Amina Titi Atiku-Abubakar

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Amina Titi Atiku-Abubakar
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Second Lady of Nigeria
In role
May 29, 1999 – May 29, 2007
PresidentOlusegun Obasanjo
Preceded byMrs. Akhigbe
Succeeded byPatience Jonathan
Personal details
Born
Amina Titilayo Albert

June 6, 1949
Osun State
Spouse(s)Atiku Abubakar (Married 1971 till date)
Alma materKaduna Polytechnic

Amina Titilayo Atiku-Abubakar, is the wife of the former vice president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, His Excellency, Atiku Abubakar. She's an advocate of women and child rights. She is the founder of Women Trafficking and Child Labour Eradication Foundation (WOTCLEF) and the initiator[1] of the private bill that led to the establishment of National Agency for Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP).

Early life and education[edit]

Titi Amina Atiku Abubakar was born into a Christian home to Albert Yoruba family from Ilesa,[2][3] Osun state. Her primary and secondary education was at a missionary school,[4] owned by Roman Catholic. She was raised in Lagos and later got married to a Atiku Abubakar, before attending Kaduna Polytechnic.[5] Apart from English, she speaks Yoruba and Hausa languages fluently.[6]

Career[edit]

She has lectured[7] at Kaduna State Polytechnic

Journey to Rome[edit]

While in Rome to further her education between 1986 - 1987, she saw many Nigerian girls on the street. After making inquiry, she realized that most of the girls serve as prostitutes for their madams,[8] who often do not pay them. She also found out that they were deceived with promises to work in Italy, and this prompted her to pledged to do something about the incidence anytime she is in a position of power and authority.

Advocacy[edit]

In 1999, when her husband, Atiku Abubakar became the Vice President, she seized the opportunity to start an advocacy to end forced prostitution and other forms of human trafficking. First, she founded Women Trafficking and Child Labour Eradication Foundation (WOTCLEF), and then sponsored a private bill for strict punishment for traffickers, and for the establishment of a federal agency (National Agency for Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons) that will be responsible for fighting trafficking in persons in Nigeria. She started welcoming girls and rehabilitating girls repatriated from different countries.[9]

Awards[edit]

  • D'linga Award 2010[10]
  • Annual Nigerian Women's Award[11]

Publication[edit]

Amina Titi Abubakar is the author[12] of Educating The Nigerian Child,[13] Empower Law To Fight Child Slavery,[14] and Let us celebrate humanity : a collected speeches on women's right and human trafficking[15]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Women Trafficking and Child Labour Eradication Foundation (WOTCLEF)". The Communication Initiative Network. 21 March 2011. Retrieved 16 June 2017.
  2. ^ "My battle to marry Atiku Titi Abubakar - OnlineNigeria.com". nm.onlinenigeria.com. Online Nigeria. Retrieved 16 June 2017.
  3. ^ "The News, Volume 18". Nigeria: Independent Communications Network Limited. 2002. p. 96.
  4. ^ "Hajiya Titi Abubakar: Working to restore human dignity". www.weekend.peoplesdailyng.com. People's Daily. Retrieved 16 June 2017.
  5. ^ Onukaba Adinoyi-Ojo (2006). Atiku: the story of Atiku Abubakar. Africana Legacy Press.
  6. ^ Josiah Emerole (2002). Amazing crusade: media portrait of the Titi Atiku Abubakar war against human trafficking. 1. s.n. (Women Trafficking and Child Labour Eradication Foundation).
  7. ^ "Hajiya Titi Abubakar: Working to restore human dignity". www.weekend.peoplesdailyng.com. People's Daily. Retrieved 16 June 2017.
  8. ^ "Hajiya Titi Abubakar: Working to restore human dignity". www.weekend.peoplesdailyng.com. People's Daily. Retrieved 16 June 2017.
  9. ^ Sufuyan, Ojeifo. "My battle to marry Atiku Titi Abubakar - OnlineNigeria.com". nm.onlinenigeria.com. Online Nigeria. Retrieved 16 June 2017.
  10. ^ Ojoma, Akor (28 June 2010). "Nigeria: Titi Atiku, Osaze, 73 Others Win d'Linga Award". Daily Trust (Abuja). All Africa. Retrieved 16 June 2017.
  11. ^ "Nigeria: Titi Atiku, 16 Others Bag Women Awards". This Day (Lagos). All Africa. 29 May 2002. Retrieved 16 June 2017.
  12. ^ "African Books Collective: Educating the Nigerian Child". www.africanbookscollective.com. African Book Collective. Retrieved 16 June 2017.
  13. ^ Atiku-Abubakar, Amina Titi (2005). Educating the Nigerian Child (Paperback) by Amina Titi Atiku Abubakar, Chris Chirwa: Spectrum Books Ltd ,Nigeria, Nigeria 9789780294229 Paperback - The Book Depository. Nigeria: Spectrum Books Ltd ,Nigeria. ISBN 9780294228. Retrieved 16 June 2017.
  14. ^ Atiku Abubakar, Amina Titi (2001). Empower law to fight child slavery. Nigeria: WOTCLEF.
  15. ^ Atiku Abubakar, Amina Titi; Fagbohungbe, Tunde; Fabiyi, Sayo. Let us celebrate humanity: a collected speeches on women's right and human trafficking, volume II. WOTCLEF. Retrieved 16 June 2017.