Cohort 1: Participants
Dr Aminu Olarewaju
Dr Aminu Oluwafunmilayo Olarewaju is an Early Career Researcher at the University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria. She obtained her undergraduate degree in Agricultural Science with First Class Honours from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria. Dr Aminu O. O. obtained M.Sc degree and received her Ph.D in Agricultural Extension and Rural Development from University of Ibadan, Nigeria. She had undergone research for organizations such as International Institute of Tropical Agriculture, Agricultural Research Council of Nigeria and Action Aid International. She is proficient in data coding, analysis and interpretation. She had scholarly articles that were published in both international and national journals. She is a reviewer for over 15 international journals. She is a member of professional bodies, namely International Research and Development Network of Children and Youth in Agriculture Programme (CYIAP-Network), Agricultural Extension Society of Nigeria (AESON) and Rural Sociological Association of Nigeria (RuSAN).
TO Molefe is an independent editor, co-operative organiser and researcher whose interests include: epistemologies, value systems and policies for solidarity and collective ownership and action in the social and solidarity economy; epistemic justice and decolonisation; and non-hierarchical, participatory and transformative research methods. He is an MPhil candidate in social policy and development at the University of Johannesburg in South Africa.
Agunbiade Doyinsola is researcher, educationalist and conflict resolution practitioner. Hi is a research fellow at the Department of Peace, strategic and humanitarian studies, University of Ibadan as well as a Principal Examinations officer at the National Examinations Council (NECO).
Christopher Ochanga Ngara
Dr. Ngara holds a PhD in Political Science from the Benue State University, Nigeria. He is a Research Fellow at the National Institute for Legislative and Democratic Studies, National Assembly, Abuja. Dr. Ngara was a lecturer at the Department of Political Science, Federal University Wukari, Taraba State. His research interests include: International Relations, Foreign Policy, Women in Politics, Election and Party Politics, Legislative Studies and State-Society Relations. He has published several research articles in local and international journals.
Dr Fadila Jumare
Dr. Fadila Jumare is a Research Fellow in the Department of Economic Development and Social Studies of the National Institute for Legislative and Democratic Studies (National Assembly), Abuja, Nigeria. She holds a Doctorate degree in Social Development (with specialization in Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission of HIV/AIDs) from University of Cape Town, South Africa in 2019. Prior to this, she obtained a Bachelor’s degree and Honours in Public Policy and Administration from the University of Cape Town, South Africa and a Master's degree in Development Studies from Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University Port Elizabeth, South Africa. She has received grants from the University of Cape Town as well as John and Margaret Overbeek. Her research has been published in peer-reviewed journals including Journal of Economics and Behavioural Studies, Journal of Sustainable Development, International Journal of Humanities and Social Science, Mediterranean Journal of Social Sciences,International Journal of Research and Innovation in Social Science and Nigerian Journal of Legislative Affairs. Her research interests include Health, Gender and Education Sector policies in Nigeria.
Sandra Munemo is a Masters of Population studies student at the University of Zimbabwe. She is a holder of an honours degree in Sociology obtained from the same university. She worked as a secondary school teacher teaching Sociology and History. She also worked as a researcher under the UZ-UNWOMEN Spotlight Initiative partnership to eliminate gender based violence against women in Zimbabwe. Sandra’s research focused on gender based violence against women with disabilities , specifically, the research focused on the forms of violence experienced by women with disabilities, socio-cultural factors responsible for the violence experienced and the utilisation of GBV services by women with disabilities. Her research interests are gender equality, reproductive health, climate change and migration.
Jacob Mahlangu graduated with a masters degree in International Relations at the University of Pretoria. In dvancing his career he is currently studying a postgraduate degree called 'early career advancement' at Gordon Institute of Business Science. He has spent the last couple of years tutoring underperforming students from University to high school. His dream is getting proper funding to finish his independent research based on decoloniality and fitting women in a patriarchal economy which favours men in terms of Business ventures and investments while hardworking women remain in poverty.
