Oluwayemisi Elizabeth Ojo
As a child, I grew up in a typical Nigerian village and even now, my memories are filled with Colour, beauty, green and a large community of people who are diverse and resilient in every way. This is the Africa I grew up to see in my head even when I faced crisis; like the ethno-religious crisis that claimed my father’s life while I was a young child, or my wrenching experience documenting stories of displaced people across the north central Nigeria due to farmer herder crisis. Africa like every continent has her story and this story is both sour and sweet. This is the balance I seek to see whenever I hear stories about Africa, and ultimately this is the reason I am here.
My name is Oluwayemisi (Yemisi) I hold a B A degree in English Language. I have a background in media and storytelling and have served as communication officers for both national and international Non-profit Humanright organizations working in Africa. I also run a podcast I called Made of Chaos NG where I share stories of change makers in Africa working with marginalized populations such as refugees, vulnerable children and people living with disabilities. I currently work as a Project Officer at the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) where I develop educational resources on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD).
I am interested in a range of development issues around Education for Sustainable Development, Social inclusion, Youth Development; Decent Work and Economic Growth, and Peace and security.
As an individual aspiring to hold leadership positions in policy-making in Africa, my overall aim of seeking to pursue the Master in African studies is to increase my theoretical and analytical skills around the discourse on global Africa. I hope with the interdisciplinary skills I would have gotten after my studies in EIMAS, the cross cultural experiences and my personal development I am able to speak about Africa with better finesse and facilitate development cooperation and sociopolitical change.