Professor Abdalla Uba Adamu: The Abusite Double Professor of 2 Different Disciplines.

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Professor Abdalla Uba Adamu is a Nigerian academic, educator, publisher, media scholar, and distinguished Abusite. He is believed to be the first person from the northern part of Nigeria to hold double professorships in two totally different disciplines. He is a professor of Science Education (1997) and professor of Media and Cultural Communication (2012). 

He taught media and science education courses in many Nigerian universities and around the world, including serving as a European Union Visiting Professor at the University of Warsaw, Poland, in 2012, visiting professor, Rutgers University, New Jersey, and visiting professor, the University of Florida in 2010.

Adamu was Fulbright African Senior Research Scholar in 1991, he is also the developer of ‘hooked’ Hausa language character font sets (ɓ Ɓ ɗ Ɗ ƙ Ƙ), which were not present at the advent of the Internet. He is the current Vice-Chancellor of the National Open University of Nigeria since 2016.

Professor Abdalla  Uba Adamu, VC National open university Of Nigeria

Early life and education

Abdalla Uba Adamu was born in Daneji, Kano city, Kano State, on 25 April 1956. He received his undergraduate B.Sc (Education) degree in Education, Biology, and Physiology in 1979 at Ahmadu Bello University Zaria.

He did his National Service at a high school in Umoarkrika, Imo State before he proceeded to Chelsea College, the University of London where he earned a Master of Arts in science education in 1983. He earned his doctorate at the University of Sussex in 1988 under the sponsorship of the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission.

Prof Abdalla Uba Adamu’s Career

Prof Abdalla Uba Adamu began his academic career in 1980 when he was employed as a Graduate Assistant at Bayero University. He rose through ranks to become a professor of Science Education and Curriculum Studies in 1997 – the youngest professor from Kano at the time at 41 years.

In 2004 he presented in his Professorial Inaugural Lecture, Sunset at Dawn, Darkness at Noon: Reconstructing the Mechanisms of Literacy in Indigenous Communities in which he explored the use of the Arabic alphabet as Hausa language literary devices in Ajami writings.

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He proposed what he called ‘Ajamization of Knowledge’ as an alternative educational strategy for millions of Qur’anic school pupils to acquire contemporary education in a literary script they know, rather than the Latin alphabet.

Adamu was Fulbright African Senior Research Scholar at the Center for Studies in Higher Education, University of California, Berkely from 1991 to 1992. He was the first person from the north of Nigeria to become a Senior Fulbright fellow, even though at that time he was only 35 years!

While there, he wrote a monograph, Reform and Adaptation in Nigerian University Curricula, published by The Edwin Mellen Press, New York, in 1994, which explores the transfer of educational influence and structures from the United States to Nigeria, and the substitution of British educational system in Nigeria in the process.

In 1993 he set another record as the first academic from northern Nigeria to be invited by the Rockefeller Foundation as Visiting Resident Scholar, Bellagio Conference, and Study Center, Italy, where he developed ideas for a book on higher education.

In 1999, in the wake of the public furor that trailed the popularity of Hausa contemporary fiction,  he changed the focus of his research to media and cultural communication, starting with observations about the then-burgeoning Hausa popular literature – an engagement that led to many lively debates in the pages of newspapers in northern Nigeria, especially the New Nigerian Weekly under the guidance of Ibrahim Sheme who actually facilitated and mediated all the discussions on Hausa popular literature.

Prof. Adamu’s deep interest in computing and literary expression led to his developing Hausa hooked characters (Ɗ, ƙ, ɗ, ɓ, Ƙ, and Ɓ) as font sets to facilitate Hausa word processing in 1996.

His engagement with the Hausa literati soon merged with similar interest in Hausa video films in 2001 and by 2003 he had facilitated the convocation of the first conference on Hausa video film industry in Kano – a first, not only for the Hausa film industry but also for any African video film industry; an endeavour which led to a book, Hausa Video Films: Economy, Technology and Society, co-edited by Prof. Yusuf Adamu and Prof. Umar Faruk Jibril (Kano, Center for Hausa Cultural Studies, 2004).

When the Internet became available in Kano sometime in 2000 he quickly seized its social networking potentials long before Facebook became a reality in 2004 by creating online communities on Yahoo! Groups channel to discuss Hausa music, literature and film in 2001.

