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Muiz Ọpẹ́yẹmí Àjàyí

Muiz Ọpẹ́yẹmí Àjàyí (Frontier XVIII) is a Lagos-born Nigerian poet of Yoruba descent. His writings explore identity, language and place. He currently studies Law at the University of Ibadan.

He's an editor at The Nigeria Review, poetry reader for The Adroit Journal, a 2021 ARTmosterrific writer-in-residence and a 2023 Poetry Translation Centre UNDERTOW cohort. Winner of the Lagos-London Poetry Competition 2022, University of Ibadan Law LDS Poetry Prize 2022, PROFWIC Poetry Prize second runner-up 2021. He’s been shortlisted/longlisted for Ake Poetry Prize 2022, Briefly Write Poetry Prize 2022, Kreative Diadem Poetry Prize 2022.

A Best of The Net nominee, his works of poetry and prose features in Frontier Poetry, 20.35 Africa: An Anthology of Contemporary Poetry, Tab Journal, Olongo Africa, SAND Journal, Aké Review, Yabaleft Review, Blue Marble Review, Nigerian News-Direct, Trampset, Poetry Wales and elsewhere.

He tweets: @opendites

Ig: @muiz_ajayi