Profile of Mambayya House, the Aminu Kano Centre for Democratic Studies,  Bayero University, Kano

Established in the year 2000, Mambayya House, the Aminu Kano Centre for Democratic Studies, fundamentally, is a BUK’s endowment to Nigeria’s democratic development. Thus, it is non-profit making organization and operates as a relatively autonomous organ within the University’s organizational structure, subject to the University’s regulations in respect of accountability and academic standard. Its major aim is the promotion of democracy, good governance and scholarly research in areas of democratic theory, practice, values, culture as well as peace and development.

The Centre’s organogram provides for a Governing Board, a Director, an Academic Advisory Committee and two major units namely, the Research and Documentation (R&D) Unit and Training (T) Unit. Each unit is headed by a Deputy Director and is supported by a Research Professor and Research Fellows. There are also an Administrative Officer, Librarian and Chief Accountant, Chief Executive Officer in charge of museum and Catering Officer.


To be a leading centre for democratic Studies in Africa


To promote democratic studies, democratic culture, good governance and peaceful co-existence

Core Values

  • Good leadership and team work
  • Dedication and productivity
  • Transparency and accountability
  • Integrity and humility



The specific objectives of the Centre are:

  1. to study, research and closely monitor and maintain a comprehensive database on the evolution, as well as the trials and tribulations of democracy in Nigeria;
  2. to facilitate research, scholarship and policy formulation on all aspects pertaining to democracy in Nigeria;
  3. to promote a proper understanding of democratic theory and practice, as well as good governance through research and training;
  4. to promote the evolution of desirable and appropriate political culture and values for national progress and development;
  5. to contribute to speedy, stable and sustainable democratic consolidation and the prevention of authoritarian rule in Nigeria;
  6. to periodically make recommendations on appropriate policy measures, which can strengthen democratic conduct and practices in Nigeria;
  7. to promote peaceful co-existence and resolution of disputes with a view to creating a more stable democratic polity;
  8. to contribute to a proper understanding and removal of the traditional constraints to good governance and socio-economic development in Nigeria;
  9. to provide opportunities for skills development and improvement through training on democracy, tolerance and good governance for politicians, policy makers, legislators, judicial officers and other officials from the Local, State and Federal Governments, as well as Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) activists;
  10. to provide fellowships and short-term residency and assistance to researchers and scholars working on themes relevant to the Centre’s research and training interests;
  11. to cooperate with similar centres in Nigeria and abroad with a view to expanding the scope of scholarship and research on democratic theory, conduct and practice;
  12. to provide a comprehensive reference library and documentation on political culture, democracy, good governance and socio-economic development;
  13. to periodically publish and disseminate the outcome of studies conducted at the Centre for the benefit of policy makers and the general public;
  14. to organize and operate a museum on Nigerian politics in the original house of Malam Aminu Kano with a view to making it a tourist attraction; 
  15. to accept gifts, legacies and donations, but without obligation to accept the same for a particular purpose unless it approves the terms and conditions attaching thereto; and
  16. to do such other things as may be considered incidental to the above objects/matters.

Major Focus the Centre’ Mandate

Broadly, the Centre’s major responsibilities and duties revolve around the following areas:

Research: The Centre conducts theoretical and applied research on all aspects of democracy in Nigeria such as political development; democratic governance, democratic institutions   and electoral process, political   culture   and values, human rights etc.

Training: The Centre conducts training programs on various as aspect political education; civic education, voter education. It has special short courses on leadership and democratic governance, political party administration and campaign strategies, election management and administration practice, democracy, law making, legislative process and law making for local governance. This training targets participants

Documentation: Acknowledging the fact that knowledge is a public good, the Centre collects, documents disseminates and provides long-term preservation of quality content of research products, policy documents and archival materials to promote values in dissemination and production of knowledge.

Community Service: Community service remains core at the Centre’s work and involve actively in promoting peace education and skills development on conflict prevention, conflict management, peace building and resolution of disputes within its host communities.

Specifically, the Centre pursues its mandate and responsibilities through:

  • Publications
  • Training Workshops
  • Conferences,
  • Public lectures/Symposia/Seminars
  • Round table/Panel discussions
  • Public Debates
  • Consultative Meetings
  • Policy dialogues etc.

Infrastructure and Facilities

The Centre has an Administrative Block, a Library, Conference Facility (1 Auditorium and 6 Committee Rooms), and Museum, Guest Suites, Restaurant/Kitchen Complex, Bore-hole, 6 Generating Sets and 7 vehicles.

