A video of Maryam ‘Shetty’ Shettima, one of the ministerial nominees of President Bola Tinubu, praying after her name was announced in the second batch has gone viral.
The video posted on Twitter on Wednesday night shows Maryam on her prayer mat, receiving a call before going into prayer. She looked at the camera and said she was thankful to Tinubu. She also described him as “patriotic” and prayed that his administration would be successful.
The video carried the caption, “A Ministerial Nominee from Kano State, Dr @maryamshetty goes into sujud to Thank Almighty Allah immediately after her announcement as Ministerial nominee from Kano State.
“Northern Youths are well-represented here. Thank you President Tinubu.”
Ms Shettima is a political and social activist and a qualified physiotherapist who has worked with top-tier athletes including legendary athlete and world record holder, Jamaica’s Usain Bolt.
She was on the medical team of the London Olympics where she worked with the Jamaican superstar athlete.
Born into the Kano royal family, Shettima started her early education in Kano and went to the Federal School of Physiotherapy at Bayero University, where she finished her BSc with distinction.
She worked briefly with Dala Orthopedic and Malam Aminu Kano Teaching Hospitals in Kano before she went to London to further her education. She obtained her master’s degree from the University of East London, Stratford where she majored in sports physiotherapy.
Shettima was awarded an honorary degree for her outstanding roles in leadership and community development by the ESGT University of Technology, Benin Republic.