Legal Luminary Profile: Prof. Aisha Sani Maikudi – Nigeria’s Youngest Professor of Law


Prof. Aisha Sani Maikudi is not only the first female Professor of Law from the North West, she is the youngest female to attain such feat in Nigeria as 38 years old, Aisha Sani Maikudi achieved a landmark when she was pronounced a professor of Law by the University of Abuja in 2021. The Katsina State native was born in Zaria, on the January 31, 1983.

She attended Queens College, Lagos where she obtained her WASSCE before proceeding to the University of Reading, UK for her LLB degree and attended the Nigeria Law School, Abuja for her BL. She went to  the London School of Economics, UK, for her LLM and obtained her Ph.D from the University of Abuja, Nigeria.

Aisha did her compulsory National Youth Service Corps at the Corporate Secretariat and Legal Division of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) in 2007. In 2008, she joined the University of Abuja as a Lecturer 2 and became the first female and youngest Head of Department, Faculty of Law in 2014. She became the first female and youngest Vice Dean, Faculty of Law in 2018 and the pioneer Director, University of Abuja International Centre in 2019. In 2021, Aisha became a Professor of International Law.

At its 96th Regular Meeting held between Thursday, May 4 and Friday, May 5, 2023, the Governing Council of the University of Abuja approved the appointment of Prof. Aisha Maikudi as the Deputy Vice Chancellors Academic of the institution, thereby making her the youngest professor of law in Nigeria and the first female professor from Northwest Nigeria to achieve this feat.

She specializes in United Nations Law and has written extensively on the area. Aisha floated a Postgraduate course on United Nations Law and has supervised numerous undergraduate and postgraduate works. She has also taught Company Law for over 12 years and is well versed in its mechanics.

Aisha has participated in numerous conferences and trainings worldwide.

She is a Member of various professional associations that include: the Nigerian Bar Association, the Nigerian Law Teachers Association and the International Federation of Women Lawyers.

Aisha is married with children.

Sources: University of Abuja, New Telegraph, Muslim Voice 

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