Toyin Ajao a social scientist public scholar, feminist activist, writer, researcher, creative healing facilitator and new media and conflict transformation expert. Dr. Toyin Ajao holds a PhD in Political Science from the University of Pretoria, South Africa, where she was also a lecturer of International Relations. Dr Ajao is an alumna and an associate of the Africa Leadership Centre (ALC) at King’s College, London and Nairobi where she completed a prestigious Women Peace and Security Fellowship and a Master’s in Conflict Security and Development. She is currently the Coordinator of the African Leadership Centre Alumni Association.
An award-winning international blogger, Dr. Ajao has her Bachelor’s from the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria. Dr. Ajao is a former doctoral grantee of the Social Science Research Council (SSRC) (Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa), Andrew Melon Foundation and ALC. Her experience and expertise have been valuable on the African continent as she has worked with organizations like Baobab for Women’s Human Rights, Communicating for Change and Women’s Technology Empowerment Centre.
Dr. Ajao’s research foci from multi-disciplinary lens include posthuman security, peace processes, African peace mechanism, cultures of peace, conflict transformation, social media activism, new media technology, citizen journalism, visionary feminism, and gender and sexual rights. Her current projects include a creative healing and writing platform to advance conflict transformation through a long-term longitudinal research project that dives into Afrocentric ancient healing wisdom. She runs an Afro-healing platform called Afrolick Wellness. Dr. Ajao has been published in the reputable Matatu Journal, and online platforms like Kujenga Amani, African Studies Association and Pambazuka .She is a board member of various progressive organisations in Africa including Vision Spring Initiatives, and Equality Triangle Initiative.
Toyin is Research Aide to Ms Bisi Adeleye Fayemi on the Leading Practitioners Programme.