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Toyin KolawolePhD candidate

BSc (Ogun) MLIS (Ibadan) PGD  MPhil (Stellenbosch)

Tel +64 3 364 3681


PhD topic

Agency of Black African women living in New Zealand in negotiating relationships and risk of HIV infection.
Supervisors: Dr Lee Thompson and Asssociate Professor Gillian Abel


Toyin is an Information for Development Specialist, with expertise in HIV/AIDS Management and originates from Lagos, Nigeria. She has also lived in the United Kingdom where she worked in the University of Sussex while her husband studied at the Institute of Development Studies.

She came to New Zealand to complete her PhD so she could study in a commonwealth country. She is an aspiring academic currently studying for a doctorate in Public Health with her focus being on women’s health.

Research objectives

Her research explores the agency of Black African women living in New Zealand to manage their relationships and the vulnerability to the risk of HIV, at the intersection of norms of their African homeland and host country.

Toyin is copyright owner of Abateify, a mobile app for promoting HIV testing in Nigeria. She can be reached by emailing



  • Effect of a Mobile Application for HIV Prevention on Knowledge of Benefits and Uptake of HIV Counselling and Testing in Lagos, Nigeria. (MPhil thesis, Stellenbosch University, 2014) online,
  • Information Seeking and Utilisation by Student Leaders at the University of Ibadan (An unpublished MLS dissertation, University of Ibadan, 1997).

Journal Article

  • KOLAWOLE O.O (2004): “Overcoming Barriers to Library Use by Nigerian Professionals: The Case for 'Blended Information Service' Delivery,” In P.Brophy, S.Fisher, J.Craven (eds.) Libraries Without Walls 5, Facet Publishing, pp.132-139.