Ade Solanke

Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing

Ade Solanke is an award-winning playwright and screenwriter. She joined the University of Greenwich as a Lecturer in Creative Writing in 2015.

Her acclaimed, award-winning debut play, Pandora's Box, was nominated for Best New Play in the OffWestEnd Awards and shortlisted for the $100,000  Nigeria Prize for Literature 2014, Africa's biggest literary award. It toured the UK in 2014.  Her play, East End Boys, West End Girls, won a BEFFTA Award for Best Play 2015. She is the recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award 2016 from the University of Sheffield.

Ade wrote the screenplay for award-winning film, 'Dazzling Mirage.' She is a judge for the Nollywood Movies Awards (NMA), and has judged the RAS Boabab Prize and the Nigerian ZAAFA Awards. Her screenplays have been quarter and semi-finalists in the US Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences annual Nicholls Screenwriting contest  in LA, where she worked as a story analyst for several Hollywood Studios, including Sundance, New Line and Disney. She was the British Film Institute's first Writer-in-Residence, with the support of the Royal Literary Fund, of which she is a fellow. She's also a member of the BFI's African Odysseys Committee, which programmes African films at London's National Film Theatre. Earlier in her career, she was voted 'London's Top Youth Entrepreneur' for her writing business.

Ade has an MFA in Film and Television (Screenwriting) from the University of Southern California (USC) School of Cinematic Arts where she was a Fulbright Scholar,  Phi Beta Kappa International Scholar and Association of American University women (AAUW) International Scholar.  She has an Honours Degree in English Literature from the University of Sheffield, and a PG Diploma in Creative Writing from Goldsmiths, University of London, where she was recently AHRC-funded Pinter Centre Writer-in-Residence. She is working on scripts about African artists in Georgian and Sixties London.

Responsibilities within the university

Lecturer, Creative Writing

Ade is course leader and lecturer, Writing for Stage and Screen, and course leader and lecturer, Playwriting.


University of Sheffield Distinguished Alumni Award 2016

Fulbright Scholar

Committee Member Fulbright Alumni Council

Advisory Board British Library West Africa Exhibition

AHRC/Goldsmiths  Beyond the Linear Narrative -Artist in Residence Award

Three Arts Council Awards (Theatre)

Two Peggy Ramsay Awards

Two Unity Theatre Awards

Royal Victoria Theatre

Association of American University Women International Scholar Award

Phi Beta Kappa International Award

BEFFTA AWARD = Best Theatre Production 2015

Nigeria Prize for Literature nomination

2014 Best New Play nomination - Off West End Awards 2012

Best Playwright - Nigerian Entertainment Awards

2012 Best Playwright - African Film Awards 2011

Judge for:
Royal African Society (RAS) Baobab Short Film Award

Nollywood Movies Awards

Nigerian ZAAFA Film Awards

British Film Institute African Odysseys Committee

Member of Writers' Guild of GB

Research / Scholarly interests

Diaspora and migration stories.

International screenwriting consultant for film festivals

Recent publications

Conference item

Solanke, Adeola and , (2018), What's happening in Black British history? IX - Workshop Agenda. In: What's Happening in Black British History, November 8th, 2018, Senate House, Malet Street, London , . , (doi:


Solanke, Adeola and , (2018), Information sheet - The Court Must Have a Queen. In: , , , . , (doi: ).

Solanke, Adeola and , (2018), Daily Programme - Hampton Court Palace. Hampton Court Palace. In: , , , . Hampton Court Palace, (doi: ).

Solanke, Adeola and , (2018), Cast info - The Court Must Have a Queen by Ade Solanke. In: , , , . , (doi: ).


Solanke, Adeola and , (2018), The Court Must Have a Queen by Ade Solanke - production stills. In: , , , . , (doi: ).


Solanke, Adeola and , (2018), BBC Radio London interview - Ade Solanke. BBC. In: , , , . BBC, (doi:

Solanke, Adeola and , BBC (2018), BBC Radio 3: In Tune: Interview about The Court Must Have a Queen. BBC. In: , , , . BBC, (doi:


Solanke, Adeola and , (2018), The Court Must Have a Queen - an original new play by Ade Solanke. In: The Court Must Have a Queen, June 29th - September 6th 2018, Hampton Court Palace , . , (doi: )

Solanke, Adeola and , (2016), [Special performance] East End Boys, West End Girls. In: East End Boys, West End Girls - 100 Black Men of London performance, 2 April 2016, Courtyard Theatre, Hoxton, London, UK , . , (doi: )


Solanke, Adeola and , (2018), Clip from The Court Must Have a Queen by Ade Solanke. In: , , , . , (doi: ) NB Item availability restricted.