Abdalla Uba Adamu Full CV

Prof. Dr. Abdalla Uba Adamu
Professor of Media and Cultural Communication
Professor of Science Education and Curriculum Development
Department of Mass Communications
Bayero University, Kano, NIGERIA

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Abdalla Uba Adamu

B.Sc. (ABU, 1979), M.A. (Lond, 1983), D.Phil. (Sussex, 1988)
Department of Mass Communications
Faculty of Social and Management Sciences
Bayero University, Kano, NIGERIA

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Prof. Dr. Abdalla Uba Adamu, holds double professorships in Science Education (1997) and Media and Cultural Communication (2012) from Bayero University Kano, Nigeria.

His main research focus is on transnational media flows and their impact on the transformation of Muslim Hausa popular culture especially in literature, film, music and performing arts. He is the creator of the Foundation for Hausa Performing Arts (Kano, Nigeria) whose main focus is archiving traditional performing arts heritage of the Muslim Hausa. He has also developed courses on digital cultures and promotes netnography as a research methodology in documenting Hausa media ethnographies. He is the Chairman of a research cluster based in Bayero University Kano that discusses issues of Visual Anthropology.

He was a Fulbright African Senior Research Scholar, and had his residency at the Center for Studies in Higher Education, University of California, Berkeley, from 1991-1992. This led to his first major book, Reform and Adaptation in Nigerian University Curricula, 1960-1992: Living on the Credit Line (Edwin Mellen Press, 1994). He was also awarded a place on the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Resident Fellows program at the Bellagio Study Center, Bellagio, Italy, October to November 1993.

In 2012 he was appointed European Union Visiting Professor for the project 'The Modern University' at the Department of African Languages and Cultures, University of Warsaw, Poland from 1st March to 31st May 2012. At Warsaw, he taught two highly popular courses:Transnationalism and African Popular Culture, and Oral Traditions in Local and Global Contexts. He also coordinated a research collaboration, ‘Passages of Culture’ between German and African Universities sponsored by the Volkswagen Foundation from 2009-2013.


Personal and Professional Details

Personal Data  
Name Professor Abdalla Uba Adamu
Date of Birth 25th April, 1956
State Kano – NIGERIA



Academic Qualifications    
D.Phil., Sussex University, Falmer, Brighton, England 1988  
M.A. (Science Education), Chelsea College, University of London 1983  
Postgraduate Diploma in Science Education, Chelsea College University of London 1982  
B.Sc. (Education/Biology/Physiology), Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria 1979  
Working Experience Since First Graduation  
Professor of Media and Cultural Communication 2012
Visiting Professor, African Popular Culture, University of Warsaw, Poland 2012
Professor of Science Education and Curriculum Studies 1997
Associate Professor in Science Education and International Comparative Higher Education 1994
Senior Lecturer, Science Education 1991-1993
Lecturer I, Science Education 1988-1991
Lecturer II, Science Education 1984-1988
Assistant Lecturer, Science Education 1981-1984
Graduate Assistant, Science Education 1980-1981
Biology and Agricultural Science Teacher, Ekwerazu Girls Secondary School, Umoarkrika 1979-1980


Courses Taught


Code Title
MAC 9301 Advanced Communication Research Methods (MPhil/PhD)
MAC 9304 Digital Media Cultures [PhD]
MAC 8301 Advanced Communication Research (M.Sc.)
MAC 8312  Aesthetics and Criticism of Film and TV (M.Sc.)
MAC 8324 Social Media and Public Relations (MPR)
PMC 7206 Basics of Online Journalism (PGDMC) (Joint)
BUS 8312 Management Information Systems (to MBA students)
MGT 8207 Management Information System (for M.Sc. Management)
STE 7213 History and Philosophy of Science/Education (Education)
MAC1206 Online Mass Communication
MAC 1401 Introduction to Mass Communications
MAC 2206 Introduction to Radio
MAC 2213 Introduction to Film Production
MAC 3206 Critical Writing and Reviewing
MAC 3315 Techniques of Film Production
MAC 3317 Film/TV Aesthetics and Criticism (Joint)
EEP 3219 Entrepreneurship & Innovation (Business Admin) (Joint)
TAF 1202 African Popular Culture (Theatre Arts and Performance)