Crime Fiction and Fiction
Leye is the winner of the first ever Prix Marianne in 2016, and is a Nigerian writer living and
working in London. His short story, The Assassination, in the anthology, Sunshine Noir, was a
finalist for the 2017 CWA Short Story Dagger award. Had he won, a Nigerian would have
been rewarded for crime. Leye has written several short stories under his own name, and
over a hundred satirical pieces under various other appropriated names.
His writing has appeared in publications such as the Big Issue, and he has written and
recorded pieces for BBC Radio 4 and BBC World Service. Leye has also appeared on stage in
London in plays including Ola Rotimi's Our Husband Has Gone Mad Again in which, by his
own estimation, he performed brilliantly well and should have been awarded a BAFTA. Leye
comes from a family of writers, the most famous of whom was his grandfather, Oba Adeleye
Adenle I, a former king of Oshogbo in South West Nigeria. Leye's latest novel, The Beautiful
Side of the Moon, is an extraordinary adventure in speculative fiction.