Chief Bill Knight taught African History at Rimi College, Kaduna, Nigeria, in 1972; at Katsina College of Arts Science and Technology (KCAST), Zaria, Nigeria, in 1973–79; and at Borno College of Basic Studies (BOCOBS), Maiduguri, Nigeria, in 1980–84. As deputy chief inspector of education in Borno in 1984–88, he attempted “top-down” reform of a failing system from within. Then, starting in 1988, he helped design and later implement the North East Arid Zone Development Programme (NEAZDP), taking charge of community awareness and mass mobilization and championing “bottom-up” development. He was turbaned Grema of Karasuwa-Garunguna in 1993 before leaving NEAZDP to develop community-driven development models elsewhere in Nigeria, where, ultimately, he proudly accepted other chieftaincy titles and the Order of the British Empire. He now lives in New York.

Research and Practice | April 25, 2014

Replacing Boko Haram with an “Attractive Revolution”

“Restarting this process of building mass literacy could be a good way to revitalize all of NEAZDP’s components, rebuild trust, resurrect peace, and open the door to other community-driven integrated development initiatives …. Carried out by and for the people, such initiatives would replace the slogan ‘education is bad’ with ‘education is good,’ and thereby begin to address the integrated problems of generations going back to the 1970s.”

Kaduna, Nigeria
Man walking down street in Kaduna, northern Nigeria.