Hassan Rilwan is the Group Managing Director of Focal Point Group.
He served as a member of the Federal Government Ministerial Committee on the establishment of the madrasah (Almajiri) education system in 2009. The committee developed the blue print the Federal Government is currently implementing in transforming the Almajiri system.
He is currently the Secretary of the Ahmadu Bello University Alumni Association, Abuja Branch.
Hassan is an Associate member of the Nigeria Leadership Initiative and a member of the Global Shapers Community of the World Economic Forum.
An Engineer by profession, Hassan also has an Executive Masters in Business Administration Degree from the Lagos Business School, Pan Atlantic University, Lagos State.
Life as an Entrepreneur:
The 31 years old engineer and quintessential young businessman is entrepreneurship personified. From the early age of 14, he has been running one business or the other and has never worked for paid employment all his life.
Hassan started his first business as a poultry farmer in secondary school. He is the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Sardauna Magazine; a monthly leadership magazine he founded as a student in the prestigious Ahmadu Bello University Zaria. A reference point for northern intellectuals, the magazine also organizes the Annual Sardauna Excellence and Leadership Award which has since grown to being the most potent platform for recognizing, rewarding and inspiring exceptional leadership in Nigeria. The annual event has become the first choice meeting point for Nigeria’s best in every significant field of positive endeavor.
He was the co-founder of El-Hyatt Fast Food and Restaurant; an outfit he co-founded as a student and is a pioneer Executive Director at Ramk Ventures Nigeria Limited. He is developing a formidable cutting edge business and leadership profile with over ten years entrepreneurial experience.
The young businessman is currently the Group Managing Director of the Focal Point Group; promoters of Focal Point Cleaners Limited, Focal Point Publishing limited and Sardauna Magazine.
Social Good and Advocacy:
As part of community development efforts, he is the founder of the Sardauna Media Child Destitution Eradication Foundation, a vehicle through which he hopes to lead government and high net worth individuals to help eradicate child destitution and reform almajiranchi in Northern Nigeria. He has successfully built a school and hostel in his hometown Zaria, housing 24 children he took off the street. He hopes to nurture the children to tertiary level of education. He dreams that someday, like one of his mentors Col Sani Bello rtd, who has been running a school in his community; he would have children occupy important positions in Nigeria.
Interview with Hassan Rilwan:
Blossom: What was your immediate reaction on being nominated not just as a delegate to the National Conference but as an Outstanding Youth/Role Model?
Hassan: It came to me with mixed feelings considering that the confab itself is very controversial but yet provides a platform to engage the youths and our leaders and this is what I intend to do.
Blossom: What is your strategy for robust engagement pre the National Conference?
Hassan: I am conscious of the fact that there are several other intelligent and articulate young Nigerians who I believe can equally do well. In view of this I have decided to set up a think tank of these distinguished young Nigerians who can help create a robust and engaging platform to engage our youths and our leaders.
Blossom: New Media has continually played a leading role in shaping policy, dialogues and conversations around governance. Which Social Media Platform of choice would you embrace in the course of the National Conference?
Hassan: I intend to embrace Twitter as a platform of choice and equally use the hashtag #NationalConference to keep all engaged with the required social media publicity.
Blossom: This think tank you talk about, have you identified young Nigerians that you intend to reach out to and work with?
Hassan: Even though we may all differ on our approach and believes, I have carefully penned down some names and I believe we can try to harmonize our thoughts on the confab. A quick but not exhaustive listing include Ahmed Terab, Linus Okorie of Guardians Of The Nation International, Toyosi Akerele of Rise Networks, Adebola Williams of Red Media Group, Japheth Omojuwa of African Liberty, Alex Mamchika, Ibrahim Wala etc.
Note: You can read a more detailed Interview that Hassan Rilwan granted Daily Independent here.