Writer of the Week – Ayobami Adebayo

Writer of the Week

👩🏽✍🏽📚Our writer of the week is: Ayobami Adebayo @ayobamidebayo 🎊 She was born in Lagos, Nigeria, in 1988; shortly after, her family moved to Ilesa and then to Ile-Ife, where she spent most of her childhood in the University Staff Quarters of Obafemi Awolowo University.

She studied at Obafemi Awolowo University, earning BA and MA degrees in Literature in English, and in 2014 she went to study Creative Writing (MA Prose Fiction) at the University of East Anglia, where she was awarded an International Bursary. She has also studied with Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Margaret Atwood.⁠

Her debut novel, Stay With Me, was published in 2017 by Canongate Books to critical acclaim, and was shortlisted for the Wellcome Book Prize, the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction, as well as for the 9mobile Prize for Literature, which the novel won in 2019. It was also longlisted for the International Dylan Thomas Prize.⁠

You can find out more about Ayobami at http://www.ayobamiadebayo.com/⁠

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