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20 Most Outstanding Nigerians in 2018



Compiled by Eminent Leaders Team led by Patience Iveren Kine

Aliyu A. Abdulhameed

Aliyu Abdulhamid MD NIRSAL

Aliyu A. Abdulhameed was appointed Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Nigeria Incentive-Based Risk Sharing System for Agricultural Leading (NIRSAL) on 23rd December, 2015.

Through a blend of technical competence, result focused leadership and passionate advocacy, he has energized the institution and achieved important initial milestones which have provided a strong foundation for realizing NIRSAL’s unique vision of transforming the agriculture sector through de-risking the agricultural value chain.

Under his watch, NIRSAL has attracted positive attention of respected global players in the agriculture sector including African Development Bank (ADB), United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), and United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) and other African countries like Rwanda, Liberia etc. Prior to his appointment Mr. Hameed served as Executive Team Member of NIRSAL when it was a Project Office under the Development Finance Department of the Central Bank of Nigeria.

In a career spanning over 22 years, Aliyu has deep and hands on experience in important sectors of the emerging African agriculture economy. For instance, as a staff of Kewalrams Afcot Group, pioneer backward integrators in the Cotton Textile Garment (CTG) value chain, he was part of the team that was instrumental to the creation of Olam, the No. 1 global commodity trader which links end to end value chains from primary production to industrial users of globally traded agric commodities. Later on as an entrepreneur, Abdulhameed also acquired practical experience in the provision of agricultural commodities and related services to a wide variety of clients.

Mr. Abdulhameed brings to NIRSAL strong experience in corporate agribusiness and deep expertise in the field of agricultural finance and risk management.

Since inception to date, NIRSAL has made significant impact in the agricultural financing and agricultural development space and has as its scorecard:

  • Facilitation of N84.25 billion from private sector financiers to the Agriculture/Agribusiness sector.
  • Provision of Credit Guarantees for 662 Agricultural projects.
  • Pay out of over N1.06billion as interest rebate to borrowers who paid back their loans in good time.
  • Training of 900,000 farmers across the country on best practice farming techniques and business management.
  • Provision of high quality agricultural inputs and affordable finance to more than 500,000 smallholder farmers under three (3) farming seasons from 2017 to 2018.
  • Development and launching of the Area Yield Index Insurance product – N5.4billion revenues of 25,000 farmers protected to date.
  • Less than 1% risk crystallization or claims pay out on funding catalysed achieved through NIRSAL’s smart, innovative and sustainable approach with NO recourse to the Federal Government of Nigeria for additional financing.
  • Growth of its N72.5billion seed capital debenture loan from the CBN to a total asset value of N136billion.
  • Support to the Growth Enhancement Support Scheme (GES) of the Federal Government, paying out a total of N4.8billion in claims on non-performing loans, to protect the government from embarrassment which is being gradually recouped from the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD).
  • 800 staff spread across well-equipped offices in all 36 states of the federation and the FCT, providing on-the-ground, real time monitoring, reporting and remediation as well as delivering extension services through agents in the 774 local governments in Nigeria
  • Roll out of innovative business models and interventions for Mechanization, Integrated agribusiness projects like Wheat and Livestock, Youth in Innovative Agribusiness, etc.

Partnering with CBN, Bankers Committee and NIPOST, NIRSAL under the leadership of Aliyu has successfully established the NIRSAL Microfinance Bank (NMFB) with operations in FCT and other six (6) pilot states of Enugu, Bauchi, Kaduna, Kogi, Rivers and Oyo States. The NMFB is expected to roll out in 47 more locations across the federation by May 2019.

  • Godwin Emefiele

Godwin Emefiele has been Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria since June 3, 2014. He was the CBN Governor by the past administration of Goodluck Jonathan and was reappointed by the APC led government of Muhammadu Buhari to serve for another for another tenure as CBN Governor.

He served as Chief Executive Officer and Group Managing Director of Zenith Bank Plc. Emefiele served as Deputy Managing Director of Zenith Bank Plc since 2001. He served as Executive Director in charge of Corporate Banking Treasury, Financial Control and Strategic Planning of Zenith Bank and has been on the management team since inception. He has over eighteen (18) years of banking experience. Emefiele served as director at Zenith Bank Plc and Zenith Gambia Limited.

Before commencing his banking career, he lectured Finance and Insurance at the University of Nigeria Nsukka, and University of Port Harcourt, respectively.

Emefiele serves as Director of ACCION Microfinance Bank Limited.

