PROFESSOR AISHA MADAWAKI
Professor Aishatu Madawaki, OFR is a Nigerian academic and politician. She was the first woman professor from the old Sokoto caliphate states (comprising present-day Sokoto State, Zamfara State and Kebbi State), an Islamic dominated region in Northern Nigeria. In 1999, she was made commissioner for women affairs and social development by Attahiru Bafarawa-led administration. Madawaki is also an advocate for the representation of Nigerian women in politics. Born in Gusau, Madawaki had her primary education in Sarkin Kudu Primary School. She proceeded to Government Girls Secondary School, Kotarkoshi for her secondary school. She obtained her NCE from College of Education, Sokoto (renamed Shehu Shagari College of Education). After her program in the school, she began lecturing educational psychology at the institution. She got her masters degree from Usmanu Danfodio University, then her doctorate from Bayero University. Madawaki is the first female professor in old Sokoto State, comprising three states in present day Nigeria. Madawaki was made commissioner for women affairs and social development to the government of Attahiru Bafarawa between 1999-03. Other roles she played in statewide capacities includes - chairperson, Teachers Service board (2004-07). In federal capacity, she was appointed member, Presidential Technical Committee on Housing and Urban Development between 2002 and 2004; member, Presidential Technical Board Federal Mortgage Bank, Abuja (2004-07), and member, Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission, Abuja (2008-2012). In 2014, she was selected as a delegate representing Sokoto State in the sovereign national conference, an initiative of President Goodluck Jonathan on finding lasting solutions to issues that arises in the co-habitation of Nigerians.