Lolade Siyonbola holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science with a minor in Spanish from the University of Missouri-Columbia where she was a George Brooks Scholar. She subsequently moved to New York, where she worked in the tech industry as a Network Engineer then Web Developer cum Project Manager. During that time, Lolade founded the Yoruba Cultural Institute and the Nollywood Diaspora Film Series and served as Arts & Culture Editor, then Editor in Chief of Applause Africa magazine. A spoken word artist, Lolade has performed internationally and published her first book, Market of Dreams in 2012. Currently a graduate student at Yale, her research focuses on the relationship between migration and identity, particularly among millennial first-generation Americans, and the role that cultural devices like language, film and textiles play in the preservation of culture. Lolade is a Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellow.
Lolade is passionate about the ways technology can be used to preserve and yet innovate on ancient cultures and traditions. She obsesses over traditional textiles, artistic indigenous films and bridging gaps across the Black Diaspora.