Muti’ah Badruddeen is a Nigerian reproductive health physician and homeschooling mum. She writes contemporary fiction that centers Nigerian women at the intersection of faith, women’s rights, and reproductive and mental health. Usually told from the framework of her cultural identity as a visibly Muslim African woman, these themes are Muti'ah's greatest passions. They recur in her work in varying combinations, representing her effort to tell meaningful, everyday stories of these women living their lives the best way they know how. A lifelong bibliophile, she knows too well how absent stories of people occupying that intersection are from the dominant literary spaces of African and Muslim cultures.
Also, acutely conscious of her pure sciences academic background, Muti’ah attends several writing courses yearly to appease impostor syndrome, the latest being Curtis Brown Creative’s Novel Writing Course for Writers of Colour. She is still trying to find the guts, time, and funds to commit to an MFA. Counting the Scottish-Sudanese Leila Aboulela (and her masterful delivery of Muslim women’s inner world and subjective spirituality) as her greatest literary inspiration, Nigerian writers whose works have influenced Muti’ah the most are Flora Nwapa (for the unapologetically feminist leanings), Amos Tutuola (for the richness of Yoruba tradition and mythology) and the great Chinua Achebe (for the unparalleled descriptiveness of pre-colonial ambiance).
When she is not writing, reading, doctoring, or mothering, Muti’ah favourite pastime is trying to catch up on years of sleep lost to all of the above.