Daybreak & Other Poems (Saraba Magazine, 2013), Chapbook

Clinical Blues (Ibadan, WriteHouse 2014), Poems

A Woman’s Body is a Country (Lagos, Ouida Books 2017), Poems

Affection & Other Accidents (Lagos, Radi8 Ltd 2022), Poems


Limbe to Lagos, Nonfiction from Cameroon and Nigeria (Lagos, Saraba) with

Emmanuel Iduma and Dzekashu MacViban (2018)


“Talk to Me” in Gambit: Newer African Writing (Stories & Interviews) (New York, The Mantle 2014)  ed. by Emmanuel Iduma & Shaun Randol

“The Lagos Everyman” in My Africa, My City: An Afridiaspora Anthology  (Winepress Publishing) Tolu Daniel, Adeola Opeyemi

“Old Peoples Home” Songhai 12: New Voices in Nigerian Literature (Port Harcourt, 2014) ed by Molara  Wood & Lindsay Barett

“A Playlist for Mr Ehikhamenor”  for Daydream Esoterica (Rele Gallery, 2019)

“Aubade to my Greying” in Memento: An Anthology of Contemporary Nigerian Poetry edited by Adedayo Agarau (America, Animal Heart Press, 2020)


“The Economy of Loss: Creative Non-fiction”  in African Writer ( 2009)

“Shagari Street”, Nigerians Talk (2013)

“Situation Highlife” in Nigerians Talk (2013)

“Easy Junction” Kalahari Review (2013)

“Shagari Street” in Nigerians Talk (2013)

“Interrupted Narratives—A Biography of Boredom” in Brittle Paper (2013)

“A Beer Called Life” in ZODML (2014)

“The Lagos Jump: Reportage of the monthly Lagos music concert, Afropolitan Vibes” in This is Africa, (2014)

“A Quest for Sobriety” in Jalada Africa (2015)

“Bad Luck in Lagos; Review of This House Is Not For Sale by EC Osondu” in Guardian UK (2015)

“Fela Through Ghanaian Eyes; Review of Fela: Kalakuta Notes by John Collins” in The Mantle (2015)

“Modern Juju Music”, Bakwa Magazine (2016)

“The Promise of Hope: A review of Kofi Awonoor’s Selected Poems” ,Wawa Book Review (2016)

“And after Many Reviews – Review of Jowhor Ile’s And after Many Days”  Wawa Book Review (2016)

“Remembering Highlife – Review of John Collins’ Highlife Giants: West African Dance Pioneers” Wawa Book Review (2016)

“A Bride’s Mother’s Cry – Review of Joan Metelerkamp’s Now the World Takes These Breath” Wawa Book Review (2016)

“American English Writer Preferred: A Review of Clifton Gachagua’s Madman at Kilifi”  Wawa Book Review (2016)

“Yahoo Boy No Laptop”, Chimurenga Chronic (2017)

“A Small Undisclosed Gesture or Corkscrew”  in Brittle Paper

“We Need a Divorce” in Afreada

“Long Live the King”, a profile/interview of Nigerian Juju Musician King Sunny Ade in The Africa Report (2018)

“Lagos: Eine Megacity Erfindet Sich Neu”: Das Goethe/Die Zeit (2018)

The Binj is No Longer Here” in a tribute to Binyavanga Wainaina The Elephant (2019)

“Introit”, “Affection & Other Accidents” , “Interlogue” And “This Academy Called Life” As Introito, Amore & Altri Incidenti, Primo Interludio, L’accademia Della Vita In Niederngasse (2022)

“The Anatomy of Silence”, “A Poem for the Condemned Poet”, “Untitled” and  “328 to World’s End” in Lolwe (2020)


Poetry Masterclass at Writivism Literary Festival, National Theatre, Kampala, Uganda (June 2015)

Poetry Masterclass at Storymoja Festival, Nairobi, Kenya (September, 2015)

Facilitator, Short Story Day Africa  Creative Flow Workshop supported by Goethe-Institut (2017, 2018)

Performance, Poetry and Music with Tetu Shani and Harriet Anena, Storymoja Festival, Kenya (September 2015)

Performance and Book Launch of A Woman’s Body is a Country, Writivism Literary Festival (August 2018)

Artistic Encounters with Makadem at Goethe-Institut, Nairobi, Kenya (October 2018)

Panelist, The Future of Poetry Theresa Lola, Wana Udobang, Inua Ellams, and Ishion Hutchinson, Ake Festival 2018

“The Poetry Panel” and “An Evening of Poetry and Palmwine” at Ake Book and Art Festival 17-22 November 2015

Book Reading and Conversation with Martin Egblewogbe at Vidya Bookshop, Accra, Ghana (2015)

Reading and Conversation on A Woman’s Body is a Country with Matin Egblewogbe at Goethe-Institut Accra, Ghana (March 2018)

