Professor Umaru Pate is of the Department of Mass Communication, Bayero Univesity, Kano. He is an eminent scholar, a communication guru and an inspirational writer, a decisive commentator on national and international issues, an astute journalist and above all a mentor. He has impacted positively on the development of the media and the grooming of media teachers and practitioners in Nigeria. Prof. Pate was born on the January 4th, 1964 in Adamawa state.
Professor Pate took appointment as a graduate assistant at the University of Maiduguri in October 1988 and immediately left for the University of Ghana Legon on fellowship of Master of Philosophy (M.phil) Degree in Communication studies which he completed in 1990. In 1993, he enrolled for a Ph.D at the University of Maiduguri and graduated in February 1997. He became a Professor of Media and Society in October 20, 2007. He has remained a source of inspiration to all the students he tutored at the University level and other citadels of learning here in Nigeria and abroad.
Prof. 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 organization in and out of Nigeria, consulting for agencies and participating on official assignment at state and federal levels.
Prof. Pate is a holder of the traditional tile of “kaigama” in Adamawa state. It is amazing to know that Prof. Pate is a man of great courage who serves humanity, combining two tasking jobs: Journalism and a traditional ruler as the “Kaigama” of his state. This title represents the Chief of Defense Staff of the Emirate and the a number of the 12 Kingmakers of Adamawa which according to history, emerged from the reign of the Muslim founder of the state in 1809.