Fellowship Year: 2017
Nationality: Nigeria
Job Title: Minister of Communications, Innovation and Digital Economy
Organisation: Federal Republic of Nigeria

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Job Title: Minister of Communications, Innovation and Digital Economy

Organisation: Federal Republic of Nigeria

Professional History: 'Bosun Tijani is the Minister of Communications, Innovation and Digital Economy, Federal Republic of Nigeria. He is also the founder and CEO of the Co-Creation Hub Nigeria (CcHUB), the iHUB Nigeria, and the Design Lab, Kigali. Funded by Omidyar Network, Google, and the Sainsbury Family Trust, the CcHUB is Nigeria’s first open living lab for technologists, software developers, entrepreneurs, tech companies, investors, and other stakeholders in and around Lagos. He has since replicated the success of the lab in Nigeria, opening a similar space in Rwanda with the backing of the Rwandan government. He has also partnered with Abayomi Awobokun, another member of the Class of 2017, on an initiative to introduce children to STEM concepts. Bosun has been acknowledged locally and globally, including the most recent 100 Most Influential People on the continent by New Africa Magazine. Under his leadership, CcHUB has driven the growth of social innovation and has influenced businesses and initiatives in different sectors: environment (Wecyclers), fiscal transparency (BudgIT), e-commerce (Traclist), Healthcare (LifeBank), education (re-learn), wellness (Truppr) and transportation (GoMyWay), GoVOTE, SafeOnline, Lagos Innovation Hotspots and i-HQ (the umbrella initiative for Yaba – the fastest growing tech cluster in Africa). Mark Zuckerberg’s first stop on his first Africa trip in 2016 was to the CcHub! Prior to CcHUB, he worked with the International Trade Centre and Hewlett Packard on projects supporting African SMEs to leverage technology to grow their businesses. As European Innovation Manager at PERA, he led the networking and coordination of leading innovation agencies across Europe with the aim of standardizing the varying methodologies for commercializing research results.

Academic and professional credentials: Bachelor’s degree in Economics
Master’s degree in Information Systems and Management from Warwick University
Fellow of the Centre for Democracy and Rule of Law at Stanford University.
PhD in Innovation and Economics Development from the University of Leicester

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The African Leadership Institute (AFLI) focuses on building the capacity and capability of visionary and strategic leadership across the continent. Developing exceptional leaders representing all spheres of society, the Institute’s flagship programme is the prestigious Archbishop Tutu Leadership Fellowship. Offering a multifaceted learning experience and run in partnership with Oxford University, it is awarded annually to 20-25 carefully chosen candidates, nominated from across Africa. Alumni of the African Leadership Institute form a dynamic network of Fellows passionately committed to the continent’s transformation, bridging the divide between nations and ensuring that Africa is set centre-stage in global affairs.