Afolabi Adekaiyaoja

Global Shaper, Abuja Hub

Afolabi is a Nigerian writer, researcher and development adviser. His work has largely focused on development work and public policy. He has consulted on projects in the Nigerian energy off-grid market, developed policy on Nigeria's COVID-19 response, assisted clients in Nigeria's digital communications industry and supported the African Union Mission to the UN. He is also a co-founder of Twenty-Seven Productions, an audio-visual production company that works on telling unique African stories. He is also chair of the Board of Trustees of the LIMUN Foundation, a charity that uses Model UN to bring together young leaders from around the world to learn valuable skills to ensure a more cosmopolitan future. He is an avid writer and is on the editorial board of AFREADA, a pan-African journal of African literature that curates and publishes short stories by African writers. His writing has appeared in African Arguments, The Republic, Stears Business, Culture Custodian, Punch Newspapers and a short story in the Kalahari Review. He has degrees in International Relations from Queen Mary, University of London and SOAS, University of London, where he also co-chaired the 2019 African Development Forum. Between these degrees, he was a Social Inequality Fellow with a program called YearHere. When not working, he loves reading, travelling, watching movies and working on, as well playing, tabletop games.

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