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Temitope Oriola is joint editor-in-chief of African Security and associate professor at the University of Alberta, Canada. A recipient of the Governor General of Canada Academic Gold Medal, his research focuses on the ascendance of extremist non-state transnational actors. Dr. Oriola’s research focuses on terrorism, particularly in the Lake Chad Basin. This research investigates the intricacies of the ascendance of Boko Haram, the trends and patterns of Boko Haram’s operations, the gender dimensions and the backdrop of global jihadi terrorist trajectories.