The Personality Of Professor Dame Nora Ladi Daduut
“That some achieve great success, is proof to all that others can achieve it as well.” – Abraham Lincoln.
Born on 10th May, 1953 to the royal family of the Chief of Kwalla, late Musa Shalong and Bibiana Nada in Qua’an-Pan L.G.C of Plateau state, Nora Ladi is the fourth child of her father out of 26 and the Second of her mother.
Due to the humble and generous disposition of her family that opened its doors to all, the chief’s palace became the place where the Catholic Missionaries opened the first church and a school in that area.
Coming from such humble background, Nora Ladi developed an extraordinary love for the Church and Education.
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According to Nelson Mandela, “Young people must take it upon themselves to ensure that they receive the highest education possible so that they can represent well in future as leaders.
” Prof. Dame Nora Ladi Daduut started her educational journey at St. Patrick’s R. C. M Primary School Kwalla from 1960-1962 and because she excelled, skipped a class and proceeded to St Louis Convent Primary School Shendam in 1963.
Due to her hard work and outstanding performance, she was among the five girls selected in her class in 1965 to complete their primary education in the famous St. Theresa’s Girls’ Primary school Jos during which they were housed in St. Louis College by the Rev. Sisters of St. Louis.
Among the five, this brilliant young girl impressed the Rev. Sisters and so was again picked and sent to the only co-educational Catholic school, Fatima Secondary School Minna presently called “Fr. O’Connell Secondary School” from 1966-1970. There she held the post of the Senior Prefect (Head Girl).
The drive in her for further education gained her admission into the school of Basic Studies, in the renowned Ahmadu Bello University Zaria (Kano Campus) where she obtained her first degree in French in 1976.
Just like Nelson Mandela, Prof. Dame Nora Ladi Daduut believes that Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world, Therefore, armed with the determination to break through in her educational pursuit, Nora won the Federal scholarship to one of the celebrated Universities in France, Universite de Bordeaux Ill, where she bagged an M.A in French in 1979, and shortly after that, she obtained a Post-Graduate Diploma in Education (1982) in the University of Jos.
The zeal to excel in the educational sector took her back to her Alma Mater, ABU Zaria where she grabbed her PhD in French in 1991.
She went to several other Institutions, these include: Universite de Dakar, Senegal (1974-1975) Universite de Tours (1975) Universite de Strasbourg (1993) Universite de Montpellier (1999) and Universite d’Abomey Calavi, Benin Republic (2002) in order to acquire more knowledge of French.
Enriched by these (mantles. Prof. Nora Daduut started as a classroom teacher, rose to the top in such positions like: school administrator (Principal), Deputy Director, Coordinator and Inspector of French programmes in Plateau State, Director of school services and at various times, she was part-time lecturer at the Nigeria Institute of Journalism and Institute of Archeology and Museum Jos respectively.
As presenter of ‘French for Beginners’ on PRTVC, her outstanding teaching ability encouraged a lot of viewers to embrace the French language.
Because of her assiduity and great contributions to the development of French language and Education in the country, she was recognized not only by the Plateau State Government but also by the French Government who conferred on her in 2003, the reputable International Award-Chevalier des Membres de l’Ordre des Palmes Academiques, a professional International Organization of renowned academics in French learning and teaching, founded in 1808 by the French President Napoleon Bonaparte and in 1963, RP President Charles De Gaulle put it into law.
She was nominated the President of the Nigerian Chapter of this prestigious Body at the St. Etienne Conference held in France in 2010. She is also currently a Trustee of Alliance Francaise Jos which she founded in collaboration with the French Director of the Centre for French Teaching and Documentation (CFTD) Jos, M. Thomas De Douhet. In 2007 this distinguished alumnus of ABU was appointed Senior Special Assistant (SSA) on Education to the Executive Governor of Plateau State, Chief Michael Bot Mang.
Prof. Daduut is widely travelled, her academic activities include; lecturer of French, Coordinator of Preliminary French Programme University of Jos and Head of Department in the department of Foreign Languages till October 2019. She has various educational presentations and publications to her credit and has participated in many National and International conferences, seminars and workshops.
