Fellows & Grantees

Sani Adam

Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa: Doctoral Dissertation Research Fellowship 2019
Project Title
A History of the Islamic Book Market in Kano, Northern Nigeria 1903-2015
Institutional Affiliation (at time of award)
Department of History, University of Cape Town


Sani Yakubu Adam is a lecturer in the Department of History, Bayero University, Kano, Nigeria. His broader area of interest is in the history of Islam in northern Nigeria. He was a fellow of the All Africa House program at the University of Cape Town in 2015 and is presently a grantee of Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa Doctoral Completion Fellowship. He is currently working on a PhD dissertation focusing on the formation and expansion of the book market of Kano, the major entrepot of northern Nigeria. It examines the book business located in this space but also beyond its boundaries. It looks at all the major players that make up the book market from writers to copyists to printers and also the readers, as consumers, and other intermediaries. Its central thesis revolves around the intersection between the book distribution process and the religious unrest in northern Nigeria.