• Arabic Manuscript Conservation Lab

  • Arewa House Main Gate

  • Library & Archives Complex

  • Archives Stacks

  • Banquet Hall

  • Museum

  • Conference Hall

  • Restaurant

  • Admin Block

Welcome to Arewa House Kaduna

Arewa House is the center for historical documentation and research of the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria. It is located at No. 1 Rabah Road, in the Residence of the late Premier of Northern Nigeria, Sir Ahmadu Bello Sokoto, Sardauna of Sokoto. The center is concerned, not only with research and documentation of the history and culture of the people, but also with contemporary studies on Policy, Peace and Leadership. The aim of the House therefore is to serve as a center for documentation and research in history and contemporary challenges.
Though under the authority of Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, Arewa House has an independent Board of Trustees and Governing Council. It is headed by an executive Director, who runs the day-to-day activities of the House.

As a center for historical documentation and research, Arewa House is concerned with procuring, preserving, analyzing and discussing issues of national and International interest and in particular with issues of specific interest to the development of northern Nigeria. The history of Arewa House as a Center for Research and Historical Documentation goes back to the year 1970 when the “History of Northern Nigerian Committee” was given the responsibility of writing a book on the history of northern Nigeria. This was after the dissolution of the three regional governments in the country and the creation of twelve states, which also led to the establishment of the “Joint Interim Common Services Agency” (ICSA) to oversee the joint assets and liabilities of the six newly created northern states. It was in this respect that the residence of the late premier of the Northern region, Sir Ahmadu Bello Sardauna, was formally approved to serve as an office for this project with the name “Arewa House”.

A distinguished scholar, Professor Abdullahi Smith, founding member of the Dept. of History, A.B.U. was appointed as its first Director. In 1975, the control of Arewa House was transferred to Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria on the orders of the then Federal Government of Nigeria. Under Professor Smith, a solid foundation was set that made Arewa House a unique place for research and historical documentation in the whole of West Africa. Arewa House is today one of the few reputable research centers with an enviable core collection of books and manuscripts including higher degree dissertations from various Universities in Nigeria and abroad. These dissertations cut across different fields of study, most particularly humanities and social sciences. Most of these dissertations are of thematic interest to the study of Northern Nigeria. These collections are further strengthened by a rare collection of Arabic manuscripts, Premier’s office records, government publications, Newspapers and other serial publications, which are housed in the Archives.

Meet the Management  Team

We are a team of dedicated professionals, ready to do what ever it takes to make your research successful

Professor Sule Bello


Prof. Sule Bello ...(Details Later)

Professor Muhammad Kabir Aliyu

Professor Muhammad Kabir Aliyu

Deputy Director

A Professor of Archaeology and Head, Archaeology Department, Ahmadu Bello University Zaria. He specializes in the Field Archaeology, Historical Archaeology and Cultural Resources Management. He has authored several articles in both Nigerian and international journals and books. He is currently the Editor in Chief of both the Zaria Archaeology Papers (ZAP), a peer reviewed journal of the Department of Archaeology, A.B.U, Zaria and the ASUU Journal of Humanities, by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).

Musa Salih Muhammad

Musa Salih Muhammad

Chief Archivist

A Professional Archivist, with more than 20yrs of experience in archives and information management, hold a master degree in information management and also a professional masters in information technology. His area of research includes cataloging, preservation, conservation and digitization of archives/records, Islamic Manuscripts Studies, Information Gathering and Retrieval. Currently, Head of Archives and Arabic Manuscript collections.

Usman Sulaiman

Usman Sulaiman


Usman Sulaiman, BA, MA, and Phd Candidate In History , with marathon 20 years of experience. He contributed many jornals publications. His area of reaserch include intellectual history of Zazzau , Currently the Curator, Arewa House, Museum, Ahmadu Bello University, Kaduna.

Dr. Shuaibu Shehu Aliyu

Dr. Shuaibu Shehu Aliyu

Head of NERP

Shuaibu Shehu Aliyu (Ph.D) is a professional historian with B.A, M.A from ABU Zaria and Ph.D at the University of Khartoum, Sudan. He is currently the head of Northern Educaation Research Project of Arewa House. He is also teaches African and Middle east History at ABU Zaria. He specializes in African History , History of Islam in Africa and his major research interest areas includes, the history of west African communities in the middle east . He has many publications in reputable African journals.

Dr. Salisu Bala

Dr. Salisu Bala

Head of NAMP

Salisu Bala (PhD) is a fellow of the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) and a lecturer in the Department of History, Ahmadu Bello University, Nigeria. He is also the current Program Coordinator of the Nigeria Arabic Manuscript Project (NAMP) in Arewa House, Centre for Historical Documentation & Research of the same university. He has presented papers in international conferences and has also published numerous articles in national and international journals and books.

Buhari Yusuf

Buhari Yusuf


A professional academic Librarian with more than twenty years working experiance in the field.

John T. Giwa


A professional accountant with more than twenty five years of accounting experience.

Garba Abdulkarim Kumoh

Garba Abdulkarim Kumoh

Admin Secretery

Malam Garba Abubakar Abdulkarim (Kumo) is the Administrative Secretary of the Centre (Arewa House). He is presently a Principal Assistant Registrar with B.Sc. Political Science and Masters in Public Administration. He was with Public Affairs Directorate as Head of Unit under the Office of the Vice Chancellor A.B.U Zaria. He attended many Workshops and Conferences within and outside the Country.