Babajide Ilebiyi

I am Babajide Ilebiyi, an experienced educator with a B.A in Classical Studies and a recent graduate from the M.A Education programme at the University of Hull. In the last 10 years, I have had the privilege of guiding sixth form students in Nigeria through the nuances of history, literature, and language. However, it became evident to me that aligning my classroom practices with the theoretical foundations of teaching and learning was a necessary step in my educational and career journey. The masters programme has been transformative for me as I have not only learnt about critical perspectives, contemporary issues and important theories in education but I have also discovered my keen interest in and aptitude for research.

Taking on the role of an intern within the Brightening the Covenant Chain project presents an exciting opportunity to further develop my research skills while contributing meaningfully to a field of study that I had previously encountered through my teaching of international history. Exploring the centuries-long relationship between the British Crown and the indigenous peoples of Canada and Northeastern America promises to yield significant insights with positive implications for contemporary practices in diplomacy, and the global efforts to ensure environmental and territorial justice for indigenous peoples. I feel privileged to be a part of it.