaints Commission was created in 1975. It was meant to hear and tackle complaints fielded by the common man in a simple and efficient manner. Maitama Sule, as head of the commission was known to have taken his job seriously, partly because he was a potent political commodity and had a lot to gain from the good will of the people when a transition to civilian rule was in place.[4] As a result of the commission's effort, corruption during the period was temporarily curtailed

In 1983, he returned to a familiar role, this time under a democratic government as the head of a ministry to tackle corruption. The new but short-lived ministry was created solely to invest time in an ethical re-orientation of Nigerians. Maitama, who had acquired a solid reputation as a tough U.N representative, when he was chairman of a U.N. special committee on apartheid was asked to lead the ministry. However, his appointment was not satisfactory to critics. Shagari's administration was removed by a coup, with the coupists citing corruption as a major reason for the incursion.
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ALIKO DANGOTE
Aliko Dangote GCON (born 10 April 1957) is a Nigerian billionaire, who owns the Dangote Group, which has interests in commodities. The company operates in Nigeria and other African countries, including Benin, Ethiopia, Senegal, Cameroon, Ghana, South Africa, Togo, Tanzania, and Zambia. As of February 2017, he had an estimated net worth of US$12.5 billion.

Dangote is ranked by Forbes magazine as the 67th richest person in the world and the richest in Africa; he peaked on the list as the 23rd richest person in the world in 2014. He surpassed Saudi-Ethiopian billionaire Mohammed Hussein Al Amoudi in 2013 by over $2.6 billion to become the world's richest person of African descent.

Dangote hails from a very prominent business family that lived in Nigeria for many years. He is the great grand son of Alhaji Alhassan Dantata, the richest African at the time of his death in 1955. Aliko Dangote, an ethnic Hausa Muslim from Kano State, was born on 10 April 1957 into a wealthy Muslim family. Dangote said, "I can remember when I was in primary school, I would go and buy cartons of sweets [sugar boxes] and I would start selling them just to make money. I was so interested in business, even at that time."

The Dangote Group was established as a small trading firm in 1977, the same year Dangote relocated to Lagos to expand the company. Today, it is a multi-trillion naira conglomerate with many of its operations in Benin, Ghana, Nigeria, and Togo. Dangote has expanded to cover food processing, cement manufacturing, and freight. The Dangote Group also dominates the sugar market in Nigeria and is a major supplier to the country's soft drink companies, breweries, and confectioners. The Dangote Group has moved from being a trading company to being the largest industrial group in Nigeria including Dangote Sugar Refinery, Dangote Cement, and Dangote Flour.
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SHAMSUDEEN USMAN
Shamsuddeen Usman, CON (born 18 September 1949 Kano, Nigeria) is a Nigerian economist and banker. He is currently the CEO of SUSMAN & Associates, an economic, financial and management consulting firm headquartered in Nigeria. Shamsuddeen was the Minister of National Planning between January 2009 to September 2013. He was also the Finance Minister of Nigeria between June 2007 and January 2009.

He was responsible for the development of Nigeria's long-term development strategy, Nigeria Vision 2020 and the National Integrated Infrastructure Master Plan. During his tenure as the Minister of Finance and National Planning, he was chairman of the Nigerian National Economic Management Team. Shamduddeen represented Nigeria as a Governor on the Governing Boards of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. He was a Member of the Federal Executive Council, National Economic Council and the National Council on Privatization.

Usman was the first Nigerian Minister to publicly declare his assets before assuming office as a public officer, an act considered as a sign of accountability and transparency in a country noted for its high levels of corruption. Shamsuddeen Usman was born to a family living in Warure Quarters of Kano State. His Father, an Islamic scholar, died when he was about six years old. He began his education at Dandago Primary School. After a secondary school education at the prestigious Government College Keffi and King's College, Lagos, he gained a BSc. in Economics from Ahmadu Bello University in Zaria, Nigeria. He later won a National scholarship to study for his MSc. and PhD at the London School of Economics and Political Scienc between 1977 and 1980. During his first two years at the London School of Economics, he served as a teaching assistant for the final year class in Public Finance.

