We are an independent Policy House and a Trusted Forum and a platform for constructive Debate and Dialogue in partnership with Sir Ahmadu Bello Memorial Foundation (Sardauna Foundation) in Kaduna and Arewa Center for Regional Development (ACRD). Our platform, research and ideas will focus on helping people understand our changing world, to champion positive change for Nigerians everywhere and to enable and build peaceful, sustainable and inclusive societies.


Arewa house was the residence of late Sir Ahmadu Bello, Sardauna of sokoto and the former premier of the Northern region, and the first chancellor of ABU Zaria. The house was taken over by Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria in 1979 and was transformed to a centre for historical documentation and research. The house has a well equipped research library and archive and exhibition galleries.






Our Goals

AREWA HOUSE DialogueT events will offer unique access to thoughtful leadership, best practice and insight from Nigerian and world leaders, policy influencers and academicians.

We will be delivering webinars, conferences, debates and simulations that help connect diverse, engaged audiences and build momentum for positive change for all Nigerians.

Our independent, peer reviewed reports, research papers and briefings will offer new ideas and policy recommendations on challenges facing Nigeria including Journal of Cyber & Security Policy and podcast on current affairs.

AREWA HOUSE DialogueT will provide authoritative commentary on Nigeria events through our network of policy experts. We inform the public discourse by briefing governments, media and the general public using clear analysis and accessible, multimedia content.

Through ABU, other institution in the country and private experts, we will bring diverse perspectives to the work of the House and form a growing alumni network of future policy practitioners.


Arewa House

Arewa House or Arewa House (Hausa: Gidan Arewa) is the centre for research and historical documentations under Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, located in Kaduna, Kaduna State, in Northwest Nigeria. It is also serves as a center for historical documentation and research of the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria and Dr Shuaibu Shehu Aliyu is the current director of the museum.


Arewa House was built in the year 1950 and was established in 1970 when a committee of tasked were asked to write a book on the history of the Northern Nigeria. The first director of the center, the late Professor Abdullahi Smith, a founding member of the Department of History at the Ahmadu Bello University in Zaria, is appointed with provision of the Arewa House, a foremost center for research and for documenting the history and culture of the people of Northern Nigeria. As mentioned above, the house was the official residence for late Sir Ahmadu Bello, the first and only Premier of Northern Nigeria. The house was used as a research centre in 1970, after a committee known as the History of Northern Nigerian Committee were given the responsibility of writing a book on the history of Northern Nigeria.


Arewa House is structured in four departments for effective management and these are Research, Library, Archive and Museum. Arewa Museum houses cultural artefacts, photographs and books which are accessible to the public. It contains Nineteen satellite galleries which exhibits the culture and people of Northern Nigeria and also chronicles the life of Ahmadu Bello. Arewa House Library is today of the few reputable research center library with an enviable core collections of books and manuscripts including higher degree dissertations from various universities in Nigeria and abroad. These dissertations cut across the fields of humanities and social science which many of them are thematic interest to the study of Northern Nigeria. Arewa House Archive has rare collections of Arabic manuscripts, the late premier office records, Government publications and newspapers, gift and donations from Central Bank of Nigeria, individuals and other serial publications


“Given the emergence of new regional dynamics in development policy and practice, Arewa region MUST fine-tune current regional development perspectives and to develop new ones that are not only more in sync with the present and future global context but with the governance systems being currently adopted that are becoming more and more decentralized and grassroots oriented. States Governors within the Arewa region must come together to create and adopt the Arewa Regional Economic Plan with emphasis on a balanced approach to development and opportunity for all diversity irrespective of one’s tribe, social class, religious belief and even political affiliation; and establish targets for economic growth of the entire region taking advantage of our Demographic Shifts, which will fuel the growth of new sectors, markets, and service lines in our communities. The ability of our diversity to build strength and unity is the power that will propel the region and consequently, the Nigerian industry, into new dimensions of performance and inclusive growth. Catalyzing Inclusive Growth Through ICT-enabled solutions in healthcare, education, financial services and public services can drive socio-economic development and inclusion of more than 30 million citizens each year, faster, cheaper and more effectively than traditional models. The economic plan should be built on current regional opportunities, collaboration and innovation linking States macroeconomic models with regional development and economic plan termed: Regional Econometric Model”Chairman ACRD 



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