Otula is the founding editor of ScienceAfrica. He has a strong interest in popularization of science, technology and innovations for sustainable development in Africa. He has much experience in reporting Climate Change and related issues including mentoring journalists and training of meteorological experts in effective communication of weather forecasts. Was a Media consultant for UNEP Commemorating International Year of the Ocean (1998) Prior to founding Science Africa in 1994, Otula served for a decade as a pioneering science editor/writer with Nation Media Group, Nairobi Kenya and is a renowned science journalism coach and mentor. Otula has served in several boards, including the East African Science and Technology Commission; National Biosafety Authority (NBA-Kenya) and the Agricultural Information Resource Center. Has been a member of the African Federation of Science Journalists, International Science Writers Association and has associated with the World Federation of Science Journalists, among others. He holds an MA in International Relations; BSc in Microbiology, and a BA in Journalism from the University of Texas at Arlington USA.
Otula was the main resource person on “Effective Communication of Science.” Nigerian journalists and Scientists on Abuja, Nigeria (ATPS June 2003). He also Trained –Journalists in Malawi on improving the coverage of Agriculture (Nov 2002). Participated in the World Academy of Sciences Workshop on Media and Science held in Trinidad and Tobago April 2002.