An assessment of selected traditional leaders from the Sarkin Musulmi Abubakar Atiku family and their domains in Africa


  • Yusuf Sarkingobir Department of Biology, Shehu Shagari College of Education Sokoto, Nigeria.
  • Fatima G. Abubakar Department of Islamic Studies, Shehu Shagari College of Education Sokoto, Nigeria.
  • Tambari Abbas Bashar Department of Islamic Studies, Usmanu Danfodiyo University Sokoto, Nigeria.



Atikawa, Sokoto Caliphate, Sultan, Sultanate, Caliph, Abubakar Atiku, Gwadabawa, throne, reign, hegemony


This paper briefly discussed some of the Atikawa who had been on their rightful thrones and their domains. This was achieved via literature review and interviews with key informants. This paper explained that Caliph Abubakar Atiku had contributed immensely to the development and progress of the Sokoto Caliphate during the jihad of Shehu Usman Danfodiyo. It was found that Caliph Abdurrahman Atiku reigned 1891-1902, the last direct grandchild of Shehu to be on the throne. Attahuiru (the son of Ahmad) reigned in 1902-1903 and was the one who fought the final battle with the British. His descendants are presently holding a Sultanate throne in Maiyurno, Sudan. Some of his disciples spread to Makkah, Mali, and many other parts of the world. His time allowed the Shehu's jihad to reach international space. Maiturare (son of Amadu) became sultan in 1915-1924 and was the most successful after the invasion of the Sokoto Caliphate by the British. He was preceded by his son, Muhammadu Tambari, who left the throne in 1931. Apart from Sultanate, the descendants of Atiku had built many towns and villages and managed them to greatness.


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How to Cite

Sarkingobir, Y., Abubakar, F. G., & Bashar, T. A. (2021). An assessment of selected traditional leaders from the Sarkin Musulmi Abubakar Atiku family and their domains in Africa. Liberal Arts and Social Sciences International Journal (LASSIJ), 5(2), 109–123.