While Covid-19 measures have been detrimental to millions around the world, workers in the informal sector have been particularly affected. Through their SSRC-funded research, Ademola Ajuwon and Grace Ajuwon investigated how lockdown measures intended to prevent the spread of Covid-19 harmed the livelihoods of informal traders in Ibadan, Nigeria. Having conducted various interviews with informal traders, the authors describe how the measures disrupted traders’ income and businesses, and they argue an effective response to the pandemic requires government assistance.
Ademola Johnson Ajuwon
Ademola Johnson Ajuwon is a professor at the Department of Health Promotion and Education, Faculty of Public Health, College of Medicine, University of Ibadan, Nigeria. His areas of research are adolescent reproductive health, HIV/AIDS prevention, social media, and research ethics. He has published over 100 scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals, including the Bulletin of the World Health Organization, BMC Public Health, BMC Medical Ethics, Reproductive Health Matters, African Journal of Reproductive Health, Public Library of Science, and AIDS and Behavior. He is a recipient of many research grants from funding agencies, including the Fogarty International Center, Office of the Global AIDS Control, British Council, the United Nations funds for Women, the WHO, Wellcome Trust, and Population Media Center. Ajuwon has held many administrative positions, including Sub-Dean, Postgraduate, Faculty of Public Health from 2004–2008; Head of Department of Health Promotion & Education from 2010–2012; Dean, Faculty of Public Health from 2012–2014; and Deputy Provost College of Medicine, University of Ibadan, from 2014–2016.