Abi Daré

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Abi Daré
BornAbimbola Daré
Lagos, Nigeria
OccupationAuthor
Nationality
  • Nigerian
Education
GenreFiction, young adult
Notable works
Years active2018–present

Abi (Abimbola) Daré is a Nigerian author who now lives in Essex, England.[1] In 2018 she won the Bath Novel Award,[2][3] and was a finalist in the Literary Consultancy Pen Factor 2018.[4] Her debut novel The Girl With the Louding Voice was published in 2020.

Biography[edit]

Daré grew up in Lagos, Nigeria, attending the Vivian Fowler Memorial College for Girls,[5] and moved to the UK for her higher education.[6] Her mother Teju Somorin was the first female professor of taxation in Nigeria.[7]

Daré has a degree in law from the University of Wolverhampton, a master's in international project management from Glasgow Caledonian University and a master's in creative writing from Birkbeck.[8]

She has said she began writing fiction on a blog and was the editor of her church magazine.[9] Daré works overseeing app development for a publishing firm.[10][11]

Career[edit]

The Girl With The Louding Voice[edit]

Daré's debut novel The Girl With The Louding Voice is a story about a teenage Nigerian girl called Adunni who becomes a maid and struggles with many things growing up, including her limited education, poverty and her ability to speak up for herself.[12]

The book became a New York Times Bestseller and is a Read with Jenna choice[13] and a BBC Radio 4 Book at Bedtime pick.[14] Published by Sceptre, an imprint of Hodder, it was shortlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize for first time novelists.[15] Daré was included in the Guardian's list of 10 Best Debut Novelists of 2020.[16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Observer (January 26, 2020). "Introducing our 10 best debut novelists of 2020". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved July 22, 2020.
  2. ^ BellaNaija.com (September 14, 2018). "Nigerian Author Abimbola Dare Wins the 2018 Bath Novel Award". BellaNaija. Retrieved July 26, 2020.
  3. ^ Ambrose, Caroline (September 23, 2018). "Interview: ABI DARÈ, winner of the Bath Novel Award 2018". The Bath Novel Awards. Retrieved July 22, 2020.
  4. ^ "Abi Daré". www.curtisbrown.co.uk. Curtis Brown. Retrieved July 22, 2020.
  5. ^ "Guest Author - Abimbola Dare: The Small Print". Retrieved July 22, 2020.
  6. ^ "Interview: ABI DARÈ, winner of the Bath Novel Award 2018". The Bath Novel Awards. September 23, 2018. Retrieved July 22, 2020.
  7. ^ Daré, Abi (2020). The Girl With The Louding Voice. Great Britain: Sceptre.
  8. ^ "Abi Daré | Penguin Random House". PenguinRandomhouse.com. Retrieved July 22, 2020.
  9. ^ "Interview: ABI DARÈ, winner of the Bath Novel Award 2018". The Bath Novel Awards. September 23, 2018. Retrieved July 22, 2020.
  10. ^ Observer, The (January 26, 2020). "Introducing our 10 best debut novelists of 2020". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved July 22, 2020.
  11. ^ León, Concepción de (February 1, 2020). "For Her Debut, Abi Daré Confronts 'Dreams and Intelligence That We Kill'". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved July 22, 2020.
  12. ^ León, Concepción de (February 1, 2020). "For Her Debut, Abi Daré Confronts 'Dreams and Intelligence That We Kill'". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved July 22, 2020.
  13. ^ "Read with Jenna: 'The Girl with the Louding Voice' author chats on TODAY". TODAY.com. Retrieved July 22, 2020.
  14. ^ "BBC Radio 4 - The Girl With The Louding Voice by Abi Daré - Available now". BBC. Retrieved July 22, 2020.
  15. ^ "The Girl with the Louding Voice by Abi Daré: 9781524746025 | PenguinRandomHouse.com: Books". PenguinRandomhouse.com. Retrieved July 22, 2020.
  16. ^ "Introducing our 10 best debut novelists of 2020". The Guardian. January 26, 2020. Retrieved July 22, 2020.