Dr Tonson Sango

Director of Operations

Tonson is an academic and entrepreneur. He is passionate about politics and international development, and works to educate and empower young people. He is an expert on international conflict analysis, the role of traditional African institutions in conflict dynamics and the impact of conflict on community development.

At Books2Africa, he oversees the day-to-day operations of the charity, organises the logistical processes of aid distribution across Africa and liaises with academic institutions, governmental and non-governmental institutions and corporate sponsors to monitor and evaluate the charity’s impact. Tonson promotes the work of Books2Africa via speaking engagements such as at United Nations events, the University of Oxford and the BBC amongst others.

Tonson has a PhD and an MA in International Conflict Analysis from the University of Kent, and a BA in History and International Studies from Babcock University. He is a member of the Conflict Research Society and the Royal African Society. He was previously a Senior Researcher at the Centre for Conflict Studies, Middlebury Institute of International Studies; Campaigner at World Development Movement (Global Justice Now) and Reading Committee member at Chevening. He has lectured International Relations and related subjects at the University of Kent, Cambridge Arts and Science College, London Foundation Campus, Cusano University and Florida State University. He was awarded a bursary by the Institute for Historical Research to complete his PhD thesis on “The Role of Traditional Rulers in Protracted Communal Conflicts in Nigeria”.

Tonson enjoys playing football.

University

PhD, International Conflict Analysis
University of Kent, Canterbury, 2013

MA, International Conflict Analysis
University of Kent, Canterbury, 2007

BA, History and International Studies
Babcock University, Ogun State, 2006

Other

Advanced European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL).
University of Kent, Canterbury, 2009

Certificate of Proficiency in Information Systems Management (CPISM)
Aptech, Abuja, 2005

Academic Skills

Reading
Writing
Teaching and public speaking
Research
Editing

IT Skills

Microsoft Office
Web design, HTML, CSS, Javascript
Graphic design, Adobe CC
Video editing, Adobe CC

Other Skills

Project Management
First Aid
Forklift Licence

Language Skills

English
Hausa

Coronavirus (Covid-19) updates

A quick update about what Books2Africa is doing in response to these uncertain times caused by the outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19). Our top priority is the health and wellbeing of our staff, volunteers and supporters. Key to this is following government recommendations closely. Thankfully no suspected cases of COVID-19 have been reported amongst our staff and volunteers. Our Processing Centre in Canterbury is still operational and well stocked with the enough books and resources to ship to Africa.

Please read our updates below on steps taken to minimise the risk to staff, volunteers and supporters.

  • Public Book Collections Suspended: Effective today, we are suspending our collection service for book donations by members of the public in the UK. Although this will affect our book donation numbers, it would reduce the workload on our paid staff who continue to work during this difficult period to ensure the charity remains operational. This will be reviewed at the end of Easter on 14th April 2020.

  • Warehouse Volunteering Suspended: Effective today, we are suspending all volunteering work at the Processing Centre in Canterbury. This means all our UK and International Volunteers are no longer allowed to come into the Canterbury site. Although this will affect our processing and sorting capacity, it makes it easier for us to enforce government advise on social distancing and minimise the risk to paid staff who continue to work normal hours, ensuring our charity shop remains operational and shipments to Africa are dispatched. This will be reviewed at the end of Easter on 14th April 2020.

  • Online Volunteering: During this suspension of warehouse volunteering, we will be assigning all our volunteers to our Education Team to work on a variety of fundraising tasks online. To this end, all our International Volunteers are required to attend an online Skype meeting with our Director of Education on Wednesday 25th March at 9:30 am. UK volunteers who would like to join in can also email [email protected] to indicate their interest in order to receive further instructions on joining the meeting.

 

 
Finally a word of encouragement – Do not be afraid, stay safe and continue to have faith that this will soon pass. 
  • The strictest hygiene standards are being followed at our Processing Centre, with hand sanitisers, disinfectant sprays, plastic gloves and posters reminding staff, volunteers and supporters to wash their hands regularly and wipe their work surfaces.

 

  • No contact deliveries: Couriers delivering boxes to the Processing Centre will no longer require you to sign by hand on delivery. Rather, they are advised to enter your initials.

 

  • Drop-offs and tours suspended: From next week, drop-off appointments by members of the public will be suspended until further notice. Until then, staff and volunteers are advised to receive deliveries without contact and avoid giving members of the public tours of the Processing Centre.

 

We appreciate your understanding as the situation evolves and reassure you that we will take necessary steps to ensure your safety whilst trying to also fulfil our charitable objectives. If you need any support or advice, you can send us an email [email protected]

Thank you for your continued support and do subscribe to our coronavirus updates if you want to be remain updated.
Books2Africa UK Team

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Shipping and delivering 1 million books every year
involves the following:

Volume
  • 20,000 books fit in 1 x 20ft container
  • 1,000,000 books fit in 50 x 20ft containers
  • 4 x 20ft containers shipped monthly
Costs
  • £5,000 to process, ship and clear each container of 20,000 books
  • £20,000 delivers 4 containers monthly
Fundraising Target
  • 2,000 individuals giving £10 or more monthly, or 50 corporate partners sponsoring 1 container per year. Thank you.

30%

Processing in the UK

30%

Freight from the UK

40%

Clearing and haulage in Africa

Books2Africa is a UK registered charity number 1152599