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Kirgit Amlai

Pearson Fellow

MPP Candidate

Kirgit Istifanus Amlai, is an MPP student at Harris School of Public from Billiri, Nigeria, with a keen interest in conflicts driven by political and ethno-religious tensions that affect his country’s economic
growth. Following his passion for community development, he founded the “Our Symbol Our Pride” project with the aim of creating awareness about the importance of Nigeria’s national symbols and replacing defaced flags in public and private buildings.

Kirgit was the first person in his family to join politics and contested in the 2019 primaries for the office of Member of the Gombe State Parliament. This experience of running for election is one of the biggest challenges he has ever faced. Before joining the University of Chicago, Kirgit worked as a Legislative Aide with a Member House of Representatives of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, where he worked with a team that drafted three legislative bills: one to establish a Federal Medical Center in Billiri Establishment Bill 2020, which was the first of its kind in the region.  It was passed into law by the Nigerian Senate; second was a Compulsory Free Universal Basic Education (Establishment) Act (Amendment) 2019. His team also prepared several motions sponsored by their principal legislator regarding the failing security, and a worsening economy, towards proffering solutions to these concerns in Nigeria.

Kirgit holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Ajayi Crowther University Oyo, Nigeria, and a Graduate Certificate in International Business Management from Lawrence Kinlin School of Business Fanshawe College, London, Ontario, Canada.

Baidoa, Somalia

Makeshift, temporary shelter made of plastic and clothing at a refugee center in Baidoa, Somalia.