Olawale Ibiyemi is a young poet, and a graduate of Babcock University, Nigeria. He lives in Sango-Ota, Ogun State, Nigeria. The major themes in his poems include death, love, abuse and mental illness.
His goal of writing is first; to ease internal turmoil and also to shed light on the struggles of mental health patients in Nigeria. Therefore, his poems are often of a confessional nature, taking after the likes of Sylvia Plath and Anne Sexton. Another goal that Olawale has for his writings is, being a voice against the oppression of women, bigotry, tribalism and cultural decadence.
Olawale Ibiyemi has won some local poetry competitions. His poem was shortlisted for the Ken Egba Prize for Festival Poetry 2017. His poems have appeared in the anthology These Words Will Cure a Dead Man by SprinNG 2016, 7th issue of the PIN Quarterly Journal 2017, Words, Rhymes & Rhythms website and on other prestigious Nigerian Literary websites. Some of his poems have appeared in the Best New African Poets 2017 Anthology that was published in 2018.
Olawale also writes non-fiction and can only be kidnapped with a cup of ice-cream; chocolate flavor. He is also the author of Memoir of Crushed Petals and Gospels of Depression.