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Hannatu Musawa: Meet Nigeria’s new Arts & Culture Minister

Hannatu Musa Musawa is an attorney, politician, and writer from Nigeria.

Hannatu Musa Musawa is a distinguished attorney, politician, and writer from Katsina state in northern Nigeria. She was Deputy Spokesperson for the All Progressives Congress (APC). She has been appointed Minister of Arts, Culture, and Creative Economy by the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

Hailing from a prestigious Muslim family of the Hausa/Fulani tribe, Hannatu is the daughter of veteran politician Alhaji Musa Musawa, who also hails from Katsina state. Her family holds significant wealth, with Hannatu Musawa’s net worth estimated at around $500,000.

Hannatu Musawa is a highly qualified legal professional holding a law degree from the University of Buckingham in the United Kingdom. She furthered her education by earning a postgraduate Master’s degree in the legal elements of marine affairs from the University of Cardiff in Wales. In addition, she holds an Oil & Gas Master’s degree from the University of Aberdeen.

As an accomplished solicitor, Hannatu Musawa is recognized both in England and Wales and as a barrister and solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria. She is also a respected member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.

Before establishing her law firm, Hanney Musawa & Colleagues, Hannatu Musawa gained valuable experience working with the law office of the late Chief Akpamgbo as a litigation attorney. She also provided legal counsel to several private firms.

Musawa’s political career is notable, with her once running for a seat in the federal House of Representatives in her home state of Katsina. As a political activist, she served as the lead attorney in the prosecutor’s team for the 2003 presidential election petition involving Buhari and Olusegun Obasanjo.

Most recently, on August 4th, 2022, Hannatu Musawa was chosen as the APC’s deputy spokeswoman for the Tinubu presidential campaign.

Married with children, Hannatu Musawa has a bright future in politics and law. Her contributions as the Minister of Arts, Culture, and Creative Economy will undoubtedly shape Nigeria’s cultural and creative sectors for years.