Shugaban Kasa – Head of State

“Shugaban Kasa” is an Hausa phrase that describes the highest office in a country. In English, it can translate to head-of-state, president, prime minister, commander-in-chief, state person.

The Hausa word “shugaban” itself denotes royalty, leader, and/or master. It is used specifically to describe the ruling class.

The Hausa language is spoken by more than 50 million people in the Northern part of Nigeria. The region is predominantly landlocked and culture is tied to the Islam. The language falls between Afroasiatic languages and Chadic languages.

In usage, some people can say Shugaban Nijeriya ( President/Leader of Nigeria ) or Shugaban Kasar Nijeriya ( The supreme leader of Nigeria ).