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Amb. Iyorwuese Hagher Ph.D. O.O.N.,FSONTA.FIMC.

Professor of Theatre and Drama, Playwright, Poet, and Diplomat.
Activist for social justice, and Leadership Integrity.

Amb. Iyorwuese Hagher, founder of Leadership Institute Nigeria is Nigeria’s former Ambassador to Canada, Mexico, Guatemala, Costa Rica and Panama. A prolific writer, Hagher is multi-talented: poet, playwright, scholar, administrator, speaker, educator, public intellectual and activist for social justice. Hagher obtained his Ph.D. and other degrees in English Language and Drama, at the Ahmadu Bello University Zaria in Nigeria, where he remained for many years as researcher and lecturer in drama. He later became full Professor of Theatre and Drama at the University of Jos and spent two and a half decades as researcher and teacher of drama in Nigeria. He is renowned for his groundbreaking research in the Kwagh hir Theatre and Theatre for Development. Prof. Hagher was elected into the Nigerian Senate at the young age of 34 in 1983. He was subsequently re-elected into the constitutional conference in 1994-95.He was appointed Nigeria’s Minister of State for Power and Steel in 1995 and for health in 1998. In 2000 Hagher founded the first leadership institute in Africa, the Leadership Institute Nigeria, in Jos, where he is the President Emeritus. Iyorwuese Hagher has published extensively, and given speeches and lectures across the globe. He is passionately committed to world peace, education and social justice. Hagher believes that leadership education is the master key to unlock Africa’s vast potentials. He is Pro-Chancellor Afe Babalola University, and Mentor Faculty in Leadership and Change at the University of Antioch.