Nigerian literature has evolved with many writers, expressing their thoughts and experiences.Ayobami Adebayo and have been longlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize 2018; for her novel Stay With Me.
Other longlisted contestant are Kumukanda by Kayo Chingonyi, When I Hit You by Meena Kandasamy, The Blood Miracles by Lisa McInerney, Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado, Elmet by Fiona Mozley, First Love by Gwendoline Riley, Conversations With Friends by Sally Rooney, Idaho by Emily Ruskovich, My Absolute Darling by Gabriel Tallent, Attrib. and Other Stories by Eley Williams, On Trust: A Book of Lies by James Womack.
Dylan Thomas was a Welsh poet and writer who became widely popular in his lifetime and remained so after his premature death at the age of 39 in New York City. The International Dylan Thomas Prize is one of the most prestigious awards for young writers, aimed at encouraging raw creative talent worldwide in honour of the late Welshman.
The £30,000 Prize is awarded to the best published or produced literary work in the English language, written by an author aged 39 or under.
About Ayobami Adebayo
Ayobami Adebayo was born in Lagos. She spent most of her childhood in Ile-Ife, at the Staff Quarters of Obafemi Awolowo University. She studied at Obafemi Awolowo University, earning her BA and MA degrees in Literature in English.
In 2014 she went to study Creative Writing (MA Prose fiction) at the University of East Anglia, where she was awarded an International Bursary.
Adebayo was a writer in residence at Ledig House Omi, Hedgebrook, Sinthian Cultural Institute, Ox-Bow School of Art, Siena Art Institute, and Ebedi Hills.
Honour for Stay with me
- Stay With Me has been shortlisted for the Baileys Prize for Women’s Fiction
- Shortlisted for the 9mobile Prize for Literature
- New York Times Notable Book
- Guardian Best Book of 2017
- New York Times’ Critics’ Top Book of the Year
- YNaija Notable Book of 2017