I was born in Garkida, a town in Adamawa State in the north-eastern part of Nigeria. I attended a missionary school from Elementary to High School. After High School, I was admitted to ATC/ABU Kano from 1967-1970. In 1971 after the completion of my course of studies, I was admitted to Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) in Zaria; and graduated three years later with an honors degree in 1974.
I served one year of National Youth Service before joining Ahmadu Bello University Zaria faculty, in the Department of Education. In 1977/1978, I attended the University of Chicago where I earned an MA degree.
I went back to Ahmadu Bello University teaching, until 1980 when I was admitted to a Ph.D. program at Columbia University in New York City. I completed my degree in 1985. From 1987 to the present I have been a Professor at BMCC/City University of New York in New York City.
Besides my teaching responsibilities, I am the author of several books which include the following titles: Araba Let’s Separate- The story of the Nigerian Civil War, 2012; Suksuku, 2010- Stories and Folktales of the Burrah People of North-Eastern Nigeria. The Village Boy, 2009; and Cognition, Culture and Field Dependence-Independence, 2008. All the books are published by AuthorHouse Publishing Company in Bloomington, Indiana.