Dr. Rhoda T.I. Patrick

Assistant Professor of Media and Communication Studies 

Phone: (905) 648-2139   Ext:4319

Email: rtpatrick@redeemer.ca

Office: 127B

Programs: Media and Communication Studies


Ph.D. (2020), Media and Cultural Studies, University of Kwa-Zulu Natal, Durban, South Africa.
Dissertation: The Role of Christian Music Use on Identity Construction among Black South Africans and Diasporic Nigerians and Congolese in Durban, South Africa

M.Sc. (2017), Media and Cultural Studies, University of Kwa-Zulu Natal, Durban, South Africa.
Dissertation: Glocalisation within the Media Landscape: A Study of Selected Reality Television Franchises in South Africa and Transnational Broadcaster MultiChoice

B.SSH. (2016), Media and Cultural Studies, University of Kwa-Zulu Natal, Durban, South Africa.
Dissertation: Tourist/Visitor Perceptions and Marketing Strategies of the Durban Botanic Gardens.

B.A. (2008), Communication and Language Arts, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria.
Dissertation: Influence of the English Language on the Usage of Mother Tongue in Group Communication


  • Introduction to Media and Communications (MCS-121)
  • Theories of Media, Art & Communication (MCS-311)
  • Media and Communication Ethics (MCS-302)
  • World Cinemas (MCS-361)


Rhoda T.I. Patrick joined Redeemer as an Assistant Professor in Media and Communication Studies in 2023. She earned her doctorate in 2020, from the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN), with a focus on Culture, Communication and Media Studies (CCMS). She is a versatile and interdisciplinary scholar, and these are evidenced through her research outputs which is why she believes in knowledge co-production and the need to encourage more imaginative and nuanced ways of addressing complex matters.

Rhoda specializes in research that identifies and elaborates on intersections in media and identity studies, education and communication, and culture and gender studies. She contributes to methodological debates on reflexivity, and ethnography as well as innovative and participatory communicative strategies. Other areas are media and cultural representations, African and diasporic studies, communication in education, participatory methodologies, and the political economy of the media.

Prior to joining Redeemer, she was a Visiting Professor in the Department of Communication Studies and Media Arts, at McMaster University. Her collaboration with colleagues at McMaster University is still ongoing. Their project exemplifies the need for interactive and imaginative techniques to talk about and mitigate the impact of gender-based violence, in Canada and South Africa.

Research Interests

  • Media and cultural representations
  • Ethnomusicology
  • Identity
  • African and diasporic studies
  • Communication in education
  • Participatory methodologies
  • Journalism
  • Education
  • Curriculum development

Awards and Certifications 

  • South Africa’s DSI/ National Research Foundation (NRF) Innovation Postdoctoral Fellowship (R 305,000 per annum), 2021-2023
  • South Africa’s National Research Foundation (NRF) innovation master’s scholarship (R 80,000), 2016
  • Merit award for outstanding academic performance in Media in the Global World module in Culture, Communication and Media Studies, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa, 2016
  • Merit award for outstanding academic performance in Research Methodology module in Culture, Communication and Media Studies, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa, 2016
  • State Recognition for meritorious service to Editorial board of NYSC by Osun State Coordinator, 2014
  • Best graduating Art Student n FUTA Staff Secondary School, Akure, 2007/2008
  • Ekiti State Undergraduate Scholarship award by the State Scholarship Board

Journal Articles

Abiolu, R.T.I, Patrick, H.O and Abiolu O.A (2023) Covid-19 and the state of the Nigerian Nation: A Reflection on a Sleeping African Giant. African Journal of Rhetoric (AJR). 15, 193-223.