This not only brought the attention of the larger networked world to Hausa popular culture, but it also provided an opportunity for others to develop similar virtual communities aimed at discussing all aspects of the contemporary life of the Hausa, both at home and in the Diaspora.

His cultural activist engagement in the communicative aspects of Hausa popular culture within the context of what he always refers to as ‘transglobal media flows’ made the Department of Mass Communication employ him as a part-time lecturer in 2006, where he was given courses to teach that eventually included Online Journalism, Advanced Media Research Methods, Critical Writing and Review, Aesthetics and Film Criticism, and Media Studies at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

In 2008, Prof. Adamu was appointed country partner by the Volkswagen Foundation, Germany, in its project, Passages of Culture, which networked African (Bayero University, University of Yaoundé, Cameroon and the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa) and European Universities (University of Basel, Switzerland and Freiburg University, Germany).

The project sought to determine, through extensive research involving some 10 Ph.D. students, how culture moves intertextually between one literary passage to another. Prof. Adamu was also appointed advisory to the proposed board for the Center for Study of Music in the World of Islam, Abu Dhabi (which had its origins in a conference in Morocco), and which engaged him in a project on visual preservation of Hausa children’s songs.

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Prof. Adamu is also one of the few that can be called ‘practitioner-scholars’. Not only does he teach media theories and popular culture, but he also actualizes it. By 2012 he had recorded ethnomusical and religious performances in both video and audio which ranged from re-recording of Aliyu Namangi’s nine-volume Wakokin Imfiraji [Songs of Salvation] to beggar minstrel music, and female Fulani children’s camp songs; as well as Sufi religious performances by both Qadiriyyah and Tijjaniyyah Sufi adherents in Kano.

As a music director, Prof. Adamu recorded what he called ‘Hausa Classical Music’ – a performance of four musical pieces (without any vocals) by three traditional Hausa musicians playing gurmi (sort of shortened lute), duman girke (bongos) and sarewa (flute) in 2006. He called the band, ‘Alfijir’, [dawn], to indicate the new direction he hopes to forge for Hausa music.

Three of the instrumental compositions last for over 15 minutes, with the fourth closing the performances at four minutes. In 2008 he obtained private funding to produce a documentary on the Kano Horse Pageantry festival, Hawan Sallah, which takes place after Ramadan and during Eid-al-Hudha. He called the film, ‘Equestrian Elegance’. The film was directed by Bala Anas Babinlata, and was reviewed by Carmen McCain.

In addition, he had organized seven musical concerts for the British Council when it was in Kano, always introducing elements of fusion – for instance, creating what he called. ‘Kukuma Rap’; rap lyrics with Hausa kukuma beat.

Adamu has given commissioned lectures at Rutgers State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick (2015), University of Warsaw, Poland (2012), Institute of Mediterranean and Oriental Cultures, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw, Poland (2012), University of Florida (2010), University of Basel, Switzerland (2009), Barnard College, Columbia University, New York (2007), School of African and Oriental Studies, University of London (2006), and Institute für Afrinkanishe, University of Cologne, Germany (2004).

