Reader, Writer, Teacher: Ayodele Olofintuade

Ayodele Olofintuade, author, journalist, and feminist, is the founder of Laipo Reads, a not-for-profit project that distributes age appropriate books to children in underserved communities living in Ibadan.  The project, which is funded by a few dedicated friends, also provides teaching assistance.

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Olofintuade actively campaigns for gender equality and is outspoken against gender and sexual discrimination. She established 9jafeminista, a blogazine dedicated to the documentation of the voices of Nigerian feminists using social media platforms to campaign for women’s equal rights, and their sexual and reproductive rights.

Ayodele Olofintuade has authored several books. Her first, a children’s book, Eno’s Story, shortlisted for the  NLNG Prize for Children’s literature, 2011, was published by Cassava Republic. In 2018, three of her books were published: Adunni: The beautiful ones have not yet died (Brittlepaper: 2018), Lakiriboto Chronicles: A brief history of badly behaved women (Bookbuilders, 2018) and Queer and Sexy Collection (Love Africa Press, 2018).

Her investigative stories, think pieces, book reviews, creative non-fiction and fiction has appeared in several newspapers and online journals. Her first academic paper was published in 2017 by Feminist Africa.

In 2015 Ayodele Olofintuade was one of the Fellows of the Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship Program (TEEP). Her grant was used to establish Jungle Urchins, a publishing house run as a social enterprise. Under the publishing house she published five different children’s books.

She is a fellow of the Wole Soyinka Centre for Investigative Journalism and Free Press Unlimited and participated in the Report Women project jointly undertaken by both organisations.

She is presently conducting a self-funded research on Sexual and Reproductive Rights amongst women living in lower income communities.

 

Postscript
To mark 16 Days of Activism, I am honouring 16 Remarkable Women who painstakingly work to educate on gender inequality, human rights and putting an end to violence against women and girls.

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