Chika Ezeanya-Esiobu is convinced of the ability of Africans to transform Africa. She is of the view that the acknowledgement of the significance of Africa’s indigenous knowledge – in all fields of human endeavor – is key to the continent’s advancement. A researcher, teacher, non-fiction and fiction writer, and a public intellectual, Chika holds a Ph.D. in African Development and Policy Studies from Howard University in Washington D.C.
At the core of Chika’s research interests is the multidisciplinary exploration of indigenous knowledge, homegrown, and grassroots based approaches to the sustainable advancement of Sub-Saharan Africa. Chika is also interested in education as a tool for Sub-Saharan Africa’s transformation. Among her previous research works include a recently concluded International Development Research Center (IDRC) Canada commissioned project on utilizing indigenous technology to create employment for women in rural areas in Rwanda. Chika has conducted research on indigenous knowledge and homegrown approaches to sub-Saharan Africa’s growth for such organizations as the United Nations University World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER), United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD), the Swedish International Development Agency (Sida). She has also worked as a consultant in the World Bank Africa region.
Chika’s very first attempt at fiction writing became one of six manuscripts (out of 250 submissions) shortlisted for the Penguin Publishers Award for African Writing. Excerpts of the book can be read at http://www.beforewesetsail.com.
Chika’s lifetime passion is to contribute to efforts that would see to the unleashing of the suppressed creative and innovative energies, buried deep in the hearts and minds of all Africans.
Chika has lived and worked in four countries spread across three continents and through her travels has learned to value integrity, dignity, respect for self and others, cooperation over competition, to be open to knowledge and to smile often with her heart.
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