Bolaji Akinyele-Akanbi hails from Nigeria. She earned her first degree (B.A Hons) in Theatre Arts from the University of Ibadan in Oyo State, Nigeria. Prior to moving to Canada 10 years ago, Bolaji worked as a high school teacher. Bolaji is passionate about her work with families.
Her passion for families and spirituality served as twin catalysts prompting her pursuance of a career in social work. Bolaji completed the Pre-MSW program at University of Manitoba in 2011 and completed her Master of Social Work in 2014.
Bolaji joined Winnipeg Child and Family Services prior to the completion of her program and she continues to enjoy her work with the agency. Bolaji has over 20 years of experience working with families involved with domestic violence and she continues to show interest in this field. Additionally, Bolaji is a community education facilitator. She has organized community education workshops on mental health with psychiatrist, Dr. Stewart Wakeman, in Winnipeg, and she has facilitated community education workshops on Child and Family Services with the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority, and community groups and congregations.
Bolaji was awarded a Margaret Mary Burns Award in 2011. She was awarded the University of Manitoba Graduate Fellowship in 2017 towards her doctoral program.
Bolaji’s doctoral research will explore the area of intimate partner violence with Canadian newcomer families. She is supervised by Dr. Michael Baffoe. Her scholarship has included work as a research assistant on a couple tri-council funded research projects:
1) with Dr. Michael Baffoe on the ongoing “Research on the Parenting Challenges facing Black Families and Parents in Canada (SSHRC-funded Research Project conducted by Dr. Michel Baffoe, Faculty of Social Work, University of Manitoba & Dr. Paul Banahene Adjei, Memorial University of Newfoundland;
2) with Dr. David Delay on his ongoing SSHRC-funded project “Exploring the narrative constructions of men as perpetrators/victims of intimate partner violence: Comparing police, probation and service user narratives of men’s reporting experiences”.
In March 2018, Bolaji was a co-presenter with Dr. Delay at Canadian Domestic Violence Conference 5, Halifax, NS. In May 2018, she was an invited presenter at a Winnipeg Symposium entitled “Exploring the Epistemological Intersections of Family Violence and Child/Youth Mental Health”.