Mr. Pate succeeds his late brother.
The Lamido of Adamawa, Aliyu Mustapha, has turbaned Umaru Pate, a Professor of Mass Communication and former Head of the Department of Mass Communication at the University of Maiduguri, as the new Kaigama of Adamawa.
Mr. Pate was turbaned on Saturday by the Lamido in his Palace at Yola, the Adamawa capital, in the presence of thousands of dignitaries.
The new Kaigama succeeds his late brother, Abdulrahman Pate, who succeeded their late father as the Kaigama.
The title of Kaigama at the Adamawa emirate council implies the defence chief and is one of twelve kingmakers in the emirate.
In his speech at the occasion, the Lamido eulogised Mr. Pate for his outstanding academic accomplishments, saying “we have no reason whatsoever not to confer on you the title of Kaigama because of your concern and commitment towards the development of the emirate and also your loyalty to the entire state and the country”.
Speaking further, the Adamawa monarch said “we know what you are cable of doing for the interest of the emirate.
“Besides, the title is your inheritance; so you conferment as Kaigama Adamawa is a deserved one”.
The traditional ruler urged the new Kaigama to always protect and defend the interest of Adamawa people and the emirate.
I will live up to expectations
In his acceptance remark, Mr. Pate expressed his gratitude to God who made it possible for him to be conferred with the title, while also thanking the Lamido of Adamawa for finding him worthy to confer the title on, to succeed his late brother.
Mr. Pate assured the Lamido and the entire people of the emirate that he will not betray the confidence reposed on him. He also expressed his gratitude to all the dignitaries that attended his event.
“This is the day I will never forget in my live, I appreciate everyone for giving this kind support,” he said.
Mr. Pate is a Fellow of the Society for Peace Studies and Practice; an Associate Chair holding Member of the Association of Communication Professors in the Commonwealth (Canada), an affiliate of UNESCO; and is also the Vice President of the Communication Association of Nigeria, CANI. He is also the immediate past Head of Mass Communication Department at the University of Maiduguri, Borno State.
He was born on January 4, 1964 at the District Head’s Palace in Song, the headquarters of Song Local Government Area of Adamawa State. His maternal grandfather, Ardo Saadu, was the District Head of Song at his birth.
Mr. Pate’s father, Alkali Pate, served as a court clerk and later judge in several Area Courts in the old Adamawa Division before taking up the title of the Kaigama of Adamawa in 1978 after the passing away of his elder brother, Kaigama Bashiru in 1971.
He was enrolled into the Nassarawo Jereng LEA Primary School in the old Adamawa Division from where he proceeded to Government College Maiduguri. He finished his secondary education there in 1981.
In 1982, he joined the College of Preliminary Studies, Yola, for an IJMB course that
qualified him for a Direct Entry admission into the University of Maiduguri in 1984.
Upon graduation with a Degree in Mass Communication in 1987, he was retained in the University on the recommendation of the Head of Department for his mandatory NYSC service year. In the course of the service, he was competitively picked by the University Convocation Committee to represent the graduating students as the valedictorian of the year at the convocation ceremony of the University.
From 1985-1987, he served as the President of the Gongola State Students Union (GOSSU) in the University of Maiduguri, in addition to holding Departmental assigned responsibilities and editing the very popular but critical Scorpion Campus Magazine.
He took up appointment as a Graduate Assistant at the University of Maiduguri in October 1988 and immediately left for the University of Ghana, Legon, on fellowship for a Master of Philosophy (M.Phil) Degree in Communication Studies that he completed in 1990.
In 1993, he enrolled for a PhD Degree at the University of Maiduguri and graduated in
Mr. Pate rose on the academic ladder to become a Professor of Media and Society in October 2007.
At different times during his pre-degree and degree study period, he had worked as a part time reporter, newscaster/reader and presenter at the FRCN Kaduna and NTA Yola.
In addition to his normal academic and administrative responsibilities in the University, Professor Pate is actively engaged in wider community services that include writing and commenting on national and international current affairs; offering capacity building services to media and civil society organizations in and out Nigeria, consulting for agencies and participating in official assignments at state and federal levels.
At different times, he has received grants or served as a consultant to various national and international agencies.
Currently, Mr. Pate is serving as an External Examiner for the Masters and PhD programmes at the University of Lagos; University of Nigeria, Nsukka; Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria; Enugu State University; IBB University, Lapai; Covenant University, Otta; and the University of Jos.
He is also a Visiting Professor at the Bayero University, Kano, and the Modibbo Adama University of Technology, Yola.
He is married to Zainab Song.