About Me

My Biography


Meet Me

I’m Omolara (Lara) Tommy Kareem, I identify with the pronouns she/her/they. I am also known on these streets as Naija Book Bae, which is the literary brand I run. Under this brand, I am a blogger, editor, reviewer, promoter, professional reader, bookstagrammer and booktuber.

I am also the founder of the independent publishing firm Basenji Books and it’s writing contest counterpart Challenging The Writers, which aim is to create a friendly competitive activity that allows writers to hone their skills and form a writing routine.

In my author portfolio, I have published a non-fiction work A Guide to Self-Publishing, a feel-good Nigerian romance novel Not Just Another Interludea collection of short stories that will make you swoon Love is Beautiful When in Bloom, a managzine issue that I curated/edited, Bitesi Review: Speculative Fiction, and lastly, I have a story in Hell Hath No Fury an African Christmas Romance Anthology.

I work as a digital marketer for my 9-5, (because being an author doesn’t pay the bills, sadly) When I’m not working on my literary projects, I am either badly singing along to RnB songs or talking about and sharing beautiful pictures, videos and write-ups of the books I read and films (Kdrama for the win!) I watch online.

I live with my dog, Benz, and cat, Nabi in the ever-bustling city of Lagos.

Latest Release


Love is Beautiful When in Bloom is a buoyant and soft collection of seven short stories that explore what it means when people meet and form a connection that ultimately blossoms into love.

Written with compassion, care and love, these light and sweet stories will keep you captivated as you encounter different facets of intimacy, self-discovery, pain, friendship and joy.


What they say about the book?

"A great selection of love stories. From short ones to long ones there is a story here for everyone. A nice evening read with a nice chilled glass of wine and nibbles."

L. Leigh Author of The Lekki Club

"I love this book so much that words cannot be enough to review it. But with just three words: it's beautiful, heartwarming and amazing."

Jeifa Tackie Book Review

"A collection of love stories that feel like relaxation on a Monday morning."

Oreoluwa Eunice Author