Khadijah Abdullahi-Iya

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Khadijah Abdullahi-Iya
Personal details
Khadijah Abdullahi Kwangila

Kaduna, Kaduna State
Political partyAlliance for New Nigeria (ANN)
Spouse(s)Haruna Dalhatu Iya
Alma materUniversity of Abuja, University of Jos.
OccupationSocial Entrepreneur, Politician, Business woman

Khadijah Abdullahi-Iya (Born in 1975 Kaduna, Nigeria) is a Nigerian social entrepreneur, author, and a social change advocate. She is the founder and Executive Director of Beyond Mentors Inc. and Beyond Mentors Community Care Initiatives (BMCCi) which has an advocacy arm called the Women community of Africa(WCA). Khadija was the 2019 Nigerian general elections running mate for the Presidential candidate of the Alliance for New Nigeria (ANN) party, Fela Durotoye.[1][2][3]

Early life and education[edit]

Khadijah was born as Khadijah Abdullahi Kwangila Bida in Kaduna, Kaduna State. Her family hails from Bida local government area of Niger State, a typical Nupe family of Audu Bida her father who was popularly known as Alhaji Audu Kwangila was a civil engineering construction mogul in Nigeria and philanthropist. Her mother Hajiya Aisha Sheriff Usman. Khadijah was brought up in middle class Nigerian family which gave her the opportunity to be educated right from an early age. She attended both her primary and secondary education in Kaduna, she then got admitted into the University of Abuja to study Law and graduated with a bachelors of Law degree (LLB) from the university. She earned her Masters in Law and Diplomacy from the University of Jos, Plateau State.[4] [1]


Khadijah advocates for literacy in Nigeria and quality education In Nigeria. She is a member of the Nigerian Civil society Action coalition on Education where she participated in advocacy for literacy through fun learning from the cradle, and that has earned her an award for Excellence for her service.[5] Khadijah founded and became the Executive Director for Beyond Mentors Inc. and Beyond Mentors Community Care Initiatives (BMCCi), where she addresses and alleviates poverty especially in Northern Nigeria. BMCCi has an advocacy arm called the Women community of Africa (WCA). She also established the Rags to Riches (R2R) clubs in 8 public schools in Kaduna and Abuja and its’ later extended to out of school programs (IDP Schools) collaborating with Life Builders Initiatives another NGO in Abuja & has grown to over 181 members.[6]


Immediately after announcing he would pick a female running mate, the presidential candidate of the Alliance for New Nigeria (ANN), Fela Durotoye announced Khadijah Abdullahi-Iya as his vice presidential running mate for the 2019 Nigeria presidential election.[3] ] Khadijah represented her party at the 2019 Nigeria vice presidential debates.[7][8] [5]


Personal life[edit]

Khadijah Abdullahi is happily Married to Alhaji Haruna Dalhatu Iya, a building Engineer and former Deputy Director of CBN, he is from the Royal Family of Masaba Dynasty. He has the traditional title of Iyan Nupe. Together they have 5 biological children & adopted many others.


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Khadija Abdullah-Iyah". The Guardian NG News. Retrieved 2020-05-07.
  2. "2019 ANN Presidential Candidate Unveils Khadijah as Running Mate". Daily Trust. Retrieved 2020-05-07.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "I Never Thought I would Run for Office". The Punch Newspaper. Retrieved 2020-05-07.
  4. "Khadija Abdullah-Iyah". The News Matrics. Retrieved 2020-05-07.
  5. 5.0 5.1 "Fela Durotoye Picks Khadijah Abdullahi-Iya as Running Mate for 2019 Presidential Election". Pulse Nigeria. 23 December 2018. Retrieved 2020-05-07.
  6. "Meet Khadijah Abdullahi-Iya". Kemi Filani. 12 January 2019. Retrieved 2020-05-07.
  7. Nigerian Voice (23 December 2018). "ANN Lauds Khadijah's Performance at Vice Presidential Debate". The Nigerian Voice. Retrieved 2020-05-07.
  8. Vanguard Nigeria (20 November 2018). "2019 Election Durotoye Picks Khadijah Abdullahi-Iya as Running Mate". Vanguard NG. Retrieved 2009-11-23.

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