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I am an emerging Sociologist specializing in Black Canadian studies, Black masculinity studies, decolonial pedagogy, and anti-racist education. I am active in community work, educational, and research consultancy to support Black, Indigenous, Queer, and other racialized communities. I challenge oppressive traditions by cultivating BIPOC-student & knowledge-centered education as the founding member and co-ordinator of the Decolonial Perspectives and Practises Hub (DPPH), project manager for the Anti-Racist Pedagogy Project (ARPP), as an executive on the American men’s studies association, as a decolonial consultant for community organizations, the co-founder of the National Black Graduate Network, a student mentor and supervisor. I also held the position of student outreach coordinator, with the Black Canadian Studies Association, for two years.

I am completing my doctoral studies at Concordia University. My project, Black Masculinities in Canada: A Documentary of Black Empowerment and Community Engagement, supervised by Dr. Marc Lafrance, is supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Joseph-Armand Bombardier Doctoral Scholarship.

Critical Race Studies l Critical Gender Studies l Decolonial Pedagogy l Black Masculinities Studies

 © Concordia University, photo by Mark Sinclair & Michael Gannon

Akepe Nawo

(Akepe Nawo means Thank You in Evgbe. The indigenous language of the Ewe people of West Africa)

I appreciate your interest in my work. Subscribe and follow my journey as I mobilize my sociological specialization and passions to foster recognition and connectivity amongst Black scholarly communities, developing a theoretical framework dedicated to Black expressivity and creating learning environments that celebrate QTBIPOC expertise in higher education.

You can find me working where my passions and politics collide

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I am working on multiple initiatives that are geared toward disrupting the status quo! Learn more about my work and connect to collaborate or support a project.

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The Decolonial Hub 


Y'all were amazing today. All of your energy, enthusiasm, and empowerment was so clear. This has probably been my favourite zoom session


Rap and Modern Love: The Expression of Intimate Masculinity in Mainstream Rap

by Jamilah Dei-Sharpe


 © Concordia University, photo by Lisa Graves



Change requires us to mobilize social justice reform in and out of the classroom. Academia is insufficient without the teachings of grassroots organizers and activists. I am proud to work for, receive support from, and co-create with leading community organizations.


My projects are made possible through support, collaborations, and funding from generous sponsors, invigorating teams, and dedicated mentors.

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Centre for Teaching and Learning (CTL)

My doctoral project, Black Masculinities in Canada: A Documentary of Black Empowerment and Community Engagement is supported in part by funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.