The Pan-African frontiers and identities project at SOAS University of London warmly welcomes Dr Wando to the team as the Postdoctoral Research Fellow for Regional Security in Africa. He will specifically conduct research into the utility of Pan-Africanism as a policy tool in relation to regional responses to Boko Haram and other violent groups in the Lake Chad Basin region of West-Central Africa.
Dr Wando completed his PhD in African History and War Studies at King’s College London. His thesis studied humanitarian aid in Borno, Nigeria in response to Boko Haram’s insurgency.
Prior to his PhD, he worked as a Programme Officer in Neem Foundation, a humanitarian and development-focused non-governmental organisation (NGO) operating in Borno State and across Nigeria. This role prominently included him leading the establishment of early warning systems in rural communities in North-Eastern Nigeria that had been affected by the insurgency.
Dr Wando said: “I am super excited to be joining the pan-African Frontiers project at SOAS! Over the next three years I look forward to working closely with Daniel and Mikal in making dynamic and novel contributions to the understanding and study of Pan-Africanism.”