ìAfrika’s Founder in The News

Early this year, an internationally acclaimed magazine, The Africa Report, which focuses on African politics and economics reportage published 10 African Scholars to Watch in 2024 and ìAfrika’s founder, Dr. Toyin Ajao proudly made the list.  We are ever proud and we thank the renewed journalist, Sherrif Bojang Jr. who curated this list and The Africa Report for their recognition. We wish Dr. Toyin Ajao the very best of 2024 as she…

Development Update

Following a productive year that included our inaugural conference, iAfrika is pleased to establish its presence in Nigeria and internationally. To enable us better meet our goals, we are taking a much-needed break to restructure our work, services and delivery and we hope to return soon with some exciting updates. Your continued support is much appreciated!

Watch Facebook Live Mental Health Conversation Video

Here is the video of the Facebook Live conversation on breaking mental illnesses silence in Nigeria. The profound take away from this courageous conversation is to continue this marathon one step at a time, be #unashamed about mental illnesses,seek holistic and not dehumanizing interventions using the closing gap on factual information and knowledge (now at our finger tips) to improve your mental health. Your mental health is connected to your emotional, physical…

Facial Markings Alive and Well Among Millennials and Generation Z

When my hānai brother, who knew about my ongoing research on children’s scarification in Africa, sent through Nduka Orjinmo’s BBC Article, I read it with great excitement. I quickly appreciated the empirical style used in curating the stories and images of scarification bearers featured but noticed two gaping pieces of misinformation. First, although the Federal Government has enacted a law banning the markings of children in Nigeria, it has not largely deterred…

Normalising mental health needs in Nigeria: A wake-up call

When researching the African feminists healing praxis for the African Women’s Development Fund’s (AWDF) Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing Knowledge Series in 2021, I stumbled upon a shocking discovery. The federal government of Nigeria has almost entirely neglected mental healthcare throughout its 61 years of independence. There has never been a comprehensive mental health act, which addresses citizens’ mental health needs. Mental health conditions, such as intergenerational traumas, depression, anxiety disorders, suicidal…

Lessons from Kahlil Gibran by Fakhrriyyah Hashim

I learnt from Kahlil Gibran, On Love, that “love is sufficient unto love”, That love is a spectrum of many colours that when those different shades converge, they reproduce their alliance in hue. And that’s a little like love.That those intimate reflexes one gets when their ears are sealed off with sweet offerings, in tones and letters, in glances and melody, the rallying giggles that upsets one’s stomach for a split second.…

Nigerian Youth: The Dangling Meat Between SARS and SWAT

Within 24 hours of its origination, about 100,000 Twitterati massively unfollowed Buhari, the ‘sleepy’ leader who has ‘remained unmoved’ towards the #ENDSARS protests. The following day, on 11th October 2020, the Inspector General of Police Mohammed Adamu dissolved the infamous Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS). But many believed the president did not give a hoot because it took days of online activism and nation-wide protests to get any response on a persisting headache…

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