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University student tackling institutionalized racism and homophobia signs million-dollar book deal

A 21-year-old University of Aberdeen student has just signed a million-dollar book deal for her first novel

which tackles institutionalized racism against Black communities as well as homophobia.

By Logan Machell


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Originally from London, Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé studies English, Chinese, and Anthropology at the

The University of Aberdeen.


Balancing both her studies and her faith as a young Muslim woman, Àbíké-Íyímídé finished her first

novel Ace of Spades, a thriller which tackles themes of reputation, race, and sexuality with the backdrop

of a Private school.


Her success has gained praise across student bodies at the university as well as international praise

reaching from The United States of America to India despite her humble beginnings as ‘just a broke

student writing to make myself some fictional friends’.


Àbíké-Íyímídé, also a member of the University BAME Forum, shared her gratitude that MacMillan

recognized her work and kept their promise to promote more Black authors.


The book is expected to come out on the 6th of January 2021 and released in Waterstones in January

2021. There is also currently a second book planned which is still untitled.

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