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30 March, 2021: Webinar | India-Nigeria: Facing the COVID-19 Pandemic Together

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The GI in collaboration with the Manohar Parrikar Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (MP-IDSA) in India are hosting a virtual event to discuss the global collective fight against COVID-19.

The webinar aims to 1) dissect the complexities of a COVID-19 vaccine roll-out in India, Nigeria, and the rest of Africa, focusing on the role of multilateral health institutions, and 2) to explore ways how India and Africa can collaborate to mitigate identified problems and enhance cooperation in all spheres.

In the News: Pandemic Questions, Multilateral Answers, This Day Live

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15 October, 2020: Webinar | 2020 Abuja Forum

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The GI in collaboration with the Center for Nigerian Studies at the Institute of African Studies, Zhejiang Normal University (ZJNU) in China hosted a webinar on how to sustain China-Africa cooperation amid and beyond COVID-19. The pandemic does not only present African nations with new challenges and responsibilities, but also holds serious implications for China-Africa relations, specifically pertaining to the trade deficit, debt crisis and people-to-people relations. The question is how China and Africa can collaborate during and after the pandemic in such a manner that diplomatic and economic relations are strengthened, and not harmed, and that goodwill is maintained? The webinar brought together diplomats, private sector experts, academics, government officials, civil society representatives and journalists from Africa and China to exchange ideas and experiences, and to discuss ways to mitigate the socioeconomic impact and effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on Sino-Africa cooperation.

28 June, 2020: Webinar | From Rhetoric to Concrete Action: Devising a Roadmap for Reforming the Almajiranci System

webinar poster devising a roadmap to reforming the almajiranci system

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The GI in collaboration with Noor Takaful Insurance and Ahmed Zakari & Co. (Chartered Accountants) are embarking on a series of webinars regarding the meaningful transformation of the Almajiranci system. This first webinar will introduce perspectives from policy makers, lawmakers, academics, traditional rulers, community leaders, Ulamas, Tsangaya teachers, Almajiris, and private sector institutions.

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For full details of the proceedings, download the Rapporteur Report

Alhaji Mohammed Hayatudeen
Welcome Remarks: Moderator
Dr. Bashir S. Galadanci
Sharing Research Findings
Dr. Hadiza Kere Abdulrahman
Sharing Research Findings
Dr. Usman Bugaje
Sharing Research Findings
HRH, Emir of Gombe
Traditional Ruler’s Perspective
HRH, Emir of Dutse
Traditional Ruler’s Perspective
Mr. Abubakar Suleiman
Private Sector Perspective
Dr. Bashir Aliyu Umar
Ulama Perspective
Hon. Hajiya Aisha J. Dukku
Lawmaker and Formal Educator Perspective
Dr. Farouk Umar
Tsangaya Teacher Perspective
Mal. Nasir Yahaya Alaramma
Former Almajiri Student Perspective
HE, Gov. Babagana Umara Zulum of Borno State
Public Policy and Governance Perspective

Dr. Mujtaba Ibrahim Abubakar Ramadan
Tsangaya Teacher Perspective

19 September, 2019: Effective Policing Strategies for Nigeria

Conference on ‘Effective Policing Strategies for Nigeria’ hosted by the Gusau Institute at the Sheraton Hotel in Abuja on 19 September 2019.

27 June, 2018: Abuja Forum Conference

The first conference of the Abuja Forum series was held on the 27th of June 2018 in Abuja, Nigeria at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel. The theme of the conference was ‘A New Era for China-Africa Cooperation: Partnership for Peace, Security and Development’, and it was co-hosted by the Gusau Institute (GI) and the Center for Nigerian Studies at the Institute of African Studies, Zhejiang Normal University (ZJNU), China.

The format of the conference was a morning session with former President Olusegun Obasanjo as keynote speaker on the topic ‘Leveraging a China-Africa Partnership as a Change Agent for Sustainable Economic Development in Africa’, followed by an afternoon session consisting of three syndicate sessions taking place simultaneously, and a concluding plenary session. The syndicate sessions respectively focused on 1) challenges of human security in Africa, 2) peace and security cooperation, and 3) future plans with China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) in mind.

Click here to download the keynote speaker’s address.

5-18 March, 2018: Writer-in-Residence

Ishmael Beah, Sierra Leonean author and human rights activist who rose to fame with his acclaimed memoir, A Long Way Gone, will be in residence for two weeks in March 2018. Beah will host a creative writing workshop and visit schools during his stay. Details will be forthcoming shortly. You can read more about him on his website at

5-8 July, 2017: KABAFest 2017

As part of its centenary celebrations, Kaduna State is introducing a literary event to its cultural calendar. The Kaduna Book & Arts Festival 2017 (KABAFEST) will feature nearly 50 writers, artists, actors, poets and performers who will share their fantastic work with us.

Download the KABAFest 2017 Programme (PDF) or visit the official website at