Godwin Emefiele, the former Zenith Bank Plc Chief Executive took up the mantle as the 11th CBN Chief, and its 10th indigenous governor. Emefiele, who replaced Mallam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, whose tenure elapsed on June 1 brings to the job over 20 years of banking experience. He has held several strategic positions in his 18 years in the banking industry. He is an alumnus of Executive Education at Stanford University, Harvard University and Wharton Graduate Schools of Business.

His foray in CBN and the stability of the Nigerian economy cannot be overemphasized.

He was honoured by Forbes in 2017 with the ‘Best of Africa Achievement Award’.

In ensuring that SMEs are properly funded, he singled out NIRSAL in the formation and establishment of the NIRSAL Microfinance Bank which is designed to improve access to credit and the technology that would be used by financial technology experts.

  • Pius Adesanmi

Pius Adesanmi, was a Nigerian-born writer and Canadian Professor who taught at Carlton University in Ottawa, Ontario. He was one of Nigeria’s leading public intellectuals and an internationally acclaimed author.

In 2010, he won the inaugural Penguin Prize for African writing in the non-fiction category with his collections of essays “you’re not a country, Africa”. And in 2001, his first book “The way farer and other poems” won the Association of Nigerian Authors Poetry Prize.

For many years, Adesanmi was a regular columnist for Premium Times and Sahara Reporters. His writings were often satiric, focusing on the absurd in the Nigerian Social and Political System. His targets often included politicians, pastors and other relevant public figures.

Adesanmi died on 10 March 2019, when the Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 from Addis Ababa to Nairobi crashed shortly after he was on his way to an African Union Conference.

The entire social media was perplexed after his surprise exit. The media mourned his loss beyond comprehension.

  • Adeola Ogunmola Sowemimo

Adeola Sowemimo has made history as the first Nigeria female pilot to be hired by Qatar Airways and the first Nigeria female pilot to fly the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

In recent times, African women leading and dominating the spaces they find themselves.

Even though it took a very long time for them to enjoy basic human rights, they have proven that they can achieve incredible feats across many industries.

  • Akinwumi Ayodeji Adesina

Adesina Akinwumi was former Nigeria Agriculture Minister from 2010 to 2015. After his tenure as the Minister of Agriculture, he has continued to work for food security. He is the 8th elected President of the African Development Bank Group, the first Nigeria elected to the position and he has folded his sleeves working for the development of Africa through many programs geared at advancing projects to achieve financial gains for Africa through its market.

One of such programs is the Africa investment forum in which he described as collective deal of the century for investment in and the development of Africa. The forum focuses on advancing projects to bankable stages, raising capital and speeding up the financial closure of deals.

Forbes Africa’s October 2018 issued described him as “Africa’s Mr. Development”.

He was recently awarded the Sunhak Peace Prize where he stated, “I am honoured to be awarded the Sunhak Peace Prize”. Whenever there are wars and conflict people go hungry. Wherever there is peace there is food and security.

  • Genevieve Nnaji

In her years in Nollywood, Genevieve has set the standard several times. She is the first Nigerian actor to open a website, the first actress to be awarded Best Actress by the Censors Board of Nigeria and first actress to win the African Movie Academy Award (AMAA) for Best Actress in Leading Role (2005). In 2009, she was featured in Oprah Winfrey’s special episode, Meet the Most Famous People in the world. She was referred to as the Julia Roberts of Africa by Oprah Winfrey.

On September 7, 2018 her directional debut Lion heart was acquired by online streaming Service Netflix marketing. It’s the first Netflix original film Nigeria. She set another milestone this year after signing a deal with the United Talent Agency (UTA), an agency which manages Johnny Depp, Angelina Jolie, Gwyne Paltrow among other A – list celebrities. The deal will see her collaborate with Hollywood film makers to produce films for an African perspective. 

  • Ndidi Okonkwo Nwuneli

Ndidi Okonkwo Nwuneli is a co-founder of Sahel Consulting and she served as its managing partner. She has 23 years of experience in international development, and through her work with Sahel has shaped agriculture strategy and policy in West Africa for a range of Clients in the public, private and non profit sectors.

She is also the co-founder of AACE foods a social enterprise which processes nutritious food made from the best of West Africa’s Cereals, herbs, pulses and spices. She is working with the LEAP Africa which works across Africa inspiring Empowering and Equipping the next generation of dynamic, principled and innovative young leaders.

  • Arunma Oteh

In July 2015, Jim Yong Kim, the president of the World Bank appointed Arunma Oteh, Vice President and Treasurer of the institution.[ In that capacity, she managed the organization’s US$200 billion debt portfolio, as well as an asset portfolio of almost US$200bn for the World Bank Group and 65 external clients, including central banks, pension funds and sovereign wealth funds.