Victor is the head of the social protection unit at the social protection department at the Michael Imoudu National Institute to Labour Studies (MINILS), Ilorin, Kwara State, Nigeria. He holds a Master’s Degree in Peace and Development Studies from the University of Ilorin. Victor is a self-motivated, dedicated, and committed early career researcher, whose goal is to advance the course of social protection, social dialogue, peace, reduction of inequality and environmental development for all peoples’ of the world through research and policy advocacy. He has published a number of book chapters and journal articles and is an awardee of the 2021 Better Evidence Project mini-grant by the Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter School for Peace and Conflict Resolution, George Mason University, and the International Peace & Security Institute (IPSI) Research Grant in 2016.
Kolapo Quadri Abayomi is a researcher at the Department of Democratic Studies, National Institute for Legislative and Democratic Studies (NILDS)-Abuja, and PhD student at the Department of Political Science and International Relations, University of Abuja, Nigeria. His research interest includes International Relations and Comparative Politics, Legislative Studies, Policy Analysis, Election and Media, and Gender Studies. He has publications that cover Election and Electoral Processes, Subnational Legislative-Executive Relations, Abayomi’s current work includes “Transparency, Probity and Accountability in Nigeria (2021)”
Michelle Beeslaar is a South African public servant who served across portfolios of international relations, public administration capacity building, immigration, and environmental affairs. Her work for government was predominantly in Africa, stationed for numerous years in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). She left government to return to her socioeconomic justice activist roots and enter academia. She received a bursary from the Department of Science and Innovation – National Research Foundation to complete her Masters at the University of Pretoria where she was based with the Centre of Excellence in Food Security to research the governance response to the world’s largest ever listeriosis epidemic in 2017/18 in RSA. With her Masters submitted for examination and completion in September 2021, she will use her WARIA research to identify academic research gaps that respond to a societal need for her PhD. Her attention for 2021/2022 is on WARIA and, contributing to a consultancy she co-owns that is concentrated on the provision of project management and controls systems for large to mega projects with blue-chip local and multinational companies in the agricultural, construction, gas, entertainment and tourism, and mining sectors – in terms of research, writing and communications.
Olatunde Olaseni Taiwo
Olatunde is presently a Lisa Maskel PhD Fellow at the Department of History, University of Ghana. His primary research area is Deportations involving Nigeria, 1914-2020. Olatunde is also currently a junior Faculty at the Department of History and Diplomatic Studies, OOU, Nigeria. In April, October, and November 2019, Olatunde separately conducted archival investigations at the Gerald Ford Presidential Library/University of Michigan, the Friends Library Swarthmore College (Philadelphia), and the Robert Dole Institute of Politics /University of Kansas. Olatunde has been awarded grants/fellowships from the Gerda Henkel Siftung; Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation; Swarthmore College; University of Kansas; University of Birmingham (2019); the British Academy/Leverhulme Trust through Professor Richard Cleminson of the University of Leeds (2019); Michigan State University; and the Tertiary Education Trust Fund of Nigeria. Taiwo has presented at conferences in Birmingham and Oxford. Taiwo’s article-Knights of A Global Countryside is forthcoming in Nigeria Studies. Another of Olatunde’s papers-Digital History:Finding Nigeria’s Historiography in a Digital Age- is currently under review with Issues in Historiography. Additional publications focus on the history of Nigerian deportations and Insurgency/Counter Insurgency.
Osolafia Muhammad Egye is a Security Strategist and Conflict Resolution Expert Currently Working as a Principal Researcher with the National Institute for Legislative and Democratic Studies, NILDS is a Capacity Development Think Tank of the Nigerian National Assembly. Osolafia area of research interest are Demographic/Population Studies, Counter-Terrorist Financing and Money Laundry, Crisis Response and Disaster Management, Migration and Human Trafficking, Pastoralism and Transhumance Studies. Dr. Osolafia is an event manger and entertainer with passion in photography and graphic designing. He holds a Doctorate Degree in Peace and Conflict Studies with two (2) Master of Science Degree (MSc) in Security and Strategic (SSS) and Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution (PCR) respectfully.