Hafsat Grema is a livestock expert and a researcher, with 8 years’ experience in research for sustainable development of the livestock industry including aquaculture. Hafsat is currently working with University of Maiduguri as Senior lecturer in the Department of Veterinary Medicine and provides consultancy
services to International humanitarian organizations based in Borno State, empowering those who lost their agricultural livelihoods to conflicts. In 2018, she was part of the team responsible for project implementation for humanitarian agents conducting livestock projects.
Being passionate in changing the status quo of her community, Hafsat founded an initiative with sole objectives towards eliminating socio-cultural, economic and environmental challenges within and outside Borno State. Hafsat was educated at University of Maiduguri with Masters in Food Animal Medicine in 2012, and graduated from University of St. Andrews, Scotland with Masters in Sustainable Aquaculture and a PhD in Food Animal Systems from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria in 2018. She has published several papers in reputable academic journals. In her spare time, Hafsat loves to spend time with family and friends, read and learn
Mu’awiya Abubakar has over 8 years’ experience of lecturing in the Department of Building, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. He taught and examined several construction managements courses, supervised a number of undergraduate and post graduate projects, and was involved in a number of building
construction projects. A registered (professional) Builder and secretary of the Kaduna state chapter of the Nigerian Institute of Building (NIOB). He is a founding member of a charity organization in Zaria and has successfully coordinated the N-Power Build artisans’ upskilling training in Zaria. He holds a B.Sc. in Building, (with a second class upper), M.Sc. and a Ph.D. in Construction Management, from Ahmadu Bello University. He was at the M.E. Rinker Sr. School of Construction Management, University of Florida, as a visiting Ph.D. scholar and he attended Barewa College, Zaria for a post primary education.
Mu’awiya is passionate about order and good governance. He enjoys talking to and inspiring young people towards success in academics, business and leadership roles. He loves reading, travelling, and supporting the less privileged in the society
Joy Ajuluchukwu is a digital marketing manager, a researcher and an IT consultant. She studied Law at Afe Babalola University where she bagged her LLb and expanded her vocabulary before delving into the tech world where she has taken on various roles. She has worked as the Community Manager of CoLab Innovation Hub where she was the head of policy and contributed to charting the technology policy
direction for Africa through the i4Policy program. As a digital marketing trainer, she worked on the Google Digital Skills for Africa Program, Facebook She Means Business program and recently, the Click-on Kaduna Program. Joy was involved in the implementation of the 2019 Startup Nigeria project which
covered the NorthWest, North-Central and South-East regions of the country. She also is a digital marketing manager at Convene Digital and occasionally writes about Kaduna on her blog, knowkaduna.com. An ardent sports lover, she can be caught jogging in the very early hours of the morning or on the basketball court practicing her shots.
Shinkut Hilary Sheyin is a Civil Servant who works with the Kaduna State Government. He is a Senior
Planning Officer with the Kaduna State Planning and Budget Commission whose responsibility, in line with the mandate of the Development Aid Coordination Unit, is to coordinate all development assistance to the State. His contributions to the department are in areas of reviewing plans and public policies. He was educated at the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria, where he obtained a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) and Master of Science (M.Sc.) in Economics though the journey began from
Demonstration Secondary School, A.B.U, Zaria. He is passionate about understanding public policies and global economic trends as they affect policy making. Religion and sports are also his areas of persistent interest.
Fareeda Abdulkareem has worn many hats. Since she graduated from the American university of Nigeria with an honors degree in communications, she has gathered extensive experience in the media across print, television, and online mediums. Her work which ranges from fiction to memoir and opinions have been published in Quartz, Africa Is Country, The Africa Report, Wasafiri, Brittle Paper, Z M, Harvard’s Transitions magazine and many more. n alumnus of Chimamanda Adichie’s Farafina workshop she was longlisted for the short story day Africa award in 2018.
After graduating top eight percentile and getting a master’s in cultural diplomacy and global governance, Fareeda has worked for NGO’s in Nigeria, Germany and Uganda focusing on cultural development through the arts, media development through the promotion of accountability in practice, and rural community development through education and health-based initiatives. She was recently invited to consult on the USAID funded project to strengthen education in northeast Nigeria.
Professional pursuits aside, Fareeda is an avid traveler, who loves to meet people and learn from as many experiences as she can. She is passionate about art and film and curated the film section at the 2018 edition of West Africa’s largest photo festival, LagosPhoto. She also spoke on film at the 2016
berlin economic forum and has been invited to critic programs in New York and The Netherlands. She speaks passable French, loves to dance and will often do so even without music.
