Personality of the Week: Abubakar Sadiq Mohammed Falalu
Abubakar Sadiq Mohammed Falalu founded Falgates Rice Mill in 2012, which officially began operations in 2016. The journey into becoming a farmer started way back in his high school days. At a time when students filled their yearbook with ambitions of studying Law and Engineering, he boldly wrote down his dream of becoming a farmer.
To build the capacity for establishing a farm mill in Northern Nigeria, Abubakar had to study. He obtained a masters degree in Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management from the Nottingham Ningbo University Business School, China in 2014. He equally holds a graduate degree in Computer Science and a masters degree in Management from Swinburne University of Technology, Australia.
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Today, his farming and entrepreneurial skills have borne good fruits. FaLGates Rice Mill employs over 200 people across Kaduna, Kebbi and Niger States of Nigeria. The company recorded a turnover of $450 000 in 2017 and has an annual capacity of producing over 5000 metric tons of a variety of rice products.
Abubakar is currently one of the young African farmers who carved himself a niche in the Nigerian rice market. In 2018, Abubakar got featured in Forbes Africa 30 Under 30 as one of the promising youths in Africa.