Taiye Selasi was born in London, raised in Boston, living in Rome, to parents of Ghanaian and Nigerian origin. The author has been mentored by Toni Morrison and endorsed by Salman Rushdie. She is Yale- and Oxford-educated. Her 2005 essay What Is An Afropolitan? gave a face to a class of sophisticated, cosmopolitan young Africans who defy downtrodden stereotypes. Her story The Sex Lives of African Girls was published in Granta in 2011. After the publication of her first novel, Ghana Must Go, she was named to the Hay Festival's Africa39 list of 39 Sub-Saharan African writers under the age of 40 "with the potential and talent to define trends in African literature."