In this article, I answered some of your basic questions about Amina Muhammad, how she rose to the rank of Deputy-Secretary-General at the United Nations, What Amina studied, where she started her Occupation from etc. This is a basic Biography of Amina Muhammad.
Amina Jane Muhammad is already a household name in many homes especially to mothers trying to motivate their daughters to achieve success in Nigeria. She was the former minister of the environment and one of the most celebrated Nigerian women of all time. So, I will walk you through Amina’s childhood, education and career. In every phase of her life, I will give you one lesson or two to put into your life.
Amina Muhammad was born in 1961, in now Gombe State North Eastern part of Nigeria. Her father a Fulani herdsman and a veterinarian married her mother who is from the United Kingdom. Amina is her parent’s first daughter, and she has four siblings.
She began her primary school in the lake chad region; however, she later moved to the Uk and continued her studies at the Buchan School. Following her early education, Amina moved on to further her education at Henley management college. She always wanted to make an impact to her society since from her childhood.
“As a Nigerian, you stretch your hand, and you touch poverty because it is in your family. But, they love me for who I am, and its a source of strength to go there and to be reminded that this is where I came from and this where I have so much to do, but when I go there I am me.”Amina Muhammad
Amina moved to Italy to complete her education, and immediately after her graduation, her father requested that she return back home to Nigeria.
“To be considered you’ve got to step up, you don’t have the luxury to be down and query yourself. Many people are already doing that for you, so don’t join them.”Amina Muhammad
Amina Achieved several accolades during her career in a male-dominated the sector, starting from her architectural firm, working as a minister and in her current work at the United Nations.
Amina began her 35-year career in the private sector with architects and engineers responsible for the project management of health, education and public sector buildings. She has been a very hard working person, in 1991, she founded Afri-Projects Consortium, she later coordinated the Task Force on Gender and Education for the United Nations Millennium Project.
Additionally, she acted as the Senior Special Assistant to the President of Nigeria on the Millennium Development Goals(MDGs). Amina was charged with providing advice on issues including poverty, public sector reform, sustainable development, and coordinating programs worth $1 billion annually for the MDG-related interventions.
Amina became the Minister of Environment of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in November 2015, where she steered the country’s efforts on climate action, protecting the natural environment and conserving resources for sustainable development.
Some of Amina’s achievements
- Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data, Member of the Board of Directors (since 2017)[
- ActionAid, International Right to Education Project, Member of the Advisory Board
- Global Development Program of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Member of the Advisory Board
- Hewlett Foundation, Member of the Board
- International Development Research Centre, Member of the Board of Governors
- Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (ISTIC), Member of the Advisory Board.
Deputy Secretary General at the UN
In 2017, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres announced his intention to appoint Amina Mohammed as the Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations.
Before becoming the deputy Secretary general, Amina served as Special Adviser to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Post-2015 Development Planning, where she was instrumental in bringing about the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, including the Sustainable Development Goals.
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