Citation of Alhaji Abubakar Imam Abdulrahim At The Conferment Of Onizeiza “Dan Amana” Ebira Title By Ohinoyi Of Ebiraland
I have the honour and privilege to introduce Alhaji Abubakar Imam Abdulrahim one of Nigeria’s distinguished and established estate and property consultant, developer, manager and Agent.
An illustrious Ebira son whose outstanding achievements represents nothing but excellence.
Alhaji Abubakar Imam was born in the early 1970’s, in Okene, to the family of Sheikh Imam Yahaya Tajudeen, the official appointed Chief IMAM of Ebiraland of blessed memory, and his birth heralded the end of the Nigerian civil war on the12th January 1970, so he can rightly be described as a harbinger of peace.
Abu IMAM commenced his educational pursuit when he attended the Native Authority Primary school (NA) from 1976 – 1982, before enrolling into Abdul Azeez Atta Memorial college for his primary and secondary school education between 1982 – 1987 both in Okene, Kogi state.
Upon obtaining his first bachelor’s degree in economics from the prestigious Bayero University in Kano (between 1992 – 1998), Alhaji Abubakar Imam thereafter proceeded to bag his Master’s Degree in Political Economy and Social Development from the University of Abuja.
The young Imam began his independent career pursuit at LAKESIDE ESTATE COMPANY LIMITED with his brother Alhaji Zakariyau Saka Abdulrahim, one time Director for Lands Administration in the Federal Capital Territory Abuja, Where he underwent the compulsory one year National Youth Service Corps Scheme (NYSC). Impressed by his diligence, effectiveness and efficiency, he was thereafter retained at Lakeside Estate Company Limited and employed as the firm’s Manager from the 1998 – 2002. It was at Lakeside Estate Company Limited that Alhaji Abubakar Imam picked interest and chose a career path in the Estate and Property Development sector, before taking the bold step to set up his own estate Company in Abuja, known as LEASIDE ESTATE & PROPERTY DEVELOPMENT COMPANY. LTD, which he has diligently ran as the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer.
Alhaji Imam’s career is fueled by an insatiable curiosity to excel and a passion towards helping people to meet their property needs. He has and continues to make extraordinary contributions in the real estate and property development industry to the admiration of many.
The MAYOR, as his friends and business associates fondly call him, has mentored and encouraged many young people at every stage in their careers, motivating them to reach their highest potentials.
Alhaji Abubakar Imam comes from a religious background where the fear of Allah was instilled in him. His grandfather, Sheikh Imam Yahaya Tajudeen, the first Chief Imam of Ebiraland, his father, Imam Abdulrahim Yahaya Tajudeen, along with his brother, Alhaji Jimoh Abdulrahim, the Wali of Ebiraland, who are all now late. (May Allah accept and grant their souls the highest place in paradise (Aljanah firdaus), are among those he looked up to on their legacies of selfless service to humanity and working towards being able to measure up.
Alhaji Abubakar Imam, was brought up to be honest, hardworking, and disciplined with integrity and service to humanity, which is the hallmark and legacy of his family who are notable Islamic scholars in Ebiraland and beyond.
As Almighty Allah wills, he is blessed to be married to a beautiful and virtuous woman, Hajiya Saidat Obadaki Imam, and their union has been blessed with five bright and wonderful children, namely;
Fatima-Nadia Iman and
With the support of his lovely family, they have continued to uphold the dictates of Islam and continue to contribute to peace and community development.
It is not surprising therefore that he initiated and champions the Ebira Peace Project and the ProudlyAnebira Group for the unity, peace and development of Ebiraland in Kogi Central Senatorial District.
With his successful achievements both in business and personal life, along with his deep involvement in community development, the business icon and philanthropist has received several recognitions in appreciation of his human capital development and services to humanity. To mention a few of the honours and awards, both local and international, held by Alhaji Abubakar Imam are;
Kwame Nkrumah leadership Award.
IPCR/UNDP Youth Award – 2007-2008
UNESCO peace Award as Ambassador of Peace.
National Association of Ebira Students Awards as a Mentor to the youths.
Youth Federation for World Peace – as Youth Ambassador for Peace
The pan African transparent leadership center awarded him the prestigious Kwame Nkrumah gold award for leadership, in recognition of his exemplary antecedents and transparent virtues.
Most Supportive Personality by Ebira Carnival Award.
Award for Meritorious Service in International Peace by Rotary Club, District 9130.
Ohueje Ohinoyi Ebira cultural heritage festival, awarded him as cultural ambassador for his contributions and commitment to the empowerment of women and youth towards the progress of Ebiraland.
Ebira community secondary school old students association awarded him the golden jubilee community development award for youth community development effort in Ebiraland.
He was Recognized as a youth ambassador for peace by the Universal Peace Federation and youth federation for world peace. Among others.
When a man’s trajectory in life is guided by the pursuit of truth, justice, fairness, right over might, and selflessness, the man’s life will also be bound to be driven by the desire to help others to succeed and achieve the highest goals in their field of endeavours.
Abu Imam is one of the few individuals that always stands for the truth no matter how it affects him. He finds deep pleasure in assisting others to make their lives more meaningful. He has inspired others to achieved greatness. His drive and passion are infectious and what he has been able to achieve through his contribution for the betterment of the society over the years cannot be covered in this short citation.
In view of his strength of character, courage and contributions to societal development which confirms him as worthy son of Ebira land, we are delighted to present to you, Alhaji Abubakar, Son of Imam Abdulrahim and the grand son of Sheikh IMAM Yahaya Tajudeen. One of most ebullient personality in the society. A man of faith, a man of loyalty, faithful and Honest the title as described “THE ONIZEIZA” ( Dan-Amana) Ebira.