Current Institutional Affiliation
Lecturer II, History and Langauages

Award Information

Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa: Doctoral Dissertation Research Fellowship 2016
Institutional Affiliation (at time of award):
History and International Relations, Obafemi Awolowo University
A Historical Analysis of Nigerian Women Peacekeepers in United Nations Peacekeeping Operations in Africa

This study details Nigerian women (soldiers and police) peacekeepers' (combatants and non-combatants) gallantry efforts as sexual violence problem-solving forces and 'protector' of local women in armed conflicts. It examines gender reflections in the selection, training and deployment of Nigerian troops and contingents, the implication of these reflections on the protection of women in armed conflict situations and the strategies employed by Nigerian women peacekeepers to protect themselves against indecent interactions of male colleagues and superiors and meet the particular needs of women and girls in armed conflict situations. Using questionnaire survey, in-depth interview, focus group and records of policies, programs and debriefing reports from the Army and Police archives, memoirs and diaries of former peacekeepers and secondary sources, this study details the status of Nigerian women peacekeepers as an integral part of conflict related sexual violence problem-solving force in UN peacekeeping operations in Africa.