Selected works of Prof. Abdalla Uba Adamu

Category 1 Publications 

  • [2019] Transcultural Language Intimacies: The Linguistic Domestication of Indian Films in the Hausa Language. In Kenneth Harrow and Carmela Garritano (Eds.). Companion to African Cinema (pp. 157-175). Chichester: John Wiley & Sons Limited 
  • [2018] Hausa Language and Literature. In Thomas Spear (Ed.). Oxford Bibliographies in African Studies. New York: Oxford University Press. Online Bibliography. 
  • [2018] Gender and Delineation of Intimisphäre in Muslim Hausa Video Films. In S. D. Brunn et al (Ed.). Handbook of the Changing World Language Map. New York: Springer. 
  • Islamic Calligraphy, Abstraction and Magic in Northern Nigeria. In Toyin Falola and Fallou Ngom (Eds.). Handbook for Islam in Africa. New York: Macmillan/Palgrave (forthcoming).
  • Hausa Popular Music (Northern Nigeria). In The Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume 12, Part One: Africa, Sub-Saharan, edited by Heidi Feldman, David Horn and John Shepherd (forthcoming).
  • “We Are Not in Baghdad Anymore”: Textual Travels and Hausa Intertextual Adaptation of Selected Stories in 1001 Nights.” In Orhan Elmaz (Ed.). Endless Inspiration: One Thousand and One Nights in Comparative Perspective (forthcoming). Piscataway, NJ: Gorgias Press (forthcoming)
  • “There Goes the Neighborhood.”: Film Soundstages and the Islamicate Public in Northern Nigeria. In Kristian Petersen (Ed.). Muslims in the Movies: A Global Anthology (Mizan Series).  Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press. (forthcoming).
  • [2017] Transcultural Connections – Hindi Films, Transborder Fandom and Muslim Hausa Audiences in Northern Nigeria, African and Asian Studies 16 (2017):103-127.
  • [2017] Controversies and Restrictions of Visual Representation of Prophets in Northern Nigerian Popular Culture. Journal of African Media Studies, 9 (1): 17-31.
  • [2016] Tribute to Hajiya Sa’adatu Ahmad Barmani Choge, Griotte, northern Nigeria, 1948-2013. The Annual Review of Islam in Africa, Issue No. 12/13, pp. 166-172. (University of Cape Town, South Africa). 
  • [2016] Environmental ethics and future oriented transformation to sustainability in Sub-Saharan Africa. (With Aliyu Salisu Barau and Lindsey C. Stringer). Journal of Cleaner Production, 135(1):1539–1547. 
  • [2015] The Remediation of Events: 9/11 in Nigerian Videos. In H. Behrend & T. Wendl (Eds.), 9/11 and its Remediations in Popular Culture and Arts in Africa (pp. 39-57). Berlin: Lit.Verlag. 
  • [2015] Out of India, coming to Africa: The emergence of Kanywood, the Muslim Hausa video film industry in northern Nigeria, published as “Dall’India all’Africa. La nascita di Kanywood: l’industria dei video musulmani in lingua hausa, nel Nord della Nigeria”. In A. Jedlowski & G. Santanera (Eds.), Lagos calling: Nollywood e la reinvenzione del cinema in Africa (pp. 135-166). Aracne editrice int. le S.r.l.
  • [2014] The Beggar’s Opera: Muslim Beggar-Minstrels and Street Oral Poetry Theatre in Northern Nigeria. In T. F. Deubel, S. M. Youngstedt & H. Tissières (Eds.), Saharan Crossroads: Exploring Historical, Cultural, and Artistic Linkages between North and West Africa (pp. 195-216). Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
  • [2014] Review of ‘The Role of the Press and Communication Technology in Democratization: The Nigerian Story’ The Journal of African History, 55 (1) pp 129-130. 
  • [2013] Transgressing Boundaries: Reinterpretation of Nollywood Films in Muslim Northern Nigeria. In M. Krings & O. Okome (Eds.), Global Nollywood: Transnational Dimensions of an African Video Film Industry (pp. 287-305). Bloomington and Indianapolis: Indiana University Press.
  • [2013] Book Review: Anne Haour and Benedetta Rossi (Eds.). Being and Becoming Hausa: interdisciplinary perspectives. Leiden and Boston: Brill (pbk €75.00,$107.00 – 978 9 00418 542 5). 2010, xvii+310 pp. Africa: Journal of the International African Institute, Vol 83, No 02, pp. 344-346, May 2013.
