(Paediatric Consultant and Child’s Right Advocate)

Dr. Zainab Shinkafi Bagudu is a Pediatric Consultant, child’s rights advocate, and ardent anti-cancer campaigner. She was born to Umaru and Rakiya Shinkafi.

Her father, a seasoned police officer, and the Marafa Sokoto rose to become the Director-General of the Nigerian Security Organization (NSO) now better known as DSS. Her mother was an active lawyer.

Her primary and secondary education was in Lagos. Her good grades in Mathematics led her to dream of a career in Accountancy but then the Vice-Chancellor of Barewa College, Zaria, told her she had the requirements to study medicine, so she changed her mind and studied Medicine. After graduating from Queens College, Yaba, Lagos in 1984, Dr Zainab Bagudu obtained an MBBS (Bachelor of Medicine) from the prestigious Ahmadu Bello University Zaria. She then proceeded to the United Kingdom for specialist training in Pediatrics and Neonatology which lasted nine years. Amongst others, she obtained a Masters in Paediatrics, a Diploma in tropical child health, and membership of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child health.

Upon completion of her training, she returned to Nigeria in 2002 to set up and head the Paediatric Unit of Garki Hospital under a new PPP scheme with the FCT. In 2009, she set up a trailblazing diagnostic centre, Medicaid Radio-diagnostics Abuja. Medicaid was set up to rectify the paucity of scarce diagnostic tools in the region. The centre provides MRI, CT scan, Endoscopy, mammogram, Echocardiology, Digital Fluoroscopy etc.

Dr Bagudu has become a loud voice in the fight against cancers in Nigeria particularly breast and cervical cancers and serves as a role model for women particularly in the Northern parts.

She has mentored many young adults under this project and shows a keen interest in early year’s education and health. Dr. Shinkafi Bagudu describes herself as politically aware and recently became a fundraiser for the treatment of cancer patients and internally displaced persons in the North East of Nigeria.

The Medicaid Cancer foundation was set up in response to needs that were made more apparent by results from the diagnostic centre. The MCF has screened and sponsored over 100,000 free mammograms. The foundation creates awareness, prevention, treatment and diagnosis of Cancers across the country. The Medicaid Cancer Foundation has sponsored treatment for over 300 cancer patients and over 10,000 screenings. The first lady of Kebbi State’s office has sponsored health programmes which include Immunization, distribution of birth kits and the sickle cell-related illnesses. As the UNICEF Hilwa grand patron, Dr Zainab Shinkafi has spearheaded girl child education and school enrolment. She is also fondly called the Godmother of the Health sector in Kebbi State.

Her marriage to Senator Abubakar Atiku Bagudu, the Executive Governor of Kebbi State, is blessed with children, and she plays an important role in mobilizing women and youth of Kebbi State. Her role as the chief advocate of women, children and youth is exemplary and cuts across health, education and empowerment programmes