The beautiful award ceremony was held yesterday and I was so happy to share this special occasion with some of my closest friends.
|Aunty Juju (Juliet) - silent fighter for justice and women's right, all time energetic Cindy, my Massey sisters - Dina & Swathi|
|My Lohifa!!!!! Friend sister from high school days in Nigeria, My Baby Myles, Devon, Dina & Passionate Ronke|
|LOL - Because Myles needs to look at the Camera!|
|Such an honour to meet Prof. Sedra himself! Without this man, graduate students like myself will not have a minimum funding package. I feel so privileged to hold an award in his name!!!|
|I have the best friends ever!! A big shout out to my friend Ada Esonwanne for buying me this dress so that I can slay at this award ceremony!!|
|Christine Karcza - One of the incredible women that rock my world - I have the privilege of also having her as mentor from my Massey family|
to be there for me to write my applications, feed me, make sure my hair style is appropriate and even buy me what to wear for my award ceremony!
I am very aware that all that I have today and my ability to walk around the University of Toronto campus feeling entitled to some respect and dignity is because of the people that have come before me and the sacrifices many people continue to make for me and people that look like me.
|L-R: Prof. Adel Sedra, Me!, Prof. Meric Gertler - University of Toronto President and Tye Farrow - Director of University of Toronto Alumni Association|
It is truly my hope that the awards I have received this year and the PhD program I am in serves as a vehicle for me to advance the cause for us to build a public schooling system that dismantles colonial structures in our society, disrupts social inequities, restores justice and supports the creation of a democratically transformed and equitable Africa and world.
It is my prayer that more young people in my generation also figure out what justice and equity looks like for the marginalized populations in their respective fields, so that as a collective we can act together to pass on a more just world and sustainable world to the next generation.