From 1974 to 1976, Usman worked as the Planning Officer for the Kano State Ministry of Economic Planning. He taught Economic Analysis and Public Finance to students in Ahmadu Bello University, Bayero University Kano and University of Jos between 1976 and 1981. He was a controller at the Nigerian Industrial Development Bank (NIDB) and then served as the director of budget/ special economic adviser to the Kano State Government between 1981 and 1985. Usman was then appointed the general manager of NAL Merchant Bank (currently Sterling Bank).

Usman is the chairman and one of the founding members of the Kano Peace and Development Initiative (KAPEDI), a group of concerned indigenes of Kano State individuals driven to resuscitate the economic activity of Kano State especially after the religious conflict in 2004. He also started Gidauniyar Alheri, an NGO in the Garangamawa area of Kano city that provides human resource development training to youth in Nigeria, and particularly in Kano State. OICI has trained some of their staff in microenterprise development, and they now assist in providing microenterprise training to OICI's Nigeria JOBS beneficiaries. The NGO also comprises The Gidauniyar Alheri Enterprise and Development Centre, Gidauniya Alheri Microfinance Bank Limited and a community hospital. It also plays a huge role in microcredit schemes particularly to women in the local area; IT training and extra-tuition for youths in the local area.
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AHMED IDRIS
Ahmed Idris (November 25, 1960) is a Nigerian Financial accountant and incumbent Accountant General of the Federation of Nigeria. He was appointed as AGF on June 25, 2015 to succeed Jonah Ogunniyi Otunla who was sacked by Muhammadu Buhari on allegedly misappropriating N2.5 billion of security agencies’ funds. Prior to his appointment as AGF, he was a director in the Federal Ministry of Mines and Steel. He is a member of the Association of National Accountant of Nigeria (ANAN)
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GALADIMAN KANO ALHAJI TIJJANI HASHIM
Born in 1935 in the ancient city of Kano to late Turakin Kano,  Hashim Abbas, Galadima over the years exerted power not only in the Kano Emirate Council, or the north but across the country. Hashim, who was made the Galadiman Kano by the late Emir, Alhaji Ado Bayero in 1992, was very close to the high and low in the country. From 10.am to 1.pm daily, he receives his subjects and attends to them. As a District Head of Kano Municipal and the chairman of the finance committee of the Kano Emirate Council, the late Galadima played key roles in the development of the state.

He was the grandson of late Emir of Kano, Alhaji Abbas  and enrolled in the Bebeji  Primary School in 1944 and on completion proceeded to the famous Kano Middle School, now known as Rumfa College in 1948. He left the school three years after and took up appointment in the Veterinary Department of the Native Authority. The prince delved into politics in 1956 when he contested and won Sumaila Constituency at the Northern Regional Assembly, a position that marked the beginning of his successes in life. 
 
In 1966, when the military took over he was appointed Dan Isa and Councillor for Community Development in Kano state, a position that launched him into the mainstream Kano traditional institution. He was promoted to Turakin Kano in 1976, a seat that made him a member of the Emirate Council but 13 years later, precisely in 1989, he was further promoted to the Dan Iyan Kano.
 
He wore the big cap in 1992 when the late Emir of Kano, Alhaji Ado Bayero made him the Galadiman Kano, an appointment that ballooned his popularity.  In the Kano Emirate Council, Galadiman Kano is the second highest ranking member following the Wazirin Kano, while the Wambai is the head of administration.  He passed away in October 2014.
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RABIU MUSA KWANKWASO
Mohammed Rabi'u Musa popularly knows as Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso is a Nigerian politician. He was two times Governor of Kano State from 1999–2003 and 2011–2015. He was the first governor of Kano State in the fourth republic who was elected under the platform of People's Democratic Party (Nigeria). Kwankwaso lost re-election bid in 2003 to Ibrahim Shekarau and was in July same year appointed Defense Minister by President Olusegun Obasanjo.

In 2015, Kwankwaso unsuccessfully contested the presidential primaries nomination under the opposition All Progressive Congress, but lost to Muhammad Buhari. He then swap to contest the senatorial seat for Kano Central Senatorial District which he won.

Kwankwaso was born on 21 October 1956 in Kwankwaso village of Madobi Local Government Area of Kano State. He attended Kwankwaso Primary School, Gwarzo Boarding Senior Primary School, Wudil Craft School and Kano Technical College before proceeding to Kaduna Polytechnic where he did both his National Diploma, and Higher National Diploma. He did postgraduate studies in the United Kingdom a Middlesex Polytechnic (1982-1983) and Loughborough University of Technology (1983 -1985) where he got his master's degree in Water Engineering. Kwankwaso was an active student leader during his school days and was an elected official of the Kano State Students Association.

