Meet Abiola Afolayan


Abiola Afolayan is the author of the forthcoming book: “I SEE MYSELF IN YOU: Women and Girls Making A Change In Peace, Security and Rewriting the Boundaries in the 21st Century, a Manifesto.

The book- in progress highlights a girl, woman, male allies or organization working to bring about global peace, security, and prosperity, especially in conflict zones. She is an international lawyer currently based in Europe working as a partnership and communications manager for a UN agency in Rome, Italy. Abiola is also former foreign affairs counsel for a senior member of the U.S. Congress for whom she worked on legislative measures and initiatives on women, peace and security, including a Capitol Hill Congressional Briefing Series which earned her Member of Congress the Charles T. Manatt Democracy Award, in Washington, DC. Among others, Abiola has been selected as a National Endowment for Democracy Penn Kemble Democracy Forum Fellow and an American Bar Association Young Lawyer’s Division Scholar.

She has over 10 years of local, national, regional and international experience, with traveling, living and field experience in over 20 countries.

She is former Chair of the American Bar Association (ABA) Young Lawyers’ Division (YLD) International Law Committee where she authored numerous articles and argued resolutions, which passed on international diplomacy and the mandate of lawyers as a voice for the voiceless and how this fosters peace, security and global prosperity. She is a member of the ABA International Law Committee as well as former Council Member of the ABA Rule of Law Initiative-Africa Council. Since law school.

Abiola has been an active member of the National Lawyers Guild, an association of activists dedicated to upholding the sanctity of human rights over property rights. She can be reached at:

We are proud of her achievement and we name her Most Influential 100 Class of 2018 Politics and Governance Category.

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