LATE MALLAM MUHAMMADU JIMADA
(FIRST NAIBI NUPE)
BRIEF PROFILE, LIFE, HUMANITARIAN ACTVITIES
AND HIS CONTRIBUTION TO THE EARLY
DEVELOMENT OF EDUCATION IN NUPELAND
AND NORTHERN NIGERIA
Late Mallam Muhammadu Jimada Naibi was born in
1882 to the family of Mallam Muhammadu Shafii
Alfa Chado who was a Chief Judge of Bida Emirate
and the same time, Chief lmam of Bida.
ALSO SEE: The List Of Nupe Villages And
Towns In Niger State, Kwara
State And Kogi State
Naibi Nupe after his Qur’anic education, was
enrolled into EDOGIFU MISSIONARY SCHOOL in
1904. The aforementioned citadel of learning was
the first of its kind throughout Nupe Kingdom.
Indeed he was among the first EIGHT to have
acquired Western education in Nupeland during the
reign of Etsu Muhammadu Makun.
He was among the students that were sent to Kano
in November 1910 by the Etsu Nupe Muhammadu
Makun in conjunction with British Missionary to be
trained as teachers for the educational development
of Nupeland after he graduated with flying colors.
They came back to Bida and became pioneer
teachers in 1911.
ALSO SEE: NUPE TIMELINE By
Áma Ndagi Abdullahi
Naibi Nupe became a great teacher, an
administrator of high repute, a seasoned civil
servant in the defunct Northern Nigeria in education
sector and a distinguished personality.
various positions such as Headmaster, Councilor,
Chief Treasurer and was the first Chief Scribe of the
defunct Bida Native Authority and Niger Province in
Naibi Nupe was among the early teachers in the
In July 1921, he was appointed
as the first visiting teacher in Adamawa, Bauchi and
Jos Provincial Schools.
In 1926, he come back to
Bida to head the Bida Provincial School, now
Government College Bida.
As you are well aware, the history of western
education will be incomplete in Nupe Kingdom
without special reference to people like Mallam
Muhammadu Jimada Naibi. He was appointed as
NAIBI NUPE by His Royal Highness, the Etsu Nupe,
ETSU SAIDU MAHMUD IN 1927.
ALSO SEE: The History Of The Nupe People