Mrs Bilkisu Abdulmalik Bashir was born into the Abdulmalik and Ajanah families of Okene in Kogi State. The young Bilkisu started her early education at St. Peter’s School, London and proceeded to Ecole Active Bilingue, Paris, Marymount School, Paris, and completed her Primary education at Adeola Model School, Offa, Kwara State. She later attended Queen Elizabeth School, Ilorin where she obtained her West Africa Examination ‘Ordinary Level’ Certificate with distinction in 1975.
In pursuit of further knowledge, she proceeded to the School of Basic Studies Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria in 1975 and later obtained a degree in Law (LLB) from the same University in 1979 and was subsequently called to Nigerian Bar in 1980.
She served in the Ministry of Justice, Kano State as Pupil State Counsel in 1980/81. Throughout her period of service, she established a reputation of diligence to reckon with. Consequently, the Kano State Government in 1982, offered her appointment as Legal Officer/Assistant Secretary in the Kano State Housing Corporation where she rose through the ranks to the post of Deputy Director (Legal). In 1999, she joined the Federal Judiciary as the Secretary of the Federal Judicial Service Commission (a position she holds to date) and Acting Secretary, National Judicial Council (from 1999 to 2002).
As the Secretary and Acting Secretary of the FJSC and NJC respectively, she was able to, with the assistance of a few hands, lay the foundation structures of these organizations at their infant stage by way of creating departments, divisions, sections and units. These structures and staff strength were subsequently expanded. Today, the positive roles that these two organization are playing in the Nigerian judicial system cannot be over-emphasized.
Mrs. Bashir belongs to many professional bodies and Associations which include FIDA (International Federation of Women Lawyers), Nigerian Bar Association, Muslim Sisters’ Organisation, Kano, International Bar Association, the Nigerian Institute of Management and Institute of Corporate Marketing and Management in Nigeria.
She is a lover of art and this she has demonstrate with her support for creative endeavours, including an endowment for an Indigenous writing competition named after her late husband which she funded under the auspices fo the association of Nigerian authors (Abuja Chapter) for many years.