Bayo Ojikutu

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Bayo Ojikutu
BornBayo Olayinka Ojikutu
1971 (age 52–53)
  • Writer
  • novelist
  • lecturer
Alma materUniversity of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Bayo Olayinka Ojikutu (born 1971) is a Nigerian-American creative writer, novelist and university lecturer.

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 Special Mention 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 is a graduate of the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. He has taught creative writing at the University of Chicago, DePaul University, and 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.[permanent dead link]

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