Prior to joining the Bank, she served as Director General of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Nigeria from 2010 to 2015.

During this period, she rebuilt the Nigeria Capital Markets after the global financial crises and served on Nigeria’s Economic Management Team.

In 2011, in recognition of her contribution to economic development and transforming the Nigeria Capital Markets, she was awarded the officer of the Order of the Niger (OON) National Honor. She was also named the Africa Investor Capital Market Personality of the year in 2014 and received the 2016 New Africa Woman Award in Finance and Banking. In 2018, she was named the Ai Global Institutional Investment Personality of the year.

Samson Itodo

Samson Itodo is the head of the Youth Initiative for Advocacy, Growth and Advancement (YIAGA), a youth based non-governmental organisation that promotes democratic governance, human rights and youth political participation. It focuses on in-depth research, capacity development and public policy advocacy. YIAGA has successfully pushed for the passage of the not too young to run bill which reduced the age limit for electoral officers. It is also pushing for presidential assent on the bill.

YIAGA AFRICA is educating and empowering the youth in order to promote participation in democratic and governance processes.

Samson was the pioneer National Coordinator of the first youth coalition on constitution and electoral reform in Nigeria – Youth Alliance on Constitution and Electoral Reform (YACORE).

We celebrate Samson for devoting his life to contributing to building Africa’s future by empowering the youth.

Segun Awosanya

One mention of the name, Segun Awosanyan (Popularly known as Segalinks) to corrupt police officials and law and order is restored. At the height of the SARS (Special Anti-Robbery Squad) victimization and public harassment of the Nigerian citizenry. Awosanyan kicked off the #ENDSARS campaign with an aim to stop the “extortion from, disappearance and the deaths of countless… illegal arrest and detention of citizens”. During the struggle, he organized protest across different states and started an online petition, which attracted over 50,000 signatories.

Despite threats by the IG of police to stop any form of protest, the selfless leader who believes that “our children.. must not wear the chains of slavery and oppression” followed through until the Federal Government announced the reformation of SARS. It is of little wonder he is unofficially dubbed the man of the year on social media.

Mikel John Obi

The Super Eagles captain is recognized as a gift to the Nigerian sports industry. A man whose support and love for the country shows no bund, he came to the Nigerian Olympic team’s rescue in 2014 after he paid $4,000 (N800,000) when a hotel in Sao Paulo prevented the team from leaving due to unpaid bills.

In 2018, he once again showed his patriotism after he actively played for the team in the World Cup clash against Argentina hours after receiving inform on his father’s kidnap.

In a bid to salvage the Nigerian Amputee team which has resorted to crowdfunding, due to lack of finances, Obi pledged moral and physical support to the team.

Silas Adekunle

Adekunle made history when he was announced as the world’s highest paid in the field of robotics. He broke boundaries when he did the phenomenal in engineering by designing the first gaming robot.

He combined robotics, gaming and augmented reality to build a physical product. He didn’t stop at programming the software; he went further to manufacture the gaming robot.

Named as “someone to watch in 2018” by the Black Fund Hedge Group, Adekunle is the founder and CEO of Reach Robotics.

Not only has his works gained recognition, but they also listed him in the 2018 Forbes 30 Under 30 Europe: Technology.

He signed a deal with the world’s reputable software manufacturers, Apple Inc. Apple priced his bots at $300 (N109,353) and put them in nearly all the stores in USA and Britain.

Anthony Joshua

The heavyweight champion has not slowed down his year in the boxing ring, with him holding down three of the four major championships in the sport: the IBF title since 2016, the WBA Super title since 2017, and the WBO title since March 2018. He also held the British and Commonwealth heavyweight titles from 2014 to 2016.

Anthony Joshua secured a win by fighting Russian Alexander Povetkin for a seventh-round match at Wembly Stadium in September 2018. Joshua’s unbeaten professional record of 22 wins from 22 fights, with 21 knockouts makes him the man of the ring for 2018.

The Ring ranked Joshua as the world’s best active heavyweight in September 2018.

Kemi Adetiba

Until 2016, Kemi Adetiba was known as a budding producers, presenter. She is a producer whose works speak for her in Channel O, MTV Base and Soundcity TV. She cut her teeth in Nollywood after producing Nigeria’s 2016 highest grossing film the Wedding Party 1, a romantic comedy, which raked in N453 Million.

Through Adetiba, Nollywood showed that it was ready to take on the world with its quality production and belly-laugh storyline.

