Darren Kew Honored for More than Two Decades of Research and Social Justice Work in Nigeria
The Yoruba Elders International Society, a charitable organization made up of West Africans now living in Rhode Island, will present UMass Boston Professor Darren Kew with a lifetime achievement award on Saturday in Providence.
Kew has conducted research and done social justice work in Nigeria for the last two decades. He has served as an observer for Nigeria’s presidential election and has been interviewed by such national media outlets as the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, and Here & Now.
“I am extremely honored to receive this award from such a distinguished group of Nigerian Americans who remain deeply engaged in social change efforts back in Nigeria,” Kew said. “I have been privileged to meet many extraordinary Nigerians over the last 22 years of my research there, and I hope that my work reflects and honors their passion, commitment, and insights for peaceful, democratic development in Nigeria."
Kew, executive director of the McCormack Graduate School’s Center for Peace, Democracy, and Development, will be speaking at Saturday’s Yoruba Elders Lecture Event.
Last month, Kew gave a lecture at the Center for African Peace and Conflict Resolution at California State University, Sacramento, in commemoration of World Peace Day.
In addition to his work with the center, he is also associate professor and chair of the Department of Conflict Resolution, Human Security, and Global Governance. He has been a consultant to the United Nations, USAID, the U.S. State Department, and a number of NGOs.
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