Toyin Ajao awarded PhD from University of Pretoria

Dr Toyin Ajao

The African Leadership Centre is very pleased to announce that Dr Toyin Ajao recently completed her PhD study at the University of Pretoria where she was a university staff member in the Political Sciences Department until 2016, teaching International Relations. Her thesis, titled Citizen Journalism and Conflict in Africa: The Ushahidi Platform in Kenya’s 2008 Post-Election Violence was passed on 25 January 2018. The thesis argues that the ubiquitous and fast-growing Internet platform in Africa has given opportunities to a new set of non-state actors to offer nonviolent intervention in addressing protracted conflicts with the use of the new media technology.  Her examiners considered her argument timely and relevant in the continuous debates on human-led peace processes. Very many congratulations to Dr Ajao from all at ALC!

Dr Ajao is an alumna and an associate of the ALC at King’s College London and Nairobi. She is also an alumna of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria. Dr Ajao was a Social Science Research Council (Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa), Andrew Melon Foundation and ALC (supported by the Carnegie Corporation of New York) doctoral grantee. Her research foci include human security, peace processes, African healing mechanisms, cultures of peace, conflict transformation, Social media activism, new media technology, citizen journalism, visionary feminism, and sexual rights. Dr Ajao’s academic contributions have appeared on several online platforms such as Kujenga Amani and Pambazuka and also in reputable peer review journals such as Matatu publications.

Dr Ajao recently moved to Casablanca where she is contributing to the Neighbourhood Association IDMAJ project that provides life skill and language training to the marginalized shantytown of Sidi Moumen, as a way of bridging theory and praxis to advance public scholarship. She is also working on an extract from her thesis for a chapter contribution to the Routledge Handbook of African Media and Communication: Emerging voices in African Media and Communication Studies. Dr Ajao intends to dive into a longitudinal ethnographic research on secular healing mechanisms in Africa as a long-term and alternative voice in conflict and post-conflict trauma remedy in Africa. She also engages in poetry, essays, short stories, and fictional and nonfictional prose.

Many congratulations again Dr Toyin Ajao from everyone at ALC!

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