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 later moved to New York, where she worked in the tech industry. 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. At Yale, her research focuses on the relationship between migration on identity formation, 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.