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Biography of Turai Yar'Adua

Turai Yar'Adua was married to Late President Musa Yar'Adua, she was the first lady of Nigeria from 29 May 2007 until the death of her husband, President Yar'Adua, on May 5, 2010. She was born on July 1957 in Katsina area metropolitan of northern, Nigeria.

She attended Garama Primary School in Katsina and Government Secondary School in Kankia, both in Katsina State.

She later enrolled at Katsina College of Arts, Science and Technology in Zaria, Kaduna State, where she was reportedly named "best student" in 1980. In 1983, She received a bachelor's degree in Language from Ahmadu Bello University.

She got married to Umaru Yar'Adua in 1975, and they have five daughters and two sons. One of their daughters, Zainab, is married to Usman Saidu Nasamu Dakingari, Governor of Kebbi State.


She was rumored to be one of her husband's closest advisors during his tenure as President of Nigeria.[1] For example, She is believed to have influenced the choice of Professor Babatunde Osotimehin, the former Director-General of the National Action Committee on AIDS, as Nigeria's Minister of Health during her husband's administration.

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