With over 12 years’ experience in peacebuilding, civic education, human rights, development and environmental management, Colins was the pioneer Partners for Peace Project Manager. He has worked with grass roots organizations across the Niger Delta and Africa more generally, utilizing a range of approaches such as street theater, mass media and training workshops to not only sensitize local communities, but also engage them in dialogue on issues relating to conflict, human rights and peace building within their contexts.
He also worked on a peace caravan project where he was responsible for setting up the route for the first youth peace caravan which traveled through seven West African countries, engaging young people in each country in dialogue on a range of issues. He has also worked as the African Desk Coordinator of the African Network of Young Peacebuilders at the UNOY secretariat in the Netherlands, where he coordinated various peace building activities in Africa.
Colins holds an MA in Conflict Transformation from Eastern Mennonite University, USA as well as an MPhil in Environmental Management from the University of Cape Town, South Africa. He holds an Advanced Certificate in the Study of Non-Violent Conflict from The Fletcher School, Tufts University, USA. In addition, he has been awarded several fellowships at various institutions which have further developed his knowledge and expertise such as the MASHAV fellowship at the Negev Institute for Strategies of Peace and Development in Israel (2001) and a Visiting Scholarship at the Institute for Study of Human Rights in Columbia University, USA (2011).
Colins is passionate about community development and is committed to making a difference in the lives of the marginalized and oppressed. He sees the development of a grassroots movement as key to conflict transformation in the Niger Delta.