Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi
Minister of Sports
Ministry of Sports and National Sports Commission
2002, Master's in Governance and Dev., Chevening Scholar, Institute of Dev. Studies, Univ. of Sussex, UK. Former volunteer and worker in civil society organizations and int'l agencies. 1997, Reporter, ThisDay newspapers. 1998, Publications Officer, then Programme Officer, Africa Leadership Forum, a civil society organization based in Ota, Ogun State. 2000, returned to ThisDay as Deputy Editor, ThisDay on Sunday; 2001, Deputy Editor, ThisDay. 2003, Special Assistant for Communications and Strategy to the Exec. Governor of Kwara State; convened the first Kwara Education Summit; served on committees, incl. the State Economic Team, which coordinated the production of the State Economic Empowerment and Development Strategy; Chair, State Budget Implementation Committee; 2005, Special Adviser on Policy and Strategy to the Governor. Author of more than 1,000 newspaper articles, and the 2003 Nigeria Country Report for Transparency International's Global Corruption Report. Nominated for the Nigerian Media Merit Award for the Best Newspaper Feature of the Year (1997).