Tomilola Coco Adeyemo was born in the small town of Okemesi Ekiti in the late 80s and grew up in the ancient city of Ibadan, Nigeria. She graduated from the Obafemi Awolowo University Ile-Ife, where she studied Dramatic Arts and majored in playwriting. The following year obtained a diploma in screenwriting from the Royal Art Academy in Lagos.
As a storyteller, Tomilola has published a few bestselling romances in E-book format on platforms like Bambooks and Okadabooks and has credited works as a Researcher, Writer & Story editor in Nollywood. Her screen credits include the hit MNET telenovela, Hush, MTV Shuga Naija Season 3, PinPoint Media’s hit sitcom Man Pikin and Nollywood’s first feature-length animation, Lady Buckitt & the Motley Mopsters.
Tomilola is an avid fan of romance and believes there is a need for more works spotlighting the female gaze in and out of the genre. Her major influences include Sefi Atta, Pam Godwin, the late Amaka Igwe, and Chris Ihidero. In addition, she continues to draw inspiration from classic African literature and media, the sounds of Fela Anikulapo – Kuti and Nina Simone, and the pains and struggles highlighted in their music and lives as social commentators and activists. In 2019 Tomilola was acknowledged by Connect Nigeria for her contribution to the Nigerian literary space. And in August 2022, she was named Brittle Paper author of the month after a successful run of her romance submission Efun’s Jazz on the Pan-African literary website.