Tari Ajadi (2014)

Ajadi, TariAffiliation at the time of the award: Quest University

Citation: Tari, born in Gloucester, England to Nigerian parents, has always been interested in the stories of the marginalized: who capitalizes on power and who is pushed to the periphery of society. His drive to understand the nature of dominant and subversive narratives drove him to leave home at sixteen and attend UWC-USA, an international school in New Mexico comprised of 200 students from 80 different countries. From there, he moved to Quest University Canada in Squamish, BC, where he embedded himself in the community and expanded upon previously brief attempts at journalistic writing.

Since his first attempt at reporting, Tari has acted as editor-in-chief for two publications, the most recent being the newspaper he helped to found: The Mark. He has also written articles on race and education for publications such as The Globe and Mail and The Tyee. He recently co-wrote the profiles for The Globe and Mail’s Canadian University Report, and is currently working on his first novel. He loves to write poetry and play music with friends. </p