Ayọ̀bámi Adébáyọ̀ has written for the BBC, LitHub, The Guardian(UK) and others. She has received fellowships and residencies from MacDowell Colony, Ledig House, Sinthian Cultural Centre, Hedgebrook, Ox-bow School of Arts, and Ebedi Hills. She holds BA and MA degrees in Literature in English from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ife. Ayọ̀bámi also has an MA in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia where she was awarded an international bursary for creative writing. In 2017, she won The Future Awards Africa Prize for Arts and Culture. She has worked as an editor for Saraba magazine since 2009.
Ayọ̀bámi is the author of STAY WITH ME, which was shortlisted for the Kwani? Manuscript Project as a work in progress in 2013. After it was published in 2017, it was shortlisted for the Baileys Prize for Women’s Fiction, the Wellcome Book Prize and the 9mobile Prize for Literature. It was also longlisted for the International Dylan Thomas Prize. STAY WITH ME was named a Notable Book of the Year by The New York Times and a Best Book of the Year by The Guardian, The Economist, The Wall Street Journal and many other publications. Ayọ̀bámi was born in Lagos, Nigeria.
STAY WITH ME has been published or is forthcoming in several countries and languages as outlined below.
United Kingdom (Canongate),United Kingdom, Large Print Edition(F.A. Thorpe), Nigeria (Ouida Books), United States (Alfred A. Knopf), United States, Large Print Edition (Center Point Books), Kenya (Kwani?), Germany (Piper Verlag), Brazil (HarperCollins Brasil), Sweden (Pirat Forlaget), German Audiobook (Osterwold Audio), Spanish (Gatopardo Ediciones), Dutch (Signatuur) Italian (La Nave di Teseo), Turkish (Hep Kitap), Finnish (Atena), Arabic (Dar Al Muna), Israel (Achuzat Bayit), Catalan (Angle Editorial), Czech (Kniha Zlin), and Slovakia (ARThur/Inaque).