Mustapha’s school provides free uniform, feeding, shoes and healthcare service for children who lost their parents to Boko Haram insurgency.
Mustapha was shortlisted alongside Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow and David Nott “in recognition of the incredible and inspirational work they do every day and the difference they make to others.”
According to a Scottish newspaper, Carrick Herald, “Zannah Bukar Mustapha is a lawyer who strives to make lives better for children and young people affected by the conflict between Boko Haram – an Islamic extremist group – and government forces in Nigeria.
“He spent many years working to counter the growing radicalisation of children and young people and founded the Future Prowess Islamic Foundation – a primary school for orphans and less privileged children from both sides of the conflict.
“Zannah’s school provides free meals, free education, uniforms and health care, with the aim of achieving a lasting peace in the future.”
The newspaper quoted Zannah as saying, “I am exceedingly happy and deeply touched at being selected for such prestigious award. I have never thought that a little effort in faraway Nigeria could be measured up to an icon whose work in promoting human dignity is long-standing.”