Bauchi (earlier Yakoba) is a city in northeast Nigeria, the capital of Bauchi State, of the Bauchi Local Government Area within that State, and of the traditional Bauchi Emirate. It is located on the northern edge of the Jos Plateau, at an elevation of 616 m. The Local Government Area covers an area of 3,687 km2 and had a population of 493,810 at the time of the 2006 Census.

The Emir's palace in Bauchi
The Emir's palace in Bauchi
Bauchi is located in Nigeria
Location in Nigeria
Coordinates: 10°18′57″N 09°50′39″E / 10.31583°N 9.84417°ECoordinates: 10°18′57″N 09°50′39″E / 10.31583°N 9.84417°E
CountryFlag of Nigeria.svg Nigeria
StateBauchi State
2,021 ft (616 m)
 • Total493,810


Durba Bauchi 2014
Durba Bauchi

The city was founded by Yaqub ibn Dadi, the only non-Fulani flag-bearer of the Sokoto Empire. The name was derived from a hunter called Baushe, who advised Yaqub to build his city west of the Warinje mountain. In return Yaqub promised to name his city after the hunter.

Abubakar Tafawa Balewa is buried in the city, while the Yankari National Park is 110 km from the state capital. The city lies on the Port HarcourtMaiduguri railway line. The Bauchi State Library Board was established in 1976.[1]

In July 2009, attacks in Bauchi by Boko Haram following the arrest of some of its members resulted in over 50 people killed and over 100 arrested.[2]

After the 2014 Chibok kidnapping, over 200 students were transferred to the Federal Government Girls College, Bauchi. The majority were from Federal Government Girls’ College, Potiskum, Yobe State.[3]


Bauchi was originally served by a narrow gauge 762 mm (2 ft 6 in) light railway, but this was later converted to the normal gauge of 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in).[4]

Up until August, 2014, Bauchi was served by Bauchi Airport, located in-town. Scheduled airline service was then transferred to the newly constructed Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa International Airport, 23 kilometres (14 mi) north of Bauchi, near the village of Durum.[5]


According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Bauchi has a tropical savanna climate, abbreviated "Aw" on climate maps.[6]

Climate data for Bauchi
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 38.3
Average high °C (°F) 31.6
Daily mean °C (°F) 22.4
Average low °C (°F) 13.1
Record low °C (°F) 7.2
Average precipitation mm (inches) 0.5
Average precipitation days (≥ 0.3 mm) 0 0 1 3 9 12 17 21 15 4 0 0 82
Average relative humidity (%) (at 7:00 LST) 42 35 40 63 79 86 92 94 93 88 65 51 69
Mean monthly sunshine hours 275.9 268.4 272.8 225.0 251.1 228.0 186.0 155.0 216.0 282.1 300.0 306.9 2,967.2
Mean daily sunshine hours 8.9 9.5 8.8 7.5 8.1 7.6 6.0 5.0 7.2 9.1 10.0 9.9 8.1
Source: Deutscher Wetterdienst[7]


See also


  1. ^ World Guide to Libraries (25th ed.), De Gruyter Saur, 2011, ISBN 9783110230710
  2. ^ "Reporter: More than 200 dead in Nigeria violence". Kyiv Post / AP. 2010-03-07. Retrieved 2014-05-11.
  3. ^ "Yobe Killings: Bauchi Receives 200 Students, Articles". This Day Live. 2014-03-20. Archived from the original on 2014-05-12. Retrieved 2014-05-11.
  4. ^ Nigeria Under British Rule - Sir William Nevill Montgomerie Geary - Google Books. Retrieved 2013-12-10.
  5. ^ Nigerian Tribune airport article Archived 2014-12-17 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ "Bauchi, Nigeria Köppen Climate Classification". Weatherbase. Retrieved 2013-12-10.
  7. ^ "Klimatafel von Bauchi / Nigeria" (PDF). Baseline climate means (1961-1990) from stations all over the world (in German). Deutscher Wetterdienst. Retrieved 25 February 2016.
Abubakar Tafawa Balewa

Alhaji Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, KBE (December 1912 – 15 January 1966) was a Nigerian politician, and the first prime minister of an independent Nigeria.

Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University

Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University (ATBU) is a federal university of technology located in Bauchi, northern Nigeria. The university is named after the first Prime Minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa. The motto of the university is "Doctrina Mater Artium", which means "Education is the mother of the practical arts".

The university was established in 1980 as the Federal University of Technology, Bauchi. The institution's first students were admitted in October 1981 for pre-degree and remedial programmes while the degree courses of the School of Science and Science Education began in October 1982. On 1 October 1984, the university was merged with Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria with a change of name to Abubakar Tafawa Balewa College, Ahmadu Bello University, Bauchi campus. The university regained its autonomous status in 1988 following a general demerger of such institutions. This was followed by a change of name to Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi.

