Mariam Yalwaji Katagum Biography, Career, Family, Networth, Husband, Politics.

Who is Mariam Yalwaji Katagum?

Mariam Yalwaji Katagum also known as Mariam Katagum (born 18 November 1954, AzareBauchi State), serves as Nigeria’s Minister of State for Industry, Trade, and Investment. Previously, Katagum was Ambassador, Permanent Delegate of Nigeria to UNESCO.
Mariam Yalwaji Katagum
Minister of State for Industry, Trade and Investment.
Appointed by Muhammadu Buhari
Personal details
Born 18 November 1954 (age 67)
Alma mater

Yalwaji Katagum Education

In 1976, Mariam Y. Katagum obtained a Bachelor of Arts in English and a Graduate Certificate in Education at Ahmadu Bello UniversityZaria. In 1985, she earned a Master’s in Administration and Planning at the University of Lagos. In 1999, Katagum obtained a Certificate in Social Development Policy, Planning, and Practice at the University CollegeLondon. The same year she was awarded a UNESCO Fellowship.


Katagum started her professional career with National Youth Service, at the Water Board, Jos. From 1977-1981, Katagum was a Senior Education Officer at the Federal Government College, Azare. Later she served at Federal Scholarship Board, Lagos (1981-1984).

Next fifteen years she was posted to the Nigerian National Commission for UNESCO (1985-2000). From 2000-2001, Katagum was a Director for Special Projects at the National Primary Education Commission in Abuja. Starting in 2001, Katagum served as the Secretary General of the Nigerian National Commission for UNESCO. In 2004, Katagum gave a final speech at UNU-UNESCO Conference on Wars in the 21st Century in Paris. Starting from 2006 Katagum was supervising the National and International Partnership Division of the Federal Ministry of Education. In June 2009, Katagum was appointed Ambassador, Permanent Delegate of Nigeria to UNESCO.

She served on a number of national and international Committees and Panels including the Board of Trustees of the African World Heritage Fund (2009-2011), the West Africa Group in UNESCO (2009-2012), the E-9 Group in UNESCO (2010-2012), the UNESCO Headquarter’s Committee (2011-2013), the PX Commission of the Executive Board (2013) and others.

In 2017, Katagum attended Gala Night of the Africa Week, 2017 organized by the Africa Group at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris.

In July 2019, Katagum was nominated as a Minister of State for Industry, Trade, and Investment from Bauchi state in Nigeria by President Muhammadu Buhari. As a Minister of State for Industry, Trade, and Investment, Katagum advocates the implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) as vital to achieving the gains that Nigeria stands to benefit.

Following her swearing-in by President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, on 21st August 2019, Amb. Mariam Yalwaji Katagum became Nigeria’s Minister of State for Industry, Trade, and Investment.

As an investment-driving Ministry, Amb Katagum with her counterpart, Otunba Richard Adeniyi Adebayo, CON is leading the promotion of the government’s policies of Ease of Doing Business, job creation, poverty eradication, and industrialization, implementing various policies and programs including standardization of bilateral trade agreements, stimulating the growth of domestic Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, (MSMEs) and renewed roadmap to increase Nigeria’s Foreign Direct Investments (FDIs).

Amb. Katagum, an educationist, diplomat, and international cooperation expert with leadership experience in the Nigerian public service and within the United Nations System, was born on 18th November 1954 in Azare, Bauchi State, Nigeria.

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She was educated at the Kaduna Capital School, Kaduna, Kaduna State,(1960-1966); Queen Elizabeth School, Ilorin, Kwara State,(1967-1971); School of Basic Studies, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Kaduna State,(1972-1973).

She obtained a B. A (Hons) English and Graduate Certificate in Education at the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Kaduna State (1976); M.Ed. in Administration and Planning at the School of Post Graduate Studies, University of Lagos, Akoka-Yaba, Lagos State (1985) and a Certificate in Social Development Policy, Planning and Practice at the University College London, London, United Kingdom (1999).

She served as Ambassador, and Permanent Delegate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Paris, France between 2009 and 2019.

Amb Katagum is versed in international and multilateral negotiations, inter-governmental and policy processes in the fields of education, the sciences, culture and communications, particularly under the auspices of UNESCO.

Some of her books, publications, and unpublished research include:

• Mariam Y. Katagum, 2019: Ten Years of Stewardship at UNESCO Headquarters (2009-2019), UNESCO Publishing.
• Mariam Yalwaji Katagum, 1991: Poverty Alleviation in Nigeria: What went wrong? Dissertation for the award of Certificate in Social Development Policy and Practice University College, London.
• Mariam Yalwaji Katagum, 1985: Federal Scholarships: A review of Goal-Achievement in Undergraduate, Postgraduate, and Commonwealth Scholarships 1960-1985, in partial fulfillment of the Master of Education Degree, University of Lagos, Nigeria.

She was Director, Special Projects, National Primary Education Commission/Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC), Abuja, (2000-2001); Secretary General, Nigerian National Commission for UNESCO (2001-2009); Head of Division for National and International Partnerships, Policy Planning, Management, and Research Department, Federal Ministry of Education, Abuja (2006-2009) and Ambassador, Permanent Delegate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to UNESCO, Paris, France.

How Many Children Does Mariam Y. Katagum Has?

Katagum is married with four children.

Mariam Y.Katagum Networth

She is estimated to be worth around $1.5 – 2m


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