Aishatu Madawaki

Professor Aishatu Madawaki Isah
Professor of Educational psychology at Usman Danfodio University
In office
Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development
In office
Commissioner for Basic and Secondary education
In office
January 2018 β€“ April 2018
Personal details
Born 1951
Gusau, Zamfara State
Alma mater College of Education, Sokoto
Usman Danfodio University
Bayero University
Awards OFR

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.

Early life and education

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 master's degree from Usmanu Danfodio University, then her doctorate from Bayero University.[1]

Madawaki is the first female professor in old Sokoto State, comprising three states in present-day Nigeria.[2]

Political career

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).[3]

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.[4][5]

In 2017, she organized a peaceful protest in Sokoto State that called for a woman president in Nigeria and pushed for more representation of women within the state. This caused government officials in the state to reiterate their commitment towards gender equity in the state.[6]

In January 2018, she was made commissioner for basic and secondary education for Sokoto State by Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal.[7] In April 2018, along with the 24 other commissioners in the state, she was sacked by the government in what was termed by her employers as "restructuring and re-strategising the cabinet for optimum efficiency and service delivery to the people of State".[8]

Speaking on underage marriage among Northern women, Madawaki explained that she is more concerned about the orientation of the family of the girls as she was also married quite early but her parents knew the value of education and it didn't deter her from furthering it.[2] In an interview published by a newspaper, Madawaki commented that marginalization of women in any form should be eradicated from the human space. Further stating that even though the dictates of a person's religion supersedes gender unification, women should not be viewed as being below men, because if given equal opportunities in certain aspects of life, they may even perform better than the male counterparts. She decried tribalism and favouritism in the Nigerian political and societal space as also being responsible for gender segmentation in Nigeria.[1]

Madawaki is a recipient of national honours, MFR and Order of the Federal Republic.[2]


  1. ^ a b "Girl-child education is improving – Prof Aisha Madawaki Isah". 2014-03-20. Retrieved 2018-09-05.
  2. ^ a b c "First female professor from Old Sokoto State: I didn't plan to go beyond Secondary School". Dailytrust. Retrieved 2018-09-05.[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ "Sokoto's first female professor sworn-in as commissioner". Retrieved 2018-09-05.
  4. ^ "LIST OF NATIONAL CONFERENCE DELEGATES". Vanguard. March 6, 2014. Retrieved 2018-09-05.
  5. ^ "Sokoto names confab delegates". Nation. March 5, 2014. Retrieved 2018-09-05.
  6. ^ "Nigeria: Sokoto Women Want Female Nigerian President". Premium Times. Retrieved 2018-09-05.
  7. ^ "Sokoto's first female professor becomes commissioner". Punch. January 16, 2018. Retrieved 2018-09-05.
  8. ^ "Sokoto State Governor sacks 25 commissioners". April 7, 2018. Retrieved 2018-09-05.

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