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Oludamini Ogunnaike

Oludamini Ogunnaike is a PhD student in African Studies and Religion at Harvard University. He graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Harvard College with an AB in Cognitive Neuroscience and African Studies in 2007 receiving the Hoopes, Kwame Anthony Appiah, W.E.B. DuBois, Gordon Allston, and Ernst Kitzinger Prizes. Ogunnaike spent a year as a Rockefeller Fellow in Mali and his academic interests include Islamic intellectual history, philosophy of religion, African philosophy, and mysticism. A dual citizen of Nigeria and The United States, Ogunnaike has traveled widely in the Middle East and has studied in Morocco and Jordan. He has written for The Harvard Crimson and REMIX Magazine and lectured at Harvard, Howard University, and Obafemi Awolo University in Nigeria. In college and since, he has been an activist around a host of issues, including HIV/AIDS, the Darfur crisis, American prison reform, and domestic human rights violations. He currently serves as an adviser on issues of diversity at Harvard College.