Muhammad Bello is an academic lawyer and a researcher with over 20 articles, book chapters and conference papers. In 2006, he emerged as one of the winners of the International Legal Essay Writing Competition organised by Law Society of Scotland, British Council and Legal Research Initiative. A year
later he finished on top of his LLB class in Bayero University Kano (BUK) where he later obtained an LLM with a distinction. An old boy of Barewa College Zaria, he practiced law in Kano, Kaduna, Abuja, Imo and Kwara and was later appointed as a Research Assistant to the Hon Chief Judge of Kaduna at the age of 25 Dissatisfied with the administration of justice in both the private bar and the judiciary, he opted for an academic career where he hopes to champion a more pragmatic, realistic and human-centric idea of justice through teaching, research and community service. At the age of 28 he was elected Sub-Dean of Law. He is a social critique and has concluded his doctorate research, awaiting external examination at the University of the Free State, South Africa. His main areas are Philosophy of Law, Law and Development and International Economic Law especially Sovereign Debt Governance. He loves going to the cinema and visiting friends.
Ayisat Agbaje is a lawyer, writer, entrepreneur, political activist, women’s and children’s advocate and the founder of AA INITIATIVE which is a non-profit organisation that promotes nutrition, social, and emotional focused intervention that have potential for adaptation, social integration with the Nigeria’s
Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC) population, the organisation also advocates for prison reform.
Ayisat has extensive experience in working with NGOs including International Citizen Service (ICS) and National Citizen Service (NCS) The Challenge. Ayisat is the writer of viral article ‘Nigeria Laws are Skewed against Women’.
Ayisat holds a master’s degree in international Relations and Democratic Politics and an Undergraduate degree in Law from University of Westminster, she is also in the process of acquiring a professional graduate certificate from Harvard Extension School in International Relations and Governance. Ayisat is a firm believer in advocacy and activism, however, she believes that to properly tackle injustice, close the gap of impunity and bring about greater equality, it is essential to make these changes from inside the institutions, rather than just been an activist on the outside hence her interest in politics. She is motivated by the quote “If you think you are too small to have an impact, try going to bed with a mosquito”.
Muhammed Ishaq Amin works as a Data Enumerator with Kano Electricity Distribution Company Plc. He is experienced in standard laboratory practices and customer services and is passionate about water recycle and reuse systems, sanitation and hygiene as well as combating antibiotics resistance. Recently, he established Syngenic BioTech; a multipurpose agro-processing, quality assessment and standardization laboratory whose corporate social responsibility is designed to support research and innovation in areas of water conservation, recycle and reuse. He obtained a degree in Microbiology from Ahmadu Bello University Zaria and is currently developing an idea on deploying a CMS-based database that will collate and analyze data on antibiogram profiles with focus on establishing the emergence and spread patterns of antibiotics resistance across Kaduna State and, hopefully in the nearest future, Nigeria
Dorcas Sharon Ade-Zaky is a humanitarian actively involved in the personal development of young girls and women. She is the secretary General of the Pink Idea Africa Initiative. In recent past, she has worked with ECOWAS parliament as a support staff to the Director of Administration and Finance during her
NYSC and the following year, worked as an ad hoc staff for three (3) parliamentary sessions. She attained her first degree in International Studies and just rounded off her master’s in International Affairs and Diplomacy from Ahmadu Bello University. Dorcas occasionally enjoys watching crime investigation.
Abubakar Suleiman is an Electrical Engineer educated at Bayero University, Kano. He has a demonstrated work history in Project Management, Electrical Services Design of buildings using AutoCAD software, and Public Procurement. He had a sojourn in the private sector as a Pupil Engineer at Hassan and Partners Limited, Kaduna and ALU Power and Works Limited, Kaduna respectively before he ventured into the public sector. He currently works as a Reviewing Officer in the Department of Energy Infrastructure and Procurement Reporting, Kaduna State Public Procurement Authority, Kaduna.
Suleiman was registered as a professional Electrical Engineer by the Council for the Regulations of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN) in 2018. Systems thinking, operational efficiency and effective leadership fascinate him. He is also passionate about education, technology, public policy and reforms in public procurement processes in Nigeria. During his leisure time, he often plays football and writes op-eds in national dailies. Some people see him as a conservative but he’s very open to new skills and ideas so he’s always ready to learn, unlearn and relearn.