Hafsa Zayyan, a young lawyer of Asian African background, has woven an innovative and brilliant story that the world hasn’t heard before – since there was no space for it. Her beautiful debut heralds a new era in literature, marked by the emergence of previously unheard voices.
Born to a Nigerian father and Pakistani mother, Zayyan lived in the United States, Singapore, and Saudi Arabia before her family settled in Great Britain. She holds degrees from the Universities of Cambridge and Oxford, specializing in dispute resolution and international arbitration. Currently, she is working in London. Although still in her early 30s, she’s already been ranked among the 500 key lawyers in the UK. Shortly before that, in 2019, she received a literary award: #Merky Books New Writers’ Prize. This recognition enabled her to sign a publishing contract for her debut novel We Are All Birds of Uganda, which came out at the beginning of 2021. The new prize was launched by British grime artist Stormzy alongside Penguin Random House UK to empower new authors for whom it is hard