Bonny Ibhawoh

Dr. Bonny Ibhawoh

Associate Professor, Department of History, McMaster University, Hamilton, ON. Born: Nigeria.

Dr. Bonny Ibhawoh teaches African, Global and Human Rights History at McMaster University’s Department of History. He also teaches in the Institute on Globalization and the Human Condition, and is an Adjunct Faculty in Social Justice and Equity Studies at Brock University where he teaches human rights. He was the Director of the Centre for Peace Studies (2006-1010).

Background: Previously, Dr. Ibhawoh was a professor at Brock University; professor of Political Science at University of North Carolina at Asheville; Human Rights Fellow at the Carnegie Council for Ethics and International Affairs, New York; Research Fellow at the Danish Institute for Human Rights, Copenhagen and Associate Member of the Centre for African Studies, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. He has also taught at Ambrose Alli University and the University of Lagos, Nigeria.

Honours: Academic awards include CHIOCE Outstanding Academic Title Award for his book, Imperialism and Human Rights (2007); inclusion in Who’s Who in Black Canada 2 (2006); Fraser Taylor Prize, Canadian Association for African Studies (2002); Killam Scholarship for doctoral studies, Dalhousie University (1999).

Works: Articles in Human Rights Quarterly; Netherlands Quarterly of Human Rights; Human Rights Dialogue; Canadian Journal of African Studies; African World Review.

Education: PhD, History, Dalhousie University (2002); MA, History, University of Ibadan, Nigeria (1994); BA/Hons, Bendel State University, Nigeria (1989).

Favourite book? Nelson Mandela’s Long Walk to Freedom. The book captures the essence of what it means to be a leader – humility, conviction and integrity in the service of others.

Favourite quote? “There is no such thing as darkness, only a failure to see.”

Given the chance, what would you love to do that you haven’t done yet? Take a trip across the Atlantic Ocean in an 18th century style cargo sailing ship.

What inspires you? The resilience of those who were forcibly removed and never returned.

Why do you do what you do? To vindicate the travails and sacrifices of those who came before me.