An interview with Ayodele Olofintuade. Listen to Mo’s audio review of her book, Adunni: The Beautiful Ones Have Not Yet Died here.
LE: Hello Ayodele, please tell us a bit about yourself.
Ayodele: Author/Journalist/Researcher. I wear many hats. I was born in Ibadan and grew up in Lagos, Abeokuta and Ibadan. Spent my late teens and early twenties in Enugu. I have 2 children and a cat, I presently live in Ibadan.
I’m a feminist, and an advocate for the LGBTQI community in Nigeria.
LE: What you do for a living? Is writing your full time job?
Ayodele: I’m a full time writer, been freelancing for about 5 years. I run a not-for-profit project in Ibadan catering to schools that do not have access to libraries and run a mentorship program for young girls.
LE: When did you start writing and what prompted it?
Ayodele: Can’t remember when I’ve not written. Since I stitched together my first book at the age of 7 or thereabouts. But my first published works were book reviews which I used to submit to Kachifo a magazine published by Farafina.
My first book is Eno’s Story published by Cassava Republic in 2010.
LE: Are you currently working on any book and if you are, what is it about?
Ayodele: My latest book is Lakiriboto Chronicles: A brief History of Badly Behaved Women (Bookbuilders Editions Africa, 2018). In which I explored sex, sexuality, economic power, mental health and gender politics within a Yoruba Family.
LE: Lastly, what are your hobbies?
Ayodele: I read, swim, dance and love partying with my friends.
Ayodele has several published stories and books including:
King of the Heap
King of the Heap Learns to Read
Children of the Rainbow
Adunni: The Beautiful Ones Have Not Yet Died
Lakiriboto Chronicles: A Brief History of Badly Behaved Women
Ayodele reading an excerpt from her book, King of the Heap.
Categories: Authors and Books