Two years later, the award-winning producer and director produced her own film, King of Boys, a non-comedy film which would last (over two hours) 169 minutes. This dream was, however, shut down by concerned friends who opined that creating a non-comedy film which will last over 2 hours will not work for Nigerians. How wrong they were!

With standing ovations from the audience at compelling scenes and powerful dialogue, the film has seen people return to the cinemas to watch it over three times.

In its fifth week, King of Boys broke three Nollywood records, generated over N200 million at the Box Office and is predicted to join the ranks of Black Panther and The Wedding Party 1 in no time.

Njideka Akunyili Crosby

The visual artist, Njideka Akunyili-Crosby, made major strides this year with her botanical painting, Bush Babies, which was sold for the whopping sum of N1,239,334,000 ($3.4 million) at the Christie’s in London, hence, making it the most expensive art piece sold at the auction. At the moment, over twenty art museums have been put on the waiting list for her works.

Njideka was also a recipient of the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s James Dickey Contemporary Art Prize (2014), Next Generation prize at the New Museum of Contemporary Art (2015), Foreign Policy’s Leading 100 Global Thinkers of (2015), Joyce Alexander Wein Artist Prize at the Studio Museum in Harlem (2015), Prix (2016), Canson 2016 Financial Times Women of the Year award (2016), Distinguished Alumni Award, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (2016) and McArthur ‘Genius’ great in 2017 from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

The New Yorker describes her as “layered in her works by college and acetone-transfer prints, creating a fabric of images throughout her paintings,”. Also, Victoria Miro Gallery in London also said “… Her cultural identity combines strong attachments to the country of her birth and to her adopted home, a hybrid identity that is reflected in her work”.       

David Adedeji Adeleke (Davido)

Fresh off the success of his 2017 N30Billion Concert that ranked as the Highest Grossing Concert in Nigeria, Davido has had another remarkable year in 2018.

In February, Smade Entertainment kicked – off Davido’s 30 Billion UK Tour at the Athena in Leicester, England. With Six nights of amazing performances, he made history by selling out one of UK’s most prestigious music venues; London’s 5000 capacity 02 Academy.

In mid-2018, Davido made another great milestone achievement when Tidal announced that the Nigerian music act would joint American superstars such as Nicki Minaj and Post Malone to perform ahead of Jay-Z’s Made in America Festival.

Let’s not forget that Davido has been in the news for all the right reasons this year as his Assurance single is a nationwide anthem, while his love story with his girlfriend, Chioma is relationship goals for many. His drumming up support for his uncle, Ademola Adeleke in the 2018 Osun Gubernatorial election, has also encouraged more young people to take an active part in politics.

Damini Ogulu (Burna Boy)

Burna Boy is in a world of his own for being a musical genius and his reggae dance-hall artiste has been pulling out commendable tricks from his bag of talents in the year 2018.

In February 2018, Burna Boy’s Outside album debuted on Billboard’s Raggae Albums Chart at the Number 3 spot.

The Afro-fusion singer also signed a publishing deal with Universal Music USA in 2018 and this deal came when outside was getting great reviews.

He also released Burna Boy Space Puffs Cereal and held a Pop Up sales of his new venture in London.

Spotify’s Global Cultures editorial team launched a new Afro Hub to create a global brand representative of hits from all countries around the world and it was announced that it will allow Burna Boy to create a playlist of his favourite songs under the Afro Hub, which will then be featured as a Spotify highlight. The announcement coincided with a three month YouTube campaign that focused on Burna Boy as a global artiste on the rise.

2018 also saw Burna Boy make history as the first African artiste to sell out and shut down a show at the O2 Academy, Brixton. Still, on the heels of this, his Ye music video was played on the big screens at Times Square, New York. YouTube Music sponsored the sport.

Olubukola Abubakar Saraki

Abubakar Olubukola Saraki is a Nigerian politician who has been the President of Nigeria’s Senate since 2015. Previously he was the Governor of Kwara Statee under the platform of the PDP (People’s Democratic Party) from 2003 to 2011. He was first elected to the Senate in April 2011, also under the platform of the PDP, representing the Kwara Central Senatorial district, and then re-elected in the March 2015 election, under the platform of the APC (All Progressive Congress). He decamped back to his former party, the People’s Democratic Party, on 31 July 2018. Saraki declared his intention to vie for the Office of President of Nigeria, under the People’s Democratic Party (PDP). but lost to Atiku Abubakar, he was subsequently announced as the DG of Atiku’s Presidential Campaign Council.

