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Dami Ajayi studied Medicine and Surgery at Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria where he co-founded Saraba literary magazine. His first volume of poems, Clinical Blues, longlisted for the Erbacce Poetry Prize, Melita Hume Prize and the Wole Soyinka Prize for Literature in Africa, won the ANA Poetry runner-up prize. His second volume of poems, A Woman’s Body is a Country, a finalist for the Glenna Luschei Prize, was listed among Quartz’s Best African Books of 2017. His poems have been featured on BBC,
His short stories have appeared in Gambit: Newer African Writing, Songhai 12: New Voices in Nigerian Literature, Afridiaspora’s My Africa, My City, Afreada, Itch Magazine, NigeriansTalk, Jalada Africa, Sentinel Nigeria and Brittlepaper.
His essays have appeared in Chimurenga Chronic, Guardian UK, The Africa Report, Lost in Lagos Magazine, The Elephant, Bakwa Magazine, Afropolitan Vibes Magazine, Expound Magazine. And also in translation in Das Goethe (a Die Ziet supplement).
His reviews of music, film and popular culture for the OlisaTV blog weekly for three years before joining ThisisLagosNG where he currently maintains The Good Doctor, a weekly column reviewing books, film and movies.