Ayo Deforge was born in Lagos, Nigeria in 1982. She studied at the Lagos State University and has a degree in French language. She has worked as a freelance writer for the Nigerian Daily Independent Newspaper and NGEX, and her writing has appeared in Litro Magazine, Brittle Paper, Ayo Magazine, Kalahari Review and Lucy Writers (an online writing forum established by Lucy Cavendish College, University of Cambridge). In 2007, she attended Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's and Binyavanga Wainaina's Creative Writing Workshop in Lagos and, in 2022, the Faber Academy Writing Course. She lives in the South of France.