Adedayo Oluwakayode Adekson

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In 2016, Adedayo Oluwakayode Adekson founded The African Development Imperative (TADI) to interrogate how and why economic, political and social inequalities violently radicalize certain young people of African descent. TADI operationalizes youth as individuals aged 18 to 35 who subsist on the periphery and for whom access to education, full employment, equitable political participation, security and upward mobility is routinely unattainable. In turn, devised solutions to these ills are grouped into three discrete but overlapping clusters, namely violent radicalization and extremism mitigation, entrepreneurship and innovation, and activism and governance. Concurrently, TADI’s Advisory Services Practice deploys bespoke expertise at the behest of myriad stakeholders in order to empower young people and alter the trajectories of their lives.

As its Chief Executive Officer, he liaises with other entities for partnership cultivation and maintenance purposes, superintends logistical matters affecting this incipient organization and shares his expertise with other entities. Adedayo Oluwakayode Adekson took an undergraduate degree in International Studies and a masters degree (with extensive coursework at George Washington University) in International Development at American University’s School of International Service. Moreover, he holds masters and doctoral degrees in Political Science from the University of Maryland and is an alumnus of the Nonprofit Management Executive Program at Georgetown University.

Adedayo O Adekson is the author of several monographs and reviews, with the most seminal being The ‘Civil Society’ Problematique: Deconstructing Civility and Southern Nigeria’s Ethnic Radicalization (London; New York: Routledge, 2003/2012). His interests include, inter alia, the political economy of development, politics of perception and representation, digital divide, capacity building, youth development, education, social entrepreneurship and innovation, civil-military and state-society relations, nexus between security, gender and development, global health, repercussions of state capacity or lack thereof, conflict prevention and management, violent extremism mitigation, early warning and action, post-conflict reconstruction, peace-building efforts, rule of law, human rights, and democratization theory and practice.

  • Education
    • University of Maryland
    • American University
    • George Washington University
    • Georgetown University