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Ayọ̀bámi Adébáyọ̀

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Ayobami Adebayo's stories have appeared in a number of magazines and anthologies, and one was highly commended in the 2009 Commonwealth short story competition. She holds BA and MA degrees in Literature in English from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ife. She also has an MA in creative writing from the University of East Anglia where she was awarded an international bursary for Creative Writing. Ayobami has been the recipient of fellowships and residencies from Ledig House, Hedgebrook, Threads, Ebedi Hills and Ox-Bow.
STAY WITH ME- UK (Canongate, March 2017), Nigeria (Ouida Books, April 2017), US (Knopf, August 2017), KENYA (Kwani?, August 2017) is her debut novel.
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Ayọ̀bámi Adébáyọ̀ In 2008, while I was in my final year in the university, I was working on a short story about a marriage that had broken down, and at one point I beca…moreIn 2008, while I was in my final year in the university, I was working on a short story about a marriage that had broken down, and at one point I became quite frustrated with the story. One night I took a walk to figure out what was wrong with it. I was standing in front of Oduduwa Hall, where Akin and Yejide meet in the novel, when about 50 percent of the plot just came to me. I didn't start writing Stay with Me until two years later, but I knew then that I'd gotten the idea for my first novel.
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“If the burden is too much and stays too long, even love bends, cracks, comes close to breaking and sometimes does break. But when it's in a thousand pieces around your feet, that doesn't mean it's no longer love.”
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