He was one of the biggest lost to the ruling APC party when he decamped to PDP in the run to the last general election in Nigeria.

He was much talked about politician in the Nigerian political landscape until he lost at the polls in 2019 national assembly general elections.

His feat in the following areas stand him out among his peers

Under Saraki, Kwara became the first state to complete the Nigeria Independent Power Project. In collaboration with the Power Holding Company of Nigeria, Saraki re-energised the Ganmo Power Station at Ilorin, and connected over 3750 rural communities to the national grid through the development and installation of 725 transformers and 7 substations.

While in office, Saraki introduced new health programmes, including a statewide campaign in 2008 to reduce maternal and child mortality from malaria. This included distribution of insecticide-treated nets and free malaria drugs to pregnant mothers and to children under the age of five. A statewide programme of hospital development was also implemented, leading to the redevelopment of hospitals in Afon, Patigi and Lafiagi. Other measures included improved training and re-training for medical staff; refurbishment of hospitals and staff living quarters; and employment of qualified medical doctors and other health workers. Many of the primary care programmes were sponsored by international agencies such as WHO and UNICEFF.

Saraki introduced agricultural policy reforms to increase the commercial viability of farming, and also the volume of exports to international markets. The New Nigerian Farmers Initiative was designed to improve the technical capability of farmers and to ensure farmers had a significant financial stake in new investment in agriculture. The scheme utilised the under-used agricultural expertise in the Zimbabwean farming industry, and worked with Zimbabwe’s Commercial Farmers Unionn to identify highly skilled farmers able to support Nigeria’s farming industry and to move to Kwara and develop the farming industry A commercial hub was also developed[ to build capacity support training for the indigenous farming community.

Saraki led significant and statewide infrastructure development, including improvements at the Ilorin International Airport Cargo Terminal, extensive road construction, and development of new sporting facilities such as Kwara Football Academy.

Saraki became chairman of the Nigeria Governors Forum in 2007. Under Saraki’s Chairmanship, a reformed Forum was established, with a fully resourced secretariat, with a technical and administrative division that was entirely focused on deliver

Under Saraki’s chairmanship, new processes such as the State Peer Review Mechanism were developed to ensure closer working and collaboration, and that best practices could be shared between states. The mechanism allowed case studies to be shared between states in a number of policy fields. including power projects, primary healthcare centres for villages and other rural locations, roadworks, water, solar schemes and the construction of specialist hospitals and state universities. Projects such as these had previously remained undisclosed.

The Forum developed better and more extensive polio immunisation in Nigeria. A key part of this was the introduction in 2011 of the Immunisation Leadership Challenge. The Challenge was designed to reward states in Nigeria that made significant improvements in polio and routine immunisation coverage by the end of 2012.  

Observing the effects of the election cycle, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation drove the challenge – launched in partnership with the NGF – which pledged to award US $500,000 to states that met a pre-defined threshold of improvement.

The NGF and Global Development Partners: Under Dr Saraki’s chairmanship a number of Memorandum of Understandingg (MOUs) have been signed, including but not limited to the World Bank, DFID, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, GAVI, UNICEFF, UNDP.

The Nigerian Senate under his leadership has surpassed all Senates in Nigeria’s history, passing over 201 bills and clearing 138 public petitions.

He courted many controversies towards the general election Bukola Saraki was the first Senate President in Nigeria to be issued arrest warrants in September 18, 2015; His name was in the list of politicians named in “Paradise Papers” allegations in November 2017; Bukola Saraki and some of his aides were allegedly indicted by EFCC for laundering up to N3.5 billion from the Paris Club Loan Refund.

The Nigeria Bobsled Team

The first national team was established in 2016 by Seun Adigun, in 2-Woman Bobsleigh. The team was entirely self-funding, without financial support from Nigerian authorities. Raising the money to run the team showed the Nigerian government that they needed to establish a governing federation for bobsled, which they did, the Bobsled & Skeleton Federation of Nigeria (BSFN).

The team’s first attempt to qualify for the Winter Olympics, was in 2017, for the 2018 Winter Olympics in bobsledding, the two-women event. The 2018 Olympic team consisted of driver Seun Adigun, and brakemen Ngozi Onwumere and Akuoma Omeoga. In November 2017, the team met the basic standard to participate in the qualifications. If the team qualifies, this would represent the first appearance of Nigeria at the Winter Olympics; and the first African team in bobsled.

