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Faridah Abike-Iyimide Secures MacMillan Million-Dollar Book Deal In USA by LegendHero(m): 3:58am On Sep 11
Faridah Abike-Iyimide, A British-Nigerian student has secured a seven-figure book deal with a US publisher for her debut thriller at the age of just 21.

Faridah Abike-Iyimide spent two years writing Ace of Spades while juggling a degree in English, Chinese, and Anthropology at the University of Aberdeen. Faridah, who is Muslim, chose not to attend booze-filled student gatherings and instead spent her evenings staying up until 4am writing.

She said it was a ‘dream come true’ when publisher MacMillan agreed to publish not just Ace of Spades, but a second novel as well. Described by her publishers as a ‘cross between Gossip Girl and Get Out’, the novel follows the story of musician Devon, and head girl Chiamaka, the only two black students navigating life in a majority white private school.

Faridah told Metro.co.uk: ‘I grew up very working-class like Devon, and I am Nigerian like Chiamaka so in many ways we are similar but also extremely different. ‘I always wanted to read or watch something just like it, that centred black characters and their lives.

‘​The story is a lot like Gossip Girl in the sense that it is about the messy lives of wealthy high school students. Blair Waldorf was a huge inspiration for my character Chiamaka.’ She said her biggest priority was making the characters relatable. ‘The book is also like Get Out in the sense that the story takes a famous genre and tropes, turning it on its head.’

The novel unflinchingly tackles themes of homophobia and institutional racism, at a time when millions around the world are calling for equality in the wake of the global Black Lives Matter movement. Faridah said: ‘Because I am writing about the lives of so many different black young adults, topics that impact black people such as homophobia and institutional racism come up in my writing.

‘I wanted to highlight the fact that black people are not a monolith, so I have queer characters and a character that is the child of immigrants.’

Faridah’s name will now join the ranks of Paul Mendez and 2019 Booker Prize winner Bernardine Evaristo, British black authors who recently exploded onto the literary scene, as well as author of Noughts and Crosses trilogy, Malorie Blackman.

​’Malorie is one of my favourite authors of all time, her books changed my life as a teenager and I hope my books do the same for BAME kids,’ Faridah said. Ace of Spades will be published next year in June.

Source: https://metro.co.uk/2020/09/09/british-student-21-secures-million-dollar-book-deal-in-us-13246074/

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Re: Faridah Abike-Iyimide Secures MacMillan Million-Dollar Book Deal In USA by trutharena: 3:59am On Sep 11
This is huge.

Congratulations Abike!

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Re: Faridah Abike-Iyimide Secures MacMillan Million-Dollar Book Deal In USA by uruba23: 3:59am On Sep 11
Okay Yoruba Amaka

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Re: Faridah Abike-Iyimide Secures MacMillan Million-Dollar Book Deal In USA by Philipponzaghi: 4:01am On Sep 11
uruba23:
Okay Yoruba Amaka

Wetin concern Yoruba with Amaka?

Yoruba Lagba!

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Re: Faridah Abike-Iyimide Secures MacMillan Million-Dollar Book Deal In USA by uruba23: 4:09am On Sep 11
Philipponzaghi:


Wetin concern Yoruba with Amaka?

Yoruba Lagba!
Lol thanks was lost of the right words to use...Yoruba Lagba.

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Re: Faridah Abike-Iyimide Secures MacMillan Million-Dollar Book Deal In USA by Adrian9(m): 4:09am On Sep 11
Congratulations!

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Re: Faridah Abike-Iyimide Secures MacMillan Million-Dollar Book Deal In USA by Wolgrace(m): 4:45am On Sep 11
It takes certain level of self discipline that kills unnecessary and distractive cravings, and continuity to produce a goal-getting and pacesetting result..

-Congrats to her..

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Re: Faridah Abike-Iyimide Secures MacMillan Million-Dollar Book Deal In USA by Mhayor8888(m): 4:49am On Sep 11
Is she really 21 or they meant 31? :

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Re: Faridah Abike-Iyimide Secures MacMillan Million-Dollar Book Deal In USA by Ogbuu101: 5:00am On Sep 11
Oily soup amaka grin
excess pepper soup amaka grin

From the bottom of my heart grin

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Re: Faridah Abike-Iyimide Secures MacMillan Million-Dollar Book Deal In USA by Abouwaza(m): 5:03am On Sep 11
Here to check name
Re: Faridah Abike-Iyimide Secures MacMillan Million-Dollar Book Deal In USA by Sammy07: 6:16am On Sep 11
Moi GF Oriki cool, Abike keep soaring higher.

