On Tuesday morning, this year’s shortlist for the 2017 Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction were announced and Nigerian author Ayobami Adebayo makes the list with her debut Stay with Me.
In 2007 Ayobami was selected by Chimamanda Adichie to participate in her annual writing workshop, and in 2013 was taught by Margaret Atwood, who offered to introduce Ayobami to her literary agent on reading the beginnings of Stay With Me, and has already hailed the book as ‘scorching, gripping, ultimately lovely!’ on twitter.
The novel tackles a host of topics against the backdrop of a turbulent 1980s Nigeria, including motherhood, infertility, Yoruba culture, marriage, grief, and the nature of sickle cell disease.
Ayobami Adebayo was born in 1988 in Lagos, Nigeria. Her stories have appeared in a number of magazines and anthologies, and one was highly commended in the 2009 Commonwealth short story competition. She holds BA and MA degrees in Literature in English from Obafemi Awolowo University. Ayobami also has an MA in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia where she received an International Bursary for Creative Writing. She was a 2012 OMI fellow at Ledig House, New York and a 2015 Hedgebrook writer in residence. She works as a fiction editor for Saraba Magazine.by