Who is Dr Usman Buhari Ali Gwandu?


To promote a society based on principles of equality and justice



A. Supporting Development Services

Agricultural Development

Physical Community Development

Sports & Entertainment Development

B. Providing Empowerment Services

Health & Educational Support

Skills Acquisition

Strengthening Business Opportunities





B.Agric.Tech.(Hons), PGD, M.Sc., ACE, CPM, MIAM, MSM

Alh. Usman Buhari Ali Gwandu was born on the 16th of October. His father is Alh. Muhammad Buhari Ali (son of late Alh. Ali Majidadin Gwandu of Ilellah Area, Gwandu Marafa Ward), formerly of Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation and that of late Haj. Halimatu Muhammad Shayau (daughter of late Alh. Muhammad Shayau of Shiyar Fada Area, Birnin Kebbi). He bears the prestigious traditional title of The First Shettima of Garin Gwandu bestowed on him by Alh. Bello Haruna Rasheed, the Sarkin Gabas of Gwandu. Shettima is a traditional title which originated from the Borno Empire and it is bestowed only to people with great heart and outstanding scholars.


His highest educational qualification obtained is a Masters Degree in Agricultural Economics from Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto and presently pursuing his Doctorate Degree (Ph.D) on Community & Economic Development at The Pennsylvania University, United States of America. The Shettima also possess numerous political values and potentials. He is an inspiring mentor and charismatic youth leader whom our populous youth look up to, for sense of direction.


His personal expertise cut across numerous fields of youth empowerment and community development, including Adolescent & Youth Reproductive Health; Advocacy, Capacity Building & Research; Agricultural Project Appraisal; Community Development & Empowerment; Community & Social Appraisal/Research; Enterprise/Organizational Start-up & Development; Family & Health Counselling; Information & Communication Technology; Project Management, Proposal Development, Youth & Women Empowerment.


He has received numerous awards all related to youth & community development, and also traditional titles from some communities, including Sardaunan Yelwa (Bauchi State), Sardaunan Yarima Jalo (Tudun Wadan Gombe) and of recent, The Shettima of Garin Gwandu by Sarkin Gabas of Gwandu under the Gwandu Emirate Council. Other awards he received include that given by the Gombe State Government in 2007 (as the State Best National Youth Service Corps Member) and subsequently the highest and prestigious Youth award in the country by the Nigerian President, Late Alh. Umaru Musa Yar’adua (Mutawallen Katsina) in 2007 as an Outstanding National Youth Service Corps Member. He also received a Merit Award in 2012 by the Nigerian Minister of Finance as a Panellist under the Federal Government of Nigeria’s Youth Enterprise with Innovation in Nigeria (YouWiN) Programme. 


To date, he serve as a Consultant, Specialist, Board Secretary, Board member, Member, Proprietor, Patron and Director to numerous Non-Government Organizations and Private entities, both locally and internationally, including the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF), United Nations Human Settlement Programme (UN-HABITAT), Bright Capacity Initiatives for Community Enhancement (BCiCe Nigeria), among others. 


Shettima has also attended over 50 trainings, workshops, conferences, and summits locally and internationally. He has also successfully participated in various capacities including Team Member, Project Director and Project Advisor in conducting over 90 donor funded projects & structured activities on community development, trainings, consultancy activities & services which worth millions of naira. He has also published and completed over 10 research works and a number of articles in dailies and magazines. 


Furthermore, the Great Shettima has also been engaged in academic line, teaching both undergraduate and postgraduate courses in recognized academic institutions and professional bodies, including Usmanu Danfodiyo University Sokoto and Institute of Strategic Management, Nigeria. 


Sardauna also held, and still hold lots of responsibilities and leadership roles in numerous capacities in all stages of personal and educational pursuit, including the President of Student Union bodies and associations. As such, he is presently the Kebbi State and North West Zonal President of the Association of non-Bank Microfinance Institutions of Nigeria (ANMFIN). Shettima is a Chartered Project Manager, Chartered Economist and an International Volunteer who presently hold different category of membership with over 10 professional bodies and associations, some of which are the Institute of Strategic Management Nigeria, Institute of Chartered Economists of Nigeria, International Academy of Management, Institute of Chartered Project Managers, and International Forum for Volunteering in Development, among others.


He was able to start up a youth-led, rural based (grassroots), gender sensitive, non-partisan, non-profit, and non-governmental organization in September 2006 Nigeria with 4 volunteers and a State level registration. As of now, the organization has been able to scale up its presence in 13 Local Government Areas across 4 States of Nigeria, including Sokoto, Kebbi, Zamfara, Kaduna and Taraba States. Furthermore, the organization have obtained a National registration since 2011 and presently have a total number of 45 staff, a total number 32 young people have also successfully carried out their compulsory Industrial Training attachment and 12 young people have also successfully conducted their mandatory National Youth Service Corps Scheme in the organization. Focus of the organization still remains supporting Community Development & Empowerment Initiatives, Community and Reproductive Health-Care Services, and also Vulnerable Children Development. The organization presently maintains its own buildings and lots of equipments across the States they operate, the organization also operates and manages 10 Centres and provides over 40 different services and facilities to the underserved and unserved populations, mostly in rural communities. Under his management, the organization has successfully implemented 16 youth focused projects and 44 structured activities which cuts across various development fields, including health, enterprise development, agriculture, and community empowerment among others. The organization is a member of 13 coalitions and networks, while it affiliates with 43 private, public and non-governmental entities.


The Sardauna have always nurtured the practice of supporting and inspiring young people in all facets of life through skills and knowledge update, especially through peer reviews and discussions. 


During the flag-off of one of his recent projects in Kebbi State, He once mentioned that “interacting with Youth as a mentor also strengthens my competency. I have high interest in such interaction as I believe that through such process we will be able to understand more of our strengths identify our weaknesses and also collectively find ways of overcoming them. Youths are too precious to be ignored, they can change the world, because they are the future”.


Shettima of Garin Gwandu is married. His hobbies include driving, visitations and travelling by, as such, he has travelled to lots of African and European countries. His favourite games are badminton and volleyball.

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