The academic pattern of the university was formulated in 1980 after consultation with subject experts from Nigeria, United Kingdom and the United States of America. The curriculum adopted was applied in nature, as suited a technologically based institution, and this theme is maintained in all the units of the university.

The university offers degrees through six schools: the School of Engineering, Science, Environmental Technology, Agriculture, Management Technology and the School of Technology Education. It offers entry level bachelor's degrees and both Masters and Doctorate degrees. Each school is headed by a Dean who reports directly to the Vice Chancellor. The Vice Chancellor is the executive head of the university. The Vice Chancellor is appointed by the Federal Government of Nigeria on recommendation by the Governing Council of the University.

Bala Mohammed

Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed (born 5 October 1958) was elected Senator for Bauchi South, in Bauchi State, Nigeria in April 2007. He was appointed Minister of FCT (Federal Capital Territory) on 8 April 2010, when Acting President Goodluck Jonathan announced his new cabinet.

Bauchi State

Bauchi, usually referred to as Bauchi State to distinguish it from the city of Bauchi, is a state in northern Nigeria. Its capital is the city of Bauchi. The state was formed in 1976 when the former North-Eastern State was broken up. It originally included the area now in Gombe State, which became a distinct state in 1996.

The Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University is located in the capital city Bauchi. Other educational institutions located in the state include Bauchi State University and Federal Polytechnic, Bauchi.

Bauchi language

Bauchi (Bauci, Baushi) is a Kainji language spoken in Nigeria.

Bauchi has a number of distinct dialects:

Samburu, Ndəkə (Madaka), Hupɨnɨ, Wãyã (Wayam), Rubu, Mɨɨn, shikira, shana, undu,

Gombe State

Gombe, usually referred to as Gombe State to distinguish it from the city of Gombe, is located in the northeastern part of Nigeria, is one of the country's 36 states; its capital is Gombe. The boundaries of the state roughly correspond to those of the Tangale-Waja Chiefdom and Gombe Emirate, a traditional state.

The State, nicknamed the Jewel of Excellence, was formed in October 1996 from part of the old Bauchi State by the Abacha military government. Its location in the north eastern zone, right within the expansive savannah, allows the state to share common borders with the states of Borno, Yobe, Taraba, Adamawa and Bauchi. The state has an area of 20,265 km² and a population of around 2,365,000 people as of 2006. Gombe has two distinct climates, the dry season (November–March) and the rainy season (April–October) with an average rainfall of 850mm. The State is headed by the Executive Governor Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo and also has 24 State House Assembly members. Gombe has 11 Local Government Areas and 14 Emirates /chiefdoms. It has 3 Senators and 6 Members in the National Assembly.

Guruntum language

Guruntum is a Chadic language spoken in Bauchi and Alkaleri LGAs, Bauchi State, Nigeria. In 1993 it was spoken by about 15,000 people.

Isa Yuguda

Mallam Isa Yuguda was elected Governor of Bauchi State, Nigeria in April 2007 on the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) platform.

In April 2009 he changed allegiance from the ANPP to the People's Democratic Party (PDP).

Yaguda was reelected governor on 28 April 2011.

Kir-Balar language

Kir-Balar (also known as Kir, Kirr) is an Afro-Asiatic language spoken in Kir Bengbet and Kir Bajang’le villages, Bauchi LGA Bauchi State, Nigeria.

Languages of Nigeria

There are perhaps 500 languages spoken in Nigeria. The official language of Nigeria is English, the former language of colonial British Nigeria. As reported in 2003, Nigerian English and Nigerian Pidgin were spoken as a second language by 60 million people in Nigeria. Communication in the English language is much more popular in the country's urban communities than it is in the rural areas, due to colonisation.

The major native languages, in terms of population, are Igbo (over 40 million, including L2), Yoruba (over 30 million), Hausa (about 60 million), Fulfulde (15 million), Ibibio (10 million), Kanuri (8 million), Tiv (4 million), and approx. 2 million each of Edo, Igala, Nupe, Izon and Berom. Nigeria's linguistic diversity is a microcosm of much of Africa as a whole, and the country contains languages from the three major African languages families: Afroasiatic, Nilo-Saharan and Niger–Congo. Nigeria also has several as-yet unclassified languages, such as Centúúm, which may represent a relic of an even greater diversity prior to the spread of the current language families.

