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ONA 2021: Sen Baba-Ahmed to bag Lifetime Achievement Award in Scholarship

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ONA 2021: Sen Baba-Ahmed to bag Lifetime Achievement Award in Scholarship


The Board and Management of OurNigeria News Magazine and organiser of OurNigeria News Awards (ONA) is set to honour the founder of Baze University, Abuja, Sen. Yusuf Datti Baba-Ahmed with its 2021 Lifetime Achievement Award in Scholarship.

ONA is an annual event where prominent Nigerians who have distinguished themselves in their chosen fields and careers are identified and celebrated. This year’s edition is the second in the series and it is scheduled to take place on the 17th of December 2021 at the Lady Kwali Hall of Sheraton Hotel and Towers, Abuja.

Sen. Baba-Ahmed is an academician, businessman, politician and a scholar par excellence. He was a member of the House of Representatives between 2003 and 2007, and was elected Senator for Kaduna North in April 2011 running on the Congress for Progressive Change ticket, with a remarkable record of the credit of sponsoring important legislation in a very short time.

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Baba-Ahmed has four degrees; a B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Economics from University of Maiduguri, an MBA from University of Wales, Cardiff and in 2006, he successfully completed his PhD studies, earning the title of Doctor of Philosophy at the University of Westminster.

After his service year at University of Agriculture Abeokuta, Ogun state, he worked as Projects Coordinator, Baze Research and Data Services Ltd. and as Officer II in the Nigerian Security Printing and Minting Company, Lagos. He worked as a Banking Officer, First Bank of Nigeria Plc from July 1997 to December 1998 and then came back to become the Managing Director of Baze Research and Data Services Ltd in July 1999 – January 2003, before venturing into politics.

In 2011, Sen. Baba-Ahmed established Baze University, an independent University located in Abuja, Nigeria. Using his studies abroad as a benchmark, he noted that the Nigerian educational system was “appalling”. This inspired the birth of Baze University, to contribute towards fixing the system in order for Nigeria to realize its potentials and address various challenges.

Sen. Baba-Ahmed is a well accomplished philanthropist. Among many of his corporate social responsibility projects; he built and donated two Junior Secondary Schools with total capacity of 4,000 students. It is worthy of note that the schools have graduated over 6,000 students.

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In 2015, he was appointed as Chairman, Board of Trustees (BOT) of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) Hope Alive Foundation – which campaigns for post-service economic survival of corps members who suffered permanent disability during service.

Sen. Baba-Ahmed is currently: Pro-Chancellor, Baze University; Managing Director, Baze Research & Data Service Ltd; Chairman, Baze Construction Ltd. His companies employ over 1000 people including expatriates, and highly skilled professional Nigerians from the Diaspora.

Senator Baba-Ahmed’s goal in life is to achieve absolute success in every challenge he embraces. So far he is accomplishing just that. His ventures in real estate, his progress in politics, and his impact on education through the founding of Baze University all illustrate the capability of a man determined to make his country a better place. He believes young Nigerians are equally capable so long as they remain focused.


ONA 2021: Sen Baba-Ahmed to bag Lifetime Achievement Award in Scholarship

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