Unified Solutions for Economic Growth

    April 20th -23rd, 2017

  • Shaping Nigeria 2017

    ‘Shaping Nigeria’ was inspired by a similar concept of events organized by Global Shapers around the world in each continent. These events, which are the annual regional meeting of the Global Shapers Community in each continent, are rotated among different hubs in each Continent. The events offer a wide range of activities including interactive sessions, ‘Meet the Leader’ sessions, best practices sharing and local community engagement gatherings.
    The first edition of ‘Shaping Nigeria’ hosted by the Kano Hub will be developed around a similar concept and will hopefully become an annual event hosted by a different hub in Nigeria each year. The event which will become the annual gathering of Global Shapers in Nigeria will allow Shapers the opportunity to travel to the different hubs, learn and share ideas. It will also allow Shapers in the host cities to showcase their cities to the World.

    Global Shapers is a community that works as a platform for exceptional young people in terms of their potential, achievements and willingness to collaborate within their communities. The particularity, among others, of these brilliant individuals is their age, between 20 to 30 years old. They are part of a generation full of passion, dynamism and entrepreneurial spirit with a strong determination to positively shape the future.


    The Global Shapers Community is one of several multi-stakeholder communities at the World Economic Forum. This community of Shapers has about 6361 members spread over 458 cities from all over the world, organized into a network of centers – called hubs – where they promote local changes addressing global challenges.

    Global Shapers Kano is comprises of twenty five (25) young professionals who have had considerable experience in their various fields of endeavors. These young professionals have come together to develop ideas and work on purposeful community development projects. Our multidisciplinary team is equipped with knowledgeable personnel that are eager to put their acquired experience and skills into practical use to develop our communities.


    The current leadership of the hub comprises of Mahmood Salisu as the Curator and Sadiq Mahmoud as the Deputy Curator.

    About Kano

    Kano state is a North-western state created on May 27th 1967 bordering Katsina, JIgawa, Bauchi and Kaduna states respectively. It’s the second largest Industrial centre and the largest in Northern Nigeria with textile, tanning, footwear, cosmetics, plastics, enamel, pharmaceuticals, ceramics, furniture, Agriculture and other industries. Kano state as the Centre of commerce of Nigeria is one of Worlds supplier of animal skin (leather) to which a local tannery named ‘Gods little Tannery “ supplies international brands like Louis Vuitton and the rest.
    With the current growth in Governance, Kano is fast becoming a cosmopolitan city taking over Northern Nigeria and Nigeria as a whole. Kano is a place to visit, Kano is Home.
  • Agenda

    Thursday 20th April 2017

    16:00 – 19:00 Arrival of guests/Check-In (Possible Registration)

    19:00 – 20:00 Karban Baki/Reception Dinner

    20:00 – 21:00 Sightseeing drive round Kano Metropolis

    Friday 21st April 2017

    08:00 – 09:00 Breakfast
    09:00 – 09:15 Travel time to Makama Museum
    09:15 – 09:50 Visit to Makama Museum
    10:00 – 10:40 Visit to the Emir’s Palace
    11:00 – 12:00 Visit to H.E. Gov. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje at the Kano Government House
    12:00 – 14:00 Lunch /Prayer Break
    14:15 – 15:00 Curators Corner
    15:00 – 16:00 Shapers Breakout Session
    16:30 – 17:30 Horse Riding session / Tree Planting
    19:00 – 21:00 Soiree at Gidan Dan-Hausa
    *Dress code: Fully Traditional

    Saturday 22nd April 2017

    08:30 – 09:30 Registration
    09:30 – 09:45 Welcome Address by the Founding Curator
    09:45 – 10:05 1st Keynote address
    10:05 – 11:05 Panel discussion 1:
    ‘Unity in Diversity: A Tool for Economic Growth’
    11:05 – 11:30 Q & A Panel 1
    11:30 – 12:00 Coffee Break
    12:00 – 13:00 Panel Discussion 2:
    ‘Entrepreneurship: The future of the Nigerian Economy’
    13:00 – 13:25 Q & A Panel 2
    13:25 – 14:25 Lunch & Prayer Break
    14:30 – 15:00 2nd Keynote Address
    15:00 – 16:00 Meet the leader session with A.B Mahmoud SAN, NBA President
    16:00 – 16:10 Bankwana/Vote of Thanks by the Curator Kano hub + Passing the
    Baton to the next Shaping Nigeria Organisers
    18:45 – 19:00 Arrival of Shapers to Emir’s Palace
    19:00 – 20:30 Meet the leader session with HH Sarkin Kano Muhammadu Sanusi II
    *Dress code: Corporate Casual/Traditional

