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As men and women of good conscience battle to make sterling contributions, the likes of Kayode Taiwo Olla will not stop writing. Other young Nigerians with the mindset to make a difference like him, are flying the flag of Africa round the world with their intellectual and creative efforts. They are making it known to the world that Africans have the capacity to rival the best anywhere.
—Edmund Obilo’s Voices
Kayode Taiwo Olla is a poet and novelist. His debut Sprouting Again, a novel, was published in December 2011 by Syncterface Media, London. In December 2013, his second work Softlie — a collection of love poems spun into a story — was released from the same publisher. Kayode Olla’s latest is an interlude to his releases, in the form of a free poetry eBook Seven Loves, Seven Hates. The electronic chapbook was published December 2016 by Sanafrita, an imprint of Bravearts Africa. His forthcoming work is a book of psychological narratives, Hurting Hearts and Haunted Heads. It is scheduled for print in 2018.
Kayode Olla’s Softlie was in 2014 included as part of the curriculum texts for the Department of English First Year English Literature course at Adeleke University, Ede. Also, his poems and short stories have been published on online literary platforms such as Brittle Paper, Nantygreens, Book Republic, Blankpaperz, Sankofa, The Nifeminist and Naija Stories. His writings, moreover, appear continuously on Bravearts Africa magazine.
Kayode, furthermore, has performed his poems on stage to many audiences, both secular and religious, and numbering from a few hundreds to some thousands — and at several occasions. He has also been called to be a part of panels of judges at award-giving literary and performance poetry contests for young adults as well as university campus students, at different times.
Olla, moreover, holds an M.A. degree in English (Literature) from the University of Ibadan and a B.A. degree in Literature in English from Obafemi Awolowo University. He works as a full-time lecturer at the Federal Polytechnic, Ede, Nigeria, where he lectures courses in English and Communication at its Department of General Studies.
Kayode Olla is Cofounder and Editor-in-Chief of the online and PDF magazine of the arts, Bravearts Africa. He is married to Tola Kayode-Olla, herself a poet and a potter.