Cole was born in??Kalamazoo, Michigan, to Nigerian parents, and is the oldest of four children.Cole and his mother returned to??Lagos, Nigeria, shortly after his birth??where his father joined them after receiving his MBA from??Western Michigan University.Cole moved back to the United States at the age of 17 to attend Western Michigan University for one year, then transferred to??Kalamazoo College, where he received his bachelor’s degree in 1996.After dropping out of medical school at the??University of Michigan, Cole enrolled in an African art history program at the??School of Oriental and African Studies??in London,then pursued a doctorate in art history at??Columbia University.??He currently lives in??Brooklyn,??New York.