About the Author

Dr. Ts’gye Rachel Titilayo Leslie is a Pan-African scholar born in Paris, France of Jamaican and Nigerian parents, she was educated in the United States at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois and Ludwig Maximillian University in Munich, Germany. She also studied at University of Ile-Ife, now Obafemi Awolowo University under the guidance of Nobel Prize Laureate Professor Wole Soyinka and the Ifa priesthoods of Yoruba religion, and finally at Howard University where she was awarded the Doctor of Ministry for her studies on the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church after studying with the support of the late patriarch His Holiness Abuna Paulos and with the permission of the present patriarch His Holiness Abuna Matthias. She continues to pursue access to primary source materials on Nilotic African history through her current PhD studies in the Department of Semitic and Egyptian Languages and Literatures at The Catholic University of America where she is the first woman of African descent to be admitted in the history of the institution. Dr. Leslie has dedicated her life to illuminating the contributions of Africans and the African-descended to global history and culture.