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About The Founder

Alhaji Yakubu Gobir – Waziri Kasar Hausa, was born in London on the 19th of October, 1965 into the family of late Ambassador Abubakar Garba Gobir who started his career in the Northern Nigeria Government as a Private Secretary to the late Sardauna of Sokoto – Sir Ahmadu Bello and retired meritoriously after 35 years in service as a Federal Permanent Secretary in 1988.

A successful entrepreneur and relentless philanthropist, Waziri Gobir is an alumnus of INSEAD and Harvard Business School.

After spending a number of years working for Pfizer and Hoechst in Nigeria, he started his own marketing and distribution company – Smart Mark Limited in June 1998. Smart Mark has opened up the Nigerian market for a number of multinationals including Swatch, Sara Lee, Wella, L’Oreal, Nike, Levi’s, Converse, United Colors of Benetton, T.M. Lewin, Tommy Hilfiger and Unilever.

Waziri Yakubu Gobir is the Founder of Gobir Foundation with a focus on social investment.