Our Authors

Professor Aliyu Kamal

Kano-born Kamal attended the Universities of Bayero and Edinburgh, and, since 1983, has been teaching language and linguistics at the former, including a period spent, at the latter, in pursuit of postgraduate studies. His articles on reading and writing in ESL have appeared in The FAIS Journal, The Journal of General Studies, Kakaki, Kano Studies, Tambari and WAJLLC. He is married with children including a set of 1.5 twins.

The author had written and published several Fiction/Literature novels such as: Hausa Boy; Hausaland (a young Fulani herdsman comes out in search of cattle); Silence and a Smile (love and marriage despite all odds); The Blaming Soul (a young executive tries to lead a life free of corruption and bereft of dispensable culturalism); Fire in My Backyard (a friend of the environment sets out to stop the tide of desert encroachment in Kano), Portrait of a Patron (a landowner leads a life of piety but fails to persuade his incorrigible neighbor from following suit), A Possible World (an ethicist young man devotes his energy to fight people's strict adherence to dispensable cultural antics), Hausa Girl (a young girl braves the disapproval of the community and becomes an actress) and Computer Shutdown (a collection of short stories) . Other titles by the author include;

-Women Without Borders
-English All The Way:  - A Primer for Intermediate Reading and Writing Skills
-Language for Academic Purposes: A Learning-Centered Approach
-Life Afresh
-No Sweat

Sulayman Sadi Ibrahim

A Ph.D student in LSTM (University of Liverpool), United Kingdom. He is a poet and novelist. He is the author of Beatific Vision.

Professor Muhammed Tawfiq Ladan, (LL.B, LL.M and PhD)

A Professor of Law with specialization in comparative jurisprudence, human rights, humanitarian, environmental, energy, mineral resources, security and development laws at the Department of Public Law of the Faculty of Law, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Kaduna State, Nigeria. He is a member of the World Jurist Association, Washington DC, USA, IUCN Commission and Academy of Environmental Law, Canada/Germany, Association of African Environmental Law Scholars, Kenya, a Hubert Humphrey Fellow, USA, member, IUSSP Paris, France, Network of Migration Researchers on Africa, Energy and Petroleum Law Association in Nigeria, Former Head of Department of Public Law and Former Deputy Dean of Law, Faculty of Law and member of Senate of the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria and member, Nigerian Society of International Law. Professor Ladan has presented over 40 national and international seminar/conference papers in Canada, USA. UK, Kenya, South Africa, Ghana, Nigeria, Dubai, Libya, Cameroon, Tunisia, Denmark, etc and published over 30 journal articles and 10 books in the above subjects, which include:-

Professor Kharisu Sufiyan Chukkol, OFR

 A renowned Professor of Law and for over three decades taught mainly subjects in the Criminal Law area at the Faculty of Law, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. He holds PhD  from OAU, Ile-Ife and a Fellow of the In­stitute of Advanced Legal Studies.

Engr. Abubakar A. Fari

He was born on February 1st 1953 in Katsina city, the capital of Katsina state, Nigeria. His early education started at the Koranic school or the Madarasa around the year 1956. He attended the famous Ambuttai Islamiyya School, Katsina around the same period before enrolling into Gobarua Primary School in January 1959 in Katsina. By 1962, he had covered the whole chapters of the Qur’an and proceeded to learn some fiqh, thereafter, for about six years. In 1966, he was admitted to Government College Keffi. He among others authored Rediscovering of Qur’an in series.

Sule Bello, Ph.D

He obtained first degree, combined Honours in Political Science and History, from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria in 1975. From 1976-1982 he worked to obtain a Ph.D degree from History Department with specialization in Political Economy. He undertook his Post-Doctoral Studies from 1985-1986 at the university of Kent at Canterbury where  he studied the Development of Modern Europe.

The author served as the founding Director of Kano State History and Culture Bureau as well as the CEO of the National Council of arts and Culture and a one-time Sole Administrator of the National Commission for Museums and Monuments in Nigeria. He has, in this regard, helped to found and establish the Kano State Archives, as well as research and documentation centres at various levels, in addition to a number of institutional academic journals.

He further serves in various capacities, in many public and private organizations at state, national, continental and international levels associated with research and development, historical preservation as well as economic and cultural development generally.

A one-time Chairman of the Board of Directors of the College of Advanced Social Sciences (CASS) Port-Harcourt, the author currently teaches at the Department of History, ABU Zaria, and has published a number of books and articles in various academic journals.

Professor Femi Sunmonu

He hold a  BSc. (Hons.) Degree in Fibre Science from the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland in 1977. He obtained the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) in Textile and Polymer Chemistry from the University of Leeds, Leeds, England in 1982. He has been teaching Chemistry as applied to Fibres and Polymers at Ahmadu Bello University since January 1982. He is a Professor of Fibres and Polymers.

