Emmy-nominated Nigerian journalist Abi Ishola-Ayodeji’s debut novel Patience is a Subtle Thief has been acquired by HarperVia, an imprint of HarperCollins.

The rights to the novel was acquired by Rakesh Satyal at HarperVia, by Nana Brew-Hammond (world), reports Publishers Marketplace.

The novel is “set against the backdrop of Nigeria’s historic 1993 election, following an 18-year-old, who enters a life of fraud in Lagos to gather the money she needs to reunite with her estranged mother in America, leading her to face the realities of her most dangerous job yet, as Nigerians endure the strain of instability after years of military dictatorship, the dashed hope for democracy, and bloody protests.”

The scheduled publication date is as yet unspecified.

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Ishola-Ayodeji’s work has appeared on various platforms, including CUNY TV, ELLE.com, Ebony.com, Teen Vogue, and more, covering extraordinary  people, communities, and events globally. She was named one of ESSENCE Magazine’s Woke 100 Women for “launching Beyond Classically Beautiful, an acclaimed photo series turned media platform that celebrates Black women who defy traditional beauty standards.” She lives in New York.