Published by the Freedom From Religion Foundation, Inc. FFRF.org

Meet an Intern: Editorial intern inspired by activism

Vol. 35 No. 4 May 2018
Tolu Igun (Photo by Chris Line)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

Name: Tolu Igun.

Where and when I was born: June 28, 1998, in Detroit.

Family: Parents Denny Igun and Lola Are and sister Moji (24).

Education: I am currently pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree, studying psychology and philosophy at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. I intend to graduate in the spring of 2019.

My religious upbringing was: Christian. I grew up attending a non-denominational church.

How I came to work as an FFRF editorial intern: I attended a Freethought Speaker Series at UW that featured Andrew Seidel, FFRF’s director of strategic response. His talk fostered my interest with the organization and I reached out to become an intern.

What I do here: Primarily, I write entries for Freethought of the Day, a compilation of biographies and quotes from freethinkers around the world and throughout history. I also help out wherever extra assistance may be needed.

What I like best about it: I enjoy learning something new every day about groundbreaking freethinkers that I most likely would not have heard about otherwise. I am also inspired by the activism that these people do in whatever career or life path they have chosen, which allows me to ponder more about other potential goals I can strive for.

My interests are: Art, history, journalism, social justice reform — really anything that gets me thinking.

My heroes: The individuals who have proven that they are willing to stand up for what they believe in and fight for positive change for others.

These three words sum me up: Positive, honest and intrigued.

Things I like: Music, traveling, reading books, research, writing, and meeting new people.

My loftiest goal: To start my own nonprofit organization.

Fun fact: I am on the figure skating team at UW-Madison and have been skating since I was 4 years old.