Bayo Ojikutu

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Bayo Ojikutu (born 1971) is a United States-based novelist and creative writer of Nigerian heritage.

His first novel, 47th Street Black (Crown, 2003),[1][2] received the Washington Prize for Fiction and the Great American Book Award. Ojikutu's short fiction has appeared widely, including within the pages of the 2013 Akashic Press collection USA Noir and in the speculative fiction anthology Shadow Show. Ojikutu's short story, "Yayi and Those Who Walk on Water: A Fable", received a nomination from the Pushcart Prize for outstanding fiction published in literary presses in 2009. By then, Three Rivers Press had released his second novel, Free Burning, to considerable critical acclaim .[3]

Ojikutu has taught creative writing at the University of Chicago, DePaul, and at Roosevelt University.


  1. ^ "47TH STREET BLACK by Bayo Ojikutu". Kirkus Reviews. November 15, 2002. Retrieved August 11, 2017.
  2. ^ Muyumba, Walton (June 22, 2003). "Good writing can't save tale of South Side gangsters". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2017-08-11.
  3. ^ "Fiction Book Review: Free Burning by Bayo Ojikutu, Author Three Rivers Press (CA) $13.95 (383p) ISBN 978-1-4000-8289-6". Kirkus reviews. August 1, 2006. Retrieved 2017-09-10.

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