Local West Africans to Present UMass Boston’s Darren Kew with Lifetime Achievement Award

Office of Communications | October 09, 2015
Local West Africans to Present UMass Boston’s Darren Kew with Lifetime Achievement Award

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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 TimesLos Angeles TimesWashington 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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Posted by Donna Haig Friedman | December 07, 2015 - 6:39 a.m.

Darren’s work in Nigeria and on campus and his ways of collaborating with colleagues and students are gifts to the world—- gifts we sorely need.

Thank you, Darren.


Posted by Imam AbdulRasheed Abubakar | November 01, 2015 - 12:28 p.m.

On behalf of the Center for Diversity, Peace, and Development, Inc. USA, I wish to congratulate Prof. Darren Kew for his selfless services, human development, and building bridges among different religious groups on the African continent.


Posted by Prof. Isaac Olawale Albert | October 13, 2015 - 12:54 a.m.

I congratulate Darren and do assure him that more awards are coming his way soon, most especially from Nigeria. He has contributed significantly toward uniting Nigerians and speaking positively for the country across the globe. We appreciate his efforts and do commend the Yoruba Elders International Society that gave him this award.