Kwankwaso started work in 1975 at the Kano State Water Resources and Engineering Construction Agency (WRECA), serving as a civil servant for 17 years in various capacities and rising through the ranks as the principal engineer. In 1992, Kwankwaso was elected as a member of House of Representatives representing Madobi Federal Constituency. His subsequent election as Deputy Speaker in the House brought him to the limelight of national politics. He belonged to the Peoples Front faction of the SDP Led by General Shehu Yar'adua.
During the 1995 Constitutional Conference, Kwankwaso was elected as one of the delegates from Kano, as a member of the Peoples Democratic Movement led by Yar'adua. He joined the PDP in 1998 under the platform of Peoples Democratic Movement in Kano led by Mallam Musa Gwadabe, Senator Hamisu Musa and Alhaji Abdullahi Aliyu Sumaila.

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AMB. AMINU WALI
Aminu Bashir Wali (born 3 August, 1941) was Nigeria's Minister of Foreign Affairs from 2014 to 2015. Wali was born in Kano in 1941. Aminu Bashir Wali education included training at the School of Arabic Studies in Kano and graduation in 1967 with a degree in Business Administration from the North-Western Polytechnic in London.[ From 2004, he was Nigeria's Permanent Representative to the United Nations. He then became the Ambassador of Nigeria to the People's Republic of China.

Wali was appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs under President Goodluck Jonathan's administration. Trips abroad included one by Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu to Turkey. In October 2014 Wali received the Foreign Minister of Germany and France, Frank-Walter Steinmeier and Laurent Fabius, discuss the Boko Haram kidnappings and measures to combat the outbreak of Ebola.
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RABIA SALIHU SAID
Rabia Salihu Sa'id (born April 21, 1963) is a Nigerian physicist, professor of atmospheric and space-weather physics, and a researcher at Bayero University Kano. She conducts research in atmospheric and space weather physics, particle physics, and electronics. Sa'id is an advocate and mentor for young women in science with the Visiola Foundation and Peace Corps; she co-founded Nigeria's Association of Women Physicists. She is an advocate and mentor of Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education and is a facilitator for the British Council's Active Citizens' Programme.

Sai'd has received fellowships from Institute of Applied Physics in Bern, Switzerland and the Ford Foundation and made a fellow of African Scientific Institute (ASI). In 2015, she received an Elsevier Foundation Award for Women Scientists in the Developing World. She was also recognised in 2015 by the British Council for her community work, and by the BBC as part of their 100 Women series.

Rabia Sa'id was born in Wangara, a town in Gezawa local government area of Kano State, Northern Nigeria, where girls have few education opportunities, many marry in their teens, and women are expected to stay at home. Her father, however, wanted her to become a doctor. He was an officer in the Nigerian Army who had two wives and fathered ten children. 

Sa'id attended an Army school at the top of her class. She chose to marry at the age of 18, once she graduated from a secondary school. She is a mother of six. Two of her children needed medical care (one of them was born with club foot and another with sickle-cell anemia), which added to her personal challenge to obtain higher education degrees.

In addition to the mentoring that she does for the Peace Corps and Visiola for STEM outreach, she is a facilitator for the British Council Active Citizens' Programme, who encourages young people to develop efficient and peaceful communication skills for sustainable development in their communities. 

She was one of nine people honored as "women advocates and champions" in Nigeria in March 2015 as part of International Women's Day by the British Council and two of its development programmes, the Nigeria Stability and Reconciliation Programme (NSRP) and the Justice for All (J4A) programme.
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BASHIR TOFA
Bashir Othman Tofa is a Nigerian politician. A Hausa Muslim who hails from Kano State, Tofa was the National Republican Convention (NRC) candidate in the annulled Nigeria's June 12, 1993 presidential election, which was organised by the military government of General Ibrahim Babangida.

