Hadiza Isma El-Rufai
Hadiza Isma El-Rufai is the Founder and Executive Director of the Foundation. She was born in Kano city, where she attended Shekara Girls’ Primary School and St. Louis Secondary School. She holds BSc Architecture (1981), MSc Architecture (1983) and MBA (1992) degrees from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. She also has an MA in Creative Writing (2011) from Bath Spa University, Bath, in the UK.
Hadiza is a registered architect with the Architects’ Registration Council of Nigeria (ARCON) and is a Fellow of the Nigerian Institute of Architects (NIA).
She has worked extensively in the built environment sector. She was a lecturer in the Department of Architecture, Kaduna Polytechnic (1986-1989). Later, she moved to the private sector, where she worked as a partner in 3-D Consultants, an Architectural Consultancy firm, before joining Participant Properties limited, a property development company, in 1998. In 2007, she set up Complete Architectural Services Limited, which she managed until 2015 when she resigned in order to give her full attention to her writing and to the Foundation.
Hadiza’s debut novel, An Abundance of Scorpions, was published in November 2017 by Ouida Books. She also writes poetry and short stories. Her poem “Spirit Child” was shortlisted for the Lightship International Poetry Prize 2013, and subsequently published in the Lightship Publishing Ltd. Anthology 3.
A lover of nature, Hadiza loves spending time outdoors, gardening, power walking and playing golf. She lives in Kaduna with her husband and children.