Author Series: Oyinkan Braithwaite

How many Nigerian Authors do you know? Well, here’s one exceptionally talented wordsmith…

Best known for her masterpiece and debut novel, My Sister the Serial Killer, Oyinkansola Braithwaite is a Nigerian-British Novelist and Writer. Born in 1988 in Lagos, Nigeria, she spent her childhood in both Lagos and London. She is a graduate of Law and Creative writing at Kingston University.

After graduation, she worked as an Assistant Editor at Kachifo, a Nigerian publishing house, and as a production manager at Ajapaworld, a children’s educational and entertainment company.

Oyinkan has also written several short stories such as One chance, The Last Tattoo, The Scold’s Bridle, and Treasure, etc which have been featured on widely acclaimed platforms such as Amazon Original Stories’ Hush Collection, McSweeney’s, and WePresent. In 2014, she was shortlisted as a top-ten spoken-word artist in the Eko Poetry Slam, and in 2016 she was a finalist for the Commonwealth Short Story Prize.

In 2018, Oyinkan rose to the limelight when she published her first book, My Sister, the Serial Killer; which The New York Times praised as ‘pulpy, peppery and sinister; a scorpion tailed little thriller.’ The storyline is not just unique but perfectly portrays an unexpected and twisted sister relationship. My Sister, the Serial Killer is also being translated into 30 languages and has been optioned for a film.


Awards and Nominations
Oyinkan Braithwaite is an award-winning author with several nominations which are listed below:

Winner of the LA Times Book Prize for Mystery and Thriller 2019

Winner of Amazon Publishing Reader’s Awards for Best Debut Novel 2019

Winner of the Anthony Award for Best First Novel 2019

Longlisted for the International Dublin Literary Award 2020

Shortlisted for the British Book Awards 2020 (Crime & Thriller Book of the Year)

Shortlisted for the British Book My 2020 (Audiobook of the Year)

Shortlisted for the Cameo Awards 2020 (Book to Audio Category)

Shortlisted for the Book Bloggers’ Choice Awards 2020

Longlisted for the Booker Prize 2019

Shortlisted for the Women’s Prize 2019

Shortlisted for the Goodreads Choice Awards for Mystery/Thriller and Debut Novel 2019

Shortlisted for the Commonwealth Short Story Prize 2016

Nominated for the Future Awards Africa Prize for Literature 2019

Shortlisted for the Commonwealth Short Story Prize 2016

Oyinkan now works as a freelance writer and editor although fans await a sequel or at least another blockbuster. In 2020, the award-winning novelist tied the knot with her character animator and visual storyteller beau Temidayo Odunlami in a beautiful celebration in Lagos.


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *