11 Things You Should Know About the New Emir of Zazzau

New Emir of Zazzau Ahmad Nuhu Bamalli

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October 10, 2020

The Kaduna State Governor has earlier approved the appointment of Ambassador Ahmad Nuhu Bamalli as the new Emir of Zazzau. The appointment came two weeks after the demise of the late Emir of Shehu Idris. The appointment laid to rest claims of balkanizing the emirates.

Here are 11 Facts About the New Emir of Zazzau You Probably Don’t Know About.

1. The newly appointed emir is the 19th Fulani Emir of Zazzau and the first to rule from the Mallawa dynasty since 1921 when Emir Aliyu Dan Sidi was deposed. The Mallawa Dynasty are among the three ruling houses in Zazzau along with the Barebari and Katsinawa houses.

2. Ahmad Bamalli is the direct descendant of the Founder of the Mallawa dynasty and the first Fulani Emir of Zaria, Malam Musa Bamalli. His Grandfather, Auta Yero is the son of Malam Abubabar Dardau who is the last son of Malam Bamalli.

Ahmad Nuhu Bamalli's grandfather
Ahmad Nuhu Bamalli’s grandfather Malam Auta Yero

3. The new Emir is also a direct descendant of the founder of the Sokoto Caliphate, Usman Dan Fodio through his mother’s side. He is a descendant of Shehu Usman Danfodio through Malam Abdulrahman Dikko Turaki Babba of Zazzau who is a grandson of Sultan of Sokoto, Aliyu Babba a grandson of Dan Fodio.

4. Another fact about the new Emir of Zazzau is that his father, Nuhu Bamalli was once a Minister of Foreign Affairs during the First Republic. He was appointed a junior minister in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) in 1960 and was promoted to a senior Minister in 1965. Nuhu Bamalli was also a writer, having worked at the Gaskiya Corporation. He wrote cult classic books like Bala da Babiya, Mungo Park: Mabudin Kwara (Mungo Park’s Biography.) He held the title of Magajin Garin Zazzau which the present Emir inherited.

Mungo Park’s Biography written in Hausa by the Father of the present Emir, Nuhu Bamalli


When late Nuhu Bamalli lost out the throne in 1975, the then military governor Abba Kyari consoled him with the idea of excising Jaji town up to Kaduna metropolis beyond and out of Zazzau Emirate and make him the emir of Kaduna. He outrightly rejected, he said to Kyari he inherited the throne of Zazzau not that of Kaduna, and would not like history to record him as the man who led to the destruction of their most cherished heritage because of personal ambition and greed. He was noted to have said that if it was the will of God that he would be Emir, If not, he prayed that someone in his lineage would one day enjoy such benevolence.

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Magajin Garin Zazzau Nuhu Bamalli
Magajin Garin Zazzau Nuhu Bamalli

5 Alhaji Ahmad Nuhu Bamalli is one of the most knowledgeable Emirs in the North. He studied Law at Ahmadu Bello University. He later obtained a Masters’s degree in International Affairs and Diplomacy from the same institution in 2002. The newly appointed Emir also attended Harvard and Oxford universities as well as Northwestern University in Chicago and the University of Pennsylvania.

6. Ahmad Bamalli worked in several places including Abuja Metropolitan Agency as an Assistant Director where he worked under the current Governor of Kaduna state, while he was Minister of FCT. He also worked in the defunct Telecommunications Company MTEL on the recommendation of Yariman Zazzau, who was then part of the company’s board. He served together with the current Minister of Finance Zainab Shamsuna Ahmad.

7. Ahmad Nuhu Bamalli also served under the former Emir of Kano Sanusi Lamido Sanusi while he was the Governor of Central Bank. Sanusi served as Chairman of the Nigerian Security Printing and Minting board while Bamalli was a Managing Director. The two are also good friends.

Emir of Zazzau Ahmad Nuhu Bamalli with the former Emir of Kano Muhammadu Sanusi

8. The new Emir of Zazzau also has a striking resemblance with the former Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi. The resemblance is so striking that many people seem to think they are related. Even the son of the former Emir admitted to such.

9. Ambassador Nuhu Bamalli held the title of Magajin Garin Zazzau before ascending to the exalted throne of Zazzau. He inherited the title from his father, Nuhu Bamalli who died at the age of 81 in 2001.

Ahmad Nuhu Bamalli Durbar
Ahmad Nuhu Bamalli Durbar

10. Ahmad Nuhu Bamalli was an ambassador to Thailand with concurrent accreditation to Myanmar. He was appointed by President Muhammad Buhari and he resumed in November 2017. He was Nigeria’s ambassador to Myanmar when the Rohingya genocide occurred —which president Buhari condemned in his speech to the United Nations.

Ambassador Ahmad Nuhu Bamalli in Thailand

11. The new Emir of Zazzau is happily married to his wife Mairo A. Bamalli. They are blessed with five children, one boy, and four girls. He also have 10 other siblings of which he is the eldest. One of his siblings, Muazu is a seasoned banker and a manager at the Central Bank of Nigeria. Another— Aliyu, is a manager at Legacy Pensions in Kaduna.

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