List of Funded Projects and Funders


Funded Project




Project for the establishment of Conflict Management and Resource Centre (CMRC) in the Centre




Project for the construction of auditorium complex & installation of electricity generating sets

Education Trust Fund (ETF), Abuja

July, 2002


Project for conversion of office building into Centre’s mosques




Workshop series and formation of technical committee on “Strategies for Curbing and Regulating/Controlling the Electioneering Campaign Processes and Election Related Violence”

Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA), Dakar



Training for Senior Civil Servants on “Fostering Good Governance for Societal Development”

United Bank for Africa (UBA) and Kano state Government



Training for Local Government Officials on Strategic planning

Kebbi State Government

2004 & 2006


Project on voter education for mandate protection in the North-west Zone/Train-the-Trainer Workshop in North-west Zone

UNDP/Joint Donor Basket Fund (JDBF)



Conflict Management and establishment of Conflict Management and Mitigation Regional Council (CMMRC) Project




Capacity Building and Support for School Development Scheme in Kunchi LGA of Kano state

World Bank funded Consultancy/Kano-SESP



Kano State Education Sector Project (K-SESP)

World Bank Funded Capacity Building Project



Perception Survey of CBO in Mobilizing for Development (M4D) LGAs selected in 9 LGAs of Jigawa, Kaduna and Kano

Mobilizing for Development (M4D)-DFID funded project



Establishment and running of State Conflict Management Alliance (SCMA) & Hosting Consultative meeting

Nigeria Stability and Reconciliation Program (NSRP), funded by DFID-Nigeria



Training and monitoring services to the Department of Social Mobilization, SUBEB, Kano

ESSPIN/SUBEB, Kano Roll-out



Series of Zonal Sensitization Workshop on Curbing Youth Involvement in Electoral Violence during the 2015 General Elections

UNDP through DGD II Project



Combating Corruption through Interfaith Platforms in Nigeria Project, 2018-2020

John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, On Nigeria Project I



Promoting Accountability and Anti-Corruption Through Behaviour Change Approach

John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, On Nigeria Project II



Mambayya House Partnership and Collaboration



Purpose of Partnership/Collaboration



National Poverty Eradication Program (NAPEP), Abuja

Roundtable on Poverty Eradication Program in Nigeria

February, 2002


Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC)- Kano Council

Training Workshop on Leadership Management and Resources Mobilization

October, 2002


Department for International Development (DFID), Abuja

Consultative Meeting and Workshop on Drivers of Change in Nigeria

September, 2003


Institute for the African Child, Ohio University, Athens, USA

Research on Islamic Scholars  Election Monitoring and Prevention



Northwestern University, USA

Training Workshop on Editing and Publishing

November, 2005


Konrad Adenauer Foundation (KAF), Germany

Public lectures and Roundtable discussion on issues around  good governance, elections and constitutionalism



Kano State Government

Training seminar on strategies for curbing elections-related violence and mandate protection

April, 2007


National Endowment for Democracy, USA & Youth Society for the Prevention of infectious Disease and Social Vices (YOSPIS), Kano

Training Workshop on Civic Education for CBOs/NGOs

April, 2007


Public Affairs Section of the Embassy of the United States of America, Abuja

Roundtable Discussion on the Condition of Muslims in  the USA & Islamic Exhibition

October, 2007 & March, 2009


Conference of Clerks of States House Assembly, North-West Zone

Orientation Workshop for Newly elected members of States House of Representative of North-west zone

May, 2007


National Assembly, Abuja

Orientation Workshop for Newly elected members of States House of Representative of National Assembly

May, 2007


National Museum, Gidan Makama, Kano

Public Lecture Marking 2008 International Museum Day Celebration

May, 2008


Centre for Research and Documentation (CRD), Kano & Politics of Development Groups (PODSU), Department of Political Science, Stockholm University, Sweden

Two-Day International Workshop on the Impact and Limitations of Civil Society Organizations: The Nigerian Bar Association in Perspective

July, 2008 – October, 2009


University of Massachusetts Boston, USA

International Workshop on Building Citizen Engagement and Conflict Resolution Skills in Civil Society

January, 2009


International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES), Nigeria

National Conference on Islam and Democracy in Nigeria

March, 2009


National Endowment of Democracy (NED) and YOSPIS

Training Workshop for Civic Education for Youth

April, 2009


Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Abuja

Workshop on Youth Participation in Electoral Process in Nigeria

2009, 2012 & 2015


development Research and Projects Centre (dRPC), Kano

Workshop on Leadership for Bayero University Student Union Leaders

June, 2009


Social Development Direct (SSDirect), a UK –Based Research Consortium

Roundtable Discussion on Radicalization, Political Violence and Violent Extremism

July, 2009


International Foundation for Education and Self-Help (IFESH), Nigeria Office

Capacity Building Workshop on Strategic Planning

October, 2009


Kano State Conflict Management and Mitigation Regional Council (CRMMC) supported by USAID/IFESH-CALM Project

