Barewa College

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Barewa College
School Badge for Barewa College.jpg
Motto Man Jada Wajada
(He Who Strives Shall Succeed)
Established 1921
Type Secondary school
Founders Sir Hugh Clifford
Location Gaskiya Road, Zaria
Zaria, Kaduna State
Nigeria Nigeria
11°05′07″N 7°41′56″E / 11.085278°N 7.698889°E / 11.085278; 7.698889Coordinates: 11°05′07″N 7°41′56″E / 11.085278°N 7.698889°E / 11.085278; 7.698889
Ages 11–18
Houses Bello Kagara, Lugard, Clifford, Dan Hausa, Mallam Smith, Nagwamatse, Bienemann, Mort, Jafaru, Suleiman Barau
Colours White and Blue          
Former pupils Old Boys

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.[1] It switched its name to Kaduna College in 1938 and to Government College, Zaria in 1949 before settling on Barewa College.[1] It is one of the largest boarding schools in Northern Nigeria and was the most-celebrated post-primary schools there up to the early 1960s. The school is known for the large number of elites from the region who attended and counts among its alumni five who were Nigerian presidents including the late Umaru Musa Yar'Adua.


Barewa College, Zaria (previously known as Katsina Teacher’s College; Katsina Higher College; Kaduna College, Zaria Secondary School; Government College Zaria; and now Barewa College, Zaria) was first established in Katsina as Katsina Teachers’ College in 1921 essentially to train teachers for the Northern Provinces. The then-Governor General of Nigeria, Sir Hugh Clifford, while addressing pioneer the students, said: “it is very necessary that the young men who would receive their training in this College, and who will thereafter carry the torch of learning and knowledge, to all parts of Northern Provinces should concentrate all their energies upon the task that is set on them during their period of training."

As the need to recruit northerners into the civil service became greater, the college was upgraded to Katsina Higher College in 1929 with emphasis on man-power development. It was then that teaching of science was introduced in order to equip the students with opportunities for Technical Training, Engineering, Pharmacy, Forestry and Agricultural Studies as well as Medical Studies at Yaba. It was also in 1929 that the idea of moving the college to a more central location as well as raising it to the same level with Yaba, was muted. But the global political and economic situation of the period (1930s-40s) made the colonial administration change gear; even the movement to Kaduna got approval only in 1935 and became actualized in 1937/8. The new location had originally been Zaria but at the point of implementation it was switched to Kaduna.

The single stream of 25 students was doubled in 1945 when 50 students were admitted. In 1949, the college was finally transferred to Zaria.[2]

The college moved to Zaria as Zaria Secondary School. In 1956 when some of the Provincial Secondary Schools were about to become full Secondary Schools, its name was changed to Government College, Zaria. The name Barewa, which was adopted in 1971, evolved from its symbol, signifying progress in the swift movement of the gazelle. This followed the emergence of six State Governments in the former Northern region some of which began to establish their own government colleges.


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 called New House A and New House B during their construction.[3] These dormitories housed up to a thousand pupils at any one time, in the vast landscape east of Tudun Wadda.

College song[edit]

Barewa is a center of Excellence, Having the greatest Potentials, we are proud, yes we are proud, To be students of the school.

Started as a Teacher Training College, Established in 1921, We have moved, from Kastina To Kaduna, then Zaria.

Barewa has produced many heads of state, Always leading while others follow, We are proud, yet displined, And we are known in the world.

Notable alumni[edit]

Notable alumni of Barewa include:


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