Ustaz Okonkwo Isa Friday
Director of Administration of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs
Ustaz Isa Friday Okonkwo is the director of administration of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA). NSCIA is the umbrella organization and the superintendent of the affairs of Islam and Muslims in Nigeria, under the leadership of His Eminence, the Sultan of Sokoto and its President General Alh. (Dr.) Muhammad Sa’ad Abubaka.
Isa is also the director of DIT Global Consult Ltd, that specializes in family enlightenment and education consultancy.
Ustaz Isa, who is presently a postgraduate student of peace, conflict and strategic studies at the Nile University of Nigeria has his first degree in biochemistry from the University of Ibadan. He has undergone various trainings and qualifications including business and financial literacy and a consultancy qualification programme. He is a certified Chartered Project Manager (CPM).
He has worked in various establishments and institutions in Nigeria including the Sunrise International School, Abuja; New Horizons College, Minna; Little Scholars School Malali, Kaduna; and the DIT Islamic Homeschool, Kaduna. He also worked with Da’awah Institute of Nigeria, the Islamic Education Trust, Minna, as a research fellow and facilitator of the ‘Train the Trainers Course’, a research and training programme on interreligious dialogue. He recently participated in ‘International Visitor Leadership Program’ (IVLP) organized by the US Department of States the US on interreligious dialogue and peaceful co-existence.
Isa Okonkwo believes that the real meaning of living is “the ability to touch other lives positively.” Based on this motto, Isa wants to see a world where mutual competition among humanity is only premised on virtues. One of his highest achievements is the ability to touch the lives of youth at the DIT Islamic Homeschool.
Interreligious Activities and Initiatives
IRD Programme for Christian and Muslim Youth Leaders
From the Shariah crisis of 1999 to the Beauty Peagent crisis of 2002, General Election crisis of 2011, reprisal attacks issuing from the effects of Boko Haram insurgency, etc., Kaduna has become a melting point for religious crises. At the center of these crises are the youths of both Christian and Muslim groups. This is so because religious sentiments play a central role in every crisis in Nigeria.
I believe that the volatility is primarily caused by negative perceptions, stereotypes, and clash of an identity issue. To counter this situation, a 2-day workshop on IRD tools would be organised and jointly administered to the Christian and Muslim youth leaders in Kaduna. Subsequently, the youth leaders are expected to teach the IRD tools to the youths at their various grassroots.