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Kanyinsola Obayan

Alumni '19


Kányinsọ́lá Ọbáyàn recently received her Ph.D. in Africana Studies at Cornell University. Her primary intellectual interests lie at the intersection of  three broad overlapping areas: migration, transnationalism and diaspora; neoliberalism and African middle classes; technology, innovation and entrepreneurship in Africa. As a doctoral candidate, she was a recipient of several distinguished awards such as the West African Research Association, Fulbright-Hays GPA, Mellon Urbanism, and Cornell Provost Diversity fellowships amongst others. Kanyinsola also attended The University of Texas at Austin, where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations and Global Studies, as well as in African and African Diaspora Studies. She is also the founder and Executive Director of a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, Orisun Collective Inc, which holds summer camps in the creative arts for secondary school students in Lagos, Nigeria. 


  • Africana Studies and Research Center