Extension Professional Staff
Visiting Extension Educator, Family & Consumer Science (SNAP-Ed)
710 Maple Avenue
Rushville, IL 62681
Expert in: Community Health Education Specialist
Akinwale Akingbule was born in Nigeria, West Africa where he trained as a Medical Doctor. While in training as a Doctor, he developed passion for preventive medicine and started a live Radio Program tagged “Health on Air”. This was a live program he anchored weekly with Specialists in the studio, with people phoning in, to ask questions that pertains to their health. This was an informative series that people looked forward to weekly.
In 2010, he obtained his Degree in Medicine (M.B.Ch.B) from Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria. He then worked at Ekiti State University Hospital in Nigeria as a Medical Intern. After this he proceeded for his National Youth Service Corp to serve Nigeria in the Northern Part of the Country for one year. There he practiced in a general practice setting. On Completion of the Service Corp program, he worked for 2 years in a primary care hospital and then proceeded for his Masters in Health Science with focus on community health at Western Illinois University U.S.A.
At Western Illinois University, Akinwale was a Research Assistant with Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs where he assisted with the community Needs Assessment conducted in Pike County. He joined University of Illinois Extension March 20, 2017 as Extension Educator, Family consumer Science. His passion for healthy living and prevention of chronic diseases stems from his background as a physician. He works with schools, food pantries and community groups on nutrition and wellness policy. He is passionate about healthy living and prevention of diseases through eating of fresh produce and use of healthy recipes that make healthy living fun. He is married and has a child.