Hajiya Zainab Maina, FCIA, MFR was the Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. She was born on August 7, 1948 and hails from Adamawa state in North-East Nigeria. She is married to Alhaji Umar Joji Maina, the Dan-maliki of Mubi in Adamawa State and they are blessed with children.
She graduated from Kaduna Polytechnic where she obtained a Diploma in Administration and Higher National Diploma in Catering and Hotel Management. Hajiya Zainab also holds a certificate in Secretarial Studies from the Federal Training Centre Kaduna and the Centre for Development & Population, Washington DC,USA where she received a Certificate in Institution Building Activities.
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Hajiya Zainab is a prominent politician and she is one of the Nigerian women who has held numerous offices in the Nigerian Economy. Prior to her ministerial appointment in July 2011, she was: Board Chairman, National Commission for Nomadic Education, Kaduna (2009–2011); Board Chairman, Garki Microfinance Bank (1998); Board Chairman, NCWS, Garki Microfinance Bank, Abuja (1997); Deputy Chairman, Police Community Relations Committee FCT Command (1998-Date); Board Member, Adamawa State Primary Schools Board (1991–1994); Board Member, Family Economic Advancement Programme (FEAP) (1997–2000).
She was the National President – National Council for Women Societies (NCWS), Nigeria (1997-2001. She belongs to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) where she holds sway as part of the think-tank as: Member, PDP Elders Committee; Member, PDP Board of Trustees; Executive Director, Women Affairs of the Jonathan/Sambo Presidential Campaign (2010); Member, PDP Presidential Electoral/Screening Committee (2010); National Women Representative, PDP Presidential Campaign Council (2007); Delegate, National Political Reform Conference (NPRC)-2005; Women Representative, International Convener, Home Economics and Consumer Affairs International Council of Women (ICW) Bangkok, Thailand (1993).
Hajiya Zainab is the Founder/President, Women for Peace Initiative (WOPI) Nigeria and also the Patron, Young Muslim Women Association, Nigeria. She is the Sub-Regional Coordinator- Anglophone Africa, International Council for Women. An Ambassador for International Non-Governmental Organization (INGO – London, UK).
She has received various awards ranging from National Award of Excellence towards Women Development Abuja, Nigeria, Jean Harris Award – Rotary International, Winner of the Distinguished Eagle Achievement Award Newark, New Jersey, USA; Amazon Women Award for Contribution towards the Development of Womanhood, Lagos, Nigeria.
She also received the Africa Youth Congress Award on the authority of the Senate Headquarters, Banjul, the Gambia; Merit Award by the Mayor of Atlanta, USA; Meritorious Certificate for Loyal and Devoted Services to Development by the Nawar-U-Deen Society of Nigeria; Quintessence Award for Remarkable Contribution to Humanity by media in support of Humanity (MISH);
Hajiya is a Fellow Chartered Institute of Administration – FCIA and a Member of the Order of the Federal Republic – MFR.