Brief history of Emir of Katsina, Sir Alhaji Usman Nagogo.
Sir Usman Nagogo dan Muhammadu Dikko (1905 – March 18, 1981) KBE CMG was born in 1905. He was the Emir of Katsina from May 19, 1944, succeeding his father, Muhammadu Dikko. He ruled from 1944 till he passed on and was also succeeded by his son, Muhammadu Kabir Usman.
Nagogo began his education under Islamic scholar Attahiru, who taught him in Katsina’s Gambarawa Quarters. He commenced his elementary education in 1921 at Katsina Provincial School but was interrupted by his father’s visit to England, where the two met George V of the United Kingdom. He graduated from the provincial school in 1923 and taught there for six months.
In 1929, Nagogo was appointed Native Authority Police Chief in 1929; during his term, he expanded the police department by erecting new buildings and hiring more officers and became the District Head of Katsina Metropolis in 1937.
Nagogo was officially named the tenth Emir of Katsina by Arthur Richards, Governor of Northern Nigeria, on May 19, 1944. On January 12, 1946, King George VI of the United Kingdom appointed him as a federal minister of the colony. He was a regional minister without a portfolio from 1952 until the military coup of 1966, which one of his sons, Hassan Katsina was part of.
He was one of the pioneers of indigenous Nigerian polo as of 2002 and his handicap of +7 is still the highest of any African
Nagogo was appointed an Honorary Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 1948 New Year Honours and invested as an Honorary Knight Commander of the Order (KBE) in the 1962 New Year Honours. He was appointed a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG) in the 1953 Coronation Honours.
Sir Usman Nagogo was one of the greatest emirs produced by the Katsina Emirate, himself a son of the great Muhammadu Dikko. He passed away on March 18, 1981.