Usman Yahaya emerged as Maltina Teacher of 2023

Commissioner Hajiya Hadiza Yar'adua praised Usman's efforts

The Commissioner Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education Katsina State Hajiya Hadiza Abubakar Yar’adua praised the great efforts and warmly received Katsina State teacher Usman Yahaya, who emerged as Maltina Teacher of the Year 2023 9th edition.

Usman Yahaya teaches Geography at Government Day Senior Secondary School Natsinta Army Barrack Katsina.


He emerged among the 1499 teachers nationwide who submitted their application to participate in the Educational Trust Fund of the Maltina Company.

The company aimed to celebrate classroom teachers and recognize their efforts towards the uplifting educational sector nationwide.

Usman Yahaya Tama was born and raised in Katsina. He went to the Ambuttai primary school (present-day Musa Yar’adua model primary school Katsina). He attended secondary school at Sir Usman Nagogo College of Arabic and Islamic Studies Katsina.

Usman proceeded to further his education at the Federal College of Education Katsina, where he obtained the National Certificate in Education. Then he proceeded to Umaru Musa Yar’ adua University, where he obtained a Degree in B.ed Geography.

Usman Yahaya Tama then moved to Bayero University Kano for a master’s Degree in Environmental Management(MEM). Usman came across an announcement in one of the national dailies asking classroom teachers from public and private schools across the country to participate in the Maltina Teacher of the Year competition, an initiative focused on honouring teachers and celebrating exceptional teaching practices in Nigeria.

The competition was organized by the education trust fund wing of Maltina, a company headed by Felix Ohewerei and in collaboration with Stanbic IBTC Bank and Air Peace.


This year’s completion has received 1499 submissions from classroom teachers across the country. These submissions were put to the first grading exercise and were narrowed to 172, which I am among. They later put that 172 to the second grading exercise and reduced the number to only 30, and Usman Yahaya Tam was one of them. Those 30 teachers were announced as the state champions.

They were all invited to Lagos State for a one-on-one interview to determine the national winner. Unfortunately, Usman couldn’t make it to be the national winner and so emerged as the state winner.

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