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The Crew

The Toyin Falola Interviews is run by a team of people spanning 3 continents. Our crew is made up of students and scholars from different fields, all with a shared goal and purpose to build a greater Africa.

Wale Ghazal

Executive Producer


Sirah Diallo

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 Sirah Diallo is a second year student at the University of Texas at Austin pursuing two majors in Public Relations and Plan II Honors and a minor in French.

Anna Lee Carothers


Administrative Coordinator

Anna Lee Carothers is currently a Master’s of Education student at the University of Texas at Austin. She aspires to be a teacher advocating for social justice and culturally relevant mental health practices in the classroom.

Olusegun Olopade

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Technical Associate

Olusegun Olopade is a graduate of Computer Science from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. He is a Web Developer, Creative Writer, Veteran Journalist, Poet, Critic, Activist, Professional Photographer, and the Founder of an International Literary Organization, Heart of Arts.

Ajoke Bodunde


Research Associate

With a Bachelors of Law (L.L.B) and an MSc in Gender Studies, Ajoke is deeply interested in the various ways gender and law intersect. She continues to garner skills that will render her useful in the areas of advocacy, policy reform and academia.

Jordan Joel



Jordan Osarenren Joel is a Nigerian Tissue Engineering MRes student at King's College London and a big fitness enthusiast. He is a fitness coach, a black belt in Taekwondo, owner of "The Phoenix Bootcamp", and has a vision to see Africa achieve its full potential. 

Sada Malumfashi



Sada Malumfashi is a writer and freelance journalist from Kaduna, Nigeria, and a fellow of RSF Germany’s Berlin Scholarship Programme as well as the founder of the literary arts collective Open Arts

Mmeso Onuoha

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Marketing Associate

Mmeso is a third-year Economics and African and African Diaspora Studies student with a minor in French and a certificate in Creative Writing on the Pre-Law track. She is passionate about using storytelling to help first-generation students rediscover and redefine their connection to the diaspora. 

Comfort Ajiboye

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Research Associate

Comfort Ajiboye is a first-year student at the University of Texas at Austin majoring in Neuroscience on the pre-med track. Through connecting with intellectuals within the diverse African community, she is excited to educate herself and inspire others to connect with their own cultural identities. 

Obinna Akahara


Executive Producer

Obinna is a student, coder and thinker. He believes in the mission to build a greater Africa and works towards this mission every day. 

Ndidi Akahara


Research Director

Ndidi is an MSc student of African Studies at the University of Oxford. She is a proponent of equal educational opportunities for all children, an aspiring writer and a global thinker interested in Literature, History, and Economics.

Maria Sailale

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Communications Associate

Maria Sailale is a second-year student at the University of Texas at Austin majoring in International Relations and Global Studies with a minor in Philosophy of Law on the pre-law track. She is excited about building intergenerational and diaspora communities through storytelling.

Semi Ojerinde


Marketing Associate

 Semi Ojerinde is a proud UT Longhorn. She is also a proud Nigerian with a huge love for Africa and its peoples!

Ozioma Akahara


Research Associate

Ozioma Akahara is currently a fourth year undergraduate student at the University of Texas at Austin, where she is studying Biology in the Pre-Medicine track. As a member of the team, she aims to ignite interest in African history.

Diana Dakik

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Diana is from Zambia, and has studied in Zambia, South Africa and the UK. This has given her a wide perspective on issues. She is co-host of the Mama Africa podcast.

Michelle Smith

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Marketing Associate

Michelle is a second-year at the University of Texas at Austin planning to major in Interior Design. She is passionate about creativity and the arts and is excited to learn from and unite a diverse set of people.

Paapa Nkrumah-Ababio

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Research Associate

Paapa is currently pursuing his Master’s degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs at Baylor University. Paapa is interested in the intersections of international development, education, and leadership in the African region. 

Ahmad Mustapha Geidam

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Ahmad Geidam is a graduate of Petroleum and Gas engineering from Liaoning University of Petroleum and Chemical Technology, P.R China.  His aspiration and passion in inspiring and helping young people change their mindsets, discover their talents and become productive youth.

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