Sam Nda-Isaiah is the founder of LEADERSHIP Newspapers Group and currently a presidential aspirant on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC). His Monday column in LEADERSHIP under the combined titles of "Last Word" and "Earshot", which he started in Daily Trust before the establishment of LEADERSHIP, is one of the most popular columns in Nigeria. Through this column, he has firmly established himself as a pro-good governance exponent. Early versions of his articles, now distilled into a book entitled “NIGERIA: FULL DISCLOSURE”, are a compelling narrative on the audacity of the Nigerian paradox. His articles usually dwell on politics, the economy and global affairs. Many consider him a pundit on statecraft and geopolitics because he has advocated a new direction to governance that can move Nigeria from a Third World country to a First World nation. Born in Minna on May 1, 1962, he attended Christ Church School, Katsina Road, Kaduna, between 1968 and 1974; Government College, Kaduna, 1974–1979; and the University of Ife, now Obafemi Awolowo University, 1979-1983. While at Government College, Kaduna, he led the school to win the Kaduna State Schools Challenge – a quiz competition among all secondary schools in the then Kaduna State (now comprising Kaduna and Katsina states). At the University of Ife, he was the national editor-in-chief of the "Student Pharmacist", the official publication of all the pharmacy schools in Nigeria. On graduating as a pharmacist, Sam worked at the Minna General Hospital, after a stint at the Kano Specialist Hospital. He did his NYSC at the General Hospital, Ilawe Ekiti, and the State Hospital, Ikere Ekiti, both in Ekiti State, in 1984. In 1985, he joined Pfizer Products Limited where he worked until 1989. He resigned and launched into serial entrepreneurship. Sam was a member of the Daily Trust Editorial Board as well as a member of the committee appointed by the Kano State Government to revive The Triumph, the state-owned newspaper. His entrepreneurial spirit led him to establish the LEADERSHIP Group in 2003 with less than N1million. He started with LEADERSHIP CONFIDENTIAL, a subscription-only authoritative and elitist newsletter. It was successful. A year later, he started LEADERSHIP, first as a weekly newspaper, after launching “NIGERIA: FULL DISCLOSURE”, a compilation of his articles. The launch raised about N17 million, a sum that was not nearly enough to rent a good office in Abuja much less start a newspaper, but he forged ahead to start LEADERSHIP. Sam has often said that his credo is “Know your limits, then ignore it”. That must have guided his actions in starting a national newspaper with that kind of amount. Today, the LEADERSHIP GROUP is made up of LEADERSHIP, LEADERSHIP FRIDAY, LEADERSHIP WEEKEND, LEADERSHIP SUNDAY, LEADERSHIP HAUSA, GOVERNMENT and LEADERSHIP.NG. Until recently, he was also the chairman of Leadership Holdings Ltd, Lease Praxis Ltd, Oakhouse Forte Ltd, Banana Republic Ltd, Allan Woods Ltd (an education company modeled after the Washington Post Company), Free Press Ltd, Clayfields and Harrow Ltd, The Outsource Company Ltd, Integrat Mobile Aggregation Services Limited (a subsidiary of Integrat South Africa), Grayston 77 Limited, PPSG Group, Robertsham Hotel, Johannesburg, South Africa; and Leadership House Ltd, the investment company. He was a director of MAP Plc, Empire Securities Ltd, Health Reform Foundation of Nigeria (HERFON) as well as a member of the Board of Trustees of Nupe Foundation.