1968, M.A. in African Studies: "History of Wa. Edition of Hausa Texts in Ajami - Transliteration and Commentaries"; supervisor: Prof. Stefan Strelcyn.
1973, Ph.D.: "The Stories of Samori, Babatu and Others. Hausa Manuscript No. 98017 from the School of Oriental and African Studies (London). Edition with Linguistic and Historic Commentaries"; supervisor: Prof. Witold Tyloch.
1973/1974, 8,5 months fellowship, Institute of African Studies, University of Legon (Ghana).
1980, Habilitation thesis: "Alhaji Umaru (1858-1934) - a Poet of the Hausa People. A Historical and Literary Study".
1984/1985, contract, Department of Languages and Linguistics, University of Maiduguri (Nigeria).
Committee for Oriental Studies, Polish Academy of Sciences; Scientific Council of the Department of the Non-European Countries, Polish Academy of Sciences; Founding Member and President of the Polish Association of African Studies (up to December 1993); Polish Society of Oriental Studies; Linguistic Association of Nigeria.
Functions and activities
Chief Editor of the Studies of the Department of African Languages and Cultures; Editorial Board of Africana Bulletin and Hemispheres; Editorial consultant of the Maiduguri Journal of Linguistic and Literary Studies.
Since 1988 up to 2009 - Head of the Department of African Languages and Cultures;
since 1994 up to 2003 - member of the Central Admission Commission, University of Warsaw;
June-July, 1998 - visit to Frankfurt a.M., finalising his works on an edition of the Hausa Ajami manuscripts from A. Mischlich's collection;
since 1st Sept., 1999 - director of the Ph.D. programme at the Faculty of Modern Languages and Oriental Studies, University of Warsaw;
30th Nov. - 4th Dec., 2000 - participated in an International Workshop "State and Everyday Life in Africa", held at the Institute of African Studies, University of Ghana, Legon;
4th-6th May, 2001 - took part in a Workshop in Tvärminne (Finland), being continuation of a discussion on state and everyday life in Africa;
15th-17th June, 2001 - took part in the celebrations of the International Africa Day in Vilnius, invited by the Lithuanian National Commission for UNESCO and presented the paper "African Traditional Religions: A General View".
6-7 June, 2006 - took part in the Kano-Warsaw workshop on Hausa „African and European Perspectives in the Studies on the Hausa Language and Culture” (organised by the Department) and delivered a lecture: „Research on the Hausa Ajami Writings and Literature at the University of Warsaw”;
18-20 October, 2006 - participated in an international conference on „European Schools of Ethiopian Studies: Poland and Germany”, which was organised by the Pułtusk Academy of Humanities together with the Department. On 20th October he presented a paper: „The Co-operation between Centres of African studies in Hamburg and Warsaw”.
4 December, 2009 - took part in a session "Języki, kultury i społeczeństwa Afryki w procesie przemian" (African Languages, Cultures and Societies in the Process of Change) organised by the Department of African Languages and Cultures, University of Warsaw, and presented a paper "Poemat ku czci Malama Garby. Synkretyczny charakter elegii z rękopisu IASAR/200" (A Poem in Honour of Malam Garba. Syncretic Character of an Ajami elegy from the IASAR/200 manuscript).
14 May, 2010 - took part in a conference "Literatury afrykańskie na przełomie XX i XXI wieku" (African Literatures on the Turn of the 20th Century) organised at the University of Warsaw, and presented a paper "Ferment literacki w północnej Nigerii. Nurt soyayya w powieściach hausańskich" (Literary Agitation in Northern Nigeria. Soyayya Current in the Hausa Novels).
20 May, 2010 - took part in a conference celebrating Africa Days and organised by students at the University of Warsaw: "Co z tą Afryką? Pół wieku wolności Czarnego Lądu" (What is the Problem with Africa? Half a Century of Black Continent Independence) and presented a paper "Boko Haram! Ruch skierowany przeciw kulturze europejskiej w północnej Nigerii" (Boko Haram! A Movement against the European Culture in the Northern Nigeria).
17-18 June, 2010 - took part in an international Bologna seminar "Doctoral Studies in the European Higher Education Area" organised by the Polish National Agency known as the Foundation for the Development of the Education System.
Hausa language, literature and African religions.
tendencies in the development of Hausa literature; Hausa oral literature; modern Hausa language.