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 a free poetry eBook Seven Loves, Seven Hates. The electronic chapbook was published December 2016 by Sanafrita, an imprint of Bravearts Africa.
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, SankofaMag, 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, together with his wife Tola Kayode-Olla, is Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Bravearts Africa, a web-based magazine of the arts which also releases a free literary and art quarterly accompaniment by the same name and in a downloadable PDF format. He also doubles as Managing Editor (Online Mag) for Bravearts Africa.
Kayode keeps a personal blog here.