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Fatima Akilu: The rise of a quiet leader (A)


Finance, Organisational Behaviour

Authors / Editors

Peterson R


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In 2015, Fatima Akilu found herself sitting at the kitchen table with her sister, shocked and saddened by what has just happened to her, wondering what to do next. Should she fight to defend her reputation? Or return to a quiet life away from the big government role she has just been fired from? Fatima Akilu never intended to be a leader. But in 2012, she was appointed Director for Behavioural Analysis and Strategy at Nigeria’s Office of the National Security Adviser (NSA), charged with leading the country’s efforts to combat the effects of the violent extremism of Boko Haram and other terrorist groups.

Topic List

Organisational Behaviour


NGO; Public Sector

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Publication Research Centre

Institute of Finance and Accounting

Available on ECCH


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