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SOAS London confers honorary doctorate on Emir Sanusi II



Emir Muhammadu Sanusi II

Maude Rabiu Gwadabe

The School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London has conferred an honorary doctorate degree in Economics to Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II.

KANO TODAY reports that the Emir received the degree the University’s graduation ceremony on Friday at its campus in Bloomsbury, Central London.

SOAS President, Dame Graca Machel said Emir Sanusi is honored as a leading figure in the world of finance.


Below is the citation on Emir Sanusi II as published in the University website.

His Highness Muhammad Sanusi II became the 14th Fulani Emir of Kano, Nigeria in June 2014.

His Highness was appointed Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria in 2009.

He led a campaign against high level corruption in government in Nigeria and pioneered the introduction of Islamic banking into the Nigerian banking sector.

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Alongside his anti-corruption work in the financial industry, His Highness pursued his scholarship in Islamic history, thought, and law.

He continues to bring his wealth of expertise to resolving significant development challenges including public health, girl-child education and reforms of Muslim family law as well as the systems of zakat and auqaf (endowments).

His Highness has received many awards including the Global Central Bank Governor of the Year 2011 from the Financial Times and the Nigerian National honor of  ‘Commander of the Order of the Niger’ (CON).