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Yusuf Adamu epitomizes the multidisciplinary tradition of geography. An associate professor of geography and head of the Strategic Planning Unit of Bayero University in Kano, Nigeria, he is also a bilingual novelist and poet who has published works in the Hausa and English languages. A 2011 interview withSentinel Nigeria reveals how Adamu’s training as a medical geographer influences his “poetry of place”: he notes that “Geography gives me the knowledge of places, the understanding of man’s relationship with his environment, and fuels my imagination.”

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