Professor Shehu Galadanci

An Educational Administrator, Scholar & Diplomat, Professor Shehu Ahmad Said Galadanci was born in the ancient, great city of Kano on April 10, 1933. Among other qualifications, he holds a Diploma in Education with Distinction, Bachelor’s degree in Classical Arabic, Master’s in Literature, and Doctorate in Modern Arabic.

His full-time career has taken him through critical appointments in academia and the diplomatic corps. He has served as an Education Officer; Principal, School of Arabic & Islamic Studies, Kano; Senior Lecturer in Arabic/Islamic Studies, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria; and Provost, Abdullahi Bayero College, which later metamorphosed into Bayero University, Kano. It was there that he generated the novel idea of a pre-degree programme for preparing future degree students, an idea that informed the establishment of the School of Basic Studies in ABU.

Appointed the pioneer Vice-Chancellor, University of Sokoto [now known as Usman Danfodio University] where he served for two eventful terms, Professor Shehu Galadanci successively undertook assignments as Presidential Special Adviser, Professor at Bayero University, Nigeria’s Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, National Commissioner of INEC, and Chairman, National Universities Commission.

Author of five books and numerous publications in local and international academic journals, Professor Shehu Galadanci was a Visiting Professor at Northwestern University, USA, and belongs to a number of national and international professional bodies. He is currently the Chairman, Islamic Foundation of Nigeria & Murshid, Abuja National Mosque.

Professor Shehu Galadanci has been variously honoured with prestigious awards, including Commander of the Order of the Niger [CON], Nigerian Universities Distinguished Professor, Emeritus Vice-Chancellor of Usman Danfodio University.

He is happily married with children.

Ladies & Gentlemen, it is with great privilege that we invite Professor Shehu Ahmad Said Galadanci, CON to receive ‘The HLF-Umaru Shehu Life-Time Achievement Award for Consistent Advocacy for positive change within the University System’.

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