Toyin Ajao is a Peace and Conflict doctoral fellow and an associate of the African Leadership Centre. She is an alumna of the Africa Leadership Centre at King’s College, London and the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria.
- Toyin Ajao is an SSRC 2015-2016 Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa Doctoral Dissertation Research Fellow and a Next Gen 2017-2018 research completion fellow.
- She is also an Andrew Mellon grantee under the Peace and Security research theme at the University of Pretoria. Before moving to the completion stage of her PhD thesis, she was an assistant lecturer at the department of political sciences, University of Pretoria.
- Her research focus includes human security, conflict transformation, new media technology, citizen journalism, and gender and sexual rights. Prior to Ajao’s switch to the academia, she had worked with several change-making women’s rights and women in ICT organizations.
- She is a two-term international award winning blogger and a former co-editor of ‘free2run’ (women in politics) blog. She was 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. Her past work focused on women, gender, sexuality and social media activism.