Mrs Fati Attahiru is
a development practitioner with over 20 years of
experience designing and building solutions that have transformed the
lives of individuals and institutions.
She stands at the forefront of change and is currently the National
President of the Nigerian Army Officers Wives Association, (NAOWA.). A
philanthropic, non-governmental organization with the objectives of
assisting the poor and the needy and raising the standard of living in
Nigerian Army barracks.
As Divisional Chairperson of the Nigerian Army Officers’ Wives
Association 82 Division Nigerian Army, Mrs Attahiru established a fully-
fledged Solar-powered ICT center for youths in the barracks; launched and
set up the Barrack Investment Initiative Programme (BIIP) for six
cooperatives, which has helped women engage in small-scale businesses.
She initiated and implemented the Support Orphans and Widows (SOW)
project, which provided revolving interest-free loans for small businesses
and scholarships for orphans of army personnel amongst others.
In her previous role where she served as the Operations and Coordination
Specialist at UNDP, she provided strategic programmatic and operational
oversight for the UNDP North East program in Nigeria. She was
instrumental in jointly organizing a high-level AU-LCBC Ministerial
conference with the Federal Ministry of Water Resources, managing
responsible party agreements, drafting donor progress reports amongst
Often described as a passionate leader with a deep interest in economic
Mrs Attahiru has championed many innovative paths while
on the job.
She built a reputation for developing business strategies and
embracing the core values of integrity, innovation, and growth, which
made her highly successful in prior roles held at the United Nations
Development Program (UNDP), British High Commission Nigeria, EDF
Energy Limited UK, HSBC Bank Limited UK and more.
She is a recipient of the Commonwealth Chevening Scholarship and
holds a masters degree in Development Studies with specialization in Power, Participation and Social Change from the Institute of Development
Studies, University of Sussex; an MSc in Information Technology, from
Cranfield University, UK, and a Bachelor of Arts in Business
Economics from the University of Leicester.
She is passionate about empowering others and her life’s work is
dedicated to consistently designing solutions that affect lives while
actively contributing to nation-building.
Mrs Attahiru is an avid reader who also enjoys traveling and seeing the
world. She is married to Lt. Gen Ibrahim Attahiru the current
Chief of Army Staff, and has three lovely children.