Nigerian-born United States’ based scholar, Dr Cyril Obi, has been appointed to direct the Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa programme, an initiative of Social Science Research Council.
According to a statement from SSRC, Obi, who is the Programme Director of the organisation’s African Peacebuilding Network, will be responsible for building “new synergies between these efforts (SSRC and NGSSA), connecting both pre-doctoral and post-doctoral fellows and each programme’s broader networks of scholars and partners in the region.
“This ambitious goal, with the critical support of Carnegie Corporation of New York, of nurturing an integrated and sustained research capacity in Africa on issues of peace, security, and development.”
The statement went on to reveal that the two programmes have awarded grants to 421 fellows in the last seven years.
Before joining the APN in 2012, Obi was also a Senior Researcher and Leader of the Research Clustre on Conflict, Displacement and Transformation at the Nordic Africa Institute in Uppsala, Sweden.
He was also a Senior Research Fellow at the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs where he is an Associate Research Professor.
In 2004, Obi who obtained his PhD in Political Science from the University of Lagos, was the second recipient of the Claude Ake Visiting Chair at the Department of Peace and Conflict Research at the University of Uppsala