Dr Toyin Ajao holds a PhD in Political Science from the University of Pretoria, majoring in conflict transformation and new media technology. She received an MA in Conflict, Security and Development from King’s College London and BSc Accounting from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife. Ajao has over a decade’s experience in research and praxes having trained with, worked with and consulted for several change-making institutions such as the African Leadership Centre, The Feminist Republik, Baobab for Women’s Human Rights, Communicating for Change, Women’s Technology Empowerment Centre, Association for Progressive Communication 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. Ajao is a Research Associate and an alumna of the Africa Leadership Centre (ALC) and a former lecturer of International Relations at the University of Pretoria. She is also a former doctoral grantee of NextGen-SSRC, Andrew Melon Foundation and the ALC.
While some of her publications can be found with Routledge, Matatu, Kujenga Amani, ASA, Sahara Reporters and Pambazuka, she has also served as a peer-reviewer to several academic journals including the Journal of African Media Studies and IPSS. Ajao is passionate about cultures of peace, posthuman security, conflict transformation, new media, visionary feminism, healing justice, gender and sexual rights. In Ajao’s work of life, she has continued to show dedications and creative edge to Africa’s transformation, cohesion, agency and renaissance. The passion to contribute to a legacy of healing and integrations of Africans has propelled her into birthing iAfrika where she presently serves as the pioneer director.
Dupe Kuku is a development communication professional that uses qualitative research to understand social phenomenon, influence advocacy and program design. She also uses storytelling and imagery to facilitate sensitive conversations on social and traditional media, in community engagements and policy advocacy on gender, health, sexuality, and sundry development interests. She is a Life Planning ambassador in Ogun State facilitating intergenerational dialogues on youth access to reproductive healthcare and services. Kuku has a Master’s Degree in Communication and Language Arts and a Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy from the University of Ibadan. She is the author of Tales of Mother and Northern Nights.
Michael Oluwafemi Ajisafe
Michael Oluwafemi AJISAFE is a professional writer and creative editor. His professional writing journey includes research and scriptwriting mastery. He has a BSc in Aquaculture and Fisheries Management Science and training in other creative skills include the art of writing. He is the author of the flash fiction collection book titled Moving Thoughts: Life of an Observer and Doer.