Garba Shehu biography: age, state of origin, family, career

Garba Shehu biography: age, state of origin, family, career

Garba Shehu is one of the most famous faces in Nigerian politics. He is a Nigerian journalist and politician who serves as the official spokesperson to the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari.

Shehu Garba
Shehu Garba, a Nigerian journalist and politician. Photo: Garba Shehu
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Shehu is a role model to many Nigerians, mainly because of his career accomplishments and political appointments.

Garba Shehu profile summary

  • Full name: Mallam Garba Shehu
  • Date of birth: November 27th
  • Place of birth: Dutse, Jigawa State
  • Nationality: Nigerian
  • Children: 4
  • Marital status: Married
  • Religion: Muslim
  • Occupation: Journalist
  • Twitter: @GarShehu

Garba Shehu biography

Here is everything you need to know about the politician, including details about his career and personal life.

Early life

Malam Shehu was born on November 27th, in Dutse, Jigawa State, Nigeria. His parents are Shehu Kofar Mata and Jummai, who are originally from Kano.

His father was a driver while his mother sold sugar. Mallam Garba Shehu state of origin is Jigawa State in Nigeria.

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Mallam Garba Shehu state of origin
Garba Shehu during one of his meetings. Photo: Garba Shehu
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Educational background

He attended Dutse primary school in 1970 and then joined Barewa College, from where he obtained his West African Secondary school certificate.

He later on proceeded to Bayero University, Kano, where he graduated with a bachelor's degree. After his graduation, he proceeded for his compulsory National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) at the Nigeria Army School of Education, Ilorin, in 1981.

Career

Shehu Garba started his career as a correspondent at the Nigerian Television Authority, Sokoto, in the year 1982. He then joined Network News Lagos as an Energy Correspondent in 1984.

His profile began to rise, and he started venturing into different media houses since he had become very prominent and popular.

Malam Garba Shehu
Garba Shehu(right) and President Muhammadu Buhari (left) during the president's birthday. Photo: Garba Shehu
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Between 1986 and 1997, he worked as:

  • Senior Writer
  • Assistant Editor, Sunday
  • Editor, Daily Triumph
  • Editor-in-Chief, Triumph Publishing Company Limited, Kano
  • General Manager, Aluminum Smelter Company of Nigeria.

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He still writes as a columnist in the Nigerian Premium Times.

The journalist also served as the President of the Nigerian Guild of Editors for eight years. Shehu also served as the Director of Media and Publicity for the All Progressive Congress (APC) Presidential Campaign Council.

He was later appointed as Senior Special Assistant, Media and Publicity, by the president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

In 2019, he was reappointed into the same position after President Buhari won his re-election bid. This was a confirmation of his laudable performance in the president's first tenure.

Garba Shehu family

Garba is a devoted Muslim who has combined good family life with a tasking job. He got married while he was 27 years old to his wife Hafsat in 1986. The couple is blessed with four children, three girls, and one boy.

Net worth

With his flourishing career as a politician and journalist, he has managed to earn a lot in his life. His net worth is estimated to be over N100 million.

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Garba Shehu is one of the voices always keeping the public abreast of trends in President Buhari's administration, taking up critics with fact-based responses he presents on his social media handles and other platforms.

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