Lolade Siyonbola is an African Studies Master’s student at Yale. A recipient of the Gates-Cambridge Scholarship, Lolade will begin her doctoral studies at Cambridge later this year.
Grant Title: “Nigerian Women and Black Representation: Constructing Cross-National Identities through Film and Media”
Abstract: Her investigation of the assimilation trajectories of second-generation Nigerian immigrants includes an analysis of the role of film and media in the distinct identity development and assimilation experiences of Nigerian millennial women. She is particularly interested in the role Nigerian women filmmakers and content producers play in the development of Black cultural capital and how their identity experiences both inform their film and media work and are informed by the media they consume. Through this work, Lolade hopes to inject African experiences into global discourses on Black representation and ethnic identification.