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Dr Ibrahim Sani Kankara


He was educated at Bayero University Kano where he obtained B.A and M.A in History, University of Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania (UDSM), where studied Sociology and Anthropology. He was appointed Coordinator Graduate Studies in the Department of History and Security Studies, Umaru Musa Yar’adua University, Katsina in 2016. While at UMYU, Katsina he Served as the Organising Secretary for the International Conference on:“African Slave Trade and Slavery across the Sahara, the Mediterranean, the Middle East and the Indian Ocean: Shared Heritage and untold Tragedies and a member of university colloquium Committee since 2016.He is a research fellow of Centre of African Studies, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University College London. He attended several Conferences, Workshopsand Seminars from within and outside Nigeria. He is currently working with a Canadian research group on Expressive Cultures of African Diaspora (

Areas of Research Interest

His main areas of research interest are Peace and Conflict Studies, Cultural Anthropology, Political Sociology and History of Industrialisation.

Summary of Some Conference Papers

Title: “Youth Agency and Promotion of Hausa Culture in the 21st Century: A Critical Examination in Possession of Charms and their Significance among Kauraye Youth in Katsina”. A paper Presented 1st International Conference on the Hausa People, Language and History, Kaduna State University, Kaduna, Nigeria 23rd -25 March, 2015.

The paperexamine the role of youth agency in promoting Hausa culture in the contemporary Hausaland. There is no doubt that the power of youth agency upheld the continuous production and re-production of Hausa cultural practices in the contemporary Hausaland. Evidences indicate that youth groups across cities in the Hausaland are using charms for different proscriptive activities. This paper argues on the dynamism and the role of Kauraye youth in preserving the endangered traditional secretive attributes. The procedures and process of obtaining the charms represents significant attempt by the youth in the contemporary period to preserved cultural norms that are in the verge of extinction. The possession of charms among Kauraye youth in the contemporary Hausa society is therefore a case study.

Tittle: “Innovation and Cultural Practice in the Fight against Boko Haram Insurgence in Northern Nigerian” 2nd Voice of Social Science Annual International Conference: “Population, Natural Resources and Development”, University of Daressalaam, Tanzania, September 2015.

The paper focuses on the activities of Boko Haram, and locals the fight against insurgency in Northern Nigeria. The fight against insurgency is a major source of concern throughout the Nigerian Federation. The use of charms and locally fabricated small arms by of Vigilante and Civilian JTF is a factor in the success against the Boko Haram insurgents. The groups serve as an alternative security in the areas affected by the insurgency. The different groups use variety of locally made charms in their confrontation with Boko Haram group. This paper attempts to evaluate role of CJTF/Vigilante in the fight against insurgency, the nature of traditional mechanisms use by the local groups in the fight against Boko Haram insurgency. In this context, the innovation and cultural practice and by the vigilante groups greatly helped in the fight against insurgency, it is argued that there is likely that the vigilante will posed a danger to the state security in the post war against insurgency period.

Title: Transformation of Gendered Slavery in Northern Nigeria: A Survey of Untold Female Servitudes in Katsina Metropolis” Being a paper presented at 1st International Conference on “African Slave Trade and Slavery across the Sahara, the Mediterranean, the Middle East and the Indian Ocean: Shared Heritage and untold Tragedies.” Organised by Department of History and Security Studies, UMYU Katsina Between 27th –and 28th November 2017. (Rabe Gambo, Ibrahim Kankara and others)

The paper explored the sexuality discourses in the Muslim dominated settlements of Northern Nigeria are always considered as a contravention of the constructed moral norms and prescripts of society. The societal restriction on sexuality discourses and studies makes this important field of inquiry almost a virgin area. Despite limits in the discourse, a close ethnographic exploration into female social spaces unwrap some marked but academically neglected forms of servile practices apparent in the metropolitan female sexual enclaves of Katsina. These are the servilities attached to institutions of magajiya, mandiya and that of Chocó- chumminess. Magajiya is a Hausa term coined to describe a female (often an older prostitute) assigned with the responsibility of administering the activities of the entire brothels in a particular area. Mandiya on the other hand was a term created in the female social milieu to describe an overseer of a particular brothel. As the name implies,chocó- chumminess is a kind of clandestine sexual relation among women. Revolving around these institutions are the many unchecked slavish practices; no attempt has ever been made to explore this interesting field of inquiry .The exploration of this desolate, but important, field of inquiry will open a new vista in the social history of Katsina, and sexuality study in particular. It will also bridge the wide intellectual hiatus apparent in the social history of the area concerned. Many interviews were conducted with the practitioners and their responses are the prime ingredients to this study.

Some Publications

  1. BO Ololajulo, BBB Mapunda, IS Kankara – “Nkrumah Hall: Post-Colonial Heritage Making and Ideological Legitimacy in TanzaniaTanzania Zamani, Vol 8 No 2, 2018
  2. Kankara, I.S “Urban Planning and Youth Empowerment as a means for Managing Youth Violence in Nigeria: The Case Study of Kauraye from Katsina” Journal of the Geographical Association of Tanzania, 2017
  3. Kankara, I.S “Impediments to Nigerian Democracy: Ambivalent Role of Vigilante Groups in Maintaining Security in the Wake of the Boko Haram Insurgency in Northen Nigeria” Tanzania Journal of Population Studies and Development Vol. 22 Nos 1 & 2, 2015, Demographic Training Unit, University of Dar-es-salaam, Tanzania.
  4. Kankara, I.S “A Study of Social Miscreants in Contemporary Northern Nigeria:Focus on Kauraye Daba in Katsina State”, in eds Sokoto Journal of History, vol 3. A Publication of the Department of History, Usmanu Danfodio University, Sokoto, Nigeria. 2014.
  5. v.Kankara I.S “Some Considerations on the Origin and Development of Kauranci in Birnin Katsina” in edsMaiduguri Journal of Historical Studies Vol 6. No 8 2008.

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