Zainab Olaitan is a graduate of the University of Lagos, Nigeria where she obtained her Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Political Science with first class honours. She bagged her second degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics Honours at the University of Cape Town, South Africa as a 2018 Mandela Rhodes Scholar. In 2018, her first academic paper titled ‘Enlightenment ideas and Colonialism’ was selected for presentation at the 42nd world congress of the International Institute of sociology held at University of Witwatersrand, South Africa. Zainab is presently studying towards a Masters of Arts in Political Science at the University of Pretoria as a 2019 MasterCard foundation scholar. She recently co-authored a paper on the role of African Union in fostering women’s participation in peacebuilding, using Sierra Leone as a case study. She is keenly interested in contributing to research in Political thought, decolonisation, conflict studies and peacebuilding for the political and economic advancement of Africa.