Maryam Shettima, the national leader of #WeBelieve, an APC support group that promotes the achievements of Buhari administration, has bagged honorary doctorate degree for her immense contributions to the society.
Announcing the award in a letter dated October 27, 2021, the Ecole Superieure de Gestion et de Technologie (ESGT University), Benin said the honor is given to persons with an outstanding qualities for their contributions to humanity in areas of academics, politics, economic empowerment, social maintenance, psychological, and physical domains of development.
“The leadership qualities and your profundity of thoughts have placed you on a pedestal above all your equals,” the letter said of Ms Shettima.
Famously known as Maryam Shetty, Ms Shettima is a political and social activist and a qualified physiotherapist.
Born into the Kano royal family, Ms Shettima started her early education in Kano and went to Federal School of Physiotherapy in Bayero University, where she finished her Bsc with distinction.
She worked briefly with Dala Orthopedic and Malam Aminu Kano Teaching Hospitals in Kano before she went to London to further her education. She obtained her Masters Degree from the University of East London, Stratford where she majored in sports physiotherapy.
She was on the medical team of the London Olympics where she worked with top-tier athletes including world record holder, Jamaica’s Usain Bolt.
Maryam also obtained a certificate and became a practitioner of Kingian Non-Violence, inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. from Emory University in the United States. She also bags a Public Policy Challenges of the 21st Century Certificate from University of Virginia.
She has extensive experience working both within the clinical and international development sector having previously worked with the UKAid funded programme – PATHS 2, the State House Clinic at the Presidential Villa and the Child Care and Wellness
Ms Shettima is known for philanthropic initiatives, especially in the area of education where she led the rehabilitation of schools in her native state of Kano on the successful platform of #GivingBack initiative.
Due to her remarkable commitment to patriotic endeavors, she represented Nigeria at the United Nation General Assembly in the committee of accountability and transparency, and anti-corruption.
Politically, she participated as a member of Presidential Campaign Team Field Operations.
She was also a member of Youths and Women Presidential Campaign Team and Strategic Communication Team.
She was part of the 7-member APC Congress Committee that conducted party congress in Delta State.