Temilola Alanamu

Temilola Alanamu

Temilola Alanamu is an International Doctoral Scholar and African historian with a specialism in gender. She has already gained significant international experience in both education and civil society from as far afield as Ghana, Namibia and Nigeria.

She has two role models, her mother Bola Alanamu together with Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, the current Finance Minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and former Vice President of the World Bank. Temilola explains her reasons: “Both these women defy the stereotypical portrayal of the ‘African woman’. They are industrious, successful, highly respected in their fields and have effected change, in their own way, in their communities. Through their various charitable and non-profit activities, they inspire and empower women and girls in education and vocation. They are examples of what anyone, and not just women, can attain with hard work and determination.”

Temilola has thoroughly enjoyed the challenge presented by her doctoral studies saying: “My entire doctoral experience has been a sequence of proud moments. The support I received from women’s organisations and academic bodies for my work and research has been truly remarkable. Recently, I was asked by Oxford Bibliographies to write an entry concerning women in West Africa. It was an honour to be asked to write amongst renowned academics, experts and practitioners in all fields of research so early in my career.”

Her work in the field of gender and her experiences in Africa give her perhaps a unique insight into the importance of events such as International Women’s Day. She describes her views: “Society, in its entirety, is enhanced when all women are empowered. Communities need to recognise that true progress can only be achieved when all girls are educated on par with boys, when women can participate equally in politics, the economy and industry and when all females are free from violence and exploitation in all its forms. This can only be achieved through education, collaboration and dialogue between men and women from the grassroots to the international level.”