Mr Kabiru Abdullahi Yusuf
Mr. Kabiru Abdullahi Yusuf, the chairman and founder of the Media Trust Limited (MTL), Nigeria, is the new Chairman of the board of African Media Initiative. He succeeds the late Wale Aboderin of the Punch Group of Nigeria. Yusuf brings into the organisation several decades of experience in the media industry, where he has had varied roles as a journalist, manager and academician at the continental level.
MTL, which publishes the Abuja-based Daily Trust, Weekly Trust and Sunday Trust news publications, the pan-African news magazine Kilimanjaro, the house language Aminiya, a women’s magazine, Tambari, and a sports publication, Golf Digest, is one of Nigeria’s leading media houses.
Born in the mid-50s, Kabiru had his early primary education in Kano, the city of his birth and later enrolled at Government College in Kaduna moving on to Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, where he obtained a BA degree in History and Political Science. Further studies in Canada, at the University of Toronto, earned him a Masters of Arts degree in political science.
Back in Africa, Kabiru returned to his alma mater, where he served as an assistant lecturer in the Department of Political Science from 1980 up to 1984 when he left to take up the role of deputy editor at the Sunday Triumph in Kano. This marked the beginning of his journey in the media industry.
Kabiru has since served the industry in various media capacities as editor, Daily Triumph, Kano, (1985-1986); Today newspaper, Kaduna (1986-1988); Foreign Correspondent (Zimbabwe, Namibia); Today; Newswatch Magazine; BBC Africa Service Harare & Windhoek (1988-1990); and Editor-In-Chief/M.D, Media Trust Limited, (1998-2007), the position he moved from to take up his current role as MTL’s chairman.
An ardent scholar, Kabiru has a number of publications to his name. These include, The illegal migration expulsion in the context of Nigeria’s membership in ECOWAS” (1983); SADCC & South Africa: The Economics of the Liberation Struggle (1984); Comparative study of the struggle for Liberation in Namibia, Zimbabwe and Zaire (a CODESRIA-commissioned project) 1989; and How Swapo Won in Namibia (1989-1990).
Kabiru has won a number of accolades, among, them the University of Sokoto Graduate Fellowship tenable in Canada (1981-1982); and a University of Sokoto Research grant to study Economic Integration in five Southern African Countries (Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Botswana, Mozambique &Swaziland) 1994 among others.
Beyond his media work, Kabiru is an active member of the Lagos-based Associated Bus Company (ABS), the Fate Foundation, and the International Press Institute (IPI), Vienna – Austria. He is also the Deputy President of the Newspaper Proprietors Association of Nigeria (NPAN) and the Chairman of Nigeria’s National Committee of the International Press Institute.