Ghana Chief Imam Sheikh Dr. Osmanu Nuhu Sharubutu turns 100

Sheick Dr. Osmanu Nuhu Sharubutu
Ghana’s Chief Imam Sheikh Dr. Osmanu Nuhu Sharubutu in file photo

Sheikh Dr. Osmanu Nuhu Sharubutu (born 23 April 1919) is an Islamic cleric and the Chief Imam of Ghana. He is also a member of the National Peace Council and founder of The Sheikh Dr. Osmanu Nuhu Sharubutu Education Trust Fund (SONSETFund) and Islamic Peace and Security Council of Ghana (IPASEC).

His Eminence Dr. Sharubutu was born in Old Fadama in Ghana on April 23, 1919, and turned 100yrs on April 23, 2019. His ancestors are of Hausa ethnicity from Northern Nigeria. Most members of present-day Hausa communities in Ghana trace their ancestry to Hausa traders in Cola nut and livestock who established thriving communities in Dagbon, Gonja, Nkoranza, and Ashanti. His ancestors, however, were not traders.

The British in the 1900 Asante War of Resistance led by Yaa Asantewaa relied on local West African mercenaries to fight on their behalf. Hausa and Senegalese soldiers were recruited to hunt and confiscate the Golden Stool of the Ashanti kingdom. After the war, the Senegalese soldiers settled in Cape Coast whiles the Hausa soldiers settled around 37 Military Hospital of Ghana.

Osman Nuhu Sharubutu, a Sunni, was born to members of the later community…

As the Grand Mufti of the Republic of Ghana, His Eminence Dr. Sheikh El-Hajj despite his still leads five daily prayers, he leads Friday and annual eid prayers. He accepts invitations week after week to officiate and bless marriages funeral prayers and naming ceremony among other social functions even though he is often asked to take some days off to rest, something which he resists.

With the entire Ghanaian Muslim Community including some leaders of non-Muslim Faiths gearing for the yearlong celebration of a National ICON of peace, unity and development, the Poltava University of the Republic of Ukraine planned to award the man of peace a Professorial Honorary Degree on SHEIKH DR. OSMANU NUHU SHARUBUTU on his 100th birthday at his New Fadama residence.

His Eminence does not show publicly any weakness or frailty (as seen of him standing on his own in photo tweeted below) and a recent example of his great sign of leadership was shown when in 2019 as he celebrated Easter with Christians at the Christ the King Church in Accra, Ghana.

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