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The pioneer Director, Information Technology Department, Voice of Nigeria (VON), Mohammed Danjuma Usman, is dead. 

 Usman was rushed to the hospital where he died on Monday night, 20th April, 2020 after a brief illness. 

Born in Mubi, Adamawa state, in 1958, Mohammed Danjuma Usman grew up in Numan where he commenced primary education at Numan III Primary School in 1971 and completed it in 1976. 

He thereafter gained admission into Comprehensive Secondary School, Numan in 1976. He spent only two years before proceeding to Government Technical Secondary School in 1978.

The young Danjuma finished from Technical Secondary School in 1981 and worked briefly with the former Gongola Broadcasting Corporation (GBC), Yola. 

Eeager to pursue his academics, he left the shores of the country to United Kingdom where he attended the London School of Radio Television Studies from 1983 to 1984. He returned home in 1984 and joined GBC Yola as a Producer III Heading Hausa and Fulfulde Languages. That was the position he held until 1987 when he was awarded a scholarship to study Broadcasting and Cinema at Columbia College, Hollywood by the defunct Gongola state government.

While still at the London School of Radio Television Studies, Mohammed Danjuma also joined, Columbia College, Hollywood, Los Angeles California, USA in 1988.  He was in the college between 1988-1992 where he studied and graduated with Bachelor of Arts in Broadcasting and Cinema. He majored in Cinema. 

At the time of his graduation from CCHW, he had reached the exemption age from National Youth Corp Service (NYSC) programme.  Resting only for a few months, in 1993 Danjuma resumed at the University of La Verne, La Verne, California, where in 1995 he graduated with a Master of Arts Degree in Communications.

With a first degree in broadcasting and cinema, a second degree in communications, two years later, he explored other areas of study by attending the Strayer University, Washington DC where he enrolled in 1997 and graduated in 2001 with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Networking Engineering.

Usman started work early.  He joined the former Gongola Broadcasting Corporation (GBC), Yola in 1981 where he worked as a producer for seven years before proceeding for further education.

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