Management Team




Suleiman Usman Yusuf is the piorneer Coordinator of Yasmin El-Rufai Foundation and was also responsible for the setting-up of the Foundation and its mangament.

He has several years of experience on programs & projects design and managment, Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E), office administration and management and Preventing/Countering Violent Extremism (PCVE). He holds a Master’s degree on conflict, peace and strategic studies (MCPSS) and Bachelor’s (B.Sc) of sociology.

Suleiman was a part of Nigeria’s pioneering Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) Programme under the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) where he contributed in the design and implementation of several community engagement and building resilience projects, as a program officer and later the Head of Admin and logistics. He has also worked with the Management Strategies for Africa (MSA-Nigeria) as a senior monitoring and evaluation (M&E) assistant. He was once an administrator with the ANS Consulting Limited, Abuja. He has attended several courses and conferences across countries in Europe, Asia, and Africa. He is a member of Abuja literary society and a columnist (KAKAKI Echoes) with the World Entourage Magazine.

Suleiman is a volunteer to several community based organisations as well as the Federal Road Safety Corps (Special Marshal). In his leasure time, he enjoys reading autobiographies and history books.


My name is Bashir El-Rufai, BSc Criminology & Security Studies. I am the sixth child in my family. I love to read and express myself as much as I can but what I am most passionate about is helping others and ensuring everyone around me leaves me with a smile. It is in this spirit I found myself working in this Foundation in order to reach out to as many people as I can who have not been as fortunate as I have been.

It gives me joy to see individuals being empowered, especially being empowered with something so crucial and vital such as literacy and creative writing in the context of education as a whole and enhancing knowledge.

Saddiq Dzukogi is the pioneer Program Officer CWP at Yasmin El-Rufai Foundation. He holds a degree in Mass Communication from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. He is the author of Inside the Flower Room, selected by Kwame Dawes and Chris Abani for the APBF New Generation African Poets Chapbook Series (forthcoming in 2018). Saddiq was on the 2017 Brunel International African Poetry Prize shortlist, He was the winner of ANA/Mazarriyya Poetry Prize and was three times a finalist in the ANA Poetry Prize. In 2010 Saddiq’s poem ‘Little Diamonds’ won the A.B.U Poem of the Year award. His poems appear or are forthcoming in Kenyon Review, New Orleans Review, African American Review, South Dakota Review, Crab Orchard Review, Prairie Schooner, Best American Experimental Writing Series, and Verse Daily. He is also a fellow of the Ebedi International Writers Residency.

Maryam Abdulbasit Mohammad is a graduate of International Relations from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. She is the Program Officer, Women Literacy Program (WLP), Yasmin El-Rufai Foundation. Maryam is a certified event manager and planner. She is also a member of Exhale Training Institute and founder, AZ-ZIFAF Event Planners. Maryam loves to help people, especially the less privileged in the society.

Abubakar Ibrahim (Esq) was born in Kaduna in 1986. He studied Law at Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria and went to Nigeria Law school Yola campus.

He had been a research officer and junior counsel at Ultimate Chambers, Suleja. He is currently the Admin & Finance Officer II at Yasmin El-Rufai Foundation.

Sada Malumfashi is a pharmacy graduate of Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. He is a writer with works of fiction appearing in Transition Magazine of the University of Harvard and New Orleans Review of Loyola University. His nonfiction and essays have appeared or are forthcoming in Saraba Magazine, Enkare Review, This is Africa, Africa Report and Music in Africa. He is a finalist of the 2017 Koffi Addo Prize for Creative Nonfiction administered by Writivism and the winner of the 2018 Goethe Institute/Sylt Foundation Writing Residency in Germany.

Saadatu Bala Musa holds a Bsc in Accounting  and a PGD in Management. She has several years of experience in accounting and administration, having worked at Tiddo Securities Limited and Wali-Uwais &Co.  She is a team player  and is excited to be part of the YELF team to be able to give back to the society.

Asmau Abba Shaib  is a graduate of Ummaru Musa Yaradua University Katsina where she studied B.A.Ed English. She is currently a serving Youth Corps Member. Asmau is an aspiring writer and a poet.

Nabila Okino is a lawyer, human rights enthusiast, rights activist and advocate for development and social justice. She is passionate about advancing the rights of women and children in the society, and is also dedicated to initiating and advocating for policies that are geared towards sustainable development in Nigeria.