Dami Ajayi

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Dami Àjàyí
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Damilola Ajayi

Alma materObafemi Awolowo University
OccupationWriter, medical doctor, critic
Years active2006 - till date

Dami Àjàyí (born 1986) is a Nigerian poet, medical doctor, and music critic. Along with Emmanuel Iduma, he co-founded Saraba Magazine in 2008. He is the author of two collections of poetry and a chapbook.


Dami Àjàyí was born in Nigeria in 1986. While he was an undergraduate of medicine at the Obafemi Awolowo University in Ile-Ife, he met Emmanuel Iduma, with whom he would found Saraba Magazine.


In 2011, he was listed among the "Eight Young Nigerian Poets Whose Poems Delight" on the Sentinel UK Poetry Blog[1] His first collection of poems, Clinical Blues, was shortlisted (in manuscript form) for the Melita Hume Prize in 2012.[2][3] It was published by WriteHouse in 2014, and was longlisted for the biennial Wole Soyinka Prize for Literature in Africa.[4][5]

In 2017, his second collection of poetry, A Woman's Body is a Country, was published by Ouida Books)[6] Of the work, Ajayi says "I wanted my book to show how the noun "affection" becomes a verb, and in my attempt I was drawing from a personal reservoir, hoping that my experiences are singular as well as universal."[7] He has been described as one who "writes about love like liquor that drowns a person into his or her feelings."[8]

Prose and criticism[edit]

Ajayi has written short stories that have been published in Nigeria and abroad. He currently provides critical reviews about Nigerian music to a number of online publications.


  • Clinical Blues (2014)
  • A Woman's Body is a Country (2017)


  1. ^ "CITADEL OF LIFE". citadeloflife1.blogspot.com.ng. Retrieved 23 November 2017.
  2. ^ "Dami Ajayi | Badilisha Poetry – Pan-African Poets". badilishapoetry.com. Retrieved 23 November 2017.
  3. ^ "E Y E W E A R, THE BLOG: Melita Hume Poetry Prize Shortlist: #11 DAMI AJAYI". E Y E W E A R, THE BLOG. 6 June 2012. Retrieved 23 November 2017.
  4. ^ "Nine African poets shortlisted for 2018 Wole Soyinka Prize for Literature", P.M. News, 3 November 2018.
  5. ^ Daily Graphic (19 November 2018), "9 African poets on 2018 Wole Soyinka Prize for Literature list", Graphic Online.
  6. ^ "A Woman's Body is a Country: Africa's most anticipated poetry collection". This Is Africa. 23 October 2017. Retrieved 23 November 2017.
  7. ^ "Each Collection Dictates Its Own Process: Conversation with Dami Ajayi". This Is Africa Lifestyle. 12 October 2017. Retrieved 23 November 2017.
  8. ^ Oyindamola Shoola (6 November 2017). "DAMI SKILLFULLY CONVEYS MEANINGS IN 'A WOMAN'S BODY IS A COUNTRY'". WRR PUBLISHERS LTD. Retrieved 23 November 2017.