  • [2012] Transnational Media Flows and Contra-Flows: Shifting Paradigms in South-South Entertainment Flows. Hemispheres – Studies of Cultures and Societies, 27:  5-32.  Institute of Mediterranean and Oriental Cultures, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw, Poland.
  • [2012] Al-Hausawi, Al-Hindawi: Media Contraflow, Urban Communication and Translinguistic Onomatopoeia Among Hausa of Northern Nigeria. Studies of the Department of African Languages and Cultures (ALC), 46: 23-57. Department of African Languages and Culture, University of Warsaw, Poland.
  • [2012] “Go by appearances at your peril”: The Raina Kama writers’ association in Kano, Nigeria, carving out a place for the “popular” in the Hausa literary landscape. [with Graham Furniss], Research in African Literatures, 43(4): 88-121.
  • [2011] Media Technologies and Literary Transformations in Hausa Oral Literature. In J. McIntyre & R. Mechthild (Eds.). Transporting oral literatures between media, cultures and languages, edited by Joe McIntyre and Mechthild Rey (pp. 81-108). Cologne: Rudiger Koppe Verlag.
  • [2011] Eastward Ho! Cultural Proximity and Eastern Focus in Hausa Fiction and Videos. In J. McIntyre & R. Mechthild (Eds.). Transporting oral literatures between media, cultures and languages, edited by Joe McIntyre and Mechthild Rey (pp. 45-80). Cologne: Rudiger Koppe Verlag.
  • [2010] Transnational flows and local identities in Muslim Northern Nigerian Films: From Dead Poets Society through Mohabbatein to So…” In H. Wasserman (Ed.). Popular Media, Democracy and Development in Africa (pp. 223-234). London: Rutledge. 
  • [2010] The Muse’s Journey: Transcultural Translators and Domestication of Transnational Music in Hausa Popular Culture. Journal of African Cultural Studies, 22(1): 41–56.
  • [2010] Islam, Shari’a and Censorship in Hausa Video Film. In M. Saul & R. A. Austen (Eds.). Viewing African cinema in the twenty-first century: FESCAPO art films and the Nollywood video revolution (pp. 63-71). Cleveland, Ohio: The University Press. 
  • [2009] Media Parenting and Construction of Media Identities in Northern Nigerian Muslim Hausa Video Films. In J. Middleton & N. Kimani (Eds.). The Media and the construction of African Identities (pp. 171-186). London: International African Institute/Twanzega Communications. 
  • [2009] Maitatsine. [with Allan Christelow] in John L. Esposito (ed.): The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Islamic World. 6 Bde. Oxford 2009. Bd. III, S. 459-462. 
  • [2008] The Hindi Cinema Factor in Hausa Video Film Soundtracks. In M. Slobin (Ed.).  Global soundtracks: The culture of world film music (pp. 152-176). Connecticut: Wesleyan University Press. 
  • [2008] Breaking Out, Speaking Out: Youth, Islam and Production of Indigenous Hausa Literature in Northern Nigeria. In A. Oed (Ed.). African language literatures: Production, mediation, reception of African language literatures (pp. 209-220). Cologne: Rudiger Koppe Verlag. 
  • [2007] Currying favour: Eastern media influences and the Hausa video Film. Filmint. 28(4): 77-91. London.
  • [2006] Loud bubbles from a silent brook: Trends and tendencies in contemporary Hausa prose writing. Research in African Literatures, 37(3): 133-153.
  • [2004] Book Review: Muslim Women Sing: Hausa Popular Song (Beverly Mack, 2004) Ethnomusicology Forum, Nov.2005, Vol. 14 Issue 2, pp. 246-250.
  • [2003] Parallel Worlds: Reflective Womanism in Balaraba Ramat Yakubu’s Ina Son Sa Haka. Jenda: A Journal of Culture and African Women Studies: 4.1 (2003). 
  • [2002] From Mindmeld to Mindset: Negotiating the Information Minefield in Developing Countries. Bulletin of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, 28(6): 25–29.           

