Ayòbámi Adébáyò on how having the sickle cell trait inspired her bestselling debutposted on 16 Apr 2018
It has been quite a year for Ayòbámi Adébáyò. She is in London for International Women’s Day, as she was last year, when it was announced that her first novel had been longlisted for the Baileys prize. Stay With Mewent on to make the shortlist and is now up for the Wellcome prize, the winner of which will be announced later this month. The novel was glowingly reviewed, not least by the New York Times’s high priestess Michiko Kakutani(“stunning”, “powerfully magnetic and heartbreaking”); Sarah Jessica Parkerchose it for the American Library’s book club; and the author, who has just turned 30, has been interviewed in both the Paris Review and Vogue.