Afolabi is a Nigerian writer, researcher and development adviser.
His work experience and research has focused on development work and public policy. His work has involved providing technical policy support for Nigeria's COVID-19 response, assisted clients in Nigeria's digital communications industry and supported security diplomatic reforms at the African Union Mission to the United Nations.
He chairs the Board of Trustees of the LIMUN Foundation, a charity that uses Model UN to bring together young leaders from around the world to learn valuable skills to ensure a more cosmopolitan future. He is an Associate Editor at The Republic : A Journal of Nigerian Affairs and Managing Editor at AFREADA, a pan-African journal of African literature that curates and publishes short stories by African writers. He recently co-founded Twenty-Seven Productions, a production company which creates audio and visual stories for Africans. His writing has been featured, or is forthcoming, in The Republic, Stears Business, African Arguments, Culture Custodian, Africa Is A Country, Punch Newspaper and the Kalahari Review.
Afolabi has degrees in International Relations from Queen Mary, University of London and SOAS, University of London, where he also co-chaired the 2019 African Development Forum. Between these degrees, he was a Social Inequality Fellow with a program called YearHere. He is a World Economic Forum Global Shaper and is a traveller, writer and table-top gamer.