Author of the Week — Ayobami Adebayo

Ayobami Adebayo

Read our review of Ayobami’s book, Stay With Me here.

Ayobami Adebayo was born in Lagos, Nigeria in 1988. She studied Literature in English at Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, Nigeria. She has a master’s degree in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia, England.[1]

She began writing at age 9, making up alternative endings to stories she read when she didn’t like the conclusions.[2] At age 19, she attended a workshop held by Chimamanda Adichie which influenced her decision to become an author.[3]

Ayobami has worked as an editor for Saraba magazine since 2009.[4] She relaxes by reading a thriller.[5]

Stay With Me is her debut novel.

Stay With Me

Ayobami is on Twitter @ayobamiadebayo, Facebook Ayobami Adebayo and has a blog.


[1] Q & A With Author Ayobami Adebayo Financial Times; About Ayobami Ayobami Adebayo.

[2] SJP Pick Author Interview: Ayobami Adebayo The Booklist Reader.

[3] Interview Ayobami Adebayo: “We should decide for ourselves what happiness looks like” The Guardian.

[4] Ayobami Adebayo Penguin Random House.

[5] Q & A With Author Ayobami Adebayo Financial Times