Amina Titi Atiku-Abubakar

Amina Titilayo Atiku-Abubakar (born Titilayo Albert; born 6 June 1951) is a Nigerian advocate of women and child rights and the wife of former vice president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Atiku Abubakar.[1] She is the founder of Women Trafficking and Child Labour Eradication Foundation (WOTCLEF) and the initiator[2] of the private bill that led to the establishment of National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP).[3]

Amina Titi Atiku-Abubakar
Second Lady of Nigeria
In role
29 May 1999 – 29 May 2007
Vice PresidentAtiku Abubakar
First LadyStella Obasanjo
Preceded byMrs. Akhigbe
Succeeded byPatience Jonathan
Personal details
Titilayo Albert

(1951-06-06) 6 June 1951 (age 72)
Ilesha, Southern Region, British Nigeria (now Ilesha, Osun State, Nigeria)
(m. 1971)
Alma materKaduna Polytechnic

Early life and education edit

Titilayo Albert was born into a Christian home to the Albert family, a Yoruba family from Ilesa, Osun state.[4][5] She was raised in Lagos and had her primary education in Lafiaji, Lagos then proceeded to St. Mary's Iwo, Osun state for her secondary education up until 1969.[6][7]

In 1971, she married Atiku Abubakar, then a young customs officer, before attending Kaduna Polytechnic.[8] Apart from English, she speaks Yoruba and Hausa languages fluently. She converted from Christianity to Islam.[9][10]

Career and advocacy edit

She was a lecturer at Kaduna State Polytechnic.[6] While in Rome to further her education in 1986 and 1987, she saw many Nigerian girls on the street. After making inquiry, she realized that many of the girls served as prostitutes for their madams,[6] and quite often were not paid.


In 1999, when her husband, Atiku Abubakar became Nigeria's vice president, she started an advocacy to end forced prostitution and other forms of human trafficking. She founded Women Trafficking and Child Labour Eradication Foundation (WOTCLEF), and then sponsored a private bill for strict punishment for traffickers, and for the establishment of a federal agency, the National Agency for Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons, responsible for fighting trafficking of persons in Nigeria. She also ran education courses focused on welcoming and rehabilitating girls repatriated from different countries back home to Nigeria.[11]

Awards edit

  • Annual Nigerian Women's Award (2002)[12]
  • D'linga Award (2010)[13]

Publications edit

Amina Titi Abubakar is the author of a number of publications including:[14]

  • Educating the Nigerian Child[15]
  • Empower Law to Fight Child Slavery[16]
  • Let Us Celebrate Humanity: A collected speeches on women's right and human trafficking[17]

See also edit

References edit

  1. ^ "How I Met Married Atiku Titi Abubakar". News Agency of Nigeria. 18 November 2018. Retrieved 19 July 2021.
  2. ^ "Women Trafficking and Child Labour Eradication Foundation (WOTCLEF)". The Communication Initiative Network. 21 March 2011. Retrieved 16 June 2017.
  3. ^ "More Laurels for Titi Abubakar". Vanguard News. 26 January 2018. Retrieved 20 May 2021.
  4. ^ "My battle to marry Atiku Titi Abubakar -". Online Nigeria. Archived from the original on 7 September 2017. Retrieved 16 June 2017.
  5. ^ "The News, Volume 18". Nigeria: Independent Communications Network Limited. 2002. p. 96.
  6. ^ a b c "Hajiya Titi Abubakar: Working to restore human dignity". People's Daily. Archived from the original on 23 August 2017. Retrieved 16 June 2017.
  7. ^ "My mum said she could give all her daughters to Atiku as wives —Titi Abubakar". Punch Newspapers. 2 December 2018. Retrieved 20 May 2021.
  8. ^ Onukaba Adinoyi-Ojo (2006). Atiku: the story of Atiku Abubakar. Africana Legacy Press.
  9. ^ "How a pastor I trusted defrauded me of N918 million". Retrieved 2 March 2024.
  10. ^ Josiah Emerole (2002). Amazing crusade: media portrait of the Titi Atiku Abubakar war against human trafficking. Vol. 1. Women Trafficking and Child Labour Eradication Foundation.
  11. ^ Sufuyan, Ojeifo. "My battle to marry Atiku Titi Abubakar -". Online Nigeria. Archived from the original on 7 September 2017. Retrieved 16 June 2017.
  12. ^ "Nigeria: Titi Atiku, 16 Others Bag Women Awards". This Day (Lagos). All Africa. 29 May 2002. Retrieved 16 June 2017.
  13. ^ Ojoma, Akor (28 June 2010). "Nigeria: Titi Atiku, Osaze, 73 Others Win d'Linga Award". Daily Trust (Abuja). All Africa. Retrieved 16 June 2017.
  14. ^ "Educating the Nigerian Child". African Book Collective. Retrieved 16 June 2017.
  15. ^ Atiku-Abubakar, Amina Titi; Chirwa, Chris (December 2005). Educating the Nigerian Child (Paperback ed.). Nigeria: Spectrum Books. ISBN 9789780294229.
  16. ^ Atiku Abubakar, Amina Titi (2001). Empower law to fight child slavery. Nigeria: WOTCLEF. OCLC 810891038.
  17. ^ Atiku Abubakar, Amina Titi; Fagbohungbe, Tunde; Fabiyi, Sayo (16 June 2017). Let us celebrate humanity: a collected speeches on women's right and human trafficking, volume II. WOTCLEF. OCLC 810886562.