Lola Shoneyin

Lola Shoneyin’s work includes three books of poems: So All the Time I Was Sitting on an Egg (1997), Song of a Riverbird (2002) and For the Love of Flight (2010) and two children’s books: Mayowa and the Masquerades(2010). Her debut novel, The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives was nominated for the Orange Prize for Fiction in 2010 and went on to win the PEN Oakland 2011 Josephine Miles Literary Award and the 2011 Ken Saro-Wiwa Prose Prize. Her children’s book, Mayowa and the Masquerades won the 2011 Atiku Abubakar Prize for Children’s literature in Nigeria.

Shoneyin’s writing has appeared in several international publications such as Konch Magazine, Iowa Review, Glendora Review, Chimurenga, Poetry International, Maple Tree Literary Supplement, Drumrevue Voices, Orbis Magazine, The Guardian, The Times and The World Today.

In 2012, Shoneyin founded the Book Buzz Foundation — a charity that identifies and develops innovative ways of promoting literacy and reading though the creation of reading spaces. Shoneyin is the director of Ake Arts and Book Festival, an annual literary and cultural event that supports and celebrates artistic and cultural innovation in African, on African soil. She is also the creative director of the new Kaduna Book and Arts Festival which will take place in Kaduna State, Nigeria.

Lola Shoneyin’s work explores womanhood, sexuality and the intricacies of domestic life. She is working on her second novel and a new collection of poems. She resides in Lagos with one husband and two dogs.