Toyin Ayeni is the author of I am a Nigerian NOT a Terrorist. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology from the University of Ibadan in Nigeria as well as a Master of Science degree in Information Systems Management (MSISM) from Loyola University Chicago. She works as a Project Manager and lives with her husband and three children, Anthony, Elizabeth and Andrew, in Chicago, Illinois. Toyin is a past president of a Chicago chapter of Toastmasters International among other organizations she has helped lead.
The purpose of this book, which started prior to the December 25th, 2009 Christmas Bomber incident, is to put a spotlight on Nigeria, and to celebrate the country's 50th anniversary on October 1st, 2010 with a focus on the positive and what makes it unique. The book will:
i. Enlighten the world about Nigeria, providing candid information with more emphasis and focus on the positive and unique aspects about this West African country.
ii. Show that the country is a lot more than a producer of terrorists or con-artists, and highlight its potential and hope for a better tomorrow.
iii. Show a need and urgency for all human beings to have a sense of curiosity about others, to generate an interest in fellow human beings to ignite the spirit of tolerance.
iv. Open our eyes even wider and broaden our view of the face of terrorism in hopes to conquer it very soon.
v. Leave a legacy of the Nigerian culture and a better environment for the children than we met it.
The book will sensitize you to the fact that no matter what space you occupy here on earth, Nigerian or non-Nigerian, global problems require global solutions and a little effort to make changes by everyone from all nations can go a long way. I also hope that your knowledge and understanding of other cultures, starting with Nigeria, will increase your urge to know more of your surroundings, other human beings around the world, and encouraged to be your brother's keeper as we all fight against terrorism and other world issues.
Her website is www.toyinayeni.com