  • MTL Sessions / Speakers Line Up

    Abubakar B. Mahmoud SAN, OON

    President of Nigerian Bar Association

    'Meet the Leader' Session I

    HH Muhammadu Sanusi II (Sarkin Kano)

    His Highness the Emir of Kano

    'Meet the Leader' Session II

    Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje

    Executive Governor of Kano State

    Courtesy Visit to the Governor

    Mr. Tonye Cole

    Group Executive Director Sahara Group

    Keynote Speaker

    Haj. Amal Hassan

    CEO The Outsource Group

    Panelist "Entrepreneurship: The future of the Nigerian economy".

    Mr. Adebola Williams

    Founding Partner Red Communication

    Panelist "Entrepreneurship: The future of the Nigerian economy"

    Mr. Anas Balarabe Yazid

    CEO Certis Nigeria Limited

    Panelist "Entrepreneurship: The future of the Nigerian economy"

    Mrs. Fantis Mohd

    Managing Director, HMagnet Limited

    Panelist "Entrepreneurship: The future of the Nigerian economy"

    Prof. Garba Ibrahim Sheka

    Prof. of Econs. Bayero University Kano

    Panelist "Entrepreneurship: The future of the Nigerian economy"

    Dr. Ayoade Alakija

    Managing Director AOA Global

    Panelist "Unity in Diversity: A Tool for Economic Growth".

    Japheth J. Omojuwa

    Founder Alpha Reach

    Panelist "Unity in Diversity: A Tool for Economic Growth".

    Emilia Asim Ita

    Curator, Global Shapers Lagos Hub,

    Panelist "Unity in Diversity: A Tool for Economic Growth".

  • Registration

    For three days Kano will become the capital of great minds, as Global Shapers from all over Nigeria gather together for the first time to shape the future of Nigeria. We hope that you will attend this summit to share powerful ideas and help us solve local problems together.
    Event Timing: April 21st - 23rd, 2017
    Contact us on : 0809-944-2158, 0803-810-0915 or shaperskano@gmail.com

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  • Logistics


    Special accommodation arrangements for Shapers have been made with our local partner hotel, Tahir Guest Palace

    - Accommodation (double shared room)

    If you would however prefer a single room, alternative arrangements can be made for you at an extra cost. Please contact us.


    Local Transportation

    Buses will be provided to convey Shapers from the hotel to the venues of the various activities

    Latest Flight Information

    The Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport is due to open on the 19th of April 2017


    A Bus will be provided from Kaduna with security escort to Kano for those travelling through Kaduna by Air/using the train service. We kindly request you send your itinerary to shaperskano@gmail.com once you’ve confirmed your flights.


    *See below for flight information from different cities


    Air Azman Lagos - Kano

    Mon - Fri 10:00

    Mon - Fri 18:45

    Return to Lagos:
    Sun - 07:30

    Sun - 16:45


    Med-View From Lagos:
    Mon - Fri 15:15

    Return to Lagos:
    Sun -18:30


    Port Harcourt (via Kaduna)

    Fly Aero Port Harcourt(PH) - Kaduna

    Mon - Fri 01:00

    Return to PH:
    Sun - 09:00


    Air Peace PH - Kaduna
    Mon - Fri 10:00
    Return to Lagos
    Sun - 2:30


    Azman PH - Kaduna
    Mon – Fri 09:15

    Abuja (via the train to Kaduna)

    From Abuja

    Idu Station at 11:55 to arrive Kaduna at 14:20

    From Kaduna to Kano via Bus at 14:45



    Calabar (via Kaduna)

    Air Peace Calabar - Kaduna
    Mon – Sat 11:50
    Sun- 11:10



    Dana operates daily flights to Kaduna
    Schedule to be updated soon



    Arik operates flights to Kaduna which is not very reliable
    Alternative option will be to travel via Lagos on Azman Air direct to Kano