Abdullahi Idris

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Early Life[edit]

Abdullahi Idris[1] was born into the family of Mr. and Mrs. I.D Ibrahim of Lokoja Local Government Area of Kogi State in the month of June 1986 as the first child of the family. Growing up as a child,

Career[edit]

Abdullahi Idris attended Pilot Science Primary School between 1992 - 1998 and Later Government Science Secondary School, Pyakasa from 1998 - 2004 in Abuja respectively. He sat and passed his SSCE Examination for the second time in 2007 as an external student in Model Commercial College, Suleja – Niger State with flying colors.

While seeking for admission, Abdullahi started volunteering with an International NGO called Safe Blood for Africa Foundation in 2005, through his activities with Safe Blood, he became the pioneer member of Club 25 Nigeria and Later the first National President of the Club between 2006 - 2010. Abdullah’s responsibility was to recruit young people to become voluntary blood donors to help save lives. In 2006, Abdullahi represented Nigeria at the Inaugural meeting and lunch of the African Society for Blood Transfusion during the 29th session of the International Society for Blood Transfusion Congress, Cape Town – South Africa.  Together with his team, he laid the groundwork for the establishment of the club in 17 States in Nigeria. This he did actively and passionately.

Personal Life[edit]

Abdullahi has donated 50times. He plans to donate over 100times in his lifetime. This voluntary activity earned Abdullahi Idris the prestigious LEAP Africa Nigerian Youth Leadership Awards in 2006. Soon after receiving the Youth leadership Awards, he was enrolled for a one-year intensive LEADERSHIP TRAINING where he graduated in 2007.

In 2008 he was offered admission to study Sociology in Bayero University, Kano. This did not stop Abdullahi from his quest to help make the world a better place for all.  During his university days, he held many posts both at Departmental and association level. He was popularly referred to as “Mr. Save Africa”.

During his university days, he was a member of an organization called Junior Chambers International (JCI), where he served in the capacity of Public Relation Officer and later Vice President, Bayero University, Chapter, in his quest to be a global leader and explore his leadership potentials, he joined AIESEC in Kano and rose to the position of National Support Team working with the National Office of AIESEC Nigeria to build a new cadre of young leaders across Nigeria. Abdullahi was one of the lucky Vice Presidents to attend the 2012 AIESEC International Congress held in Russia.

Upon graduating from Bayero University in April 2013, Abdullahi was mobilized to Taraba State to serve his fatherland in June 2013 with State Code Number TR/13B/1727. While in camp, he was an active member in his platoon activities, his contributions can never be over emphasized. He was posted to Government Day Senior Secondary School Iware in Ardo-Kola Local Government Area. Popularly called “Iware” by his peers and the new friends he made in the community, he was so jovial, loved by all and sundry.

His zeal, passion and care towards the student’s education coupled with the fact that quality education is the foundation of a student’s future and the crises of the BokoHaram insurgency in the North East which was a war on education, inspired him to initiate a project called BOOKMYSCHOOL, a project with the vision to bridge the gap between teaching and learning in public schools across the country. Through this project; he renovated 2 classrooms, donated 385 textbooks for all subjects in Senior Secondary School, established a library and established a library for the school. In the Community Development Service (CDS) group, he has held many posts and imparted meaningfully.

Having served his father land whole heartedly, ABDULLAHI IDRIS joined his Batch “B” colleagues to observe the Passing Out Parade in June 2014. He bagged the Most Outstanding Corp Member of his batch and later received the Presidents’ NYSC Honors Award conferred in him by President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, GCFR in March 2015.

Abdullahi was offered automatic employment into the Federal Civil Service; the employment was part of the packages that came with the Presidential award he received from the President. He was posted to work with the Head of Civil Service of the Federation in December 2015; he was posted to Federal Ministry of Agriculture & Rural Development HQ, Abuja and later to the FMARD State Office in Lokoja. While waiting for his posting, he got a volunteer job with the Social investment Program, Kogi State.

Coming back home (Lokoja) was perfect opportunity to reconnect with the youths of Kogi State and opportunity to put his Social Entrepreneurship skills and qualities to work. He started by bring young people to organize the first ever BOOKWALK in Kogi State to raise textbooks for public schools in Kogi State as part of activities to mark the 2017 International Youth Day. Since the inception of the initiative, it has distributed over 75,000 textbooks to schools across Nigeria.

Abdullahi is a young man that believes in the power of ideas; this passion for ideas worth sharing got him to apply for a TEDx license to organize an independently organized TED event in Kogi State. TEDxGanaja happens to be the first ever TEDx event to be organized in Kogi State which took place in 2018.

Abdullahi’s quest to advance his educational career took him to United Kingdom IN 2019 to obtain a master’s degree in International Social Policy and Social Welfare at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, UK.

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