Tofa was born in Kano on June 20, 1947. He had his primary education at Shahuci Junior Primary, Kano and then continued studies at City Senior Primary School in Kano. From 1962-1966, he attended Provincial College, Kano. After completing his studies at the Provincial school, he worked for Royal Exchange Insurance company from 1967-1968. From 1970 to 1973, he attended City of London College. Tofa's sojourn into politics started in 1976 when he was a councilor of Dawakin Tofa Local Government Council, in 1977, he was elected a member into the Constituent Assembly. During the Nigerian Second Republic, Tofa was at various times the secretary of the Kano branch of NPN, he later became the party's national financial secretary and was a national member of the Green Revolution National Committee.

During the Third Republic, Tofa joined NRC in 1990. In 1993, when the Babangida administration introduced the Optain A4 system, Tofa was elected the presidential candidate representing Kano. During the party primaries, he defeated Pere Ajunwa, Joe Nwodo and Dalhatu Tafida to clinch the NRC ticket. At the time, he was an ally of Halilu Akilu, the security chief at the time. His running mate in the election was Sylvester Ugoh, an Igbo and a former governor of the now defunct central bank of Biafra. Both were members of the defunct National Party of Nigeria.

Tofa is also a businessman, an oil trader and industrialist. He was chairman of International Petro-Energy Company (IPEC) and Abba Othman and Sons ltd. He was also involved as a board member in Impex Ventures, Century Merchant Bank and General Metal Products ltd.
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SABO BAKIN ZUWO
Aliyu Sabo Bakin Zuwo was a Senator in the Nigerian Second Republic who was elected Governor of Kano State, Nigeria in October 1983, holding office briefly until the military coup on 31 December 1983 that brought General Mohammadu Buhari to power. He was elected on the People's Redemption Party (PRP) platform.

Zuwo's origins could be traced to Nupe in Niger state, from where his great grand parents migrated to Kano, where he was born and raised. He had no formal education, but said that he attended "Mallam Aminu Kano Political School, Sudawa, Kano", referring to the politician and champion of the people's rights.
A colorful and outspoken politician, it was said that he made more effective use of the radio in the run-up to the Second Republic than any other politician in Northern Nigeria. Elected to the Senate in 1979, Zuwo sponsored more bills than any other Senator. In the 1983 Kano State gubernatorial elections he defeated former governor Abubakar Rimi, who had resigned earlier that year and defected to the Nigerian Peoples Party (NPP). One of Zuwo’s first acts as governor was to remove all the Emirs installed by Rimi. In a popular gesture, he closed down the Palace Cinema in Kano, which had become a venue for young men to take drugs and engage in sex, and converted it into a clinic.
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ARC. KABIRU GAYA
Kabiru Ibrahim Gaya (born 16 June 1952) is a Nigerian politician and architect who was elected to the Nigerian National Senate in 2007, representing the Kano South constituency of Kano State for the All Progressive Congress (APC ). Kabiru Gaya was elected vice president of the inter-parliamentary union (IPU) for Africa at the 135th general assembly of the union in Geneva, Switzerland October 2016.
Kabiru Ibrahim Gaya was born on 16 June 1952.He attended Gaya Primary School from 1961-1964 and Tsangaya Primary School where he finished his primary school in 1968 his senior brother was then the Headmaster and Abdullahi Aliyu Sumaila was the Assistant Headmaster who taught him Maths at the primary school. He attended Government Secondary School Birnin Kudu from 1969-1973 where he obtained the West African School Certificate (WASC) and College of Advanced Studies from 1974-1975 where he obtained IJMB. He obtained a BSc. Architecture from Ahmadu Bello University in 1977. 

He obtained a Master of Science degree in Architecture from the Ahmadu Bello University in 1980. He was awarded an honorary Doctorate Degree by the University Of Science And Applied Management, Porto-Novo, Benin. He is a member of the Nigerian Institute of Architects (NIA) and the Nigerian Large Scale Farmers Association (NLSFA)
He was a Board Member of KASEPPA in 1985, and a member of the National Caucus Committee for the United Nigeria Congress Party (UNCP). He was Executive Governor, Kano State (1992–1993). In 2003, Kabiru Ibrahim Gaya ran for the National Democratic Party (NDP) in the 2003 gubernatorial election in Kano State.

