For Lola Shoneyin, the journey into the literary world started when she was 9.  She represented her school at a poetry recital competition. From then, she fell in love with poetry and music.  At such an early age, she was published in school publications. Lola Shoneyin studied English at the Ogun State University and currently teaches English and drama at an international school in Abuja. She is the author of three volumes of poetry (So All the Time I Was Sitting on an Egg), (Song of a Riverbird), (For the Love Flight) and a children’s book (Mayowa and the Masquerades).

In 1999, Shoneyin attended the Iowa International Writers Programme. She lives in Abuja with her husband, four children and four dogs. Her collection of twelve short stories, Woman in her Season, was shortlisted for the ANA Prose Prize in 1999.The Secrets of Baba Segi’s Wives is her first novel. It made the 2011 Orange Prize longlist.