Name: Basiru Adeniyi Okanlawon
Host Institution: Jomo Kenyatta university of Agriculture and Technology
Course: Msc research Methods
Thesis: Vulnerability to climate change and variability: A gender analysis of Forest-Based communities of Southwest Nigeria
Basiru Adeniyi Okanlawon from Nigeria is a graduate (MSc) student of Research Methods at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Kenya. One of the postgraduate programmes uniquely and specially developed by the scholars in Africa is MSc in Research Methods taught only in Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Kenya. Basiru scholarship is under the EU supported Intra-ACP SHARE s project. His MSc research focused on “Vulnerability to climate change and variability: A gender analysis of Forest-Based communities of Southwest Nigeria” won him the 2015 African Forest Forum (AFF) fellowship. The fellowship was awarded to him for his MSc research, targeting how climate change affect gender both young and old through social life and source of livelihood, also adaptation strategies adopted in the face of the effect in forest based communities of Southwest Nigeria. Through this fellowship, Basiru was supervised and mentored by Professor J.B.N.Mukundi, seasoned Professor of Landscape from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Kenya, and also an expert Biometrician by profession from ICRAF, (World Agroforestry Centre, Nairobi Kenya) Dr. Vincent Onguso Oeba. Through their mentorship and opportunity, Basiru established a cordial relationship between AFF, JKUAT, Nigeria Meteorological Agency and Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Nigeria during his research study. He was able to gathered gender perception and belief on climate change, sensitized the dwellers, created awareness on climate change and identification of causal and the effect of some activities leading to the this phenomenon. These have started contributing to the global effort in combating climate change menace in Southwest Nigeria.
This career path and growth would not have been possible without the academic mobility opportunity which is increasingly becoming important among and between universities in Africa. At JKUAT, Basiru has opportunity to interact and learn together with colleagues from several other African countries including, among others, Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi, Zambia, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Sudan, Ghana, Tanzania, Mozambique, and Ethiopia, Malawi, Kenya That great opportunity has also enabled Basiru to participate in many trainings and workshops to acquire diverse additional skills, including teaching skills, scholarly writing, research approach and proposal writing organised by JKUAT and University of Nairobi by Professor Parin Kurji. Basiru hopes to build upon these exposures and networks to engage in collaborative creating awareness on climate change and variability, gender empowerment, gender oriented capacity building programmes, knowledge sharing and dissemination of research findings that will benefit Africa and his home country Nigeria.