Nigerian short-listed for prestigious prize
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.