Alhaji Aliyu Akwe Doma was born on September 1, 1942 in Doma, Nasarawa State.
He completed his primary education at Doma Junior Primary School and Lafia Senior Primary School between 1951 and 1957. He proceeded to Government Secondary School, Katsina and the Higher Teachers’ Training College, Gombe, where he obtained the Grade II teachers certificate in 1963.
He attended the University of Ibadan, where he graduated with a Diploma in Educational Drama in 1966, and obtained British Certificate in Drama in 1968 from the British Drama League, London.
Doma also obtained the following qualifications:
- International Diploma in Advanced Tourism Studies, Turin, Italy (1973);
- Certificate in Management Studies, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria and
- Masters Degree in Public Administration, Ambrose Ali University, Ekpoma.
He joined Northern Nigeria Regional Government, in Kaduna, as a Tourism/Cultural
Affairs Officer in 1966 and rose rapidly through the ranks to become the Chief Tourism/Cultural Affairs Officer of the defunct Benue-Plateau State in 1975. He later switched to the Administrative cadre and became Resident for Nasarawa Division. In May 1976, he was appointed Permanent Secretary.
In July 1983, Alhaji Doma became the Deputy Governor of Plateau State.
He represented Nigeria at the 1st World Festival of Negro Arts in Dakar, Senegal in 1966; laid the foundation for cultural renaissance and revival in Northern Nigeria, including the upgrading of the Argungu Fishing Festival to international standard.
In 1970, he organised and led the Nigerian Cultural delegation to the International Expo ’70 in Montreal Canada as well as the Nigerian delegation to the All Africa Festival of Arts and Culture in Algiers, Algeria in 1976.
Aliyu Doma was appointed the Artistic Director for the World Black and African Festival of Arts and Culture (FESTAC ’77), and Foundation Chairman of the Centre for Black and African Arts and Civilisation (CBAAC) in 1989.
His other appointments include membership of:
- Presidential Committee of Patrons for the 7th OAU/AEC Trade Fair, 1997.
- Presidential Committee on the future of Higher Education in Nigeria, 1996 – 1998.
- Presidential Joint Consultative Committee of Traditional Rulers and Leaders of Thought, 1995 – 1998.
- Technical Committee of the Presidential Council on Tourism, 2004.
- Presidential Delegate to the National Political Reform Conference, 2005.
In his career path he has bagged professional honours which include:
- Fellow of the Society of Nigeria Theatre Artistes (FSONTA), 1991.
- Fellow of the Institute of Management Consultants, 1997.
- Fellow of the Institute of Financial Management Consultants of Nigeria, 1993.
- National Arts Council Award of Honour, 2001.
- Pillar of Abuja Carnival, 2009.
He was at various times a member of the Nigerian Peoples’ Party (NPP); National Republican Convention (NRC); United Nigeria Congress Party (UNCP); National Chairman, All Nigerian Peoples Party (ANPP) and a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
In April 2007, he contested and won the Governorship election in Nasarawa State on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party. He was a delegate to the 2014 National Conference.
He has the following honours and distinctions to his credit:
- Officer of the Order of the Niger (OON), Nigeria.
- Officer of the Order of Mono (OOM) – Republic of Togo, 1973.
- Doctor of Philosophy: Ph.D (Honorary Causa) in Public Administration by Presidential University, Kiev, Ukraine, 2008.
- Doctor of Letters: D.Litt (Honorary Causa), University of Jos.
- Nelson Mandela Gold Award for Leadership by Pan-African Transparent Leadership Centre, Accra-Ghana, 2008.
- Kwame Nkrumah African Leadership Award by West African International Magazine, 2008.
He also holds the following renowned traditional titles:
- The Okuba-Madauchi of Doma Kingdom
- The Olimene-Attah of Igala Kingdom
The Ajifin of Jukun Nation (Kwararafa)