Dr Toyin Ajao engages the world as a globetrotter, storyteller, public scholar, feminist activist, creative healing facilitator, and holistic researcher and practitioner. She is the Director and Founder of iAfrika Centre for Holistic Research and Praxis. She received an MA in Conflict, Security and Development from King’s College London and BSc Accounting from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife. She holds a PhD in Political Science from the University of Pretoria, where she was previously a lecturer of International Relations. Ajao is a Research Associate, an alumna and a current alumni coordinator of the Africa Leadership Centre (ALC). She is also a former doctoral grantee of NextGen-SSRC, Andrew Melon Foundation and the ALC.
Ajao has over a decade of work experience and consultancies for several change-making feminist organisations including Baobab for Women’s Human Rights, Communicating for Change, Women’s Technology Empowerment Centre, Resource Center for Women and Girls, Association for Progressive Communication, African Women’s Development Fund, Women’s Health and Equal Rights Initiative, African Queer Youth Initiative, Kvinna till Kivnna, Protection International, INCRESE, Feminist Republik and Urgent Action Fund-Africa.
She is an internationally award-winning blogger and a former co-editor of KIND’s ‘free2run’ (women in politics) blog. A panelist at the 55th UN Commission on the Women Status, New York, where she advocated for the need to document women’s participation in peacemaking in Africa.
Reputable platforms such as Routledge, Matatu, Kujenga Amani, ASA, Sahara Reporters and Pambazuka have published her work. She has served as a peer-reviewer to several academic journals including the Journal of African Media Studies and IPSS. Her research foci comprise cultures of peace, posthuman security, conflict transformation, new media, visionary feminism, healing justice, gender and sexual rights. She is a board member of Vision Spring Initiatives, Connecting the Dots Feminist Institute, and Equality Triangle Initiatives.
iAfrika Trustees are from a diverse pool of African intellectuals, practitioners, researchers and transformational rebels. In their personal and professional lives, they respect and live diversity. They promote and stand up for the inclusion of every human regardless of their sexual orientation, non/religion or gender. They are committed to equality and African-led ideas for the transformation of Africa. They invest in the realization of Africa that is conscious, holistic and connected. Meet iAfrika Board of Trustees: