Multiple award winner and author, Zaynab Alkali was honored with the title of icon of Hope (2000), and received the Nigerian Woman of Distinction award on the occasion of Nigeria’s golden jubilee by the FGN.
Her books have been translated into several languages and have won over 30 awards. She was born in Adamawa State and attended QES Ilorin, ABU/ BUK, Zaria where she studied English to a doctorate level. At Nasarawa State University, Keffi, she rose to become a full Professor of English in 2004, Dean Faculty of Arts, Dean School of Post-Graduate Studies. In 2005-2009, she served as Deputy Vice Chancellor (Admin), briefly acting as a Vice Chancellor in 2006.
She is a Fellow of the British Council, and Stiftung Kulfursfond, Germany. In 2001, her community conferred on her the Chieftaincy title of Magiran Garkida. (Queen).
Zaynab Alkali is:
- A member National Peace Committee for General Elections.
- Professor of English Nasarawa State University, Keffi.
- Chairman of Zyba Educational Resources Development, Keffi.
- Chairman of Capital Science Academy Kuje Abuja.
- Vice Chairman of the Planning and Implementation Committee of Midlands University, Keffi,
- Director, Center for Gender Studies, Nasarawa State University, Keffi,
- Chairman Governing Council, National Library of Nigeria (NLN) Abuja.