Bolaji Abdullahi was commissioner for education in Kwara State and Minister of Youth Development and Sports in Nigeria. He obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communication from the University of Lagos. He also holds a Distinction Masters of Arts degree in Governance and Development from the University of Sussex in the United Kingdom, which he attained as a Chevening Scholar.
A former editor with ThisDay Newspapers, Abdullahi has written extensively over the years on policy and development. Sweet Sixteen is his first book. He is also the author of On a Platter of Gold: How Jonathan Won and Lost Nigeria.