About Me

Born in Kano, Nigeria, in 1995, I became interested in writing about love—romantic, filial, between friends—in secondary school, centering, without giving it any thought, the lives of gay boys. I haven’t stopped doing this. My first completed project, a collection of short stories, follows various men across Nigerian cities, captures their dignity, flaws, losses, loves, families.

I studied English at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, between 2012 and 2016, where I mostly attended choir practice while serving at various points as custodian of The Writers’ Community, Editor of The Muse, a journal of the English department, and an often-harried choir librarian and class rep. I secretly wished I were in the Music Department instead.

In 2013, I attended the Farafina Trust Creative Writing Workshop taught by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie; currently continuing that lifestyle—started Fall 2018—at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. I still sing—with the University of Iowa’s Camerata Singers.

I edit the queer ezine, 14 , which I founded in 2016 with friends.

You can find my short fiction in A Public Space magazine and One Story, among other places

Literary Representation

AWARDS AND HONOURS

2018: Winner, Richard Yates Short Story Contest at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop

2017: The Caine Prize For African Writing Shortlist

2017: Brittle Paper Fiction Award Nominee

2015: A Public Space Emerging Writer Fellowship

2015: BN Poetry Award Shortlist