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Yejide Kilanko signs contract for new book

Nigerian writer Yejide Kilanko has signed a book contract for ‘Moldable Women’, her latest work. She made this known in a Facebook post recently. Set…

Nigerian writer Yejide Kilanko has signed a book contract for ‘Moldable Women’, her latest work.

She made this known in a Facebook post recently.

Set in the United States and Nigeria, she said “the story has a ‘ripped from the headlines’ slant. It fictionalizes the stories of female Nigerian nurses living in the United States who were murdered by their much older husbands.”

In September this year Kilanko was shortlisted for Canada’s Guernica Prize for Literary Fiction. The prize seeks the best literary fiction novel that pushes the boundaries. The winning writer gets a publishing contract with Guernica Editions as well as a cash prize of $1000.

Based in Canada, Kilanko has, since 2009, worked with children and their families as a child protection worker, a crisis counsellor, and currently as a long-term therapist in children’s mental health. Her debut novel, ‘Daughters Who Walk This Path’ (2012), a Canadian national bestseller, was longlisted for the inaugural Etisalat Prize and the 2016 Nigeria Prize for Literature. Her work includes a novella, ‘Chasing Butterflies’ (2015) and a children’s picture book, ‘There Is An Elephant In My Wardrobe’ (2018). She also writes poems and short stories.

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