Biography of an Icon - Mariam Ladi Yunusa Foundation
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Mariam Ladi Yunusa, an icon of her time, was a versatile Urban Planner and multi-talented international development expert with over four decades experience in academics and public service. She was a Nigerian national who retired from the United Nations Human Settlement Programme (UN-Habitat) in December 2015 as Director of Partners and Inter-Agency Coordination. Mariam joined the UN after an accomplished career in public service in Nigeria where she served in different capacities including lecturing at the Ahmadu Bello University and serving as a civil Commissioner of Housing and Urban Development in Adamawa State. She was the Chairperson of Ladisgold, an Urban construction company.

Mariam Ladi Yunusa

Mariam graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Geography and a Master’s Degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria as well as Diplomas in Management, Leadership, Theology and Practical French.

Mariam Ladi passed away on the 17th of July 2020. She was widowed and survived by four children and eight grandchildren. As a devout Christian and true humanitarian at heart who always sought for ways to give back to humanity, the Mariam Ladi Yunusa Foundation has been established by her family to continue in her footsteps of giving back to the community in memory, honor and celebration of an extraordinary woman. A life well lived.

Mariam Ladi Yunusa with her Children and Grandchildren

She left behind four children, Yahaya Yunusa, Haruna Yunusa and Spouse Halima Yunusa, Ibrahim Yunusa and Asmau Durnin.

And also eight grandchildren; Yahaya Yunusa, Ibrahim Yunusa, Abba Yunusa, Abiel Yunusa, Asaph Durnin, Haruna Yunusa, Channah Yunusa, and Ayla Durnin.