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Profiles Of the Three Women That Made President Buhari’s Ministerial List


As more Nigerian women press for increased female gender participation, especially in top political positions, NigerianEye takes a look at the profile of the three women who made Buhari’s ministerial list, namely Amina Mohammed from Kaduna state, Kemi Adeosun from Ogun state and Aisha Alhassan from Taraba state.

Amina Mohammed- Kaduna

Amina Mohammed is the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Adviser on Post-2015 Development Planning. She was appointed to this position on 7 June 2012

Ms. Mohammed has been working in the field of development for more than 30 years both in the public sector and the private sector. Prior to her current appointment, she was the CEO and founder of the think tank Center for Development Policy Solutions.

Previously, she worked as senior adviser to the President of Nigeria (Late Musa Yardua and Goodluck Jonathan) on Millennium Development Goals for six years. In this position, she was in charge of designing and developing government projects to reduce poverty around the country.

Between 2002 and 2005, she worked in the United Nations Millennium Project as a coordinator of the Task Force on Gender and Education.

In 1991, Ms. Mohammed founded Afri-Projects Consortium, a multidisciplinary firm of Engineers and Quantity Surveyors, and from 1991 to 2001 she was its Executive Director. Between 1981 and 1991, she worked with Archcon Nigeria in association with Norman and Dawbarn United Kingdom.

Ms. Mohammed has also served on many international advisory boards and panels such as the Gates Foundation and the UN Secretary General’s Global Sustainability Panel.
Ms. Mohammed was born in 1961. She has six children.

Kemi Adeosun – Ogun

A finance professional with over 23 years experience gained in the United Kingdom and Nigeria. Mrs. Adeosun is an Economics graduate and a member of the Institutes of Chartered Accountants, England and Wales, as well as Nigeria.

Born and bred in London, her father was a civil servant and she is the third of four children. A graduate of Economics from the University of East London. She was a senior manager at the Price Waterhouse Coopers, London. She is also a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, England and Wales. She is a mother of three. She was born in 1967.


Aisha Alhassan (Mama Taraba) – Taraba

Aisha Jummai Al-Hassan is a former Senator representing Taraba North constituency of Taraba State, which she won under the platform of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).

She later decamped to All Progressive Congress (APC) and was the Governorship Candidate of Taraba State for the 2015 general elections. She was defeated in the election re-run held on 25th of April 2015 and failed to become Nigeria’s 1st female democratically elected Governor.

A lawyer by training, Jummai is the former Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice, Taraba State. She was appointed the Chief Registrar of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja on 17 December 2003. She was born in 1959

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  1. In my own opinion, these women are those of proven integrity, I hope they will live to the best responsibility we believed they would. We have seen women like Patricia Eteh, Diezani, the one that used 250 million to buy one car, hope you three for now wil make ourl women and all of us proud.
    Good luck.

  2. I am happy to see what a great influence women now have as they rise to more influencial position. However the numbers are still low and we need women promoting women and men promoting women. Zambia has its first female Vice President after 50years of independence.although it had a Finance Minister at about 40 years,the percentage of women in economic and political leadership is less than 30% a far cry from the current 50% of the SADC Protocol. Members of parliament are at 12.6% while it is 7% at local government level. While our women fight, mentorship is so minimal such that the younger women still face challenges participating in. Leadership. There is no platform that the older women create to share and mentor younger women to continue the fight for equality. Young women fight to have their voices herd on national issues and fight for for their rights as they face marginalization based on sex and age. We have began to research and share information and train each other on feminist principles we fight to. Change oppressive systems, create safe spaces for us to build our own capacity that our voices may be heard. We fight for our voices to be amplified. We network in the region and celebrate our successes that the world does not see. That we may participate in the global agenda and not let an age gap exist in the fight for womens participation.


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