Malam Labo Yari

Born in Katsina in1942, Labo Yari was educated in Nigeria and at the London School of Journalism and the University of Osio, Norway. He worked in the former Katsina Native Authority, the Federal Ministry of Information, Lagos, and then became the Press Attache in the Nigerian Embassy in Stockholm, Sweden, Subsequently, he held executive positions in Publishing and Printing Industry, becoming Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Gaskiya Corporation Limited, Zaria. He has been the Government Printer, Katsina State for almost two decades. He retired in 2002. He is a Trustees and a Fellow of the Association of Nigerian Authors. He has written the several book and novels, which includes;

Sule Mohammed, Ph.D

He was born in 1957, at Enagi, in Wushishi Local Government Area of Niger state of Nigeria. After completing his primary and secondary education, he attended Zungeru College of Advanced Studies, between 1976 and 1978, where he sat for and passed the Interim Joint Matriculation Board (IJMB) examination. He studied at Bayero University, Kano, from 1979 to 1982 and obtained his B.A. (Hons) History degree. After completing his National Youth Service Corps programme in 1983, he enrolled, in that year, as a Postgraduate Student, in the Department of History, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria; and, in 1985, took up appointment as a Graduate Assistant. He obtained his Master’s and Doctoral degrees and rose through the ranks to be, in 2007, an Associate Professor of History. He has co-authored with others, History of the Chawai of North-Central Nigeria; and has authored, History of the Emirate of Bida. The present book, Administrative Changes among the Gbagyi in Northern Nigeria, is his second single authored book. He has also published many articles and chapters in journals and books. Sule Mohammed is married with children.

Auwal Anwar, Ph.D

Auwalu Anwar ya yi aikin koyarwa a Sashin Tarihi na Jami'ar Maiduguri, 1984-1997; Mai Bayar da Shawara na Musamman kan Harkokin Siyasa ga Shugaban Majalisar Tarayya, 2000-2003; Mataimaki na Musamman ga Shugaban Kasa kuma Babban Sakatare a Sakatariyoyin Ilimi da Aikin Gona da Raya Karkara da kuma Lafiya, a Birnin Tarayya da Kewaye (FCT), 2004-2007.  Littattafan da ya rubuta sun hada da;  Jumhuriyyar Gurguzu ta Bulgariya (Fassara:1982), Tasirin Siyasa a Addini: Tijjanawa da Tirjanawa a Kano (1993) Gadar Zare: Wakoki (2007) Gyara Kayanka (2009).

Professor Hafiz Abubakar

A Professor of Food and Nutritional Biochemistry. He is currently the head of the Department of Biochemistry, Bayero University, Kano. He teaches Food and Nutritional Biochemistry, Biosynthesis of macromolecules, Public health Nutrition and Food Science at Under and Postgraduate levels. His research interest is in Food Science and Nutrition.

S. S. Obeka, Ph.D

Born on the 23rd September 1962 to the family of Mr. and Mrs. Obeka of Al' Ogwuche clan of Otukpo-Icho in Otukpo Local Government Area of Benue State, Nigeria. He studied at University of Jos; Ambrose Ali University, Ekpoma; University of Nigeria, Nsukka and Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria where he obtained BS.c (Hons), PGDE, PGD (PA), MPA, MSC (Ed), and PhD in Geographical and Environmental Education. He is a Methodist ordained Presbyter. He served as Inspector of Education with Ministry of Education Benue State; a Methodist Education Secretary, Benue Diocese (comprises of Igede, Enone, Apa, Otukpo and Markudi) and a Minister in charge Adoka Circuit, Ochekwu Circuit, Ugboju Onyagede Circuit, Kaduna South Circuit and  Trinity Circuit Zaria. He is presently Senior Lecturers with the Department of Science Education, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. He attended several National and International Conferences and authored several textbooks and journals. He is happily married to Mrs. Oyidu Obeka and blessed with three children.

John I. Okpoko, Ph.D

He is a versatile scholar who has many journal articles and books to his credit. He has been lecturing, researching and writing for many years in both polytechnics and universities on the field of Mass Communication. Furthermore, he is an Associate Member of the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR).

Mohammed Umar

He was born in Azare, Bauch State, Nigeria. He studied Journalism and Political Economy, lives in London. He was a student of ABU Zaria, served as a Judge for the Caine Prize for African Writing in 2009 and he is the winner of the Muslim News Award for Excellence in Arts in 2010. The Marathi edition of his novel: Amina, won The Best Translated Book award in 2010. Amina is his first novel. His second novel “The Adventures of Jamil” was published in 2012. Mohammed Umar must be considered a literary pioneer of African Feminism. His work is unique in contemporary Nigerian literature as a progressive cry for social justice.

    - Africa - Journal of the International African Institute.


