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Bim Adewunmi is a Nigerian-British writer and journalist. Adewunmi previously worked as a culture writer at BuzzFeed and The Guardian. She co-hosts the podcast Thirst Aid Kit with writer Nichole Perkins. Her debut play, Hoard, premiered at Arcola Theatre in May 2019.[1][2][3]

Life & careerEdit

Adewunmi was born and raised in Stratford, East London to Nigerian immigrant parents who are of Yoruba descent.[2]

In 2014, she began writing an opinion and culture column in the Lifestyle section of The Guardian.[4] She became a culture editor for BuzzFeed in 2015.[5] In November 2017, Adewunmi developed and began cohosting Thirst Aid Kit, a podcast about celebrity lust, with writer Nichole Perkins. BuzzFeed ended its relationship with the podcast in December 2018.[6] The podcast was picked up by Slate in August 2019, and it will return on September 26, 2019.[7] She left The Guardian in October 2018 and joined NPR's This American Life as a producer in April 2019.[4]

Adewunmi's debut play, Hoard, premiered at the Arcola Theatre in May 2019.[2] The play centers on a Nigerian-British family, the Bakares, who reside in East London.[8][9] The play received mixed critical reviews. Arifa Akbar wrote in a review for The Guardian, "...but the hoarding theme ends up feeling confected and simply not dramatic enough to warrant the emotional ruptures it creates" and gave the show three out of five stars.[10] Writing for Time Out London, Rosemary Waugh rated the play three out of five stars and wrote, "Adewunmi describes her play as ‘a love letter to east London’, and it shows. It's also a love letter to the characters who are all so warm and lovingly sketched it would be hard to genuinely begrudge spending time in their company."[9]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "What does Luminary's very bad week tell us about podcasters' collective power?". Nieman Lab. Retrieved 2019-05-27.
  2. ^ a b c "Bim Adewunmi recalls the east London that shaped her". Evening Standard. 2019-05-15. Retrieved 2019-07-15.
  3. ^ Kang, Inkoo. "Lusting Out Loud". www.google.com. Retrieved 2019-07-15.
  4. ^ a b Adewunmi, Bim (2018-10-20). "Thank you and goodbye, readers: you helped make my dream come true | Bim Adewunmi". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2019-05-27.
  5. ^ McAleavy, Emma L. (2018-08-23). "What's on TV Thursday: 'Follow This' on Netflix and the Season Finale of 'American Woman'". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-07-15.
  6. ^ www.vulture.com https://www.vulture.com/2019/01/best-episode-thirst-aid-kit-chris-evans.html. Retrieved 2019-05-27. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  7. ^ "Exclusive: Nichole Perkins And Bim Adewunmi's 'Thirst Aid Kit' Is Joining Slate". Essence. Retrieved 2019-08-28.
  8. ^ "Hoard Puts A New Spin On Meeting The Parents At Arcola Theatre". Londonist. 2019-05-24. Retrieved 2019-07-15.
  9. ^ a b "Hoard review: Bim Adewunmi's flawed but lovable debut drama about a British-Nigerian family living in east London". Time Out London. Retrieved 2019-07-15.
  10. ^ Akbar, Arifa (2019-05-22). "Hoard review – emotional wreckage from a drive-by family visit". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2019-07-15.

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