A Nigerian first-time novelist, Ayobami Adebayo has been shortlisted for 2017 UK Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction. She is listed amongst three British authors, an American and a Canadian. This year’s prize is the last one that will be sponsored by liqueur company Baileys.
Her novel, ‘Stay With Me’ is set against the social and political turbulence of 1980s in Nigeria.Stay with Me is a story of marriage and motherhood. Yejide knows the only way to save her marriage to Akin who is yet to have a child. When his family insist he takes a second wife she is livid with jealousy and becomes desperate to get pregnant before her rival.
The Women’s Prize for Fiction is awarded annually to what judges consider the best novel of the year written in English by a female author.It was co-founded by author Kate Mosse, who believed female authors were often overlooked for major literary prizes.Previous winners of the prize, which has been running since 1996, include Zadie Smith, Ali Smith, Lionel Shriver and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.Orange sponsored the award for 17 years before Baileys took over in 2014.The winning author receives £30,000 in prize money
Previous winners of the prize, which has been running since 1996, include Zadie Smith, Ali Smith, Lionel Shriver and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.