Ronald Tijjani Magaji

Field of Study: Business

Cohort: 2019

Country: Nigeria

Leadership Institute: The University of Texas at Austin

Ronald Magaji has eight years of experience as an education officer and currently works with the Federal Government Girls' College Jalingo, where he teaches business and ICT to teenage girls driven out of school by Boko Haram. Ronald identifies youth unemployment and illiteracy as the root cause of the Boko Haram insurgency in the northeast of Nigeria and believes that training, mentoring, and empowering these youth in ICT-driven business is one way to tackle it. Ronald´s students are pursuing further training in various tertiary institutions, while his business center has so far trained several youths with disabilities in ICT. In 2003, Ronald co-founded and served as the secretary general of Taraba State Association of the Deaf, a group involved in advocating for the rights of persons with disabilities. Ronald holds a bachelor's degree in Business Education from the Federal University of Technology, Yola and upon completion of the Mandela Washington Fellowship, hopes to register his business center and make it a starting point for young entrepreneurs.