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Mrs. Amina Patrick Yakowa: Amazing Amazon of Kaduna State!

Mrs. Amina Yakowa’s humane posture and welfarism began right from her days at the primary school where she associated herself with poor children. She assisted them and interacted with the lowly place in the society in spite of her privileged position and by so doing she was loved by all and sundry since her childhood. This, according to investigations conducted by this writer, informed her direct access to people and how she handled issues affecting them. Her humility and simplicity has further endeared her to the people and guided her brand of leadership and politics in the society. A strong advocate of women empowerment, maternal/child health and participation of women in politics she is a patron to many associations and sits on the board of many Non-Governmental Organizations. Her vast experience in this area informed her giant strides in carrying women and children in the state to greater height through various avenues, one of such is her collaboration with the National Poverty Eradication Programme. Through this programme, the Kaduna First Lady has been able to assist poor families to improve their economic status through presentation of cash to start small business. As pioneer of children growth, she is actively involved in anything that can bring sanity to children upbringing therefore one will not be surprise to see her ahead of her peers in searching solutions affecting children such as the six killer diseases and malaria to mention but a few. Since her assumptions as Mother of the state to date, tremendous achievements was recorded virtually in every area that can add more to children/women development she tour all the 23 local government calling women to allow health personnel in their areas to immunize their children and also to report any break of disease to hospital nearest to them, she also appealed to parents to give their children the right moral upbriging and ensure that they don’t take laws into their hands, because according to her, peace still remain the only weapon of bringing development to any society. “No society can achieve anything without it,” she said.

Therefore she implored people of the state to imbibe the culture of coming together and be their brothers keepers, because according to her, the state belong to everybody, therefore every citizen has a role to play in making the state a model. Government, according to Mrs. Yakowa, cannot deliver dividends of democracy without peaceful co-existence. Therefore, it is important for all to see themselves as one family by burying their differences and forging ahead.

The Kaduna State First Lady is indeed a quintessential diva, because there is that special thing that sets some people glowing apart from others. That certain special difference, that quality is always hard to define because it is a tantalizing mixture of so many things. My observation on Mrs. Yakowa is that she is a woman who knows who she is and is not afraid to let the world know it through her self-service to down trodden in the society. A diva is a woman who can take care of business, successfully run her home and still be available to friends and family that needs her. Such a woman is faithful and loyal and not afraid of letting others into her world. In short a real diva is divine, inspired, victorious, and anointed for a special purpose.

May be this informed Mrs. Elizabeth to be bestowed with an honour by Pope Benedict recently. Like all divas, Madam Yakowa may not be perfect but she had a perfect purpose, she is role model of no mean reckoning and for all she is and did for women in the state since the day she came on board to date. She combined beauty with hard work, she merged determination with success, she cherished the young and old through her desire of making women in the state to become self-reliant in the society. In her speech at the presentation of food items donated by the Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development to the less privileged and widows that were drawn from 23 local government areas of the state, she said that the era when women depend solely on their husbands is the longer in vogue. She called on them to put to use the abilities in them to empower themselves and the women around them. She implored them to be self-reliant by engaging in legitimate businesses, stating that when women are liabilities to their husbands, the society is indeed gone. Her workaholic approach in dealing with issues that can champion the cause of women and their children made her to have a cordial relationship with Nigerian First Lady, Mrs. Dame Patience Jonathan, who see the state as second home to her, which informs the making of Kaduna state the third in row where her initiative Women for Change Initiative was launched.

Mrs. Amina Elizabeth Yakowa was born on the 20th May, 1953 in Kwoi, Jaba Local Government of Kaduna state. An Educationist, she holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. She has taught in many schools in Kaduna state before transferring her service to the Ministry of Defence where she is currently Deputy Director (Education) headquarters, Abuja (now on leave). Married to Sir Patrick Ibrahim Yakowa, Executive Governor of Kaduna State, and blessed with four lovely children all grown and blessed with set of twins grandchildren. Her hobbies include reading, listening to music and travelling. Alkammawa write from Sultan Bello Road, alkammawa2000@yahoo.com, belloahmadualkammawa@gmail.com 07030399110, Kaduna.

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