Deafness Cognition and Language Research Centre


Dr. Paulina Ajavon


Dr Ajavon works with DCAL Director, Professor Bencie Woll to develop research projects in West Africa

Special Needs Educator/Research Fellow/Katholishe Akademishen Auslander Dienst scholar, with over 15 years experience of teaching, lecturing and researching in both Africa and Europe. Also trustee and co-ordinator of the Special Needs Education and Welfare Foundation.

Educational Background

I hold a Bachelor's degree and a Masters in Special Educational Needs from the University of Jos, Nigeria, and a PhD from the University of Hamburg.

Research Work

I see international research collaboration as a means of strengthening globalisation of Education. I have successfully forged international research collaborations between researchers in Europe and Africa and I hope to expand on this. My major research interest is in Indigenous Nigerian Signs, and I have published the first dictionary of Nigerian signs.


Ajavon, P. A. (2011/2012). A Sign Language for Nigeria. In Commonwealth Education Partnerships 2011/2012. London: Commonwealth Secretariate. pp37

Ajavon, P. A. (2003). The Incorporation of Nigerian Signs in Deaf Education in Nigeria: a Pilot Study  Parts 1 & 2. Frankfurt am Main: Peterlang.

Abang, P. A. (1995). The Hearing Impaired: In T B Abang (ed). Handbook of Special Education for Developing Countries. Jos Nigeria: FAB Edu Books 150 – 165.

Abang, P. A. (1993). Dealing with Slow Learners. Professional Skills for Effective Teaching: Nigeria. Vitallis Publishers.

Contact: adaajavon@gmail.com