Hajiya Hafsat M. Baba was born in Hadejia (now in Jigawa State) of Katsina parentage. She
began her primary school in Sokoto from where she proceeded to Queen of Apostles College
(now Queen Amina College),as her father who was a health officer was transferred to Kaduna in
the early 70s. Hajiya Hafsat attended the Kaduna Polytechnic for tertiary education, earning
National Diploma and Higher National Diploma certificates in Catering and Hotel Management.
She has since added Postgraduate Diplomas (PgD) in International Relations (Kaduna
Polytechnic) and Peace & Conflict Resolution at the National Open University of
Beginning work with the Kaduna Ministry of Health as part of her service year, Hajiya Hafsat
started service of the State as Officer 1 at the New General Hospital (Now Barau Dikko
Hospital), Kaduna. She went on to work in the Government House, Kaduna; National Teachers'
Institute and Albarka Airlines from where, in 2002 she moved into the social/advocacy sector.
Hajiya's experience in the social and non-governmental sector saw her serving in various
positions beginning as State Coordinator, Women and Youth Opinion Leaders Forum, Kaduna;
and as Project Coordinator, Jam'iyyar Matan Arewa, Kaduna; both between 2002 and 2006.
From 2006, in the National Council for Women Society, Kaduna, she served as Research
Coordinator till 2010 and as Assistant Secretary till her appointment as Commissioner for
Women Affairs by Governor Nasir Ahmad El-Rufa’i. Until Hajiya's appointment, she was
Consultant Councillor on HIV/AIDS for the BBC World Service Trust Radio Programme from
2006 and Gender Advocacy Consultant for the UNDP from 2013. Hajiya Hafsat had founded the
Global Initiative for Women and Children (GIWAC) in Kaduna in 2004 and coordinated same
Hajiya Hafsat Baba is a well-established grassroots politician who began to grind her political
gears in the defunct APP/ANPP as a delegate representing Unguwan Sarki Ward from 1999 to
2002 and rising to become Treasurer of the Presidential Campaign Committee, North West Zone
while aspiring to become a Member of the Federal House of Representatives for Kaduna North
in 2007. She became the Chairperson of Kaduna State ANPP in 2012. After serving as a member
of the Technical Committee of ACN, she was the National Women Leader between 2011–2013
and a member of the ACN Convention Committee. On the merger of political parties to form
the APC Hajiya Hafsat Baba served as the Secretary of the APC National Peace and
Reconciliatory Committee, North East and Member of the APC Committee on the conduct of
Governorship Primaries in Adamawa State; all in 2014. Hajiya aspired to represent Kaduna
North in the Federal House of Representatives once again in 2015. Also politically, Hajiya
Hafsat Baba was a Founding Member and Vice President (North) of the Women in Politics
Forum. Hajiya therefore was long established in the political firmament of Kaduna and Nigeria
as a whole as a shining example for the womenfolk and a trusted hand in political leadership. Her
appointment as Commissioner is an affirmation of that leadership position.
In the course of Hajiya Hafsat Baba's sojourn as a social activist and humanitarian worker, she
has participated in a lot of trainings, conferences and workshops. Training on various issues
bordering on Women and Women's rights, Social Rights, Gender and Equality, Health
and HIV/AIDS, Child's Right, Leadership, Social Media, various capacity building workshops,
advocacy trainings amongst others. These trainings were both locally and internationally,
including those organised by UNFPA, USAID, OXFAM, IRI, DFiD , NURHI (Bill and Melinda
Gates Foundation), British Council, NIPSS etc. The trainings and workshops have ingrained in
Hajiya Hafsat a vastness and capacity which can only be equaled by a few.
Hajiya Hafsat Baba has been awarded on numerous occasions by several bodies for her work to
humanity and politics.
Hajiya Hafsat Baba has executed a number of projects with which she has built a reservoir of
experience from which she can draw in executing her role as Commissioner for Women Affairs
and Social Development. These projects include, but are not limited to, NURHI's Family
Planning/Child Spacing Projects; Society for Family Health (SFH)'s Roll Back
Malaria Programme; the European Union (EU)'s Water and Sanitation Project; Kaduna State
Action Committee on HIV/AIDS (KADSACA's) Fund I and II; Coordinating the Japanese
Embassy's Micro credit for conflict affected areas in Plateau and Kaduna States; for the Centre
for Integrated Health Programme (CiHP), Educational Support for Orphans & Children and
Skills Acquisition for Women Living with HIV/AIDS. She was also a beneficiary of the World
Bank HIV/AIDS assisted project in collaboration with the Kaduna State Action Committee on
HIV/AIDS. These projects have a direct impact on the society and these are the core functions of
the Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development.