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Theme: Forge Ahead

This event occurred on
March 12, 2022
7:00am - 7:00am WAT
(UTC +1hr)
Damaturu, Yobe

Pompomari is a community under Maisandari Ward in Damaturu, the capital of Yobe State. It is in the northern part of the city, with a community of diverse ethnic settings and a population of over 5,000 inhabitants. Though a small area, Pompomari holds historic relevance in the city, having existed for over half a century before the creation of Yobe state. A major landmark in the suburb is the Federal Polytechnic Damaturu, the only Federal Polytechnic in the entire state with students drawn from all over the 17 local government areas of the state. This community has hosted over 2,000 internally displaced persons at the Pompomari IDP camp during the peak of the Boko Haram crisis. This community has bred some of the finest individuals contributing to the growth and development of the city, in the area of academics, civil service, politics and governance, private sector, innovation and technology, research and development etc.

Desert Multipurpose Hall
Maiduguri-Gujba bye-pass, Damaturu, Yobe State
Damaturu, Yobe, 620101
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Adama Balla

Women and Disabilities Advocate
Adama Yerima Balla was born on the 19th of December, 1974 in Maiduguri, Borno State. At the time of her birth, her father, the late radical politician Malam Yerima Balla, was the Commissioner of Lands and Survey in the old North Eastern State. While her mother, Malama Zulai Abdullahi Daya, was a teacher at the Government Girls Secondary School, Maiduguri (now Unity College). Both her parents are from royal families. Her father was from the Kilba royalty of Hong in today’s Adamawa State, while her mother is a Princess of Goya Chiefdom in today’s Yobe State, where she holds the title of Magaram of Daya. Adama contracted polio at the age of 15 months because she missed a vaccination. This was because at that time, the Oral Polio Vaccine (OPV) was not always available in the hospitals and vaccination was not as regular as it is today. She has written two other amazing books, MY ATTEMPT AT SELF EXPRESSION (poetry) and ECHOES OF MOTHERHOOD (play).

Ahmed Adetola-Kazeem

Legal Practitioner
Ahmed Adetola-Kazeem is a Lawyer and Partner at Adetola-Kazeem Legal Practice (formerly Gani Adetola-Kaseem (SAN) Legal Practice). He specialises in Labour/Employment Law, Medical/Health Law, Arbitration, Commercial Litigation, Criminal Defence and Human Rights. He is the Founder/Executive Director of Prisoners' Rights Advocacy Initiative (PRAI) an NGO striving to make Nigeria’s prisons truly reformatory and also ensuring that inmates break the cycle of poverty and crime through Advocacy, Legal Defence, Reformation, Rehabilitation and Reintegration. He is the President of Mandela Washington Fellowship Alumni Association of Nigeria (MWFAAN). The club which has won more than 500 individual medals and 10 trophies, emerged the best grassroots club and the most improved club at the last Nigeria Taekwondo Federation awards. He was awarded the Nigerian Legal Rising Star Award (40 Under 40) 2019. He is a 2017 Mandela Washington Fellow.

Hussaina Sufyan

Freelance Writer and Public Speaker
Hussaina Sufyan Ahmed also known as Husniiya is a National Diploma Holder in Mass Communications from Nuhu Bamalli Polytechnic, Zaria, in 2014. She also bagged her first Bachelor of Arts Degree in English Literature from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, in 2019. Hussaina is a freelance writer, a freelance journalist, a public speaker and an advocate of Education for every child. Hussaina is the Chief Executive Officer of Hussaina Sufyan Ahmed Consultancy, where she sponsors primary school children in competitions, organises essay workshops for adults, teaches English literature from scratch and public speaking tips via her youtube channel. She is also the host of Poetic Wednesday studio on facebook. The host of HICH (Hussaina In CHATBOX) and a virtual private tutor in communications and literature. Hussaina's philosophy is "confidence in optimism can be falsified but should it matter?"

Ismail Auwal

Editor and Journalist
Ismail Auwal is the Managing Editor of Sahelian Times and a Goldin Institute Fellow in Chicago. He was one of three winners of the Accountability Lab Nigeria's 2019 Sustainable Development Goal 16 innovation challenge. In 2018, Ismail was the Open Governance Partnership (OGP) initiative's first Anti-Corruption thematic Lead in Kano. He was also an International Youth Delegate at the 2021 OGP Global Summit in Korea.

Kaltume Gana

Visual Artist
The artist Kaltume Gana, lives in kano and hails from Yobe State in North-eastern Nigeria. She holds both Bachelor and Masters degrees in Fine Arts, Mosaic, Murals & Painting from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria in Nigeria. She has also done extensive studies in Islamic arts from Mimar Sinan University in Istanbul, Turkey. Kaltume is presently the Curator of the Kano office of the National Gallery of Art, Nigeria. Kaltume recycles waste in the wealth of arts where she portrays beauty and elegance of nature and how humans can revitalize the planet and reduce burdens on the climate. She cherishes art for saving and salvaging displaced people and the poor.

Muazu Modu

Youth Advocate and Grassroot Campaigner
Muazu Alhaji Modu is an activist and mobilizer with over 7 years professional experience in social accountability, community organizing and advocacy. He is a recipient of multiple fellowships, most notable among includes; Prestigious Mandela Washington Fellowship, University of Georgia Civic Engagement Academy, University of Pretoria’s Center for Human Right, Digital Right in Africa Fellowship, Ashoka Changemakers Everywhere Fellowship and 2022 Young Global Changers. He is currently the Chief Executive of Spotlight for Transparency and Accountability Initiative and the founder of Citizen-led Tracking, a data-driven social accountability initiative that uses data and leverages digital technology to empower and work with citizens at the grassroots to demand accountability and enhance transparency on government spending.

Rukayya Iyayi

Women and Mental Health Advocate
Rukayya Ibrahim Iyayi is the founder of MAQ foundation for substance abuse prevention and mental health awareness. She’s the youngest female Acting Dean of Students in Nigeria at the Baze University of Abuja. She holds masters degree in Conflict Resolution Security and Development, International Affairs and Strategic Studies and in Sociology, she’s a women's right activist that believes sustainable peace can only be attained when women are empowered and given their rights. A 2019 Mandela Washington Fellow.

Sa'id Sa'ad

Poet and Writer
Sa'id Sa'ad is a Nigerian writer and poet from Maiduguri. He won the Peace Panel Short Story Prize 2018 and NFC Essay Prize 2018. He co-authored the poetry collection, ReUnion. His radio dramas were translated into over 5 languages and produced in 4 Sub-Saharan African Countries. The Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka commended on "his passion" for writing. And in 2021, the Nigerian Prize for Literature Winner Soji Cole - in an interview - described him as "a highly intelligent writer."

Salim Yunusa

Freelance Writer and Journalist
Salim Yunusa is a freelance journalist, literary activist, a bilingual writer and translator. He’s the founder of the literary organization, called the Poetic Wednesdays Initiative, a wonderful organisation that promotes literature and literary activities in Northern Nigeria. He is also the editor-in-chief of Labarai.NG, an online news platform in Hausa. He was awarded The Outstanding Literary Promoter in Northern Nigeria by the Yobe Literary Society, where he was honored at the Yobe Peace and Arts Festival 2021. Minna Book and Arts Festival, Ahmadu Bello University Book and Arts Festival, Sokoto Book and Arts Festival among others. He was the Yasmin El-rufai Foundation Artist of the Month in April, 2019. He is an Equal Access International Peace Promotion Fellow and a Global Youth Ambassador for Theirworld. Salim is currently working on a short story collection in Hausa.

Organizing team

Suleiman Hassan

Abuja, Nigeria