Barewa College is a college in Zaria, Kaduna State, northern Nigeria. Founded in 1921 by British Governor General Hugh Clifford, it was originally known as "Katsina College." It switched its name to "Kaduna College" in 1938 and then "Government College, Zaria" in 1949 before settling on "Barewa College." It is one of the largest boarding schools in Northern Nigeria and was the most celebrated post primary school in Northern Nigeria up to the early 1960s. The school is known for the large number of elites from the region that passed through the school's academic buildings and counts among its alumni, five of whom were at one time Nigerian Heads of State including the late president Umaru Musa Yar'Adua.
Memorable names of the dormitories include: Bello Kagara House, Luggard House, Clifford House, Dan Hausa House, Mallam Smith House, Nagwamatse House, Bienemann House, Mort House, and later Jafaru House and Suleiman Barau House, which were previously called New House A and New House B during their construction. These dormitories housed up to a thousand pupils at any one time, within the vast landscape east of Tudun Wadda.
Notable alumni of Barewa include:
- Iya Abubakar, mathematician and politician
- Shehu Abubakar, Emir of Gombe (1984-2014)
- Abdulkadir Ahmed, Governor of the Central Bank
- Ibrahim Mahmud Alfa, Governor of Kaduna State
- Jubril Aminu, professor of cardiology, and former Nigerian Ambassador to the USA
- Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, Prime Minister of Nigeria
- Afakriya Gadzama,Director general SSS
- Ahmadu Bello, Premier of Northern Nigeria
- Adamu Ciroma, Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria
- Ibrahim Coomassie, Inspector General of the Nigerian Police
- Ibrahim Dasuki, Permanent Secretary, Northern Nigerian Ministry for Local Government
- Umaru Dikko, minister for Transportation
- Professor Mohammed Abubakar Gulma, two (2) times president of the Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN), graduate of Department of Electrical Engineering ABU, Zaria with 'first class' honours. Also the best mathematics student at the King's College, University of Cambridge.
- Nasir Ahmad el-Rufai, Minister for Abuja Federal Capital Territory
- Yakubu Gowon, Military ruler of Nigeria
- Idris Legbo Kutigi, Chief Justice, Supreme Court of Nigeria
- Murtala Mohammed, Military ruler of Nigeria
- Shehu Shagari, President of Nigeria
- Suleiman Takuma, journalist and politician
- Umaru Musa Yar'Adua, President of Nigeria
- Kabiru Abubakar Gulma, pharmacist, writer, author and public health practitioner.
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