Season 2,
19 MIN

035: Why Race Is A Social Construct | Dr. Chinelo Njaka

May 08, 2018

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Our guest for today is Dr. Chinelo L. Njaka. She is a social scientist and researcher based in Peckham, London, UK. She is a Nigerian American who group up in Minnesota, USA and later moved to England for postgraduate studies. She holds a MA in Culture, Globalisation and the City from the Department of Sociology at Goldsmiths College, University of London. She received her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Manchester in 2017.

Dr. Njaka has researched and worked in various areas of community development and support for marginalized communities in both the USA and UK for most of her adult life. Her research interests include race and ethnicity, cross-national comparison, organizational studies, community development, and the African Diaspora, particularly in the European context.

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In this episode: 

  • Why race is a social construct. She breaks down why it is a social construct and how fluid it is based on where you are, from the US to Europe to Africa.
  • International Decade of People of African Descent – why it is important for the human rights of people of  African descent in the diaspora to be protected.
  • Her work with community development, Sexual health promotion in communities of people of African descent.
  • Why she is driven by injustice in the world to fuel her passion for community development and activism.
  • The one advice to young people. “Be and Stay true to yourself.” Stop trying to be someone else. We are best at being ourselves and we are at our best when we are ourselves.
  • “Be creative” – we don’t need cookie cutter people.

If you had 10k Africans at your disposal with expertise in every field, what would you do?

Sit them in a room and encourage conversation.


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