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Dr Motilola Akinfemisoye-Adejare



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Office: 403.220.6688


Office: ES602E

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Educational Background

PhD Journalism, Communication and Media, University of Central Lancashire, Preston United Kingdom, 2015

MA Global Media and Communication (with Distinction), Coventry University, United Kingdom, 2011

BSc Mass Communication (First Class Honours), Bowen University, Nigeria, 2008


Dr Motilola Akinfemisoye-Adejare teaches courses on the African Studies program in the department of Anthropology and Archaeology. Before joining the University of Calgary in July 2022, Motilola taught both theoretical and practical broadcast courses in the Media Studies department at the University of Botswana for five years. She supervised many dissertations as well as radio documentary and radio drama projects, and was instrumental in the development of the department's radio station. She is an Africanist scholar focused on the intersection of popular media, politics, journalism and technology in Africa, and has published in these areas. She also particularly interested in the representation of women politicians in Africa and what these might mean for their inclusion (or not) in governance. 

Motilola worked as a journalist for Nigerian Tribune in 2006 and as an on-air anchor and newsreader at Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria, Enugu, Coal City FM. She moved to the United Kingdom in 2010 and pursued her MA and PhD degrees at Coventry University and University of Central Lancashire respectively. Motilola has served on the advisory board of Journal of African Media Studies and is a regular peer reviewer of submissions from journals including African Journalism Studies, Journal of African Media Studies, and others.


Course number Course title Semester
AFST 302 Anti-Black Racism in North America Fall 2022
AFST 303 Critical Contemporary Issues in Africa Fall 2022


  • International Students’ Scholarship Award for Doctoral studies, University of Central Lancashire. 2011
  • Received Prize for Best Graduating Student in the department of Human Communications, Bowen University. 2008
  • Winner, Faculty of Arts , SU Teaching Excellence Award. 2024


  • “Data Journalism in Nigeria: Interrogating the Nigerian mainstream media’s data-driven reporting of the elections of 2019” . Akinfemisoye-Adejare,M.. in Mutsvairo, Bruce, Bebawi, Saba, Borges-Rey, Eddy (Eds.) Data Journalism in the Global South Palgrave Macmillan. (2019)
  • Whose voice, whose visibility? Interrogating the representation of religion and disability in Botswana newspapers. Akinfemisoye,M.. In Amanze, James (Ed.) Religion and Disabilities in Southern and Central Africa . (2019)
  • “ “Type Amen and share to receive a instant miracle”: Expanding the frontiers of religious satisfaction online in Africa” . Akinfemisoye,M.. in Lesitaokana, W and Faimau, G New Media and Mediatisation of Religion: An African Perspective Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing. (2018)
  • ‘We Cannot Bite the Finger that Feeds Us’: Journalists’ Dilemmas and the Appropriation of ‘Alternative’ Media in Nigerian Print Newsrooms” . Akinfemisoye,M.. in Mabweazara, Hayes, Newsmaking Cultures in Africa: Normative Trends in the Dynamics of Socio-Political & Economic Struggles Palgrave Macmillan. (2017)