Kabiru Ibrahim Gaya was elected to the Senate for Kano South in 2007. He was appointed to committees on Gas, Local and Foreign Debts, States & Local Government, and Upstream Petroleum Resources and Works. In a mid-term assessment of the performance of Senators, This Day newspaper noted that he sponsored the Finance Management and Accountability Bill, 2009, and the Millennium Development Agency Bill, 2009. He co-sponsored five motions and contributed well to debates in plenary. In May 2008, as chairman of the Senate committee on works, Kabiru Gaya lamented that some projects were going very slowly, but said the Senate would never subscribe to the idea of privatising Nigerian roads. 

In November 2009 he supported a motion by the Kano chapter of the ANPP to allow the state governor, Ibrahim Shekarau, to nominate the ANPP candidate for the 2011 governorship elections. The presumptive nominee was Sheikh Ibrahim Khaleel. Kabiru Gaya ran for election as Senator for Kano South on the ANPP platform in April 2011, and was reelected. Gaya was the Senate's Deputy Minority Whip from 2007 until 2011.
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ALHAJI TANKO YAKASAI
Tanko Yakasai (born 5th December 1926) is a Nigerian politician, human right activist and former Liaison Officer to President Shehu Shagari. He is a founding member of Arewa Consultative Forum. Yakasai was born in the northern Nigerian city of Kano and is of Hausa tribe.
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ALHAJI MAGAJI DANBATTA
Alhaji  Dambatta who was born in 1931. Dambatta was a classmate of the late Emir of Kano, Alhaji Ado Bayero, at the Kano Middle School, now known as Rumfa College, and a member of many constitutional conferences including the National Conference.

A former chairman of the Arewa Consultative Forum, Dambatta went into journalism in the 1940s when he took appointment at the Daily Comet, a paper owned by late Dr. Nnamdi Azikwe. From then he headed many journalism positions including the Board of Directors of Daily Times of Nigeria from 1980 to 1983.
 
Before then he was member of the board of directors of the New Nigerian Newspapers shortly after the paper was established by the late Sir Ahmadu Bello, the Sardauna of Sokoto. His contributions at the board laid a solid foundation for the growth of the paper in later years. Dambatta was a frontline member of the Northern Elements Progressive Union (NEPU) and held various public positions across all spheres of human endeavour. In 2005, he published his autobiography tagged “Pull of Fate”, a book that encapsulated his life and times. 
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DR. MUDI SIPIKIN
Spikin, a poet and founding father of the Northern Elements Progressive Union (NEPU) was incarcerated several times in his lifetime for his political activism.
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SHIEK NASIRU KABARA
Sheikh Nasir Muhammad Umar Kabara, a noted Islamic scholar and philsopher was born in 1912 in Guringuwa village outside Kano, Nigeria. His grandparents came from Kabara, a town under Timbucktu kingdom. His third generation grandfather – also from Kabara in Timbucktu – Mallam Umaru, also known as Mallam Kabara was the only one from the lineage to settle in Adakawa in Kano city, before moving on to what is now known as Kabara ward, named after him. He was an accomplished Sufi in Timbucktu before departing for Kano.

The first thing Mallam Kabara did on settling in Kabara ward was to establish a school in 1787, of a sort commonly referred as Zaure School where the outer entrance hall of his house was converted into an Islamic school. This school possibly among the oldest recorded schools in Kano is now part of the Darul Qadiriyya household of Sheikh Nasiru Kabara.

The youthful Nasiru was extremely enthusiastic in his search for knowledge. His first encounter with advanced Islamic learning system – long after he had graduated from the normal Allo (Qur’an read from wooden slates) schooling system, emerging extremely fluent in Arabic language, Islamic jurisprudance and Linguistics – was with Bad’ul Amli and Murshida, both treatises on Tauhidi; the unity of God. Next followed a voracious apepite for other books and soon he had completed his studies of Ahlari, Iziyya and Risala: all books necessary for a proper understanding of Islam. Because in Islam there is no concept of copyright, soon after the youthful Nasir was himself typesetting the Risala and Ishiriniya (book of poetry in praise of the Prophet) and selling them.

His learning process was essentially self-motivated, with of course appropriate encouragement from his main teacher: Mallam Natsugune. Consequently, the youthful Nasiru was a voracious searcher of Islamic knowledge, being far ahead of his contemporaries – indeed he was actually preaching to his classmates his advanced understanding of the meaning of the Quran; thus sowing the early seeds of his entry into Tafsir at such tender age.