Dame was the Asst. Secretary, University French Teachers’ Association of Nigeria (UFTAN), Coordinator, Post Graduate Seminar/ workshop, Central zone, Vice president, Nigerian Association of French Teachers (NAFT) Plateau State branch. Professor Ladi Daduut set up an Organization, Nongovernmental.
“Society for Community Concerns” in 2004 to help communities utilize their local potentials for self-development.
The Non-Governmental Organization has executed several programs in Jos East LGC of Plateau State including water and sanitation hygiene, adult education and among others, agricultural training through community mobilization and participation, a globally recommended model for sustainable development.
Mama owns and operates the Good Samaritan Guest Inn in Qua’an-Pan Local Government Area.
An accomplished educationist, seasoned administrator, a committed wife, loving mother and a devoted Christian, Prof. Dame Nora Ladi Daduut believes in the power of Education in transforming society, she is committed towards using every resources at her disposal in changing lives through Women and Youth Empowerment, community development and advancement of the economic potentials of rural areas through the provision of incentives for rural economic activities.
It is therefore not surprising that this devotee to the Catholic Church was recognized by Pope Benedict XVI who conferred on her the award-Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice in 2007.
Partly tied to her Christian activities, she translated the book “Dialogue of Life”, into French, a book written by His Grace, Archbishop of Abuja, Most Rev. Dr. Ignatius Ayau Kaigama. Prof. Dame Nora Ladi Daduut has steadily progressed in various leadership roles she has held some responsibilities during her school days.
For example she was a member of the ABU Basketball team which represented Nigeria at the West African University Games (WAUGA) in Kumasi, Ghana in 1973. Her other responsibilities included: Vice President Catholic Students Association, President of Female Hostel (Nana Hall) ABU, Kano Campus.
Dame was also the National Vice President, Pan Women Association (1984-1986), National Recording and Corresponding Secretary of Ladies of Knights of St. John International (2001-2006), Grand Respected President of Ladies of Knights of St. John International (2006-2013), Vice President Supreme Ladies of Knights of St. John International (USA) and Interpreter at Supreme Board Ladies of Knights of St. John International Conventions (2018-date), Vice President Society for Women and Aids in Africa (SWAAN), Nigeria Plateau State Chapter and presently Chairperson Board of Trustees, Society for Community Concerns (SOCCONS) an NGO founded by her in 2004.
Prof. Daduut also embraced other responsibilities such as School Administrator (principal) of secondary schools (GSS Jos, GSS Laranto from 1980-1992), member, Plateau state Interview Panel for the recruitment of teachers (1983), Chairperson Examination Malpractices ERC-Ministry of Education, Plateau State, and also a member of the Board of The Word of Life, a monthly Publication of the Catholic Arch-Diocese of Jos as well as a patroness of the Jos Catholic Arch- Diocesan Central Choir.
This outstanding Alumnus of ABU is best described by The Plateau Times Magazine (Vol.1 no.2 June, 2005) as ‘Epitome of a role model’ humble, gentle and simple whose profile is distinct.
Nora Daduut whose hobbies are basketball, farming, drama and music has great concern for women, youths and the down-trodden. She is happily married to Mr. John Daduut, former Bursar of the University of Jos and also former Commissioner of Finance, Executive Chairman, Planning and Budget Commission, Commissioner of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs and commissioner for environment Plateau State. She is blessed with four children: Jonathan N. Daduut; a civil Engineer in Canada, Noah N. Daduut; a Check pilot in Florida, Dr. Jummai M. Apata; University of Morgan, Maryland and Judith D. Daduut; lecturer in the University of Jos.
It is often said that the quality of a leader is reflected in the standards they set for themselves. Prof Daduut can best be described as a woman with pure record considering that she has persistently involved herself in community development and humanitarian services.
Her vast experience as a civil servant and in the academia has molded her to be well grounded in effective service delivery with an unblemished record in the management of resources.