“BBC: Writing a New Nigeria Panel” at Lagos Book and Art Festival, Lagos (November 14, 2015)

“Poetry Panel” at Writivism Literary Festival, Kampala, Uganda (June 2015)

Literary Crossroads: African Poets around the continent in conversation with the Future in collaboration with Lagos International Poetry Festival. Collaboration between Lagos International Poetry Festival and Goethe-Institut Lagos (October 2016)

“Book Conversation: When Lemon Grows on Orange Trees” with Diekara Oloruntoba-Oju

“The Necessities and Exigencies of Digital Publishing: The Case of Saraba.”

presented at the Digital Africas Symposium, Amherst College, America (October 2017)

Poetry Performance and Book Launch, Writivism Literary Festival, Kampala, Uganda (August, 2018)

Performance, Artistic Encounters with Makadem held in Goethe-Institut, Nairobi, Kenya (October 2018)

“Transitioning from a Poetaster to Poet”, Poetry Masterclass held in Abuja and Ibadan Nigeria (August 2019)

Festival Griot and Poetry Performance, Afrolution Festival held on June 13-16, 2019 in Berlin, Germany


Writing a New Nigeria |A 2-part documentary narrated by Wana Udobang | BBC Radio 4, 2015

“Repression and Loss in Toni Kan’s Songs of Absence and Despair and Dami Ajayi’s Clinical Blues” | Uwisike Blessing |  Long Essay (Bachelor of Arts), Department of English, University of Ibadan, 2015.

The Stethoscope as Society’s Pen: A Review of Dami Ajayi’s Clinical Blues  | Echezonachukwu Nduka | Academia

The Book as we know it is dead – Dami Ajayi | Nduta Waweru | The 2015

The Poet And His Patient: A Review Of Dami Ajayi’s Clinical Blues  | Olajide Salawu | Arts and Literature News 2015

Dark, Twisted, Amusing | Review of Dami Ajayi’s “Clinical Blues” | Socrates Mbamalu | Brittle Paper 2016

A Woman’s Body is a Country: Africa’s most anticipated poetry collection |  Socrates Mbamulu | ThisisAfrica 2017

“Clinical Blues by Dami Ajayi”| Literary Everything (2018)

“Kwame Dawes and Chris Abani on the Future of African Poetry” | The Mantle (2018)

“Multiplicity, Affection And Poetry As An Alive Archive: A Dialogue With Dami Ajayi”| Gaamangwe Joy Mogami | Africaindialogue (2019)

“The Wall is Still Tumbling Down”: Revisiting Dialectics of Dysfunctional Society in New Nigerian Poetry  | Micheal Ikenna Olughu,  (2019)

Lover−Philosopher, Playboy−Trumpeter | Review of Dami Ajayi’s “Clinical Blues” | Kelvin Kellman

“Q&A: Words on the Times – Dami Ajayi”

Finish Whatever You Write -Interview with Dami Ajayi | Feyisayo Adeyemi |Nantygreens

Passport to Her Foreign Land | Review of Dami Ajayi’s “A Woman’s Body Is a Country” | IfeOluwa Nihinlola | Brittle Paper

Love and Death in Dami Ajayi’s A Woman’s Body is a Country | Nureni Ibrahim | Wawa Book Review

Interview: “The Poem is a Gun Too” | The Republic, 2020

Conversations with Dami Ajayi  | The AfroReader

‘Poetry Is, For Me, A Personal Ordeal.’ An Interview With Dami Ajayi|  Rachel Zadok| Short Story Day Africa

“Why Doctors Are Better Writers —Dami Ajayi”| Rita Okonoboh | Nigerian Tribune

Of National Neurosis and Private Psychosis: Preliminary Reflections on Dami Ajayi’s Clinical Blues | Tosin Gbogi | KTravula

Journeying Beyond the Geography of Desire | Olajide Salawu | Premium Times

New Voices, New Media: Class, Sex and Politics in Online Nigerian and Kenyan Poetry | Shola Adenekan

A Nigerian Poet’s Dangerous Amorous Episodes: A review of Affection and Other Accidents |  Olajide Salawu | Olongo Africa


Longlisted, Clinical Blues, Melita Hume Prize (2011)

Writer-in-Residence, Port Harcourt World Book Capital (2014)

Clinical Blues, The TIA 100 – Best Books, 2010-2014

Runner-up, Clinical Blues, Association of Nigerian Authors (2015)

Longlisted, Clinical Blues, Wole Soyinka Prize for African Literature (2017)

Listed, A Woman’s Body is a Country, Quartz Africa (2017)

Listed, YNaija Influential Persons in Culture (2017)

Nominated, The Future Awards Africa for Public Service (2018)

Listed, 100 Influential Nigerians Under 40 (2019)

Finalist, Glenna Luschei Prize for African Poetry (2019)

Most Outstanding Young Person in Arts/Literature, Lagos Youth Awards (2021)