Toyin Ajao is a Peace and Conflict doctoral fellow and an assistant lecturer at the University of Pretoria. She is an alumna and associate of the Africa Leadership Centre at King’s College, London. She is also an alumna of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria. Toyin is an SSRC 2015-2016 Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa Doctoral Dissertation Research Fellow. Her research focus includes human security, conflict transformation, citizen journalism, and gender and sexual rights.

South Africa | July 19, 2016

#FeesMustFall Uprising 2015: The Emergence of Youth Agency in South Africa’s Largest Post-Apartheid Protests

In October 2015, South African students took to the streets for weeks of protests under the slogan #FeesMustFall. The magnitude of the protests compelled all higher education institutions in the country to suspend educational activities, including tests and examinations. These events represented a bid to find a panacea to the looming cataclysm of increasing tuition […]

#FeesMustFall - students protest against the increase of higher fees
Research and Practice | September 26, 2014

Ushahidi Crowdsourcing Platform: A People-Centered Approach to Conflict Transformation in Kenya

“New media technologies have opened avenues for the African people to participate more directly, and more strategically, in public affairs. A closed door of morbid silence has suddenly been flung wide open, and different people-centered initiatives are emerging as the African general public utilizes these new technologies to address societal issues.”

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User displays the Ushahidi J2ME App for smartphones.