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His Highness Muhammad Sanusi II

His Highness Muhammad Sanusi II, Honorary Graduate, SOAS University of London

His Highness Muhammad Sanusi II was the 14th Fulani Emir of Kano, Nigeria from 2014 - 2019.

His Highness studied at King’s College Lagos, then earned Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Economics at Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, where he later also taught Economics. In 1985, he launched a distinguished banking career, becoming Group Managing Director of First Bank Nigeria in 2009.

His Highness was appointed Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria in 2009 at a time when the world saw the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression. He pursued a campaign against high level governmental corruption in Nigeria and pioneered the introduction of Islamic banking into the Nigerian banking sector.

Alongside this work in the financial industry, His Highness pursued his scholarship in Islamic history, thought, and law. After years of private study under the tutorial of a number of learned ulama', he enrolled in the Africa International University in Khartoum, Sudan, where he earned a degree in Islamic studies and fiqh in 1997.

His Highness remains engaged in the field of Finance and Development, believing strongly that no solution to the social and security challenges faced by Nigeria is possible without development. He has been driving the development of key power and energy infrastructure projects across the African continent.

His Highness is chairman of Babban Gona (Big Farm), which is dedicated to agricultural development and the support of small scale rural farmers via cooperatives.  He continues to bring his wealth of experience and contacts to bear on key development projects like public health, girl-child education advocacy and reforms of Muslim family law as well as the systems of zakat and auqaf (endowments).

His Highness holds numerous Honorary doctorates including those bestowed by Bayero University Kano, the University of Benin, the University of Abuja and Oduduwa University, Ile Ife.

In the course of his career as a banker, His Highness has also received many accolades and awards including Global Central Bank Governor of the year 2011 from the Financial Times and the Nigerian National honour of "Commander of the Order of the Niger" (CON).