Author of the Week – Dami Ajayi

Dami Ajayi

Dami Ajayi is from Ondo State but spent his childhood in Ado Ekiti in the 1980s and later, in Lagos, Nigeria when his parents relocated.[1] He studied Medicine and Surgery at Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife where he co-founded Saraba Magazine for which he now serves as Fiction Editor.[2]

Dami is a resident doctor who lives in Lagos, Nigeria. He is a writer and poet and has been writing poetry since age eleven.[3] He is a music critic who listens to different types of music including Afrobeat, Highlife, R&B and Jazz.[4] Dami has admitted to being a good dancer and a good cook.[5]

In 2012, his debut poetry collection, Clinical Blues, was shortlisted for various poetry prizes including the International Melita Hume Poetry Prize[6] and the Association of Nigerian Authors prize for poetry.[7]

Dami has two published books:

Clinical Blues

Clinical Blues image

A Woman’s Body is a Country

A Womans Body is a Country

He also has a chapbook, Daybreak and Other Poems which you can download for free here.

Read our review of Clinical Blues here.

Dami is on Twitter @ajayidami, Facebook Dami Ajayi and has a blog.

Photo credit: Goethe Institut

 

[1] Why Doctors are Better Writers–Dami Ajayi Tribune; Interview with Dami Ajayi Arts and Africa.

[2] Interview with Nigerian writer Dami Ajayi Geosi Reads.

[3] Why Doctors are Better Writers–Dami Ajayi Tribune

[4] Interview with Dami Ajayi Arts and Africa.

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