Kanyinsola Olorunnisola is a poet, essayist and writer of fiction. He was born and raised in Ibadan, a historic city in the south-west of Nigeria.
He is the founder of SprinNG, a literary movement dedicated to amplifying the voices and nurturing the talents of young Nigerian writers while providing them opportunities for growth and recognition. In 2018, he started the social justice project, Nation of Mad Men.
In 2018, he published “The Road Before the Fourth Estate: A Guide to Becoming the Ultimate Campus Journalist”, which he co-authored with mainstream journalist ‘Kunle Adebajo, weeks after both left the university. In the same year, he published his first poetry collection, the racially-charged “In My Country, We’re All Crossdressers”, an e-chapbook courtesy of Praxis Magazine.
He has won a few prizes including the Albert Jungers Poetry Prize, the Fisayo Soyombo Intervarsity Essay Contest and the Tijani Mayowa Prize for Satire Writing. He was shortlisted for the 2019 Koffi Addo Prize for Creative Nonfiction.
His experimental works have appeared on platforms such as Popula, Gertrude, Brittle Paper, The Account, On the Sea Wall, Bird’s Thumb, Kalahari Review, Bombay Review, Lunaris Review, African Writer, Tuck Magazine, Gyroscope Review, Parousia Magazine and Sampad International Anthology.
At the moment, he is working on his second and third chapbooks, a full-length poetry collection and a yet-to-be-titled alternate history novel.
He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy from the University of Ibadan. He currently lives and works in Lagos, Nigeria.
Because he has taste, he loves Game of Thrones (if the final season were to be erased from existence), Chimamanda Adichie, FC Barcelona and Beyoncé.