Category II Publications 

  • [2017] Invisible Visibilities: Gender, the Islamicate Public Sphere and Creative Media Cultures.  Journal of Social Sciences, 1(1): 33-55. (National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN), Jabi, Abuja,
  • [2017] Profaning the Sacred in Tijjaniyya Sufi Songs in Kano. In Mustapha Ahmed Isa et. al. (Eds.). Kano: The State, Society and Economy, 1967 to 2017 (pp. 277-300). Kano: TransWest Africa Limited Kano for Kano State Government. 
  • [2016] North of Nollywood, South of the Sahara: Cultural Dynamics in the Marketing of Hausa Video Films. In Onookome, O. (Ed.). Media Studies in Nigeria: Genesis and Detours (pp. 257-278). Ibadan: Stirling-Horden Publishers Ltd.
  • [2010/2017] Social Responsibility, Cultural Diversity and Film Censorship. In Mike Egbon and Umar Faruk Jibril (Eds.). Media Studies in Nigeria: A Book of Readings (pp. 21-46). Zaria: Ahmadu Bello University Press. [In development since 2010, but only published in 2017]. 
  • [2017] Commodification of Culture: The Political Economy of the Hausa Popular Cultural Industries. Abuja: National Council for Cultural Orientation. 
  • [2016] Media-Mediated Urban Sexuality and Islamicate Popular Culture in Northern Nigeria. In Muhammad O. Bhadmus (Ed.). The Nigerian Cinema: Reading Nigerian Motion Pictures (pp. 349-372). Ibadan: Spectrum Book Limited. 
  • [2016] Trans-fictional migration and inter-textual re-interpretation: The Grimm Brothers’ tales in Muslim Hausa Literature. In Isma’ila A. Tsiga & M. O. Bhadmus (Eds.), Literature, history, and identity in northern Nigeria (pp. 101-128). Ibadan: Safari Books Ltd.
  • [2015] PDP reloaded: Political mobilization through urban music in Kano. Bayero Journal of Political Science (Maiden Edition), June 2014, pp. 65-89.  
  • [2014] The presence of Arabs in Kano. In A.I. Tanko & S. B. Momole (Eds.). Kano: Environment, Society and Development (pp. 125-164). London & Abuja: Adonis & Abbey Publishers. 
  • [2014] Imperialism from Below: Transcultural Contra-Flows and the emergence of Metrosexual Hausa Visual Culture. 15th Professorial Inaugural Lecture, Bayero University Kano. Kano: Inaugural Lecture Committee, Bayero University Kano, Nigeria. 
  • [2013] The City at the edge of forever: Archiving and digitizing Arabic sources on the History of Kano, Nigeria. In, O.M Ndimele, M. Ahmed & H. M. Yakasai (Eds.).  Language, literature and culture in a multicultural society. A festschrift for Abubakar Adamu Rasheed (pp. 183-207). Port Harcourt: The Linguistic Association of Nigeria/M&J Grand Orbit Communications Ltd. 
  • [2013] Private Sphere, Public Furor: Gender and Delineation of Intimisphäre in Muslim Hausa Video Films, Harsunan Najeriya Special Edition, XXIII: 334-357. Center for the Study of Nigerian Languages, Bayero University, Kano.
  • [2013] Insurgency in northern Nigeria. In O. Obafemi & H. Galadima. Complex insurgencies in Nigeria: Proceedings of the NIPSS 2012 eminent persons & experts group meeting (pp. 77-139). Bukuru [Nigeria]: National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies [NIPSS].
  • [2011] Hausa and Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs). In L. D. Yalwa, A. Y. Bichi & S. Sani (Eds.). Studies in Hausa Language, Literature and Culture (pp. 1-30.  Zaria: Ahmadu Bello University Press.  
  • [2011] Global Influences, National Flows: The Influence of Hindi Film on Hausa Traditional Music and Video Film. In A. U. Adamu, U. F. Jibril, M. N. Malam, B. Maikaba & G. Ahmad (Eds.). Communication, media and popular culture in northern Nigeria. (pp. 6-35). Kano: Bayero University Department of Mass Communication. 
  • [2011] Cultural Reconciliation Among Communities: The Multicultural Emergence of Kano as Panacea for Peaceful Co-existence. Commissioned and published lecture presented at the World Culture Day on 22nd May, 2011 at the International Conference Center, Abuja, Nigeria. Abuja: National Institute for Cultural Orientation. 
  • [2010] Youth, society and visual entertainment media in northern Nigeria. In B. A. Umar (Ed.). Issues in youth development in Nigeria – A multidisciplinary Perspective (pp. 355-361). Kano: Bayero University Kano. 
  • [2010] Private Passion, Public Furore: Youth Entertainment, Sexuality and the Islamicate Public Space in Northern Nigeria. In H. Wakili, et al. (Eds.). The Nigerian youth: political participation and national development (pp. 281-306). Kano: Mambayya House (Bayero University Kano).  
  • [2008] Womanist ethos and Hausa domestic ecology: A structuralist analysis of Barmani Choge’s operetta, Sakarai ba ta da wayo (Useless woman). In S. Abdu (Ed.). Poetry and Poetics: Proceedings of the 5th Conference on Literature in Northern Nigeria (pp. 93-120). Bayero University Kano: Department of English and French. 
  • [2008] The arts of the Muslim Hausa of northern Nigeria. In British Council (Ed.). Celebrating traditional crafts of northern Nigeria (foreword, pp. 1-3). Exhibition Catalog. London, British Council and Terra Kulture Nigerian Cultural Centre, Lagos. 
  • [2007] Transglobal media flows and Hausa popular culture. Kano: Visually Ethnographic Press. 
  • [2007] Fulɓe Culture and the Internet: A Survey. Journal of Nomadic Studies, 5: 13-20. Kaduna: Nomadic Education Commission.  
  • [2006] Qualitative, Quantitative and Mixed Methods Methodologies, in Readings in In Social Science Research, edited by Adamu, Y. M, Mohammed, H., and Ɗandago, K.I. 2006, pp. 59-73. Kano: Bayero University Faculty of Social and Management Sciences/Adamu Joji Publishers. 
  • [2006] Divergent similarities: Culture, globalization and Hausa creative and performing arts. In S.B. Ahmad &, M.O. Bhadmus (Eds.). Writing, Performance and Literature in Northern Nigeria, 2006, pp. 38-90. Bayero University, Kano: Department of English and French. 
  • [2004] Istanci, Imamanci and Bollywoodanci: Evolutionary trends in Hausa use of media technologies in cultural transformation. In A. U. Adamu, Y. Adamu & U. F. Jibril (Ed.).  Hausa home video: Society, technology and economy (pp. 83-99). Kano: Center for Hausa Cultural Studies (defunct). 
  • [2001] Hausa prose fiction: Towards an analytical framework. FAIS Journal of Humanities, 1 (4): 86-95. Bayero University, Kano, Nigeria.                     

