The First Lady of Kebbi State

Dr Zainab Shinkafi A. Bagudu

Dr. Zainab Shinkafi-Bagudu, the First Lady of Kebbi State, is a Consultant Paediatrician and an advocate for women's health, with a particular focus on cancer.


Dr. Bagudu obtained her MBBS (Bachelor of Medicine) from the prestigious Ahmadu Bello University Zaria then went on to specialize in Paediatrics and Neonatology in the United Kingdom. She has a Masters in Paediatrics, a Diploma in Tropical Child Health and is a member of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health.

The Foundation

In the course of looking after children, their mothers started confronting her with their medical issues and requests for assistance particularly around Breast and cervical cancer. This eventually inspired her to start her own NGO, the Medicaid Cancer Foundation (MCF). MCF creates awareness on health matters, trains health workers, and funds the diagnosis and treatment of cancer patients in Nigeria. Over the last four years, the foundation has raised over 100 million naira for the treatment and support of cancer patients.

Other leadership positions

Dr. Bagudu has served on many technical committees including the steering committee for the National Cancer Control plan, and a Ministerial committee to build world-class diagnostic centres in six geopolitical zones of Nigeria.
As First Lady of Kebbi State, Dr. Bagudu is a passionate and active advocate for women, children and youth in Nigeria. Her programs cut across various aspects of development such as health, education and women empowerment.
She is a gifted orator and writes frequently on topical issues. This has made her a mentor to many young people nationally.

Education is very important for every child whether boy or girl. There was a time when people thought that it was not necessary to educate girls. Now we have begun to realize that girls’ education is essential. The modern age is the age of awakening of girls.
Dr. Zainab Shinkafi A. Bagudu

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