Helen Olajumoke Oyeyemi (born 10 December 1984) is a British novelist and writer of short stories. She was born in Nigeria and lived in Britain from the age of four(4).
She completed her first novel The Icarus Girl just before her nineteenth birthday, while studying for her A-levels at Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School.
While studying social and political sciences at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge University, Oyeyemi saw two of her plays, Juniper's Whitening and Victimese, performed by fellow students to critical acclaim, and subsequently published by Methuen.
She is the author of six novels, including White is for Witching, which won a 2010 Somerset Maugham Award, and Mr Fox, which won a 2012 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award.
In 2013, she was named one of Granta's Best Young British Novelists.