Notable Alumni: Turai Yar’Adua
Hajiya Turai Umar Musa iar’Adua (born 26 July 1957) is the widow of former Nigerian President and former Katsina State Governor Umaru Musa Yar’Adua. She was the First Lady of Nigeria from 2007 until the death of her husband, President Yar’Adua, on May 5, 2010.
Turai Yar’Adua was born in the Katsina metropolitan area of northern Nigeria in July 1957. She attended Government Girls Secondary School in Kankiya as a child.
Turai Yar’Adua attended Garama Primary School in Katsina and Government Secondary School in Kankia, both in Katsina State. She later enrolled at Katsina College of Arts, Science and Technology in Zaria, Kaduna State, where she was reportedly named “best student” in 1980. In 1983, Yar’Adua received a bachelor’s degree in Language from Ahmadu Bello University.
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Turai married Umaru Yar’Adua in 1975, and they have five daughters and two sons. One of their daughters, Zainab, is married to Usman Saidu Nasamu Dakingari, Governor of Kebbi State.
In September 2007, Turai was the guest of honor at the commissioning of the Mobility Aid and Braille Centre in Akure, Ondo State. The centre was built by the Handicapped Education Foundation (HANDEF), a non-governmental organization founded by Olufunke Agagu, then First Lady of Ondo State. Also in attendance at the event were the Vice President’s wife, Patience Jonathan, and the wives of multiple other state governors.
Turai was rumored to be one of her husband’s closest advisors during his tenure as President of Nigeria. For example, Yar’Adua is believed to have influenced the choice of Professor Babatunde Osotimehin, the former Director-General of the National Action Committee on AIDS, as Nigeria’s Minister of Health during her husband’s administration.