Amina Bashir: Yobe’s first female Professor

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Professor Amina Bashir

Professor Amina Abubakar Bashir, who became a Professor in 2009, was born on the 8th of June, 1960 in Potiskum, Yobe State, but is from Daya, Fika Local Government.

She was enrolled into the Central Primary School, Nguru at a very early age where her father, Alhaji Garba Daya, the current Hakimin Daya (Daya Village Head) and Galadiman Fika, was a resident Pharmacist.

She was enrolled into St. Patrick Primary School, a missionary school and one of the best primary schools in Maiduguri then, when her father was transferred to then sleepy but fast developing capital of the newly created North East State.

Her father soon got another transfer and so she finished her primary scool in Damboa Primary School, Potiskum. After primary school, she gained admission into Government Girls’ College, Maiduguri where she graduated in 1977.

Coming from a family that values knowledge, she was not allowed to pine away sitting at home but went to the College of Arts and Science, Mubi, in Adamawa State before she was admitted at the School of Basic Studies, Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria.

She graduated in 1981 with a degree in English. She obtained a Masters in Education (Curriculum Studies) Degree from University of Maiduguri and a PhD in English (Sociolinguistics) from the prestigious Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria.

She started her working career in 1982, immediately after her one year mandatory national service as a graduate assistant in the University of Maiduguri where she walked her up through the demanding university academic requirements to become a professor. She is on leave of absence at the Federal University, Dutse, Jigawa State where she served as the Deputy Vice chancellor (Academics).

Professor Bashir is a visiting professor to a number of Nigerian universities and has over 50 publications, including authored books to her name and was a Dean of the Faculty of Arts ans Social Sciences, Federal University, Dutse.

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