Ayòbámi Adébáyò was born in Lagos, Nigeria. She studied at Obafemi Awolowo University, Ife, and has an MA in creative writing from the University of East Anglia. Her stories have appeared in a number of magazines and anthologies. Her debut novel, Stay With Me, is published by Canongate (£14.99).
Stay With Me is a story about the impact that infertility can have on a married couple. What inspired you to look at this theme?
There is a strong view in Nigeria, as in many other cultures, that a marriage is not complete without children. I don’t agree; I’m wary of the idea that people have to have some particular functionality in order to be full members of society. I think it’s a very dangerous idea. Humans are humans and they are worthy of respect. In the book, I wanted to ask whether it is possible in this cultural context for a couple to be happy with one another, without having children.