Abby Ajayi is a Nigerian screenwriter based in the United Kingdom (UK).
She was born in London to Nigerian parents and studied Law at Wadham College, Oxford and she was awarded a Fulbright scholarship to study screenwriting in New York.
[She began her career in the UK writing on television shows that include EastEnders, Hollyoaks and Casualty (TV series).
In the United States of America, she has written on How to Get Away with Murder and is a writer and Supervising Producer on the upcoming Shonda Rhimes-created Inventing Anna.
Insights into her inspiring story revealed that she worked in development for a small production company where she utilized her legal, creative and script reading skills.
Thenceforth, she was did drama development at the BBC in the Children’s Drama department and as a script editor across dramas in development and production.
Her now enviable career had its rough edges as she said that it was very difficult to attain the height she is at now.
Her first paid commission was on the TV series The Story of Tracy Beaker and signed with an agent.
From that first gracious breakthrough, Ajayi has been writing for long-running BBC drama series, including East Enders, Casualty and Doctors.
She was the one who wrote the original comedy-drama script, The Future WAGs of Great Britain, which was broadcast as part of Channel 4’s Coming Up Scheme. The short film, written by Ajayi and directed by Destiny Ekaragha, follows two British-Nigerian girls growing up in Tottenham, North London; it went on to play at several film festivals.
She also penned a feature-length TV movie Three Wise Women for the Hallmark channel in the US.
She has also published stories in Callaloo (literary magazine) and in the Tell Tales Anthologies.
She performed her work at the inaugural African Writers’ Evening and in 2016, she was selected by BAFTA Los Angeles as one of its Newcomers to watch.
At agogonews.com, we call her our ‘celeb of the week’.