Sola Togun-Butler is an Assistant Professor in the Human Services Department at St. Joseph’s College in Brooklyn, NY. She is also a licensed clinical social worker in the state of New York and Ohio. She has been in the field of social work for over 15 years and has experience in mental health services, medical social work, substance abuse, foster care, gerontology and foster care prevention. She is actively involved in mission work in developing countries, and established the Victoria Ibironke Togun Scholarship fund to provide educational opportunities to young girls in developing countries. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Brooklyn College, a Master’s degree in Social Work from Silberman School of Social Work and a PhD in Education from Northcentral University.
She immigrated to the United States with her immediate family in 1988. The book “Where Do You Keep The Lions? An African Girl’s First Day of School in America is loosely based on her own experience as a young African immigrant attending an American school for the first time. She was confronted with many stereotypes and negative comments about Africa. In addition to writing the book, she conducts free presentations entitled, “Challenging Myths about Africa” to show others a different perspective on the African continent. The book highlights the importance of cultural diversity and awareness by encouraging children to ask polite questions when curious about other cultures.