Young British-Nigerian author, Faridah Abike-Iyimide lands 7-figure book deal on debut novel
London, Sep. 6, 2020 (AltAfrica)-Faridah Abike-Iyimide, a 21-year-old Nigerian female student, attending Aberdeen University in the UK has agreed to a seven-figure deal for a pair of young adult novels.
Feiwel and Friends, an imprint of Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group, announced that it would publish Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé’s highly anticipated debut, the thriller “Ace of Spades,” in June 2021. The author also plans a second novel, currently untitled.
Described as Gossip Girl meets Get Out, the story takes place at an elite private school where a mysterious source begins spreading rumours about two black students.
“I hope readers in the U.S. see that Black people belong in stories like ‘Gossip Girl’ and ‘Pretty Little Liars,’ and that above everything else we deserve happy endings,” Àbíké-Íyímídé said in a statement.
Miss Abike-Iyimide, who is studying English, Chinese and anthropology at Aberdeen, describes herself on her own website as ‘an avid tea drinker’, a ‘collector of strange mugs’ and a ‘crusher of white supremacy in all its forms’.
She also writes about her Nigerian heritage, saying: ‘I am Nigerian and love my culture – especially the food and the music.’
The south Londoner said: ‘I am so grateful for this opportunity to share this story and have others see themselves for the first time in these characters.’
Her website adds that she attended an all-girl Catholic school between the ages of 11 and 18, despite being Muslim.
Feiwel acquired North American rights to the two books. Usborne will release Àbíké-Íyímídé’s work in the United Kingdom