The team qualified for the Olympics, being its representatives at the Winter Games. Nigeria became one of eight African countries to be represented at the 2018 Winter Olympics. Onwumere carried the Nigerian flag at the 2018 Winter Olympics opening ceremony Parade of Nations, and marched with her two teammates, along with fellow Nigerian Simidele Adeagbo, who qualified for women’s skeleton. The team finished last among the 20 teams who competed. After the Games, the 3 on the team retired from bobsled, but pledged to develop the sport in Nigeria, grow the Nigerian sporting federation, and grow winter sports and the Winter Olympics in Africa.

  • Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Chiamanda is a Nigerian Novelist, Writer of short stories, Feminist Campaigner and nonfiction. She has written several novels and has received numerous awards and distinctions. As a seasoned Nigerian writer, she has been called the most prominent of a procession of critically acclaimed young Anglophone authors that is succeeding in attracting a new generation of readers to African literature.

Her work has been translated into thirty languages and has appeared in various publications including the new Yorker, Granta, the O. Henry Prize stories, the financial times and zoetrope.

Chiamanda has received numerous awards and distinctions.

In April 2017, she was elected into the 237th class of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, one of the highest honors for intellectuals in the United States.

Chiamanda published her most recent book, Dear Ijeawele, or A Feminist Manifesto in fifteen suggestions in March 2017, had its origins in a letter Adichie wrote to a friend who had asked for advice about how to raise her daughter as a feminist.

She has been making Nigeria proud in the global scene with her various achievements of rare quality

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Award Winners and Recipients




Idi Aminu Ali was born on the 12th of June, 1964 into the house of Mallam Aminu of Pakka Local Government Area.

Human history is replete with two categories of leaders. The first category is that of thousand leaders born to make nominal difference in their societies, while the second category is that of few or scores of leaders born to make monumental differences in their societies. Of course, without any shred of doubt, Hon. (Dr.) Idi Aminu Ali, (Rumbun Adamawa) in Lamido Kingdom, the Executive Chairman of Maiha Local Area Government, and a philanthropy to the core, belongs to this second category of these divinely groomed and programmed leaders whose life’s achievements and general essential always transcend all generations.

Idi born to the polygamous family of Mallam Aminu of Pakka village in Maiha Local Government Area of Adamawa State is a leader that makes monumental changes. There were no soothsayers to inform his humble but disciplined family that they have just been blessed with a philanthropist and generational leader of repute, not only in his domain but the nation at large.

However, with divine protection, blessing, brilliance as well as a life of inimitable self-discipline and hard work with enthusiasm, the focused and vibrant politician has demonstrated to all and sundry, that success always come to those who refused to lie down at the coders of failure.

Sources close to the family revealed that Idi Aminu had begun to demonstrate the zeal and doggedness with which he handles all challenges of life from his youth days. The path to the very top in Idi’s endeavour started at, Pakka Primary School, Maiha Local Government in 1973 and by 1979 he obtained his First School Leaving Certificate (FLSC). In the same year 1979, he secured admission into the famous Government Secondary School Mubi and completed his secondary school in 1984 with an impressive result.

As fate would have it, he got an opportunity from a nationally acknowledged businessman who happen to be his mentor, Late Alhaji Umaru Jibrilla, who called him to manage his fuel station, known as AUN Petrol Station in Yola, then the biggest filling station in the whole of the country with (18) fuel pumps and having a fleet of one hundred and twenty trucks (120) on the nations road transporting and distributing fuel. AUN is one of the pioneer petroleum dealers in Nigeria.

After managing the giant fuel station for three years, always being guarded by the belief that the secret of success is consistency of purpose, Idi proceeded to Jos to acquire more managerial skills in Petroleum Management. Based on his outstanding performance in the course, which placed him as the most outstanding in the Northern region then, Idi’s exploit in the management of human and material resources, coupled with his unprecedented performance, he was promoted to the position of Depot Manager for Gombe Depot. While there, he reinvigorated the fortunes of the Depot which was rated the best in the nation.

After one year as a Depot Superintendent, Idi resolved to move beyond depot management, he resigned. That resignation had an effect on the petroleum business of AUN which led to Alhaji Umaru Jibrilla closing down the petroleum business and commence leasing of the stations to various companies like Total, National Oil and numerous others.

After willingly relinquished his job as Depot Superintendent, his next point of serving the nation and humanity was the then Ministry of Internal Affairs now Interior Ministry as an Immigration Assistance on Probation. After some time, he resolved and decided to go into partisan politics while pursuing business on the other hand. He relocated to the Federal Capital, Abuja and continued with his usual legitimate struggle. The struggle ushered him to contracts with the Nigerian Port Authority (NPA) in Lagos, where he got and perfectly executed contracts, he made a tycoon out of himself, indeed a mega one. A ship was auctioned to him by the Port Authority under the then Managing Director, Mallam Bello Gwandu, a perfect gentleman. For him, then managing a ship is docile, so he sold it out and got a huge amount from the sale, he became familiar with a lot of prominent and influential people in Nigeria and that gave him fame.