Publications in Education Category I

  • [2018] Education for Development – Theoretical Perspectives and the Nigerian Situation. Jerrold Keilson & Michael Gubser (Eds.). The Practice of International Development (pp. 215-232). New York: Routledge.
  • [2011] Motionless Points in Chaos: Education Reforms, Innovations and the Challenges for Higher Education in Nigeria, in Africa-Asia University Dialogue for Educational Development, edited by Norihiro Kuroda, 2011, pp. 87-108. Hiroshima, Japan: Center for the Study of International Cooperation in Education, University of Hiroshima, Japan.
  • [2011] Developing Institutional Co-operation Strategies: The Rhetoric and Reality of Academic Linkages with Nigerian Higher Education. Avrasya Etudleri (Eurasian Studies, Turkey), 40/2011-12, pp. 238-258.
  • [1994] Reform and Adaptation in Nigerian University Curricula, 1960-1992: Living on a Credit Line. Lewiston, New York: The Edwin Mellen Press. 1994. African Studies Series Volume 33 [320 pp].
  • [1992] Operation, efficiency and desirability of special science schools at the secondary education level: The Nigerian experience (1992): Paris: International Institute of Educational Planning, UNESCO. [64 pp].
  • [1991] Science Education as a Development Strategy in Nigeria: A study of Kano State Science Secondary Schools, in Lewin, K. M., (Ed.), (1991) Educational Innovation in Developing Countries: Case Studies of Changemakers (pp. 61-92). London: Macmillan, 
  • [1991] Curricular Rhetoric, Class Teaching and Examinations: A Study of the New Nigerian Science Curriculum, Science Education International, Volume 2, No 1, March 1991, pp. 6-10. [The Journal of International Council of Associations for Science Education, Australia].
  • [1990] Balancing the equation: Girls, tradition and science education in Northern Nigeria, The Ahfad Journal: Women and Change, Volume 7 No 1 June 1990, pp. 14-31. [Ahfad University for Women, Omdurman, Sudan].
  • [1990] An intrinsic analysis of the new Nigerian Science Secondary School Chemistry curriculum, Journal of Science and Mathematics Education in Southeast Asia Volume 21 No 1 June 1990, pp. 27-36. [Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia].
  • [1989] Rhetoric and Reality in Nigerian Science Education: Observations of Science Teaching in Kano State Science Schools, International Journal of Educational Development, Volume 9 No 4 1989, pp. 251-262. [London, McMillan].
  • [1989] Appliance of Science: Technological Education in Kano State of Nigeria, West Africa 11-17th September 1989, pp. 1523-1524. [London].
  • [1988] An intrinsic analysis of the new Nigerian Science Curriculum, Journal of Curriculum Studies Volume 20 No 1, 1988, pp 37-57. [London, Taylor and Francis].       

