The city of Kano is widely regarded as an ancient city, but that has not stopped it from producing some of the most illustrious people in Nigeria.
Kano state, Nigeria is one of the most densely populated states in Nigeria with a population of over 12 million people. The people from Kano speak majorly Hausa and are dominated by the Hausas and Fulanis.
In this article you will read about some of these people and what they have contributed to the society.
1. Aldulsamad Isyaku Rabiu
Abdulsamad Rabiu is a Nigerian businessman and industrialist. He hails from Kano, Nigeria. He is the owner of BUA Group of companies; which deals majorly in cement, flour and sugar.
BUA Group has a revenue in excess of $2.5 billion making it one of the largest manufacturing companies in West Africa. Abdulsamad Rabiu has proven to be a worthy son of Kano.
He donates generously to the development of Kano through his foundation; BUA Foundation. Some of his philanthropic gestures include construction of a pediatric ward at the Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital and construction of the Centre of Islamic Study in Bayero University.
2. Mohammad Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso
Rabiu Kwankwaso is a Nigerian politician and engineer. He was the governor of Kano state, Nigeria from 1999 to 2003 and from 2011 to 2015.
He started his life as an engineer at the Kano State Water Resources and Engineering Construction Agency (WRECA).
After spending 17 years in WRECA, he contested position into the House of Representative from Madobi Federal constituency, which he won.
He is currently a senator representing the Kano state central senatorial district. Kwankwaso is happily married with eight children.
3. Aliko Dangote
Aliko Dangote is Africa’s richest man as well as the richest black man in the world. According to a recent publication form Forbes magazine, he is worth an astonishing $18 billion.
Dangote is from Kano, Nigeria. He is the owner of Dangote Group; which is West Africa’s largest company. The group deals in several businesses which include cement, flour, sugar, steel, construction and recently petroleum.
Dangote cement, its flagship company is the biggest quoted company on the Nigeria Stock Exchange. He was born on the 10th of April, 1957. He is a holder of the title, Grand Commander of the Order of Niger (GCON), Nigeria’s second highest honour.
4. Alhaji Ado Bayero
Alhaji Ado Bayero was the emir of Kano from October 1963 to June 2014. He is one of the longest serving emirs in Nigeria’s history.
He was a respected traditional ruler in Nigeria and was often looked up to for matters concerning peace and mediation.
During his lifetime, he worked as a banker, a police officer and a diplomat. He was also a successful business man investing in agriculture and equities.
He started his education learning Islam before moving to Kano middle school. He had his tertiary education in the School of Arabic studies graduating in 1949. Alhaji Ado Bayero was loved by all kano people and his legacies in Kano will forever be remembered.
5. Aminu kano
Aminu Kano was one of the most prominent people from Kano. He was one of the founding politicians from Kano state.
He was born in 1920 and died on the 17th April, 1983. He was a socialist and led a number of opposition against the British Rule in the 1940’s.
He had his tertiary education at Kastina College and later attended the University of London to earn his teaching certificate.
He founded the northern elements progressive union to challenge the manner in which the northern government ruled.
He spoke a lot about equity and believed parties formed by ethnicity should be stopped. A well respected Kano politician, Aminu Kano ideals are still followed till date.
6. Aminu Dantata
Aminu Dantata is the son of Al Hassan Dantata; Nigeria’s wealthiest man in the 60’s. Aminu was born in May 1931 in Kano Nigeria.
He took over the Dantata family’s business from his elder brother Ahmadu Dantata following his death. The family business is into agriculture, trading and construction.
He owns shares in several blue-chip companies like Raleigh industries, Nigerian pipes, Mentholatum, Kano State Oil Mills and a host of others. He is a philanthropist and has given money to support several initiative.
7. Sanusi Lamido Sanusi
Sanusi Lamido Sanusi is the Emir of Kano Nigeria. He was crowned on the 8th of June 2014 after the death of Alhaji Ado Bayero.
He was the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria from 2009 to 2014. His most significant contribution was the bailing out of Intercontinental bank, Union bank, Afribank and Oceanic bank to the tune of 400 billion Naira.
He worked as a banker in First Bank of Nigeria where he rose to become a Group Managing Director of the bank. He had his secondary school education in Kings College Lagos and proceeded to Ahmadu Bello University to study Economics.
He has won several awards in and outside the country notably is the Central Bank Governor of the Year by the The Banker; a global financial intelligence magazine.
8. Prof. Mohammed Bello
Prof. Mohammed Bello is the current Vice-chancellor of Bayero University Kano. He is a distinguished Mathematician and Computer Scientist.
He was appointed on the 18th of August 2015. He had his primary education in Giginyu primary school and his secondary education at Government Secondary School Gaya.
He then proceeded to Bayero University where he obtained a degree in Education/Mathematics. He has been lecturing in Bayero University since 1982.
During his time as a lecturer, he produced five Ph.d Mathematics candidates, 32 M.Sc candidates (Mathematics and Computer Science).
He is a distinguished member of the Nigerian Mathematical Society and he constantly makes contributions towards the advancement of mathematics.
9. Nazifi Abdulsalam Yusuf
One of the golden voices of Nigeria’s Hausa Film Industry, Nazifi Asnanic as he is popularly called has sold over a million albums in Nigeria.
He is regarded as the most successful Hausa male artist of his generation. Nazifi was born in Kano Nigeria on January 8, 1985.
He had his tertiary education at the Federal College of Education in Kano. He is a musician and song writer, some of his most popular songs are Amina, Murjanatu, Kwankwaso Dawo Dawo, Labarina and a host of others.
He has helped compose tracks for Hausa movies such as Jani Jani, Dawo Dawo etc. Nazifi Yusuf is well loved by many and in 2011, Kannywood named him the most successful Hausa artist of the last 10 years.
10. Amina Namadi Sambo
It is very hard to discuss wives of former politicians without mentioning the name Amina Namadi Sambo. The wife of the former Vice-President of Nigeria, Amina Namadi Sambo has left a big mark on many Nigerians through her organization, I care-women and youth Initiative.
Through this organization, she has empowered many women, the youth and the less privileged in the country. Amina Sambo studied Political Science at the Bayero University, Kano. She hails from the ancient city of Kano and she is blessed with six children.
These are some of the most prominent people from Kano, Nigeria. Kano state is a large and cosmopolitan city that will continue to produce great men and women would will go on to transform the state.
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