Opeoluwa Sotonwa

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Opeoluwa Sotonwa

Opeoluwa Sotonwa (born in Ijebu-Ode) is a Deaf Nigerian American attorney, disability rights advocate[1] and literary writer.[2] He is the Executive Director of Missouri Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.[3][4][5] and served previously as Vice President of the National Black Deaf Advocates,[6] the official advocacy organization for thousands of Black Deaf and Hard of Hearing Americans between 2013 and 2015. He is listed among the most influential Deaf People in the United States[7][8][9] Opeoluwa Sotonwa attended University of Ilorin Nigeria, where he read law and graduated with LLB degree in 2005. He later proceeded to Nigerian Law School for advanced legal training. He was called to the Nigerian Bar as a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria in 2007. Opeoluwa worked as staff attorney with Nigerian Legal Aid Council. He later moved to United States to further his legal career and attended Howard University School of Law, where he graduated cum laude with a Master of Laws degree in 2009. Dr. Sotonwa earned his doctorate in 2018 from Northeastern University's Law and Policy program. His research is entitled The Lived Experience of Deaf Suspects During Police Interrogation: An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis.

Opeoluwa Sotonwa is the author of The Victim of The Silent Void, published in The Deaf Way II Anthology by Gallaudet University Press and has been featured prominently in the media.[10][11][12]


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  2. ^ Stremlau, Tonya M. (2002-01-01). Deaf Way 2 Anthology. Gallaudet University Press. ISBN 9781563681271.
  3. ^ Shahla Farzan (September 2, 2019). "State Program Aims To Help Missouri Residents Purchase Hearing Aids". St. Louis Public Radio. Event occurs at 4:43 PM CDT. Retrieved December 23, 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ http://mcdhh.mo.gov/files/staff4.2.pdf
  5. ^ Rebecca Smith (June 29, 2020). "COVID-19 & ASL Interpreters: 'For the First Time, Many Missourians Felt Their Voice was Recognized'". University of Missouri School of Journalism.
  6. ^ http://www.nbda.org/news/2013-2015-nbda-executive-board-biographies
  7. ^ "Famous Deaf People". Start ASL. Retrieved 2015-12-03. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  8. ^ Tonya M. Stremlau (2002). The Deaf Way II Anthology: A Literary Collection of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Writers. Gallaudet University Press. p. 89. ISBN 9781563681271.
  9. ^ Shaun Grech; Karen Soldatic (2016). Disability in the Global South: The Critical Handbook of International Perspectives on Social Policy, Administration, and Practice. Springer. p. 402. ISBN 978-3-319-4248-80.
  10. ^ "New rules would require closed captioning in movie theaters". KOMU.com. Retrieved 2015-12-02. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  11. ^ "Text to 911 could launch in 2016 | KOMU.com | Columbia, MO |". KOMU.com. Retrieved 2015-12-02. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  12. ^ "Hands Unite Around the Capitol in Support of Disability Awareness". kbia.org. Retrieved 2015-12-02. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)