Barewa College

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Barewa College
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Gaskiya Road, Zaria

Zaria, Kaduna State

Coordinates11°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
TypeSecondary school
MottoMan Jada Wajada
(He Who Strives Shall Succeed)
FoundersSir Hugh Clifford, G. A. J. Bieneman
Age11 to 18
HousesBello Kagara, Lugard, Clifford, Dan Hausa, Mallam Smith, Nagwamatse, Bienemann, Mort, Jafaru, Suleiman Barau
Colour(s)White and Navy Blue          
Former pupilsOld 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.


Memorable names of the dormitories include Bello Kagara House, Lugard 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.[2] These dormitories housed up to a thousand pupils at any one time, in the vast landscape east of Tudun Wadda.

Notable alumni[edit]

Notable alumni of Barewa include:


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