The glaring exhibits of Idi’s philanthropic nature is the offering of motorcycle numbering about one hundred and fifty (150) and sixty-two cars (62) to the youths in his Local Government and beyond. This gesture endeared him to the heart of the youths. In their thousands, they contacted him through text messages, personal visit, appealing to him to join politics by a way of contest. After much persuasion, he agreed and kicked started by contesting for the House of Representatives to represent his good people of Maiha, Mubi South and Mubi North Federal Constituency, in 2007.

He put in the contest and lost gallantly. Idi again threw his hat into the ring and contest the Chairmanship seat of Maiha Local Government in 2012, despite being more acquainted with the technicalities, Idi couldn’t make it due to dirty politicking then. After the various contest, still this young generational leader, said he who fights and run away will definitely live to fight another day, Idi didn’t run away, he stayed back and contributed positively in ushering and building of the present All Progressives Congress (APC) at both his home local government and Adamawa State. His people called him to start his political leadership from grassroots, he answered and contest the seat of Maiha Local Government Chairman in 2016 and won.

Maiha Local Government witnessed an unprecedented positive change both humanly, structurally and developmentally, when Idi came on board. This is a man on his swearing-in day came with a cash of three million naira to kick start his government without waiting for allocation. He embarked on various developmental projects, constructed a lot of bridges and big culverts with his personal money. He renovated various schools and paid his party office rent for four years and furnished it and paid his office electricity bills that was owing without electricity for fifteen years. Dr. Idi spent over one hundred million of his hard earned money to support his people.

After a successful tenure, he contested again for the chairmanship seat of Maiha Local Government under the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in 2019 and won overwhelmingly. He has put in place various human developmental projects since he assumed office.

Idi Aminu is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Pakka Global Investment Limited a leading import and export company in also engaged in construction.

Alhaji, (Dr.) Hon. Idi Aminu, has been bestowed with numerous awards and recognitions from both his home and other ethnic nationalities in Nigeria and indeed beyond.

Dr. Idi Aminu is today: Rumbun Adamawa in Lamido Fombina Kingdom; Turakin Pakka; Makama Digil; Mutawallin Mugulbu; Shetima Lau, Taraba State; Jarumi Mayo-Bani; Odde-jim jim 1 of Oguta-Imo State; Wanede Numba1 of Arodi Zuwogo; Oko Sisi 1 of Eze Igbo Abuja; Otunba Babayeye 1 of Iludu in Ekiti State; an Award of Recognition by Rotary International; (Phd Degree) Honoris Causa from Life Leadership on Community Development by University of California, USA in 2007; Fellow, Corporate Executive of Nigeria (FCEN) and many others.

Idi Aminu has travelled widely. His hobbies are travelling, polo, playing scrabbles, horse riding and watching documentaries.

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Award Winners and Recipients




Outstanding Nigerian Local Government Chairman Merit Award 2020

Nomination List

  • The Executive Chairman, Aba South LGA. Abia State
  • The Executive Chairman, Mahia LGA, Adamawa State
  • The Executive Chairman, Ifedore LGA, Ondo State
  • The Executive Chairman, Ovia South-West LGA, Edo State
  •  The Executive Chairman, Eastern Obolo LGA, Akwa-Ibom State
  • The Executive Chairman, Iwo LGA, Osun State
  •  The Executive Chairman, Akinyele LGA, Oyo State
  • The Executive Chairman, Anambra West LGA, Anambra State
  • The Executive Chairman, Bogoro LGA, Bauchi State
  • The Executive Chairman, Sagbama LGA, Bayelsa State
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  • The Executive Chairman, Akoko North-West LGA, Ondo State
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  •  The Executive Chairman, Ado-Ekiti LGA, Ekiti State
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  •  The Executive Chairman, Odeda LGA, Ogun State
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Mrs Nkechinyelu Leticia Osuji, a certified chartered economics and management professional. Was born on November 12.  1963 at Enugu-Ngwo, Enugu North LGA of Enugu State,

For her primary education, she attended St. Mary’s Primary School, Ngwo, Enugu State and later proceeded to St. Catherine Secondary School, in Imo State where she earned her West African School Certificate (WASCE) in 1980.

