An interview with Yejide Kilanko. Read our review of her book, Chasing Butterflies here.
LE: Hello Yejide, please tell us a bit about yourself.
Yejide: I was born in Ibadan, Nigeria, and grew up there. My first Bachelor’s was a Political Science degree from the University of Ibadan. In 2000, I moved to the United States and stayed home to raise our children. After moving to Ontario, Canada, I went back to school and obtained an undergraduate and graduate degree in Social Work.
LE: What you do for a living? Is writing your full time job?
Yejide: Writing is not my full-time job; that would be a dream. I work as a psychotherapist in children’s mental health.
LE: When did you start writing and what prompted it?
Yejide: I started writing poetry at the age of 12. Writing in all forms was and is still the best way I process my emotions.
LE: Are you currently working on any book and if you are, what is it about?
Yejide: I am in the early stages of outlining a new novel set primarily in Canada with some scenes in the U.K and Nigeria. It’s about a young lady who is desperate to discover the truth about her origin.
LE: Lastly, what are your hobbies?
Yejide: I love listening to music and designing graphics.
Yejide has four published books:
Daughters Who Walk this Path
There’s an Elephant in my Wardrobe
Wiping Halima’s Tears
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