By Seun Akioye
The publisher, in a statement, described the novel as “the story of two women linked by a common tragedy. Olukorede depicts, through these women, the ways people cope with grief, the paths to finding closure, and navigating a web of betrayal, racism, and motherhood while grappling with life’s complexities”.
Yishau’s first novel In The Name of Our Father was nominated for the Nigeria Prize for Literature in 2021.
Yishau is an award-winning and versatile editor with 23 years experience. His versatility has seen him winning the prestigious Nigeria Media Merit Awards (NMMA) in varying categories four times and being finalists several other times in beats such as political reporting and business.
In 2015, he won the NMMA as Columnist of the Year, just a little over a year after his debut as a columnist.
At the tail end of the first term of President Obama, Olukorede was inducted into the U.S Department of States International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) through which he reported the election that saw Obama being reelected. The program saw him reporting from Wisconsin, Washington DC, Chicago, Milwaukee and Janesville among others. The experience gave him insights into the U.S local and national politics. Part of the experience makes some chapters of his first work of non-fiction titled United Countries of America and Other Travel Tales.
He has reported from different parts of the globe such as Singapore, China, South Africa, Botswana, Tanzania, Ghana, and the United States.
Aside journalism, he is also a creative writer. He is the author of the critically-acclaimed novel ‘In the Name of Our Father’. This work has been the subject of graduate and postgraduate theses and earned a nomination for the coveted The Nigeria Prize for Literature.
Yishau’s collection of short stories, ‘Vaults of Secrets’, was published in the last quarter of 2020 in Nigeria and August 2022 in the UK.
The author, who is US Bureau Chief for The Nation, writes a column ‘Above Whispers’ every Friday.
He worked with two newsmagazines, The Source and Tell, for about a decade.