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…. READ MORE


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

S/NFunded ProjectFundersPeriod/Duration
1Project for the establishment of Conflict Management and Resource Centre (CMRC) in the CentreUSAID/OTI2001-
2Project for the construction of auditorium complex & installation of electricity generating setsEducation Trust Fund (ETF), AbujaJuly, 2002
3Project for conversion of office building into Centre’s mosquesPhilanthropist2002
4Workshop 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), Dakar2003
5Training for Senior Civil Servants on “Fostering Good Governance for Societal Development”United Bank for Africa (UBA) and Kano state Government2004
6Training for Local Government Officials on Strategic planningKebbi State Government2004 & 2006
7Project on voter education for mandate protection in the North-west Zone/Train-the-Trainer Workshop in North-west ZoneUNDP/Joint Donor Basket Fund (JDBF)2007
8Conflict Management and establishment of Conflict Management and Mitigation Regional Council (CMMRC) ProjectUSAID/IFESH-CALM Project2006-2010
9Capacity Building and Support for School Development Scheme in Kunchi LGA of Kano stateWorld Bank funded Consultancy/Kano-SESP2008
10Kano State Education Sector Project (K-SESP)World Bank Funded Capacity Building Project2010-2011
11Perception Survey of CBO in Mobilizing for Development (M4D) LGAs selected in 9 LGAs of Jigawa, Kaduna and KanoMobilizing for Development (M4D)-DFID funded project2014-2017
12Establishment and running of State Conflict Management Alliance (SCMA) & Hosting Consultative meetingNigeria Stability and Reconciliation Program (NSRP), funded by DFID-Nigeria2012-2018
13Training and monitoring services to the Department of Social Mobilization, SUBEB, KanoESSPIN/SUBEB, Kano Roll-out2013-2016
14Series of Zonal Sensitization Workshop on Curbing Youth Involvement in Electoral Violence during the 2015 General ElectionsUNDP through DGD II Project2015
15Combating Corruption through Interfaith Platforms in Nigeria Project, 2018-2020John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, On Nigeria Project I2018-2020
16Promoting Accountability and Anti-Corruption Through Behaviour Change ApproachJohn D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, On Nigeria Project II2021-2024


