Tonson is an academic and entrepreneur who is passionate about education, international development and politics, and currently serves as the Director of Operations at Books2Africa. He is an expert in international conflict analysis, with particular interest in the role of African traditional rulers in the dynamics of protracted conflicts, as well as traditional processes of conflict resolution within Africa.
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 football.
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
Advanced European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL).
University of Kent, Canterbury, 2009
Certificate of Proficiency in Information Systems Management (CPISM)
Aptech, Abuja, 2005
Teaching and public speaking
Graphic design, Adobe CC
Video editing, Adobe CC
Books2Africa’s UK Processing Centre is still open during the lockdown and we are still accepting donated items and shipping to Africa. You can still donate or request resources as usual. We’ve also launched our Personal Study Kit to help with home schooling across Africa.