Nasiru Kabara received his original authority in Kuntiyya and Ahl al-Bayt from Ibrahim Nakabara, who was the dominant figure linking nineteenthand twentieth-century Qadiriyya in Kano. Ibrahim (ca. 1867-1941) was Fulani and his grandfather was originally from Katsina. He learned a wide range of subjects from his father: law, theology, literature, logic, and grammar. He learned astrology from Mahmud Kabara; law (the Mukhtasar) from the babban mallami, Abdurrahman al-Sayudi; and sufism (especially Qadiriyya) from his father and from Ibrahim of Zaria, who had come to Kano. By the age of thirty, he had become a legal adviser to Emir Aliyu. He was offered the position of alkali (judge) but refused on the conviction that mallams should not be involved in government. He did not travel outside Kano and continued his position as legal adviser under emirs Abbas, Usman, and Abdullahi Bayero. He was also the personal mallarn of Emir Usman. Ibrahim did not write books, although he did possess his own written commentaries on the Mukhtasar. His home in Kabara ward was a center of higher learning in Hausaland. One section of his compound was set aside for studies of theology and mysticism, and another section was set aside for studying law. He was not an ardent proponent of solitude (khalwa). Although there were other leaders of traditional Qadiriyya in Kano during this period, Ibrahim’s authority was reinforced by his personal qualities of piety and knowledge and by his effectiveness as a teacher of mallams. He was not succeeded in this authority by his son but by his student Nasiru Kabara, who exhibited these same qualities.
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HAJIYA HASSANA SUFI

Hassana Sufi, whose name is often prefixed with a title of respect like Hajiya [a female ‘pilgrim’], Malama [Hausa for a female scholar] or Inna [a Hausa term of respect for a ‘mother’]; hails from Kano State, one of the thirty-six states of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Hassana and her twin brother Hussein were born in 1929, in Bichi, one of the forty-four local government areas in present day Kano State. From her childhood, Hassana was raised in a scholarly environment. Both her paternal and maternal grandparents were scholars. Her paternal grandfather Umaru b. Ibrahim was one of the Fulani migrant scholars who moved from Borno in the nineteenth century and settled in the Madatai quarter in the heart of Kano, where Hassana’s father Ahmad Sufi was born in 1884. Her maternal grandparents, Ismail b. Sulaiman and Hadiza (Khadija), popularly known as Mama, were both educated and raised in Kano city. Ismail was well versed in Arabic language and grammar, and became the Imam of the Kano city central mosque during the reign of Emir of Kano Aliyudan Dabo (1894-1903), while Hadiza was one of the renowned female Islamic scholars of Kano in her time. It is important to note that Hassana’s paternal and maternal grandparents, as well as her parents, had a role as Islamic scholars not only in their communities, but also in the aristocratic courts of the Kano Emirate.

Before her death following a brief illness, Hajiya Hassana Sufi had contributed significantly to the promotion of Islamic education, as well as to Arabic and Hausa literature. She will continue to be remembered in Kano for her ever-lasting legacies: her writings, the Islamic school Khair alzadi, and the many male and female individuals she converted to Islam, including several abandoned children she took into her care.

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RABILU MUSA IBRO
Rabilu Musa, popularly known as Dan Ibro (December 12, 1971 – December 9, 2014) was a Nigerian actor, filmmaker and director. He was regarded as a pioneer revolutionist of the modern day Kannywood and the most popular comedian ever in the history of Kannywood Movie Industry until his death in 2014.

Dan Ibro attended Danlasan Primary School, located in Wudil and later moved to Government Teachers College Wudil all in his birth state. He joined the Nigerian Prison Service in 1991 and served in the civil service. Dan Ibro quits civil service and later joined the movie industry with his first movie 'Yar Mai Ganye which promoted his carrier.

Popular songs include Bayanin Naira, Idi Wanzami, Dureba Makaho. Rabilu Musa became popular in Hausa movie cinema few years after when he joined the industry. Some of his popular movies includes Andamali, Bita Zai Zai, Ibro Aloko, Ibro Angon Hajiya, Ibro Dan Fulani. His career as an actor continues when he turned to be a full-time comedian and began singing with his popular songs such as Bayanin Naira, Idi Wanzami, Direba Makaho.
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