Author of the Week – Dami Ajayi

Dami Ajayi

Read our review of Dami’s book, Clinical Blues here.

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.

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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