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) and Iyaji, the Housegirl (2014). Her novel, The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives, which has been translated into 6 languages, was long-listed for the Orange Prize for Fiction in 2011 and went on to win the PEN Oakland 2011 Josephine Miles Literary Award and the 2011 ANA/NDDC 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 creative writing and articles have appeared in several 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 employs innovative ways of promoting literacy though the creation of reading spaces. She is the director of the dynamic and very successful Ake Arts and Book Festival, an annual literary and cultural event that supports and celebrates artistic and cultural innovation in African, on African soil. www.akefestival.org
Shoneyin’s work explores womanhood, sexuality and the intricacies of domestic life in Africa. She is working on her second novel and a new collection of poems called Feather in Nest. She resides in Lagos.
Lola Shoneyin is the Editor-in-chief of Courrier des Afriques’English version.