Dr Toyin Ajao, the Director and Founder of iAfrika engages with the world as a freethinker, globetrotter, storyteller, public scholar, feminist activist, holistic researcher and creative healing practitioner. She holds a PhD in Political Science from the University of Pretoria, where she previously lectured on International Relations. Her PhD focus was conflict transformation and new media technology within the nexus of citizen journalism. She received an MA in Conflict, Security and Development from King’s College London and BSc in Accounting from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife.
Ajao is a Research Associate, an alumna and a former 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, AWDF, COFEM, 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 panellist 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 in 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.