My name is Fatima Mohammed Habib. I was born into the family of Mohammed Habib and Rukaiyya Baka Tahir in the year 1999, September 23rd. I am a grand daughter to Late Honourable Khadi Alkali Habib Tijjani and Late Alh Tahir Ahmed, both from Maiduguri, Borno State. I started my primary school at Abande Memorial School, Maiduguri before transferring to Adeola International School, Abuja to complete my primary and secondary school education. Later, I transferred to Maitama Model Secondary School, Abuja to complete my SSCE. I am the founder of Advocacy for Human Value Foundation, a non-governmental organisation registered by Corporate Affairs Commission in February 2017. I am as well an activist, who is advocating against the negativity of child sexual exploitation and promoting girl-child education in Nigeria. I am currently studying Political Science at the University of Maiduguri.
How It All Started
I am a focused person, I believe in possibilities even if things are not good. I grew up in an environment where my family, tradition and culture value people. I have always been a good listener to those who really need my help and to be very honest, I dislike conflicts.
I theoretically started my foundation at the age of 14, in 2013 and later perfected its registration with the help of my father in 2017 with the Corporate Affairs Commission.
I have two women and one man who have shaped my way of thinking and perception in life so far.
Let me start with the man whose character, intellectual milieu and philanthropic gesture to whosoever approaches him in the day, middle of the night or at whatever condition you get to him, are very rare in our world of today. He’s been a father, a mentor, a guardian, a teacher and a guide to a lot of people. He is Dr Mohammed Kyari Dikwa mni, a director in Federal Ministry of Finance Headquarters, Abuja.
The women are: Dr Zainab Bagudu (Wife of Kebbi State governor) whose Medicaid Cancer Foundation, similar to my Foundation’s objectives, remains dear to my heart as a woman. Even though I have never met her but watching her constant smile, personality and fight against cancer activities on the TV, are what give me impetus to dream high in life. On the other hand, I had the opportunity of meeting Hajia Laraba Shuaibu (a barrister, who works with my dad in Corporate Affairs Commission) in 2014 with my siblings. She had a cupboard full of awards displayed in her sitting room, which I believe was as a result of her versatility, network and consistency towards her work and profession. These awards raised my curiosity to enquire more about her and I found out how blunt and frank she is as a woman and incidentally she read law, a course I dearly wanted to read initially but you know, as human beings, we sometimes do not get what we want. Actually, she too has changed my life and perspective towards aiming high in life.
When you work and don’t get appreciated, you know you still have a lot to do. I have received few achievements and accolades in form of award and sponsorship to attend international seminars abroad so far.
1. Youngest humanitarian award 2017
2. Nigerian Goodwill Ambassadors award 2017
3. Humanitarian Service Provider of the year 2017
4. Most Influential Woman (University of Maiduguri Award) 2016
5. Commendation by Hon Minister of Health, Prof Isaac Adewole and University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital-
What happened was that I had a patient who needed help in Geidam LGA of Yobe State. The Hon Minister of Health came across my tweet and assigned me to take care of the boy. He had been suffering from umbilical complications for more than two years, which almost killed him. But through my foundation, he was successfully operated at the UMTH and discharged happily within three days.
6. Nominated to be part of the YALI program as a participant of COHORT 10 in the field of “Civil Leadership”, which was held in Ghana in April 2018. The Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) is an initiative of the United States Department of State during former President Barack Obama’s tenure in 2010.
I love fashion, browsing and writing.
Lack of effective and transparent partnership with other sister foundations; lack of operational office and facilities hinder me from achieving my desired goals; the current insecurity in Borno State, especially in some parts of the state, demoralises my operational work plans, and above all, financial sustainability.
Secret Of Success
Everybody loves a good secret. In fact, the juicier, the better. Why? Because we all love being insiders. We love the feeling of exclusivity, of knowing something that’s just ours and no one else’s. In other words, when it comes to success, what matters isn’t so much on learning something new but putting into practice what we already know:
-Have a vision.
-Honesty is becoming a scarce commodity, so being honest is an asset in life.
Combining school and charity work
I will never advise others to try this because this is the worst way of taking a risk. It’s so challenging. Sometimes you’re at work and an important class is going on. Sometimes, you’re in school and an important meeting or conference on Humanitarian nature is going on that requires your attention.
What differentiates the success stories from the failures is that the successful ones had the foresight; the ability and the tools to discover which part of their plans was working brilliantly and which was misguided.
How do you see your self in the nearest future?
I see myself as being successfully deep into humanitarian activities, getting involved in assisting various strata of schools having equipped myself to face challenges of life and establishing orphanages-homes and colleges, insha-Allah.
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