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Nigerian Grad Has Had Huge Impact on Peace in West Africa

After decades spent establishing a network of Muslim and Christian peacebuilders in Nigeria, the most populous country in Africa, Gopar Tapkida says he is ready to leave his home country for the challenge of doing leadership and peace work in Zimbabwe, one of the poorest countries in Africa. Tapkida, who earned a master’s in conflict transformatio ...More

Making a Big Difference in Just Three Years

In August 2001, Gopar Tapkida, his wife Monica, and three daughters (then ages 9, 5, and 3 months) headed home to Jos, Nigeria, where Tapkida planned to explore ways to apply his newly earned masters degree in conflict transformation. Instead they found themselves cowering with 10 ...More

EMU Grad Intervenes in Potential Nigerian Violence

Gopar Tapkida Photo by Jim Bishop International protests against cartoons of the prophet Muhammad inflamed tensions between Muslims and Christians in Nigeria, sparking deadly riots in late February that claimed at least 138 lives in sev ...More

His Daughters Begged: ‘Let’s Go Back to America’

When 41-year-old Gopar Tapkida left Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) in August 2001 after spending two years earning a masters degree in conflict transformation, he never envisioned the kind of welcome he would receive on his first day in his home city of Jos, Nigeria. On September 7, 2001, Tapkida, his wife Monica, and three daughters (then a ...More