Yinka Tella


Dr. Yinka Tella –author, scholar, manager, student sevices professional, political activist, erstwhile banker and journalist - was born on August 4, 1966 in Ibadan, Nigeria. He holds a Bachelor's degree in English Studies from the University of Ile-Ife, three masters' degrees and a doctorate in higher education from Florida International University (FIU), Miami, Florida.

A passionate advocate for equity and social justice, Dr. Tella is the immediate past President of Nigerian American Foundation (NAF) of South Florida, and current President of Nigerians in Diaspora Organization, Americas (NIDOA), USA -Florida. He distinguished himself as a journalist in Nigeria, getting detained by the military for a string of exclusive stories and winning the 1993 Diamond Award for Media Excellence (DAME) in the political reporting category.

Since his relocation to the United States and foray into student services, he has pioneered innovative intercultural programs and presented at several national conferences of student affairs practitioners in the United States. These include the ACPA –College Educators International; NAFSA: Association of International Educator, the Association of Florida Colleges (AFC) and the National Association of Academic Advisors (NACADA).

Dr. Tella is the President of GlobalTell Educational and Tourism Consultancy Inc. His first book, The Post-9/11 Syndrome: International Education in an Era of Homeland Insecurity -
Perspectives from the Florida Frontline, was published in 2010. He is a recipient of multiple leadership/service awards. including Miami Dade County's Black Advisory Board's Community Pillars Award.  Since 1997, he has been happily married to the lovely Ms. Lydia Shola Tella, a Pharmacist with whom he co-founded Rise N Shine Pharmacy, Pembroke Pines, Florida. Their marriage is blessed with a 20-year old son (Akolade) and an 18-year old daughter (Fadekemi).

Dr. Yinka Tella

Quick Facts:

  • Public Relations Officer, NIDOA USA
  • Received three post graduate degrees, including a PhD in Higher Education from Florida International University
  • A distinguished Journalist who won the Diamond Award for Media Excellence (DAME) in 1993