Patrick, R.T.I and Ramohai, N.J (2023) Coping with academic and family expectations during Covid-19: perspectives of selected Durban University of Technology female students. African Journal of Gender, Society and Development (AJGSD). 12(1), 229-247. DOI: https://doi.org/10.31920/2634-3622/2023/v12n1a11

Patrick, R.T.I, Ramohai, N.J and Patrick, H.O (2023) Espousing individual/social agency to tackle gender-based violence: reflections of Durban University of Technology students. African Journal of Development Studies (AJDS). Special issue. 7-27. DOI: https://doi.org/10.31920/2634-3649/2023/sin1a1

Abiolu, R.T.I (2022) Applying reflective writing as a participatory methodology for speaking up about gender-based violence in South Africa. Critical Arts. doi:10.1080/02560046.2022.2122526

Abiolu, R.T.I (2022) Can the mute still speak? Exploring the ‘silence’ culture around gender-based violence in South Africa pre- and post-Covid-19. Interdisciplinary Journal of Economics and Business Law (IJEBL), 11(4), 31-55. 

Patrick H.O, Khalema E.N, Ijatuyi E.J, Abiolu O.A and Abiolu R.T.I (2021) South Africa’s multiple vulnerabilities, food security, and livelihood options in the Covid-19 new order: An Annotation. The Journal for Transdisciplinary Research in Southern Africa. 17(1), a1037, pp 1-7. https://doi.org/10.4102/td.v17i1.1037

Patrick, H.O, Abiolu, R.T.I and Abiolu O.A (2021) Covid-19 and the viability of curriculum adjustment and delivery options in the South African educational space. Transformation in Higher Education. 6(0), a101. https://doi.org/10.4102/the.v6i0.101.

Patrick, H.O, Khalema, E.N, Abiolu, R.T.I and Mbara, G (2021) National interest and collective security: assessing the ‘collectivity’ of global security in the Covid-19 era. Humanities & Social Sciences Reviews, 9(2), 499-507. https://doi.org/10.18510/hssr.2021.9248

Abiolu, R & Teer-Tomaselli, R (2018) ‘Media Broadcasters as Agents of Participatory Communication through Audience Involvement: MultiChoice’s Strategies’. Critical Arts, 32(5- 6), 1-16. doi: 10.1080/02560046.2018.1552979

Book Chapters

Abiolu, R.T.I, Abiolu O.A and Patrick, H.O (2023) A systemic review of indigenous protest songs as a conduit for social mobilisation in South Africa. In Molale, T.B, Salawu, A and Uribe-Jongbloed, E (eds) Indigenous Language for Development and Social Change Communication in the Global South. London: The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group, Inc. 243-260.

Patrick, R.T.I and Patrick, H.O (2023) An assessment of glocal considerations in Big Brother Naija. In Isike, C, Ogunnubi, O and Ukwueze, O (eds) Big Brother Naija and Popular Culture in Nigeria: A Critique of the Country’s Cultural and Economic Diplomacy. Singapore. Palgrave Macmillan. 43-64.

Abiolu, R.T.I., Alabi, O.J., Patrick, H.O., Abiolu, O.A. (2022). Exploring the Value Systems Embedded in Indigenous Yorùbá Music Genres and Yorùbá Nursery Rhymes. In: Salawu, A. and Fadipe, I.A. (eds) Indigenous African Popular Music, Volume 1. Pop Music, Culture and Identity. Cham: Palgrave Macmillan. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-97884-6_7 pp 117-132.

Abiolu, R.T.I. (2022) Intercultural Relations in Church Music of Nigeria and South Africa. In: Hebert, D.G and McCollum, J (eds) Ethnomusicology and cultural diplomacy. The Lexington Series in Historical Ethnomusicology: Deep Soundings. London: Lexington Books. pp 255-276. ISBN. https://www.worldcat.org/isbn/9781793642912

Abiolu, R.T.I. (2020) Understanding Christian music as a catalyst for social cohesion within sociocultural and religious settings in South Africa. In Kariuki, P, Goyayi, M. L. J, and Mhlongo, S (eds) Social Cohesion in the Last Decade: Taking Stock to Inform the New Decade. Durban: Democratic Development Program. pp. 268-311.

Abiolu, R. T., and Teer-Tomaselli, R. E (2019) ‘Ṣaworoidẹ: A Depiction and Analysis of the Political and Socio-Cultural Characteristics of the Yorùbá Talking Drum’. In Onyebadi, U (ed) Music and Messaging in the African Political Arena. Hershey, PA: IGI Global. pp. 65-86. doi: 10.4018/978-1-5225-7295-4.ch004