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Re: Faridah Abike-Iyimide Secures MacMillan Million-Dollar Book Deal In USA by helinues: 6:17am On Sep 11
Congrats to her...

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Re: Faridah Abike-Iyimide Secures MacMillan Million-Dollar Book Deal In USA by IamWonderful: 6:23am On Sep 11
Ok
Re: Faridah Abike-Iyimide Secures MacMillan Million-Dollar Book Deal In USA by Dealvault5: 6:30am On Sep 11
Congrats

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Re: Faridah Abike-Iyimide Secures MacMillan Million-Dollar Book Deal In USA by helinues: 6:31am On Sep 11
Mhayor8888:
Is she really 21 or they meant 31? :

Whether 21 or 31 she has successfully secured million dollar book deal.

When are we going to read something positive about you? undecided

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Re: Faridah Abike-Iyimide Secures MacMillan Million-Dollar Book Deal In USA by drinoayo: 6:34am On Sep 11
Mhayor8888:
Is she really 21 or they meant 31? :

E dey pain grin

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Re: Faridah Abike-Iyimide Secures MacMillan Million-Dollar Book Deal In USA by Pimpmaride: 6:35am On Sep 11
excellence44:

why are you quoting rule 2?
just like this question above, he really wants to know her true age. Stop this unnecessary reporting.

Rule 2

Dont doubt and don't question any one age gringringrin

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Re: Faridah Abike-Iyimide Secures MacMillan Million-Dollar Book Deal In USA by excellence44(m): 6:38am On Sep 11
Pimpmaride:


Rule 2

Dont doubt and don't question any one age gringringrin

where did you get your own rule 2 from
2. Don't abuse, bully, deliberately insult/provoke, fight, or wish harm to Nairaland members OR THEIR TRIBES.

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Re: Faridah Abike-Iyimide Secures MacMillan Million-Dollar Book Deal In USA by Pimpmaride: 6:39am On Sep 11
excellence44:


where did you get your own rule 2 from
2. Don't abuse, bully, deliberately insult/provoke, fight, or wish harm to Nairaland members OR THEIR TRIBES.

My own is my own.. Obey mi coolcool

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Re: Faridah Abike-Iyimide Secures MacMillan Million-Dollar Book Deal In USA by fr3do(m): 6:43am On Sep 11
Philipponzaghi:


Wetin concern Yoruba with Amaka?

Yoruba Lagba!

A major character in her novel is chi amaka

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Re: Faridah Abike-Iyimide Secures MacMillan Million-Dollar Book Deal In USA by Hedgedog: 6:43am On Sep 11
grin
Re: Faridah Abike-Iyimide Secures MacMillan Million-Dollar Book Deal In USA by Gracchus: 6:56am On Sep 11
uruba23:
Okay Yoruba Amaka
Please stop using that amaka with anything Yoruba, it's anonoing, disgusting and repulsive.

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Re: Faridah Abike-Iyimide Secures MacMillan Million-Dollar Book Deal In USA by Kingluqman(m): 8:03am On Sep 11
Afonja amaka grin


Iyi e por!!

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Re: Faridah Abike-Iyimide Secures MacMillan Million-Dollar Book Deal In USA by ThatFairGuy1: 8:12am On Sep 11
Nice one from Fareedoh. Abike onibule.
Yooba L'agba

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Re: Faridah Abike-Iyimide Secures MacMillan Million-Dollar Book Deal In USA by hajimosho(m): 8:50am On Sep 11

Weldone, Faridah

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Re: Faridah Abike-Iyimide Secures MacMillan Million-Dollar Book Deal In USA by Chindaibezim: 10:35am On Sep 11
shocked
Re: Faridah Abike-Iyimide Secures MacMillan Million-Dollar Book Deal In USA by wunmi590(m): 10:35am On Sep 11
cool
Re: Faridah Abike-Iyimide Secures MacMillan Million-Dollar Book Deal In USA by swoopiness(m): 10:35am On Sep 11
I need this energy to finish writing my code

Happy Friday y'all

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