Danlami Basharu, 18th June 1959, hails from Bantaje, in Wukari LGA of Taraba State. Had his primary education at the Pacelli School for the Blind, Surulere, Lagos (1963070) and secondary education at King’s College, Lagos (1971-75, Ordinary Level, 1975-77 Advanced Level). Undertook several degree courses in the United Kingdom: B.A. ED.Hist., University of Wales, Aberystwyth (1978-81); M.B.A., Durham University (1982-83), and B.A. Law (1984-86) and LL.M. (1993-94) from Cambridge University as well as being called to the Nigerian bar in October 1987. From 1981-82, Mr. Basharu undertook his National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) programme at the now Federal College of Education (Special) Oyo where he obtained an honorary certificate of award from the Oyo State Government for exemplary service.
Danlami has worked as a clerical officer, a teacher, a broadcaster at the FRCN presenting the popular “BEYOND THE BARRIER” programme and also as a television producer with the NTA, producing the first-ever television documentary on disability in Nigeria titled “CHALLENGE” bringing to the fore the challenges facing persons with disabilities as far back as the mid-1980s.
Danlami is currently Director of the Anglo-Nigerian Welfare Association for the Blind, Lagos, an association he founded to help alleviate the challenges faced by the blind in Nigeria; he was president of the umbrella body of persons with disabilities in Nigeria, the Joint National Association of Persons with Disabilities (JONAPWD) from 2004 to 2012.
He has represented Nigeria at several fora both within and outside Nigeria, including:
The National Political Reforms Conference – 2005
– Travelled to the United States as part of an 11-man African contingent from ten African countries for a 3-week International Visitor Leadership Programme sponsored by the United States Department of State – February 2008.
– Represented Nigeria at the Leonard Cheshire Disability Conference in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia examining the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and Poverty Reduction – May 2008.
– Represented Nigeria in the UN at the Conference of States Parties of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in September 2010, September 2012, July 2013 and also at the UN High Level Meeting on Disability and Development September 2013. During the Conference of States Parties (COS) in New York, Mr. Basharu successfully convinced the Nigerian government of the need to ratify the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and its Optional Protocol.
– Danlami has been on various committees including:
– Member of the Harmonization Committee of Bills for legislation on the rights of persons with disabilities in Nigeria, chaired by Professor Wole Smith of the University of Lagos under the auspices of Constitutional Rights Project (CRP) – 2001
– Member, Technical Committee of the House of Representatives Committee examining the bill on the rights of persons with disabilities in Nigeria – 2008-2009.
– Mr. Danlami Basharu has received several awards at both local and national levels, including:
– Julie Coker award for best broadcaster of the year, 1990 – Radio Nigeria 2 FM
– Merit award – THE PILLAR by National Union of Wukari Students, 29th December 2007
– Award of Excellence and Service to Humanity: Nigerian Association of Special Education Teachers, 2008
– Recognition of Service to Humanity Award: as part of 10th Anniversary of Glowing Channels – December 2008
– “Selfless, honest and valuable service … to persons with disabilities” by DISABLED PEOPLE RIGHTS PROTECTION AND BEGGARTS REFORM ORGANISATION, KANO STATE: 7th August 2010
– Excellence Award for professional breakthrough and philanthropy presented by Nigerian Union of Journalists, Taraba State Council, 16th October 2010
– Certificate of Honour presented to Danlami Basharu as Honoured member of the Legion of Eminent Personalities in Africa by PER ASPERA AD ASTRA, February 2011
In his social involvement, Danlami was once past president of the Old Students Association of Pacelli School for the Blind, his alma mata; past president, National Braille Council of Nigeria, a Braille standard setting organization in Nigeria; acting treasurer, Wukari Local Government Progressive Union, Lagos branch; and executive member, Oxford and Cambridge Club of Nigeria, amongst others.
Today, Mr. Basharu is one of the 18-member Committee of experts of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, a position which he obtained by election in New York during the 7th Conference of States Parties to the Convention in June 2014. His tenure last for four years from 1st January 2015 to 31st December, 2018.