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  Ahmed Abdullahi Aliyu Abdurrahim Sumaila born on 19 December 1976, was appointed as Grand leader of the Madinawa Clan and Naqib al-Madinawa by the Madinawa Majlis-ash-Shura Council, he also holds the royal titles of Wamban Sumaila, Dan Isan Wudil, and Makaman Massu, he is a District Head at Wudil and Sumaila Local Governments in the Northern Region of Nigeria. He is a member of the Muallimawa dynasty a branch of the Aliyawa, House of Maiduniya and Banu Gha, with descent from the noble Madinawa, Jobawa, Toronkawa and Hausawa clans of the Arab, Fulani and Hausa ethnic groups, called the Hausa-Fulani Arabs. He is a noble and part of the Nigerian Chieftaincy and aristocracy.
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Ahmed is a prominent traditional figure in Kano State, North-West of Nigeria, he served as the Principal Partner Sumaila Legal Services and Consultancy, Head Litigation of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Head Alternative Dispute Resolution Office Central Bank of Nigeria, Head Forex Central Bank of Nigeria Kano Branch, State Counsel Ministry of Justice Kano State, Manager Legal Kano State Investment and Properties, Administrative Officer at Kano State Television Corporation Abubakar Rimi Television (ARTV) and was a Board Director at Aurum Nigeria Limited, A.A.Sumaila and Sons, Sauda Voyager Nigeria Limited, Aurora Specialist Hospital, River Front Clinics Limited and Queen’s Heritage Hospital Limited.


Ahmed received early religious education at home, where he learnt Qur’an and the traditions of Prophet Muhammad. He then attended Samadi International Nursery School, for his Kindergarten education, before proceeding to Kano Capital School from 1982 to 1987. He attended St.Thomas Secondary School for his secondary school certificate, and he received a bachelor’s degree in Law from Bayero University Kano in 1999. After graduating, he attended Nigerian Law School and was called to the Bar in January 2001, he spent a year undergoing his National Youth Service as a State Counsel in the Kano State Ministry of Justice. He also obtained a Professional Diploma in Public Relations from Northern Business School in 2002, Post Graduate Diploma in Management from Bayero University Kano in 2003, he obtained master’s degrees in Development Studies (2006), Business Administration (2008), Public Policy and Administration (2010), Banking and Finance (2014), from Bayero University Kano, he also obtained certificates on Professional Foundation Course on Alternative Dispute Resolution Part I (2008) and Part II (2009).
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Ahmed is a Member of the Muslim Students Society of Nigeria, First Aid Group of Jama’atu Nasril Islam, Associate Member Shehu Shagari World Institute, Associate Member Certified Institute of Cost Management, Associate Member Institute of Treasury Management and Financial Accountants, Associate Member Institute of Certified Economists of Nigeria, Member Nigerian Institute of Public Relations, Member Institute of Industrialists and Corporate Administrators, Fellow Institute of Corporate Executives in Nigeria, Member Institute of Professional Managers and Administrators, Certified Financial Analysts of Nigeria, Member Institute of Professional Entrepreneurs and Strategic Administrators of Nigeria, Fellow American Academy of Financial Management, Chartered Risk Analyst, Member Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Nigeria, Fellow Chartered Institute of Loan and Risk Management of Nigeria, Associate Chartered Institute of Mediators and Conciliators, Member Chartered Institute of Management, Member Junior Engineering Technical Society.

Political Positions

He was a political activist during his University days and held the positions of Treasurer, Secretary-General, Chairman Caretaker Committee, and Legal Adviser of the National Association of Kano State Students Bayero University Kano Chapter, He also held the position of Financial Adviser to the President Law Students Society, Political Adviser to Law Student Society, Adviser Student Union Government, Bayero University Kano, Secretary-General National Association of Kano State Students Nigerian Law School Chapter, Chairman Bayero University Alumni, Faculty of Law, Class of 1999.
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On his accession to the position of District Head, he advocated that his subjects should continue to follow the Islamic religious principles earlier set out by his paternal great-grandfather Waliyi Abdurrahim Maiduniya who was an Imam at Kadawa, during his tenure as an imam he advanced the acceptance of the Maliki School of thought in the Kano Emirate by influencing later scholars to use the principles of the Maliki school of thought instead of the other Islamic school of thoughts, the Maliki school is one of the four major madhhabs of Islamic jurisprudence within Sunni Islam. It was founded by Malik ibn Anas in the 8th century. The Maliki school of jurisprudence relies on the Quran and hadiths as primary sources. Unlike other Islamic fiqhs, Maliki fiqh also considers the consensus of the people of Medina to be a valid source of Islamic law, the Maliki madhhab is one of the largest groups of Sunni Muslims, comparable to the Shafi`i madhhab in adherents, but smaller than the Hanafi madhhab. Sharia-based on Maliki doctrine is predominantly found in North Africa (excluding northern and eastern Egypt), West Africa, Chad, Sudan, Kuwait, Bahrain, the Emirate of Dubai (UAE), and northeastern parts of Saudi Arabia. He was turbaned as a District Head at Wudil and Sumaila in 2020.

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This article was first published on 25th April 2022 and updated on May 1st, 2022 at 8:50 am


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