DARA, John

Born May 28, 1955,

Ipee, Oyun Local Government Area, Kwara State

John Dara is a vibrant social activist and an advocate for peaceful co-existence, minority rights, the upliftment of disadvantaged people, and the mobilization of Nigerians for productivity and social transformation all over Nigeria. Over several years, he has been a courageous and consistent crusader for democracy and development in Kwara State and Nigeria. John Dara is a man of multiple heritage, a Christian Yoruba man from the Middle Belt of Northern Nigeria, he proudly wears his identity as a patriotic, detribalized, friendly and nationalistic Nigerian. His rich cultural background and heritage have made it easy for him to understand the pluralistic nature of Nigeria. John Dara is an enthusiastic bridge builder, always initiating schemes to build solidarity among people groups, and indeed eager to help turn Nigeria’s ethnic and religious diversity to strength, opportunities and wealth. John Dara is a former presidential aspirant under the platform of National Transformation Party (NTP) in the 2011 election. He has declared his intention to run for president in the forthcoming Presidential election under the Social Democratic Party (SDP) platform.
Gender: Male
Name of Spouse Mrs. Titi Dara
State of Origin: Kwara State
Father's Name Mr. James Dara
Mother's Name Princess Rachael Dara
Working Experience

Founder, Citizens Organization for Renewal and Development (CORD); Member of the Middle Belt Forum, 1987 till date; Grand Patron BOBTV, 2003 till date

Previous Appointments:

– H.S.C. Teacher, 1973-1975;

– Teacher, National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Borno State, 1978-1979;

– Teacher, Oyo State Government, 1979-1980;

– Executive Director A.G.E. & Co. Ltd., Publishers and P.R. Consultants, Lagos, 1981-1982;

– Managing Director, Prime Media Ltd., Advertising P.R. & Publishing Company, Lagos,1982- 1991;

– Secretary, Strategic Policy and Programmes Committee of the Awoist Movement, 1987 – 1988;

– Member, Executive Committee of Egbe Ilosiwaju Yoruba, 1987-1989;

– Member, National Republican Convention, 1990-1993;

– Special Assistant, Governor (Chief) Michael Otedola, 1992;

– Executive Chairman, Chancellor House Ltd., 1993-1999

– Member, Kwara Leadership Forum, Lagos, 1992-1996;

– National Organizing Secretary, Middle Belt Forum, 2004-2012;

– National Secretary, Middle Belt Forum, 2012-2017;

Ipee Baptist Day School, Kwara State,1961-1966; Offa Grammar School, Kwara State,1967-1971; Titcombe College, Egbe, 1972-1973; University of Benin, Benin City,1975-1978; Imo State University Owerri, 2001-2003;

-Visionary Leadership Award by African Emerging Market Network (AEMN), 2003
– Leadership Integrity Award by United Gospel Churches Association of Nigeria (UGCAN), 2012;
– Ambassadorial Award for Integrity in Politics by Nigeria Association of Christian Journalists (NACJ)2013;
– Kwame Nkrumah Leadership Award for Integrity in Leadership, (ACTS), 2013;
– West Africa Students Union (WASU), 2014;
– Kwara Tabloid Award for Excellence in Leadership, 2014

– Honourary Doctor of Theology (D.Th), African Christian Theological University (UNIPACT), Accra Ghana, 1995;
– Doctor of Ministry (Honoris Causa), Agape Christian Theological Seminary

Deacon,New Estate Baptist Church, Surulere, Lagos 1999

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