Capacity Building on Proposal Writing and Interfaith Dialogue for Women Groups in Kano State

December, 2009


Jigawa State Government

Retreat for Jigawa State Government Functionaries

December, 2009


Office of the Special Assistance to the Kano State Governor on Women Affairs

Workshop on Women and Political Participation: The Past, the Present and the Future

January, 2010


Consortium for Development Project (CDP), CODESRIA, Dakar, Senegal

Methodology Workshop on CDP Research Project

February, 2010


Education Sector Support Program (ESSPIN), Kano

Stakeholder Forum on Education in Kano State

March, 2010


State Accountability and Voice Initiative (SAVI), Kano-DFID funded project

Workshop on Budget Analysis and Monitoring of Kano State 2008-2010 Budgets

March, 2010


Centre for Research and Documentation (CRD), Kano0

International Workshop on Pro-Democracy Movements in Nigeria: Assessing Five Decades of Struggles



Overseas Development Group, University of East Anglia, Northwich, UK

Household Survey and Experimental Research on Intra-Household Resource Allocation in Northern Nigeria-Phase II



Education Sector Support Program in Nigeria (ESSPIN, Kano)

Training Programme and Mentoring for CSOs and Communities to improve service delivery in primary and secondary schools

2010 – 2013


Freedom Radio, DFID and Konrad Adenuer Foundation (KAF)

Townhall meeting with Kano Sate Governor, Dr. Engr. Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso

September, 2011 & 2012


United Nations Development Program (UNDP), Nigeria Country Office, Abuja

International Conference on Corruption Governance and Development in Nigeria

December, 2011


Bauchi State Local Government Service Commission

Training Workshop on Engendering Effective Relationship between political Office Holders and Staff in the Local Government Service in Bauchi State

June, 2012


DFID funded program – Mobilizing for Development (M4D)

Research activities



DFID funded Nigeria Stability and Reconciliation Program (NSRP)

Researches and Establishment of State Conflict Management Alliance (SCMA)



Turaki Consultancy Services

Conduct of Local Government Forum in Albasu, LGA

July, 2013


Kano State Independent Electoral Commission (KANSEC)

Training Workshop for Electoral Officials on “2014 Local Government Election Administration” in Kano State

April, 2014


National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Kano

Policy Dialogue on Youth and Drug Abuse

July, 2016


Centre for Gender Studies, Bayero University, Kano

Policy Dialogue on Violence Against Women and Children in Kano State

October, 2016


DFID funded Justice for All (J4A)

Dissemination Workshop on Improving the Capacity of the Operators of Traditional Justices System in Kano



Partnership to Engage, Reform and Learning Evidence and Advocacy Partnership (PERL-LEAP) –DFID funded Project

Exploring the political Economy of Teacher Quality in Jigawa State



Department of Political Science, Bayero University, Kano

Public Lecture on Electoral Democracy and Integrity in Nigeria

2017, 2008


 Embassy of the United States of America, Abuja and BudgiT – Nigeria, Lagos

Train-the Trainer Workshop and Zonal Sensitization Workshop on the Role of Religious leaders in combating corruption in Nigeria



Partnership to Engage, Reform and Learn (PERL) and Organization for Community Civic Engagement in Nigeria (OCCEN)

Townhall meeting on the 21 Constitutional Amendment Bill & Policy Dialogue with the theme “Improving Security Situation through Establishing the Kano State Security Trust Fund (KSSTF)

October, 2017 & 2018


DFID’s Partnership to Engage, Reform and Learn –Learning, Evidencing and Advocacy Partnership (PERL-LEAP)

Formative Research to Inform the Development of the Proposed Pilot Programme for Model Islamiyya, Qur’an and Tsangaya Education (IQTE) Schools in Jigawa State”



IFRA, Nigeria and Science Po Paris, Columbia University

Second Edition of IFRA Mater Class, 2018

July, 2018


Embassy of Ireland, Abuja

Panel Discussion on “Road to Peace: Sharing Lessons from the Northern Ireland Peace Process”

February, 2018


Greater Kano Initiative (GREKIN)

Public Lecture on the Role of State Legislature on Good Governance

December, 2019


Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamma’at and Resource Center for Human Right and Civic Society (CHRICED)

Peace Symposium on the theme, “Justice and Peace: The Role of Religion

October, 2020


United State Institute of Peace (USIP), Nigeria Office, Abuja

Roundtable Discussion on the theme “Nigeria and the Dilemma of Democratization”

March, 2021


Al-habibiya Islamic Society, Abuja

Intergenerational Dialogue Towards the Promotion of Good Governance and Peace-Co-existence in Nigeria Through Interfaith Platforms


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