Chief Joe Kyari Gadzama SAN is the first boy (but fourth child) among five siblings born in Mubi, Adama-wa state on November 28, 1961 to the family of the Late Inspector Kyari Lassa and Mrs Saratu Kyari Ali.
After primary education, in 1975, Gadzama enrolled at the Teachers’ College, Song, in Adamawa State, from where he proceeded to to the Borno College of Basic Studies (BOCOBS) and to the University of Maiduguri, where he emerged the Best Graduating student in the Faculty of Law.
Gadzama was later called to Bar in 1986 after several years of legal practice he was conferred with the pres-tigious rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria in 1998.
Chief Gadzama’s resilient desire to achieve greatness has no doubt helped him gained numerous honours and pre-ferrements as follows: He is a Life Member, Body of Benchers; Member, Presidential Policy Advisory Com-mittee (1999) and Member, National Committee on the Reform and Harmonization of Arbitration and ADR Laws in Nigeria. Equally, he is Member, Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission and General Council of the Bar.
From 2002-2003, Gadzama served as Member, Council of Legal Education. He also served the Nigerian Bar As-sociation as both Pioneer Chairman, Section on Public Interest and Development Law and Member, National Executive Committee of the Association.
More to his wealth of experience in his field of spe-cialization, he held the post of Vice Chairman, Abuja Chapter, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (Nigeria) and Chairman, Association of Center for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR) Accredited Mediators of Nigeria.
In recognition of his numerous services to the nation, Gadzama was conferred with the National Honour of Member, Order of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, (MFR).