Category II Publications 

  • [2012] Strategies for Effective Postgraduate Supervision, in CDPGS at 25 (2012) Perspectives on Higher Education in Nigeria, pp. 355-378. Lagos: Committee of Deans of Postgraduate Schools of Nigerian Universities.
  • [2012] Qualitative Research in the Humanities, in FAIS Journal of Humanities, Special Edition, 2012, pp. 13-54. 
  • [2011] Fundraising Strategies for Engineering Research, in Fundamentals of Research Proposal and Methodology in Engineering, edited by Adamu Umar Alhaji and Habib Imam Ahmed, pp. 14-34. Kano: Bayero University Kano, Faculty of Technology/ABU Press, 2011. 
  • [2011] Field Guide to Research Methods for Teachers and Administrators (Chapter 1, 8 and 9). Abuja: Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC), 2011. [What’s Educational Research, pp. 1-11; Writing a Research Proposal, 106-112; Research Report Writing, 115-121]. 
  • [2010] The significance of Ajami Manuscript Resources for the Development of New Knowledge in Nigeria, in Ibrahim, Y. Y. et al (Eds.), Arabic/Ajami Manuscripts: Resource for the Development of New Knowledge in Nigeria, 2010, pp. 199-236. Kaduna: Ahmadu Bello University, Center for Historical Documentation and Research (Arewa House).
  • [2010] The Role of Nigerian Universities in the Actualization of Development Vision. Lapai, Niger State: Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida University, 2010. [University’s First Public Lecture].
  • [2010] Manuscript Learnability and Indigenous Knowledge for Development: The Kano Hausa Ajami in Historical Context, in Perspectives on Kano, Volume 1, edited by Abdalla Uba Adamu and Ibrahim Ado Kurawa, 2010, pp. 139-199. Kano: Inuwar Jama’ar Kano [Kano Forum]. [Published earlier in a modified form by Arewa House, q.v.]
  • [2010] Manuscript Learnability and Indigenous Knowledge for Development: Hausa Ajami in Historical Context, in T. El-Miskin et al. (Eds.), Nigeria’s Intellectual Heritage – Proceedings of an International Conference on Preserving Nigeria’s Scholarly and Literary Traditions and Arabic/Ajami Manuscript Heritage, 2010, pp. 73-119. Kaduna: Ahmadu Bello University, Center for Historical Documentation and Research (Arewa House).
  • [2010] Kano State Public Expenditure on Education for 2003-2007. In Fulfilling the Mandate: Kano Under Shekarau, 2003-2007, edited by Abdalla Uba Adamu, Ibrahim Ado Kurawa and Mustapha Isa, 2010, pp. 234-279. Kano: Research and Documentation Directorate, Government House.  
  • [2010] Education for Sustainable Development – Theoretical Perspectives. Journal of Quality Education, Vol 1 No 1, May 2010, pp. 9-20 [School of Education, Isa Kaita College of Education, Dutsin-Ma, Katsina State, Nigeria]. 
  • [2009] Epistemological Dichotomy and Scriptural Transferability: Towards a New Paradigm for Muslim Hausa Indigenous Knowledge. Published as 27th Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Education Distinguished Lecture, Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Education, Otto/Ijanikin, Lagos, 2009.
  • [2007] The 21st Century Teacher and the Challenges of the Teaching Profession. The Kumbotso Teacher Educator, Vol 1 No 1, June 2007, pp. 10-19. [Journal of Sa’adatu Rimi College of Education, Kano, Nigeria]. 
  • [2006] The Procedures and Methods of Curriculum Evaluation in Higher Education, in Procedures and Methods of Curriculum Design, Development and Implementation in Institutions of Higher Learning, edited by Zakari Mohammed and Umar Ibrahim, 2006, pp. 43-74. Zaria: Research and Curriculum Development Unit, Carnegie Cooperation Project, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. 
  • [2006] Principles and Methods of Curriculum Implementation, in Procedures and Methods of Curriculum Design, Development and Implementation in Institutions of Higher Learning, edited by Zakari Mohammed and Umar Ibrahim, 2006, pp. 14-42. Zaria: Research and Curriculum Development Unit, Carnegie Cooperation Project, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. 
  • [2005] Genesis to Revelation: Reform and Adaptation in Nigerian University Curricular Structure, 1960-1988, in Munzali Jibril (Ed.) Perspectives on Nigerian Higher Education. Festschrift in Honor of Ayo Bajo, 2005, pp. 261-304. Ibadan: Spectrum Books Limited.
  • [2004] Sunset at Dawn, Darkness at Noon: Reconstructing the Mechanisms of Literacy in Indigenous Communities. Professorial Inaugural Lecture Delivered on Saturday 24th April 2004, at Bayero University, Kano, Nigeria. Kano: Bayero University Inaugural Lecture Series, No 7, The Vice-Chancellor’s Office. 2004
  • [2003] Teacher Education in the new Millennium. Kano Journal of Educational Studies (KAJEST), Vol 2 No 1, August 2003, pp. 86-97. [Department of Education, Bayero University, Kano, Nigeria].
  • [2003] Sunset at Dawn: Colonial Policy and Muslim Hausa Education in Northern Nigeria, 1900 to 1910, in Hambolu, M.O. (Ed.), Perspectives on Kano-British Relations, 2003, 184-221. Kano: Gidan Makama Museum.
  • [2003] No Child Left Behind: Transforming the Federal Role in Education So That No Child is Left Behind. Washington, DC 2002. Review of the US Government policy on inclusive education. UBE Forum, Vol 3 No 3, 2003, pp. 147-153. UBEC, Abuja, Nigeria.
  • [2003] Management of Primary Education in Kano State: Towards Improving the State of the Art – School-based Management Strategies (SBMS), in Gana, U.M. and Garba, A., (Eds.), The Management of Primary Education in Nigeria: Emerging Strategies in the 21st Century, 2003, pp. 10-18. Kano: Bayero University Consultancy Services Unit, Seminar Series. 
  • [2003] Electronic Record Keeping Strategies in Primary School Administration, in Gana, U.M. and Garba, A., (Eds.), The Management of Primary Education in Nigeria: Emerging Strategies in the 21st Century, 2003, pp. 19-31. Kano: Bayero University Consultancy Services Unit, Seminar Series. 
  • [2003] Community Participation in Education. UBE Forum, Vol 3 No 3, 2003, pp. 20-32.  [Universal Basic Education Commission, Abuja, Nigeria].
  • [2001] New Methods and Techniques in Teaching and Learning, in Nnoli, O. and Suleiman, I (Eds.), Reassessing the Future of Education in Nigeria, 2001, pp. 28-43. Abuja:  Education Tax Fund. 
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Books Edited

