Kashim Ibrahim

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Shettima Kashim Ibrahim (1910-1990) was a Kanuri politician who was head of the Native Administration in Borno and was a minister for Social Services in the 1950s. He held the traditional title of Waziri of Borno after two previous Waziris had been forced to resign as a result of scandals in the Borno local administration.

He was a close associate of Ahmadu Bello.[1]


Kashim Ibrahim was born to the family of Mallam Ibrahim Lakkani. He attended Borno Provincial School and later went to the Katsina Training College to earn a teaching certificate. He started working as a teacher in 1929 at the Borno Middle School and by 1933, he had become the first Provincial Visiting Teacher. He was later promoted to a Senior Visiting Teacher and education officer for the province of Borno. He joined politics in 1951-1952, when he was elected into the Northern Regional Assembly, from his position, he was made the minister for Social Services and later that of Education.

In 1956, he was appointed as the Waziri of Borno by the Shehu [2] and later became the Governor of the Northern region in 1963.

Ibrahim was a representative of the Shehu of Borno for the Education department, (1942) and was a participant at the Constitutional Conference at Ibadan in 1950. In 1958, he became the chairman of the Nigerian College of Arts, Science and Technology.


  • 1. ^ Ahmadu Bello. My Life, Cambridge University Press, 1962. p 31.
  • 2. ^ Rosalynde Ainslie, Catherine Hoskyns, Ronald Segal. Political Africa: A Who's Who of Personalities and Parties, Frederick A. Praeger, 1961. p 128.