With the vision “to have a unified country where people are secure, power is decentralized and a thriving economy is being established”, Ahmed Buhari was born and raised in Kontagora, Niger state of Nigeria. He is the first child and son of his parents. His father, Alhaji Buhari; a man of prestige and importance who was born and raised in the southern part of Nigeria, joined the Nigerian Army in the 1960’s and retired in the late 70’s , after which he ventured into entrepreneurship. His mother, Hajiya Hauwa was a stay home selfless woman who was vested with the responsibility of raising her six (6) children after the demise of her husband in 1993.
Ahmed Bee as he is popularly called, attended Mustapha Comprehensive School, Kontagora where he was noted for his academic excellence and placed with the responsibility to serve as the class captain from his preliminary days to his final day in elementary school. He moved to Command Secondary School Kaduna where he obtained his West Africa Secondary School Certificate (WASSC). His outstanding personality earned him the post of a senior prefect and his ever learning characteristics gave him room to acquire the much needed military experience and attribute; persistence, efficacy, integrity, commitment, franticness and straightforward stance.
Ahmed Bee forged ahead academically, as he worked hard to acquire a B.Sc. degree in Geology from the Federal University of Technology Minna, Niger state in 2005. After the necessary National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), he gained employment in an indigenous oil and gas company in Lagos state. In 2007 during his study leave, he proceeded to Cavendish College, London where he bagged his master’s degree in International Trade and Marketing and then to Manchester Metropolitan University where he got trained as a Geographic Information System and Spatial analyst. Upon his return to Nigeria, he continued as a Geologist working on offshore installations with his team that effectively and efficiently produced a sizeable number of barrels for the country’s economic growth. In 2011, he joined a telecommunication company and was appointed a Senior Business Development. Leadership has always been his greatest strength and a mantle placed in his able and willing hands; a duty he carries out with diligence, humility, enthusiasm and tenacity.
In 2012, his desire for change and to empower a new generation of Nigerians drove him to venture into Entrepreneurship. He started off Skylar, Inc. a company focused solely on Information Technology (IT), Networking, Corporate branding, and Business consulting. With staff strength of over fifty (50), Skylar, Inc. a nurtured dream has continually gained grounds in trying to ensure the next generation embraces IT, as it is evidently the next frontier for not just national development but global advancement towards innovation and well being.
The Ahmed Bee Foundation has been responsible for some technology driven activities that support educational development in Nigeria. The “Kids Can Code” initiative which targets young children in primary schools between the ages of 5 and 12 ensuring that they are fully exposed to computer programming, software development, graphic designing and hardware assembling. The foundation also organizes frequent hackathons that targets students mostly from tertiary institutions and get them involved in the thinking process of how to proffer better solutions on specific areas of the economy using technology. The Meet the Boss project also lies under the foundation’s portfolio with the sole aim of engaging young and aspiring entrepreneurs and giving them the necessary exposure and training to reach their goals.
Ahmed Buhari’s Awards
Some of his awards include; Entrepreneurship award from MTN Nigeria, a special recognition by the Goodwill Ambassadors Awards Organization, Award of Excellence from the Association of Family Business Owners of Nigeria & Rome Business School and many more… His political relentlessness sprung up with the rise and challenging economy, and has since been up bound. His love for justice and a peaceful coexistence is his greatest driving force. Ahmed Bee is married to Maryam and blessed with three (3) children. He has been groomed to see life as every average Nigerian-who strives for equity and improvement does.
He is as simple as driving himself to work, dropping off and picking up his kids from school, doing his laundry, going to the market, rendering kitchen assistance to his wife, queuing in a filling station like everyone would, taking the turn to the hospital down the street when sick and feels the pain and struggle we all face. His dream is a future where there is a reasonable striking balance between the rich and not so rich, where Nigeria’s greatest problems; tribalism and religion chauvinism is wiped out or reduced to the barest minimal ever recorded in the history of Nigeria, where there is accurate census and even distribution of resources, where there is a peaceful coexistence and the stereotypical belief of difference amongst the geopolitical zone doesn’t exist, where people’s voices are heard, where youths are indeed leaders of tomorrow and are treated as such and where everyone would rather invest in Nigeria than take the growth and development opportunities abroad. Go to source
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