Emir Muhammadu Sanusi II was born as Sanusi Lamido Sanusi (Mallam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi) into the Fulani Torobe (Sullubawa) clan of Kano on the July 31 1961. He is the grandson of Sir Muhammadu Sanusi, the 11th Emir of Kano, from the Sullubawa clan of the Torobe Fulani. He is the direct son of Muhammad Lamido Sanusi, a career diplomat and technocrat that served as the Nigerian Ambassador to Belgium, China and Canada, who later served as the Permanent Secretary of Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The Emir is a graduate of King’s College, Lagos, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria (where he also taught Economics), and International University of Africa, Khartoum, Sudan. Prior to Emir Sanusi’s ascension to the throne, he launched a distinguished banking career in 1985. Sanusi is recognized in the banking industry for his contribution towards developing a risk management culture in Nigerian banking Industry. Holding top positions at First Bank of Nigeria, including Group Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, his banking career culminated in his becoming the governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria. He is the immediate past Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria.
The Emir has won several awards, some of which include