Hello. I'm Yejide Kilanko. I was born in the beautiful city of Ibadan, Nigeria. My immigrant story started in June 2000 when I joined my husband in Maryland, USA. Four years later, our family immigrated to Canada. In January 2007, thanks to my husband's job, our family of five moved to Chatham. It was the best decision for us.
One of the many hats I wear is that of a writer. I'm a writer of poetry, short fiction, children's books, and novels. My debut novel, Daughters Who Walk This Path, was first published by Penguin Canada in April 2012. My seventh book, A Good Name, is forthcoming from Guernica Editions in September 2021.
My journey to becoming a published author started right here in Chatham. One does not have to live in a big city to thrive or to achieve their dreams. I needed quiet and stability to create. That is what Chatham offered in addition to strangers who became family and a place to call home.
But you, Lord, are a shield around me, my glory, and the one who lifts up my head. Psalm 3:3
Watch Yejide's video below, one of four local immigrant stories that showcase the impact of work of the Chatham-Kent Local Immigration Partnership.