SOAS University of London

Olivia Ayorinde John

Following my MA, I am looking forward to broadening my management consultancy work to Africa-related projects as well as speaking to empower young people in the areas of business and career.

I have come to SOAS as a mature student, having worked as a management consultant for 18 years. I already have an MA in strategic management, but I have always wanted to learn more about African history, and SOAS seemed the natural place. On the MA African Studies course I have been able to combine a module in history with ones in economics and anthropology, and I am majoring in economic development. The modules are sufficiently flexible that I only need to come along to campus on two days a week, which has allowed me time to carry on my consultancy work and also look after my family. Of course, there is also a lot of extra reading, essay writing and attending conferences, but I have been able to incorporate these into my schedule. I feel that I have learned a lot on the course: it is a broad curriculum, and my tutors approach their subjects from unconventional perspectives, always searching for the truth. Following my MA, I am looking forward to broadening my management consultancy work to Africa-related projects as well as speaking to empower young people in the areas of business and career.