Kashim Ibrahim

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Kashim Ibrahim
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Governor of Northern Nigeria
Seal of The Governor of Northern Nigeria
In office
1962 – 16 January 1966
Preceded by Sir Gawain Westray Bell
Succeeded by Hassan Usman Katsina
Minister for Education
In office
Regional Minister for Survey
In office
Waziri of Borno
In office
Preceded by Waziri Wali
Minister for Social Services
In office
Personal details
Born 10 June 1910
Maiduguri, Borno State
Died 25 July 1990(1990-07-25) (aged 80)
Maiduguri, Borno State
Political party Northern People's Congress
Profession Teacher

Sir Shettima Kashim Ibrahim (10 June 1910 – 25 July 1990)[1] was a Kanuri politician who was head of the Native Administration in Borno and was a minister for Social Services in the 1950s. He held the traditional title of Waziri of the Emirate of Borno after two previous Waziris had been forced to resign as a result of scandals in the Borno local administration.

He was a close associate of Ahmadu Bello.[2]


On the steps of Nigeria House in London, Alhaji Sa'adu Alanamu (Agent General, Northern Nigeria), Sir Kashim Ibrahim, KBE (As Governor, Northern Nigeria) and Chief Arthur Prest during Sir Kashim Ibrahim's visit to the Nigeria House

Ibrahim was born in Gargar Ward, Yerwa to the family of Ibrahim Lakanmi.[3] He started his education learning Arabic and Quran before attending Borno Provincial School in 1922. In 1925, he was admitted into the Katsina Training College and finished his studies with a teacher's certificate in 1929. He started working as a teacher in 1929 at the Borno Middle School and by 1933, he had become a Provincial Visiting Teacher. He was later promoted to a Senior Visiting Teacher and education officer for the province of Borno. He was conferred with the title of Shettima of Borno in 1935 and for a while he was known as Shettima Kashim. He joined politics in 1951-52, when he was elected into the Northern Regional Assembly, he as nominated from the North as a cabinet nominee. Thereafter, he was appointed the Federal minister for Social Services and later that of Education.

In 1956, he was appointed as the Waziri of Borno by the Shehu.[4] Waziri Ibrahim became the Governor of the Northern region in 1962, holding office until the military coup of 16 January 1966 that brought Major General Johnson Aguiyi-Ironsi to power.[5] He was appointed a CBE in 1960 and knighted KCMG in 1962.[6]


  1. ^ "Ibrahim, Sir Kashim", in Christopher Osadiaye Orumwese Ugowe, Eminent Nigerians of the twentieth century, Hugo Books, 2000, p. 155.
  2. ^ Ahmadu Bello, My Life, Cambridge University Press, 1962, p. 31.
  3. ^ "The Settlement of 1960: Who was Who" (PDF). Sati Fwatshak and Philip Ostien. Retrieved 2015-08-28. 
  4. ^ Rosalynde Ainslie, Catherine Hoskyns, Ronald Segal. Political Africa: A Who's Who of Personalities and Parties, New York: Frederick A. Praeger, 1961, p. 128.
  5. ^ "Provinces and Regions of Nigeria". WorldStatesmen. Retrieved 2010-05-28. 
  6. ^ Oxford Dictionary of National Biography