Her quest for further education made her also sat for Ordinary General Certificate in Education (GCE) in 1985 and she later gained admission to the prestigious University of Lagos to study Business Administration and she graduated with a B.Sc in Business in 1998 with a Second Class Degree. She later went to the University of Ado-Ekiti to earn her Masters in Business Administration in the year 2005.

Nkechi, as popularly called by friends, started her long life career working with Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) in 1982 where she retired in 2017 as Development Finance Officer (DFO) after a meritorious career. Upon her assumption of duty in Central Bank of Nigeria in April, 1982, she was engaged in general duties of CBN, which include and not limited to so many assignments in  different capacities in various offices and branches. She was Currency Processing & Sorting, administrative activities and a Pioneer Staff of Nigeria Export & Import Bank (NEXIM). In her career at CBN, she was into Issuing of Promissory Notes to Banks on financing non-oil produce, Issuance of receipts of payment in foreign currency to exporters or agro dealers of non-oil commodities exports and remit same to the then Foreign Operations Department involved  in reconciliation exercise with the  Nigeria Customs Export Desk at the Nigerian  Sea Ports.

Mrs. Osuji was Head of Development Finance Office (DFO) CBN, Owerri branch as a Manager until she was promoted to the level of a Principal Manager and her duties included Team Lead on farm inspections, pre-guarantee inspections, sensitization & enlightenment campaigns, Group Formation, Organization of Self Help Groups and linking them to banks, Sensitization of DMBs and MFBs, Joint Loan Recovery team, Preparation of facility for guarantee, signing of guarantee certificates, maintains the office approved budgets, monitoring and evaluation of projects etc.

She had several trainings to include; Project Development & Management; Introduction to Fraud Examination; Agricultural Credit  Managers; Investigation Methods/Techniques; Corporate Management Integration (COMI); Credit Risk Management; Agricultural Project Supervision & Loan Recovery; Corporate Planning & Strategic; Works in Organizational Productivity; Microfinance Banking  in collaboration  with GTZ; School of African Microfinance (Kenya ); Project Monitoring & Evaluation (Kenya); Project Finance Infrastructure; Developing Leadership Competencies and many others.

She participated as a member of Bankers committee sub-committee award for Deposit Money Banks (DMBs) on project verifications and confirmation; Constituency (Senior Staff) representative at CBN Joint  Consultative Committee (JCC); President CBN, Owerri Social Club; Chairman Imo State Rural Outreach Coordinating Committee (ROCC) under CBN/IFAD RUFIN Programme and National Award Winner; Chairman Imo State Anchor Borrowers Programme; A member of Imo State Special Purpose Vehicle for the implementation of state Micro Small & Medium Enterprises Development Fund; Branch Change Champion for Code of Ethic Business Conducts; Acting Branch Controller capacity to oversee the various activities of the branch in the absence of the Branch Controller; Board member Allworkers Microfinance Bank and host of others.

She is a member of many associations and professional bodies such as Fellow Nigeria Institute of  Chartered Certified Economics; Associate Member Nigeria Institute of Management and holds Doctor of Philosophy in Management,

Mrs. Nkechi Osuji is presently the Zonal Coordinating Consultant and Head Project Monitoring. Management and Remediation Office (PMRO) of Nigeria Incentive-Based Risk Sharing System for Agricultural Lending (NIRSAL Plc) in Owerri.

She supervises the financing and intermediation activities at the State Offices of NIRSAL, geared towards creating access to finance by organized agricultural value chains as well as ensuring the monitoring and performance of projects generated within the State; Coordinates the Project Monitoring, Reporting and Remediation Unit at the State and operate the PMRO in good management; Generating credit requests from the State and assisting in the implementation of NIRSAL’s agricultural financing intervention programs at this level, ensuring that such initiatives are effectively implemented and work plans put in place for these interventions for the development of agricultural value chains; Lead the overall management of the PMRO with a view to ensuring the viability of the State and the achievement of  the overall objectives of NIRSAL PMRO in the State; Define and clearly map out in detail the end-to-end value chain financing for each agricultural value chain/commodity as articulated by the value chain development unit in the States; Generate actionable reports on activities, interventions and recommendations; Identify and attend industrial events and other business functions within State of operations to keep abreast of developments in the marketplace, find potential new businesses as well as market the company’s end-to-end solutions; Undertake such other roles as may be delegated by his/her supervisor & Develop financial models -estimate financial value and impact of potential interventions to the Nigerian economy based on rigorous, logical and rational assumptions, engage in sensitization and enlightenment campaigns of cooperatives, stakeholders and organized groups and other assignments.

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