The author was the first Librarian at both the NCAST and University Librarian, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria as well as at the University of Agriculture Makurdi, when it was established in 1982. He was the first librarian at these institutions, responsible for their library services and for securing the professional education of young staff of whom six have become university librarians and a score of others now occupy senior positions in libraries throughout Nigeria. Mr. Plumbe 'has an artist's eye and a poet's words. His anecdotes reveal the love of humankind that enabled him to make friends everywhere he went.' His book "African Morning" manifests a total commitment to the Sudan and Nigeria where he worked 1949-1952, 1956-1959, 1962-1966 and 1982­1983. Besides working in England for twelve years, He has been University Librarian of six universities in Nigeria, Malaysia, Malawi, Guyana and Papua New Guinea; Assistant Librarian at the National University Library in Singapore; Librarian of a tripartite college of technology in Nigeria; Librarian of an agricultural research library in the Sudan, and Library Training Officer for Fiji. He became a Fellow of the United Kingdom Library Association in 1940 and the Nigerian Library Association conferred honorary Fellowship on him in March 1992 'for distinguished services to the profession of librarianship'.His previous books are: The Golden Pagoda Tree; Adventures in Southeast Asia (1990); Tropical Librarianship (1987); Libraries and Archives in Fiji (1984); Preservation of Books in Tropical and Sub-tropical Countries (1964); African Poems (1951) and Kingdom of Earth: Poems (1939).’ 

Muhammad O. Ajah, Jnr

He is a graduate of English, Faculty of Languages and Translation, Al-Azhar University, Cairo, Egypt. He had his primary and part of his secondary education in Afikpo, Ebonyi State until 1991 when he travelled to Alexandria, Egypt, for further studies. On return from Egypt, he served in the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria, FRCN, (Radio Nigeria, Abuja)  the one year compulsory service  under the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC). He taught in Esteem International School, Abuja and worked for Media Trust Limited as a reporter, researcher and correspondent in Abuja and Port Harcourt where he spent over half a decade watching and reporting things as they happened and unfolded in the Niger Delta. He has also served different organizations in different capacities. Currently, He is National Zonal Co-ordinator, Portharcout Zone, National Hajj Commission of Nigeria. Ajah Jnr. is a lover of nature, a momentous researcher and an advocate of humanity, peace and the rule of law. He has written many books on political, religious and language studies including collections of poems. The Price of Niger Delta Oil Money is his research work on Niger Delta where the mainstay of Nigeria - crude oil - is explored and produced. He is also the author of A Letter To God and Ultimate Shelter, among others. He is happily married to Mrs. H. Ugomma Obiahu and blessed with children.               

Nuhu Ramalan Jibril Zaria

At an early age, intended to be a soldier but destiny did not make it so as it did by not allowing him to apply for Law to become a Lawyer. And when admitted in 1984 to study History at ABU, Zaria, he changed to International Studies. Ramalan obtained B.Sc. Degree in Int'l Studies and M.Sc. Degree in Political Science in 1987 and 1998, respectively from ABU, Zaria, where he pursues his PhD. Ramalan is a prolific writer on various Nigerian socio-economic and political matters, having the following books to his credit: Politics of Education in Nigeria; A Critique of Implication of Shari'ah for Democracy, Development and Fundamental Human Rights of Women; Shari'ah and Politics in Nigeria and Politics of Rotational Presidency and the Survival of Nigeria. He did his National Youths Service Corps at Christ's Girls' School, Ado Ekiti in the old Ondo State in 1987/88. He actively participated in the Generals Babangida, Abacha and Abdussalami Transitions to Civil Rule Agenda. Ramalan was a founding member of the Peoples' Democratic Party and former Secretary to Zaria Local Govt. Council from 1999 to 2002. He is a Head, Department of Political Science, Federal College of Education, Zaria. More of his books are forthcoming.

Umaru Haruna Usman

He is a Pharmacy Specialist  and Business man; born in Daura, Katsina State of  Fulani Parent, grew up in Maiduguri, Borno State, living in Kano. He had his trainings at the Nigerian Police College Kaduna, Medical Auxiliary Training School Kaduna; The US Air force School of Healthcare Sciences, USA; Industrial Engineering Department of University of Ibadan and Ododuma School of Management Uyo Akwa Ibom State among others. He is a veteran of the Nigerian civil war, he served with the Nigerian Air force for ten years (1967-1977) after which he served as Manager/Managing Director of various private enterprises. At one time he was a Captain of Industry and Chairman of Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN) for Bauchi, Plateau and Benue States Branch. He has won various defense, national and general service medals. He likes reading and is a keen sport man. He has traveled wide at home and abroad.


G.P. Bargery
Adebayo Adedeji , Ph.D
Ibrahim Suleiman, Ph.D
S.M. Ngu, Ph.D
A.D. Yahaya
Y.B. Usman, Ph.D
Bashir Othman Tofa, Ph.D

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