Adviser to the Nigerian President on International Affairs
Hijri 1372-1436 (AH); Common Era 1952-2015 (CE)
Hajiya Bilkisu died in 2015. She was an Adviser to the Nigerian President on International Affairs, a columnist for Daily Trust and Leadership newspapers and Executive Director of AdvocacyNigeria, a movement working for the reduction of Maternal and Child Mortality. Ms. Bilkisu was also a founding member of several NGOs including two of the country’s most vibrant and pace setting national women’s organizations, Women in Nigeria (WIN) and the Federation of Muslim Women’s Association (FOMWAN). She served as First Kano State Coordinator at WIN and as a National President at FOMWAN. She also was a Chairperson at ABANTU for Development, an NGO where she was the Master Gender Trainer for Northern Nigeria. Ms. Bilikisu has also worked as an information officer in the Ministry of Information in Kano and worked briefly as a Programme Officer at Radio Kano. She also worked as the Editor of three National Newspapers The Triumph in Kano, The New Nigerian, and Citizen Magazine both in Kaduna. She served on several national and international boards and has written 20 chapters in published books on subjects ranging from Women’s rights, media, gender, Islam, politics and maternal and child health. Ms. Bilikisu received her B.S. at Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, and also earned a Masters in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin Madison, USA. She received an Advanced Diploma in Journalism from the Moscow Institute of Journalism and International Relations, Moscow. She was married with children.