Born on July 16th, 1966, to the family of Muhammed Kolo, Borno State, North Eastern Nigeria, Hajiya Jamila Muhammed Kolo, a mother of 5 and a grand mother of two is a quintessential business woman and an activist.

We caught up with Jamila Muhammed Kolo in her house in Gwarimpa, Abuja where she took us on a journey down memory lane.

“Life for me as a child was sweet and interesting.

“Growing up in a large, polygamous family of 27 kids and three wives, my father was very strict and religious. He was a very quiet man.

“I remember that my father can always be found with his face in a book. Looking back now, I recall that my father never used corporal punishment on us but yet we feared him a lot.

“He was softly spoken but always seemed to put the fear of God into us. Both my parents were educated and are civil servants.

“Education was very important to them and from a young age, I was made to believe, as my dad would put it, that education is the greatest asset you can possess, one you can carry everywhere with you and yet cannot be stolen from you.

Jamila Muhammed Kolo had her primary and secondary school education in Maiduguri. She went on to obtain a Bachelor of Arts degree in French Language from the University of Maiduguri.

Jamila also has a postgraduate diploma in Education and an MBA, both from ABU Zaria.

Read the full story in the July – September edition of Phoenix Nigeria

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