Prof. Y.A. Zakari was born in Gusau in1970. He attended Nizamiyya Primary School Gusau (1975-81), CAAS Sokoto (1981-86). He obtained BSc (1993), MSc (1999), MBA (2002) all at UDUS and PhD Economics in 2007 (Shiga University, Japan).
Prof. Zakari began his carrier as an Assistant Lecturer in the Department of Business Studies, Federal Polytechnic Kaura Namoda in 1995, before taking appointment as a Graduate Assistant at Usmanu Danfodiyo University Sokoto in 1996. He rose through the ranks to become a Professor of Economics in 2012. He joined the services of Federal University Gusau in 2015.
Prof. Zakari has held many academic and administrative positions and has supervised many undergraduate and postgraduate students, mentored many younger colleagues and published many articles in reputable journals both at home and abroad. He is also a member of Nigerian Economic Society (NES) and Japan Society for International Development (JASID).
He is married and blessed with four children.