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Kolawole Olaiya

Associate Professor of English
Academic Background
Doctor of Philosophy, University of Toronto, Drama
Master of Arts, University of Maiduguri (Nigeria), English
Phone Number:
(864) 231-2156
Kolawole Olaiya

What classes do you teach at Anderson

English Composition and Communication I and II, Global Literature I and II, Writing for Film and Television

What year did you start teaching at AU


Why teach at AU?

I wanted to teach in an institution where I am free to do my job diligently and profess my faith without fear.


Soccer, reading, writing, traveling

People might be interested to know I...

have lived in Africa, Europe and Canada as well as the United States

How would you describe your classes to someone who has never attended one?

A space for great conversation and the exchange of ideas among a community of learners.


Olaiya, Kolawole. 2014. “… in the Name of the Son: the Son as Scapegoat in African Literature.” In Indigenous Conflict Management Strategies in West and Central Africa: Beyond Right and Wrong, edited by Akanmu Adebayo, Brandon Lundy, Jesse Benjamin, and Joseph Kingsley Adjei. Lanhan: Lexington Books.

Olaiya, Kolawole. 2014. “Commodifying the ‘Sacred,’ Beatifying the ‘Abnormal’: Nollywood and the Representations of Disability.” The Global South (Spring) 7:1 137-156.

Olaiya, Kolawole. 2014. “Drama as Wayfarer: Performing Africa in Canada.” At the Crossroads: Readings of the Postcolonial and Transnational in African Literature & Visual Art, edited by Ghirmai Negash, Andrea Frohne, and Samuel Zadi. 257-272. Trenton: African World Press.

Olaiya, Kolawole. 2008. “Deconstructing Apartheid’s Global Gaze: Death and Resistance in Fugard et al.’s Sizwe Bansi is Dead.” The Global South (Fall) 2:2 75-91.

Olaiya, Kolawole. 2002. “The Shifting Structures of Power in The Beatification of Area Boy.” Modern Drama (Fall) 45:3 395-408.