Lecturer in Yoruba
Ph.D., Rutgers University, New Jersey

Office Hours — Fall 2019

  • Tuesdays:  4:05 to 6:00 p.m.
  • Or by appointment

Areas of Interest

Yoruba language and culture, media studies and participatory use of video.


Kole Ade Odutola is a Yoruba lecturer in the Department of Languages, Literatures& Cultures. Kole’s academic journey has seen him completing B.Sc (Hons.) in Botany in 1984 at the University of Benin, Nigeria. In 1998, fourteen years after, he graduated with his Masters Degree in TV/Video for development at the University of Reading, UK. Adding another dimension to his studies in communication, he enrolled at Ithaca College for a Masters in Organizational Communication, Learning& Design (OCLD), which he completed in 2000. In January 2002 he was accepted into the School of Communication, Information and Library Science for a Ph.D. in Media Studies and completed it in January 2010.

Kole has presented conference papers in different parts of the world. His Masters degree thesis on the participatory use of video is wildly circulated on development oriented websites. He presented a paper; Understanding the Media in Nigeria at The British Council Training Workshop on Development Information Management; September 9 to 13, 1996 at the Conference Centre University of Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria. The Media, Society and Democracy: A synthesis of current thinking was presented at the 12th Annual National Black Graduate Student Conference. University of Wisconsin-Madison March 30, 2000. Participatory use of Video: A case study of community involvement in story construction is published in Global media Journal. Vol. 2 (2) 2003. He also presented a paper; Content analysis of outcomes of a reporter-source relationship: A case study of Daily Targum’s coverage of contract negotiations of Rutgers University Professors at the 5th Annual Graduate Conference Oct. 23rd 2004, at NYU. In 2008, he was invited to the 12th Poetry festival which took place in Durban South Africa. In 2009, he attended and he was one of the invited discussants at the CTA annual seminar in Brussels, Belgium. In December 2009, he was one of the invited participants at the Welcome Trust “Telling Stories for public engagement workshop; which took place in Bangalore, India.”


  • Odutola, K. (2012). Diaspora and Imagined Nationality:USA
  • Africa Dialogue and Cyberframing Nigerian Nationhood. Durham: Carolina Academic Press
  • Odutola, K. (2003). Participatory use of Video: A case study of community involvement in story construction. Global Media Journal. Vol. 2 (2).
  • Elaigwu, J. I, Toyo, N.& Odutola, K. A. (1999). People, Politics and Profit: Managing the tension between the philosophy of NGO mission and the reality of NGO operations. London: UK. IIED.
  • Odutola, K. A. (1996). The Poet Bled: A Collection of Poetry. Nottingham: UK. Expansions Unlimited.
  • Odutola, K. A. (1996). Environmental Awareness Cartoon Production Resource Workbook. Lagos: Nigeria. NGOserve& Arts Illustrated.
  • Odutola, K. A.& Anikulapo, J. (Eds.) (1995). Thy Waste Be Dumped, Proceedings of a Workshop on Household Waste Management. Lagos: Nigeria. Goethe Institute.
  • Odutola, K. A (1992). The Poets Fled: A Collection of Poetry, Prose and Photographs. Lagos: Nigeria. Arts Illustrated.

Video Productions

  • Training Video on Household Waste Management. 1994, Sponsored by the Friedrich Ebert Foundation, Lagos, Nigeria
  • Environment Watch – A magazine program for public environmental education (10 episodes) 1995. Sponsored by Gemini Environmental Inc. U.S.A.
  • Listening for Real- A Collaboratory production with community workers and street children in Nairobi, Kenya. In partial fulfillment of the Masters degree, University of Reading, UK
  • Self-tutoring DVD for learning of Yoruba (2008)