Mustafa Ibn Umar El-Kanemi

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Mustafa Ibn Umar El-Kanemi of Borno
Reign 1974–2009
Predecessor Umar Ibn Abubakar Garbai of Borno
Successor Abubakar Ibn Umar Garbai El-Kanemi of Borno
Born 1924
Dikwa, Borno State, Nigeria
Died 2009
Cairo, Egypt
Dynasty Kanemi
Father Umar Ibn Muhammad of Borno
Religion Muslim

Shehu Mustafa Ibn Umar El-Kanemi (son of Shehu Umar Ibn Muhammad of Borno) was the Shehu of Borno from 1974 to 2009.[1][2]


Mustapha El-Kanemi was born in 1924, fourth son of the 17th Shehu of Borno, Sir Umar ibn Mohammed El-Kanemi, and was brought up in Dikwa, Borno State. He became secretary to the Wali of Borno in 1945, and subsequently worked in different departments of the Native Authority as the representative of the Shehu.[2] In 1952 he attended the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria where he studied Public Administration.[3]

El-Kanemi was elected to the Northern Region House of Assembly in 1956, representing the Damaturu/Busari Constituency, and was re-elected in 1959. He was parliamentary secretary in the Northern Region during the Nigerian First Republic. He returned to Maiduguri in 1966 and in 1970 was made district head. He was appointed Shehu of Borno in 1974. At one time he was vice president of the Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs.[2] He was succeeded by Abubakar Ibn Umar Garbai El-Kanemi of Borno from the related family of the Dikwa Emirate.[4]


  1. ^ Short biography of Mustafa Ibn Umar El-Kanemi of Borno
  2. ^ a b c "Mustapha Amin El-Kanemi (1924–2009)". ThisDay. 5 March 2009. Retrieved 8 September 2010. 
  3. ^ HOPE AFOKE ORIVRI (22 February 2009). "Shehu of Borno dies at 83". Nigerian Compass. Retrieved 8 September 2010. 
  4. ^ Naija Pundit (6 March 2009). "The intrigues, power play behind the emergence of new Shehu of Borno". The Guardian. UK. Retrieved 8 September 2010. [permanent dead link]



Mustafa Ibn Umar El-Kanemi
Regnal titles
Preceded by
Umar Ibn Abubakar Garbai of Borno
13th Shehu of Borno
Succeeded by
Abubakar Ibn Umar Garbai El-Kanemi of Borno

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