Living to 100: The chief Imam’s life through the years

Living to 100: The chief Imam’s life through the years
Source: Ghana | | Zaina Adamu | Twitter: @ZainaAdamu
Date: 23-04-2019 Time: 02:04:06:pm
A rare image of the chief Imam in his younger years. Source: Myjoyonline

Sheikh Dr. Osmanu Nuhu Sharubutu, also known as the Grand Mufti, is the Republic of Ghana’s first chief Imam who has held the position since 1993. To mark his 100th birthday, Myjoyonline compiled a list profiling the chief Imam’s life.


Birth date: April 23, 1919

Birth place: Old Fadama, Accra, Ghana

Birth name: Osmanu Nuhu Sharubutu

Father: Sheikh Imam Nuhu Sharubutu

Mother: Hajja Ayishatu Abbass

Religion: Muslim


Established the Office of the National Chief Imam of Ghana

Partnered with the Government of Ghana to facilitie two national holidays for Muslims in the official calendar of the Republic of Ghana

Received honorary degree from the University of Ghana, Legon in 2006

Established seven Islamic schools including the Answaru-Deen Islamic School Complex in the Greater Accra region

Self-sponsored hundreds of students to study abroad

Established the Sheikh Dr. Osman Nuhu Sharubutu Education Trust Fund 

Created the Islamic Peace and Security Council of Ghana, an of an organisation that promotes peace, unity and sustainable peace in Ghana 

Founded the Nuuru Usmaniya Foundation for Humanitarian Services and Development

Engineered the development of the ongoing construction of the National Mosque at Kawo Kudi, Kanda, Accra.

Officiated over 5000 marriages

Led funeral prayers for over 4000 families

Officiated over 10,000 naming ceremonies for newborn children

Official trips

Republic of Turkey

Islamic Republic of Iran

The United Kingdom

United States of America

Royal Kingdom of Canada

Royal Kingdom of Morocco

Royal Kingdom of Denmark

Royal Kingdom of Finland

Royal Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Federal Republic of Nigeria

Republic of Senegal

Republic of Togo

Republic of Benin


National Peace Council

Tijjaniya Muslims Movement of Ghana

Ghana Conferenece on Religions and Peace

Religious Bodies Network on Climate Change

Ghana National Medical Awards Team

Al-Faidah International Network, Ghana

African Support Network

Human Rights Defenders Forum of Ghana

Public figures who came to Ghana under the invitation of the chief Imam

Sheikh Alhaji Ahmed Tijjani Niass, Grand Khalipha of Sheikh Alhaji Ibrahim Niass in Madina Kaolakh, Senegal

Sheikh Usman Thahiru Bauchi, Prominent Islamic Cleric in Nigeria

Sheikh Imam Tijjani Cise, Imam of the Grand Mosque of Sheikh Alhaji Ibrahim Niass in Madina Kaolakh, Senegal

Sheikh Alhaji Mudassiru Adeleke Shitu Bulala, the Chairman of Al-Kanz magazine in Nigeria and CEO of multinational group of companies in Ajay, Lagos

Sheikh Hisham Kabani Haqqani, President of the Islamic Supreme Council of America and World Wide Deputy Leader of the Naqshabandiya Sufi order

Minister Louis Farakan, Leader of the Nations of Islam in America

Minister of the Religion, Dr. Khalid Yasin from the United States of America

Sheikh Imam Hassan Cise, Imam of the Grand Mosque of Sheikh Alhaji Ibrahim Niass in Madina Kaolakh, Senegal

Islamic Scholars and Sheihks under the chief Imam’s guidance

Muhammad Munir Dan Alpha

Sheikh Ustaz Abdul Aziz

Sheikh Yahyal-Ameen

The late Mallam Adam Attah

Mallam Saeed

Alhaji Jibril Madaha

Mallam Ibrahima Nyass

Mallam Mustapha Yaa Jalala

Mallam Habibu Gora

The late Sheikh Musa Abdul Kadir

Mallam Zurkanain

These facts were provided by the Office of Sheikh Dr. Osmanu Nuhu Sharubutu