Yewande Omotoso

About the Author Yewande Omotoso

Yewande Omotoso was born in Barbados. She grew up in Nigeria and moved to South Africa in 1992. Yewande trained as an architect and is a designer, freelance writer, poet and novelist. After completing a Masters degree in Creative Writing, her debut novel Bom Boy was published in 2011 by Modjaji Books. It won the 2012 South African Literary Award for First-Time Published Author, was shortlisted for the 2012 Sunday Times Fiction Prize in South Africa as well as the M-Net Literary Awards 2012, and was the runner-up for the 2013 Etisalat Prize for Literature. She is currently working on her second novel. Yewande lives in Johannesburg.

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The Myth of Aging

Dye the greys, Botox the lines, cut up the face: when did our societies (no doubt with the help of mass western patriarchal media) turn looking your age into a curse? When did being attractive become synonymous with looking young? It is a victory for this conditioning, an indictment and a failure in imagination that beauty has been cordoned off to such pinched boundaries