Nige­rian short-listed for pres­ti­gious prize

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Nige­rian au­thor Ayòbámi Adébáyò (28) is the fourth African writer to be short-listed for the an­nual Baileys Women’s Prize for Fic­tion.

Nom­i­nated for her de­but novel Stay With Me, which was pub­lished last month, Adébáyò and five other nom­i­nees stand a chance to win £30 000 (R517 000).

Known as one of the most pres­ti­gious lit­er­ary awards in the world, the prize was awarded to fel­low Nige­rian Chi­ma­manda Ngozi Adichie in 2007 for her ti­tle Half of a Yel­low Sun.

Born as Ayòbámi Omobolanle Fa­murewa in Lagos, the ta­lented young wo­man writes as Ayòbámi Adébáyò in hon­our of her late fa­ther. In 2015, she was listed by the Fi­nan­cial Times as one of the bright stars of Nige­rian lit­er­a­ture.

The Baileys Women’s Prize for Fic­tion is open to women from all walks of life, and cel­e­brates ex­cel­lence, orig­i­nal­ity and ac­ces­si­bil­ity in women’s writ­ing through­out the world.

Stay With Me ex­plores the tri­als that Adébáyò’s pro­tag­o­nist, Ye­jide, en­dures as she yearns for a child dur­ing the po­lit­i­cal un­rest in Nige­ria in the 1980s.

Try­ing ev­ery av­enue she can find so that she can bear a child, Ye­jide suf­fers im­mense hard­ship as she tries to ful­fil her dream of be­com­ing a mother.

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