Mambayya House Partnership and Collaboration

S/NPartners/CollaboratorsPurpose of Partnership/CollaborationPeriod
1National Poverty Eradication Program (NAPEP), AbujaRoundtable on Poverty Eradication Program in NigeriaFebruary, 2002
2Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC)- Kano CouncilTraining Workshop on Leadership Management and Resources MobilizationOctober, 2002
3Department for International Development (DFID), AbujaConsultative Meeting and Workshop on Drivers of Change in NigeriaSeptember, 2003
4Institute for the African Child, Ohio University, Athens, USAResearch on Islamic Scholars  Election Monitoring and Prevention2005-2006
5Northwestern University, USATraining Workshop on Editing and PublishingNovember, 2005
6Konrad Adenauer Foundation (KAF), GermanyPublic lectures and Roundtable discussion on issues around  good governance, elections and constitutionalism2006-2008
7Kano State GovernmentTraining seminar on strategies for curbing elections-related violence and mandate protectionApril, 2007
8National Endowment for Democracy, USA & Youth Society for the Prevention of infectious Disease and Social Vices (YOSPIS), KanoTraining Workshop on Civic Education for CBOs/NGOsApril, 2007
9Public Affairs Section of the Embassy of the United States of America, AbujaRoundtable Discussion on the Condition of Muslims in  the USA & Islamic ExhibitionOctober, 2007 & March, 2009
10Conference of Clerks of States House Assembly, North-West ZoneOrientation Workshop for Newly elected members of States House of Representative of North-west zoneMay, 2007
11National Assembly, AbujaOrientation Workshop for Newly elected members of States House of Representative of National AssemblyMay, 2007
12National Museum, Gidan Makama, KanoPublic Lecture Marking 2008 International Museum Day CelebrationMay, 2008
13Centre for Research and Documentation (CRD), Kano & Politics of Development Groups (PODSU), Department of Political Science, Stockholm University, SwedenTwo-Day International Workshop on the Impact and Limitations of Civil Society Organizations: The Nigerian Bar Association in PerspectiveJuly, 2008 – October, 2009
14University of Massachusetts Boston, USAInternational Workshop on Building Citizen Engagement and Conflict Resolution Skills in Civil SocietyJanuary, 2009
15International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES), NigeriaNational Conference on Islam and Democracy in NigeriaMarch, 2009
16National Endowment of Democracy (NED) and YOSPISTraining Workshop for Civic Education for YouthApril, 2009
17Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), AbujaWorkshop on Youth Participation in Electoral Process in Nigeria2009, 2012 & 2015
18development Research and Projects Centre (dRPC), KanoWorkshop on Leadership for Bayero University Student Union LeadersJune, 2009
19Social Development Direct (SSDirect), a UK –Based Research ConsortiumRoundtable Discussion on Radicalization, Political Violence and Violent ExtremismJuly, 2009
20International Foundation for Education and Self-Help (IFESH), Nigeria OfficeCapacity Building Workshop on Strategic PlanningOctober, 2009
21Kano State Conflict Management and Mitigation Regional Council (CRMMC) supported by USAID/IFESH-CALM ProjectCapacity Building on Proposal Writing and Interfaith Dialogue for Women Groups in Kano StateDecember, 2009
22Jigawa State GovernmentRetreat for Jigawa State Government FunctionariesDecember, 2009
22Office of the Special Assistance to the Kano State Governor on Women AffairsWorkshop on Women and Political Participation: The Past, the Present and the FutureJanuary, 2010
23Consortium for Development Project (CDP), CODESRIA, Dakar, SenegalMethodology Workshop on CDP Research ProjectFebruary, 2010
24Education Sector Support Program (ESSPIN), KanoStakeholder Forum on Education in Kano StateMarch, 2010
25State Accountability and Voice Initiative (SAVI), Kano-DFID funded projectWorkshop on Budget Analysis and Monitoring of Kano State 2008-2010 BudgetsMarch, 2010
26Centre for Research and Documentation (CRD), Kano0International Workshop on Pro-Democracy Movements in Nigeria: Assessing Five Decades of Struggles2010
27Overseas Development Group, University of East Anglia, Northwich, UKHousehold Survey and Experimental Research on Intra-Household Resource Allocation in Northern Nigeria-Phase II2010
28Education Sector Support Program in Nigeria (ESSPIN, Kano)Training Programme and Mentoring for CSOs and Communities to improve service delivery in primary and secondary schools2010 – 2013
29Freedom Radio, DFID and Konrad Adenuer Foundation (KAF)Townhall meeting with Kano Sate Governor, Dr. Engr. Rabiu Musa KwankwasoSeptember, 2011 & 2012
30United Nations Development Program (UNDP), Nigeria Country Office, AbujaInternational Conference on Corruption Governance and Development in NigeriaDecember, 2011
31Bauchi State Local Government Service CommissionTraining Workshop on Engendering Effective Relationship between political Office Holders and Staff in the Local Government Service in Bauchi StateJune, 2012
32DFID funded program – Mobilizing for Development (M4D)Research activities2012-
33DFID funded Nigeria Stability and Reconciliation Program (NSRP)Researches and Establishment of State Conflict Management Alliance (SCMA)2012-2018
34Turaki Consultancy ServicesConduct of Local Government Forum in Albasu, LGAJuly, 2013
35Kano State Independent Electoral Commission (KANSEC)Training Workshop for Electoral Officials on “2014 Local Government Election Administration” in Kano StateApril, 2014
36National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), KanoPolicy Dialogue on Youth and Drug AbuseJuly, 2016
37Centre for Gender Studies, Bayero University, KanoPolicy Dialogue on Violence Against Women and Children in Kano StateOctober, 2016
38DFID funded Justice for All (J4A)Dissemination Workshop on Improving the Capacity of the Operators of Traditional Justices System in Kano2016
39Partnership to Engage, Reform and Learning Evidence and Advocacy Partnership (PERL-LEAP) –DFID funded ProjectExploring the political Economy of Teacher Quality in Jigawa State2017
40Department of Political Science, Bayero University, KanoPublic Lecture on Electoral Democracy and Integrity in Nigeria2017, 2008
41 Embassy of the United States of America, Abuja and BudgiT – Nigeria, LagosTrain-the Trainer Workshop and Zonal Sensitization Workshop on the Role of Religious leaders in combating corruption in Nigeria2017
42Partnership 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
43DFID’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”2018
44IFRA, Nigeria and Science Po Paris, Columbia UniversitySecond Edition of IFRA Mater Class, 2018July, 2018
45Embassy of Ireland, AbujaPanel Discussion on “Road to Peace: Sharing Lessons from the Northern Ireland Peace Process”February, 2018
46Greater Kano Initiative (GREKIN)Public Lecture on the Role of State Legislature on Good GovernanceDecember, 2019
45Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamma’at and Resource Center for Human Right and Civic Society (CHRICED)Peace Symposium on the theme, “Justice and Peace: The Role of ReligionOctober, 2020
46United State Institute of Peace (USIP), Nigeria Office, AbujaRoundtable Discussion on the theme “Nigeria and the Dilemma of Democratization”March, 2021
47Al-habibiya Islamic Society, AbujaIntergenerational Dialogue Towards the Promotion of Good Governance and Peace-Co-existence in Nigeria Through Interfaith Platforms2021-2024

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