Discipline: Literature – fiction

Lola Opatayo

Discipline: Literature – fiction
Region: Ogun, NIGERIA
MacDowell Fellowships: 2020

Lola Opatayo holds a bachelor's degree in literature from the Obafemi Awolowo University, and a master’s in communication and language arts from the University of Ibadan. Her stories have appeared in Obsidian and Hot Metal Bridge. Her work is centered around female reproductive health, mental issues, and cultural influence. In addition to being a MacDowell Fellow, she is a recipient of the Iceland Writers Alumni Award.

During her residency at MacDowell, she worked on her collection of short stories. Employing the use of magical realism, she establishes the intersections between female reproductive health, mental health issues, and cultural influence in African women. She also conceived of an idea to preserve the propagation of Nigerian folktales.


New Jersey

Lola Opatayo worked in the New Jersey studio.

The yellow clapboard New Jersey Studio, located on a grassy, sloping site, was funded by the New Jersey Federation of Women’s Clubs and built as an exact replica of Monday Music Studio (1913). The studio’s porch rests on fieldstone piers that increase in height as the ground slopes to the west. Like Monday Music Studio, New Jersey…

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