Local government areas of Nigeria

Nigeria has 774 local government areas (L.G.As). Each local government area is administered by a Local Government Council consisting of a chairman who is the Chief Executive of the LGA, and other elected members who are referred to as Councillors. Each of the areas is further subdivided into wards with a minimum of ten and a maximum of fifteen for each area.

Nigerian National Assembly delegation from Bauchi

The Nigerian National Assembly delegation from Bauchi comprises three Senators representing Bauchi Central, Bauchi South, Bauchi North and twelve Representatives representing Misan/Dambam, Zaki, Katagum, Bogoro, Gamawa, Jama'are, Bauchi, Darazu/Ganjuma, Ningi/Wanji, Alkaleri/Kirfi, Shira/Giade, and Toro.

Polci language

Polci (Pəlci, Posə) is an Afro-Asiatic language of Nigeria. It is part of the Barawa cluster, which is in turn part of the West Chadic language family.

Polygamy in Nigeria

Under civil law, Nigeria does not recognize polygamous unions. However, 12 out of the 36 Nigerian states recognize polygamous marriages as being equivalent to monogamous marriages. All twelve states are governed by Islamic Sharia Law. The states, which are all northern, include the states of Bauchi, Borno, Gombe, Jigawa, Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Kebbi, Niger, Sokoto, Yobe, and Zamfara which allows for a man to take more than one wife.

Rasheed Adisa Raji

Navy Captain Rasheed Adisa Raji was Military Administrator of Bauchi State in Nigeria from 14 September 1994 to 22 August 1996 and then of Sokoto State from 22 August 1996 to August 1998 during the military regime of General Sani Abacha.Rasheed Adisa Raji was born in Abeokuta in Ogun State.

As governor of Bauchi State, Raji’s tenure was relatively uneventful. He enforced all government programs and policies, and supported traditional institutions. He initiated, built and commissioned the Legislative Quarters, often called the "Raji Quarters" today.On April 20, 1996, Alhaji Ibrahim Dasuki, the 18th Sultan of Sokoto, was officially deposed by the military government.

As governor of Sokoto State in 1997, Raji assured his successor, Muhammadu Maccido, that "traditional rulers would always be given consideration in the scheme of things in view of their relevance in the administration of the state".In September 1997 he officially commissioned the Women Centre For Continuing Education, Sokoto.In September 2000, a commission investigating federal properties heard that Rasheed Raji was said to have converted a duplex belonging to the federal government in Ikoyi, Lagos into his personal property. He had demolished the building and rebuilt it as the old house was too small for him.

In November 2000, Rasheed Raji declared for the ruling People's Democratic Party (PDP).

Shiki language

Shiki, or Gubi, is one of the Southern Bantoid Jarawan languages of Nigeria, spoken in Bauchi State.

Sulaiman Mohammed Nazif

Sulaiman Mohammed Nazif (born 14 April 1970) was elected Senator for the Bauchi North constituency of Bauchi State, Nigeria, taking office on 29 May 2007. He was elected on the Action Congress (AC) platform.Nazif attended the Federal Polytechnic Staff School, Bauchi (1981–1983), the Nigerian Military School (1983–1988) and Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, graduating in 1990 as an Engineer.

After taking his seat in the Senate, he was appointed to committees on Women and Youth, Water Resources, Solid Minerals, Local & Foreign Debts, Land Transport (Vice Chairman), Drugs Narcotics Anti Corruption and Communications.

He was also appointed the Publicity Secretary of the Northern Senators Forum.He was nominated to go to the U.S. as a guest of their government to witness the inauguration of President Barack Obama. However, when he arrived at Washington Dulles International Airport he was told his visa was not in order and was not allowed to enter the country.

In a mid-term evaluation of Senators in May 2009, ThisDay said that he had not sponsored any bill but co-sponsored some bills, including the Nigerians Railway Corporation (Repeal and Reenactment) Bill 2008. He co-sponsored fifteen motions and made brilliant contributions to debates in plenary.Nazif was a contender to become governor of Bauchi State in the 28 April 2011 elections, running on the All Nigeria People's Party (ANPP) platform. He came fourth with 102,093 votes, losing to the incumbent Governor Isa Yuguda, who won 771,503 votes.

Theophilus Bamigboye

Theophilus O Bamigboye (born 1951) is a retired Nigerian Colonel who served as Military Administrator of Bauchi State and then Osun State before the return to democracy in May 1999. He later entered politics, competing for governorship of Kwara State in 2007.

Wikki Tourists F.C.

Wikki Tourists Football Club is a Nigerian football club based in Bauchi, and currently playing in the Nigeria Premier league after promotion from the second-tier Nigeria National League after the 2014 season.Sponsor is Bauchi State Government


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