|Birth||26 April 1988, Sokoto, Nigeria|
Bello Shagari (born 26 April 1988) is a youth activist, documentary filmmaker, and the President of The National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN)
Bello is a notable grandson of Nigeria’s former President Shehu Shagari. He announced his grandfather’s death on 28th December 2018. He had his early education in Sokoto and later had his SSCE in Police Secondary School Minna, Niger State. In secondary school, he served as the Cadet Commander of his Schools Cadet Club. He is a graduate of Business Information Systems & Information Technology fnyfrom Middlesex University London. Shortly after his graduation in 2012, he voluntary taught briefly as a teacher in a Primary and Secondary Schools at his hometown Shagari. He holds the traditional title of Yariman Shagari.
Bello Shagari founded Barcode Multimedia in 2012. He has produced documentaries and contents on politics, history and advocacy. One of such documentaries “One Nation, One Destiny” project which began in 2013, a documentary of the history of Nigeria focusing on President Shehu Shagari’s long experiences since pre-independence to his eventual emergence as Nigeria’s first executive president in 1979.
Accordingly, in the course of research and interviews, Bello has come across a number of prominent politicians, diplomats, historians and many leaders. Some of his encounters include the past and present Nigeria Heads of State such as Yakubu Gowon, Olusegun Obasanjo, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida, Abdulsalami Abubakar and Goodluck Ebele Jonathan.
He also interviewed high profile personalities such as Prof. Jean Herskovits, historian of the State University of New York, U.S ambassador and diplomat Thomas Pickering, and Clifford May, a former New York Times reporter and president of the Foundation for Defense of Democracy, among others.
As a youth activist, Bello was appointed as the chairman of the National Youth Council of Nigeria Sokoto State Chapter in 2017 after protesting and replacing a 52 year old man who had been the chairman. His activism became stronger and he ran for the presidency of the National Youth Council of Nigeria in the 2018 Unity Congress held in Gombe which he won in a keenly contested election which has brought him to National prominence in 2018.As the Chairman of NYCN Sokoto State Chapeter, he partnered with other Government and Non Governmental Organisations to initiate a program known as RRTE in Sokoto State to curb unemployment, drug abuse and community violence.
Shagari was elected president of the National Youth Council of Nigeria at the Unity Congress in Gombe State on 25 July 2018. Shagari polled 249 votes as against 234 polled by his opponent, AlMustapha Asuku Abdullahi. As a result he emerged as the president. Prior to his emergence as the President of the National Youth Council of Nigeria, Shagari was the Chairman of The NYCN Sokoto State Chapter. At the 3rd General Afro-Arab Youth Conference held in Khartoum, Sudan, Shagari emerged as the Coordinator of west Africa, of the Afro-Arab Youth Council. Shortly after becoming the president of NYCN, Shagari secured 3,700 empowerment opportunities for the Nigerian youth.
He is counted among the most influential youth in Nigeria barely six months in office and has been inducted into the community of Crans Montana New Leaders of Tomorrow in 2019.
- Award of Excellence by Abdulsalami Abubakar Institute for Peace and Sustainable Development
- Honorary Fellowship Award by The Governing Council of The Security and Forensic Studies Nigeria
- Most Influential Young Nigerian 2018 – Leadership and Civic Society
- Crans Montana New Leaders of Tomorrow, Dakhla, Morocco, 2019