  • [2011] Communication, Media and Popular Culture in Northern Nigeria. Proceedings of the First International conference organized by the Department of Mass Communications, Bayero University, Kano, 12-13th July 2006. Ed. Abdalla Uba Adamu, Umar Faruk Jibril, Mustapha N. Malam, Balarabe Maikaba and Gausu Ahmed. Kano: Department of Mass Communications. 
  • [2010] Fulfilling the Mandate: Kano Under Shekarau, 2003-2007, edited by Abdalla Uba Adamu, Ibrahim Ado Kurawa and Mustapha Isa. Kano: Research and Documentation Directorate, Government House, 2010.  
  • [2009] Understanding School Climate and Culture. Proceedings of Seminars and Workshops in Education and Development Organized by Inuwar Jama’ar Kano (Kano Forum), edited by Abdalla Uba Adamu. Kano: Inuwar Jama’ar Kano, 2009. 
  • [2004] Hausa Home Videos: Technology, Society and Economy: Proceedings of the First International Conference on Hausa Films, August, 2003, edited by Abdalla Uba Adamu, Umar Faruk Jibrin and Yusuf Adamu. Kano, Nigeria. Kano: Center for Hausa Cultural Studies, 2004.
  • [1997] Islam and the History of Learning in Katsina, Edited by Abdalla Uba Adamu and Isma’ila Abubakar Tsiga. Ibadan: Spectrum Publishers, 1997.
  • [1995] Building the Citadel: Thirty Years of University Education in Kano, 1964-1994. (Edited by Alkali, I. A., Tsiga, I. A, and Abdalla Uba Adamu) Kano, Nigeria: Bayero University Kano, 1995.

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