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We decided to profile Nnedi Okorafor

Nnedi Okorafor is an associate professor of creative writing and literature at the University at Buffalo. She is a multi-award winning author of African-based science fiction, fantasy and magical realism for both children and adults.

Her books includes; The Binti series, The Akata warrior, Akata witch, Who Fears Death, The Book of Phoenix, Lagoon, Zahrah the Windseeker, Chicken in the Kitchen, Kabu Kabu, The Shadow Speaker, Long Juju Man.

Nnedi’s awards are; Wole Soyinka Prize for Literature in Africa, The World Fantasy Award, Nebula Award for Best Novella, Hugo Award for Best Novella, Macmillan Writers Prize for Africa, Carl Brandon Parallax Award, Children’s Africana Book Award.

Read an excerpt from Binti

Her name is Binti, and she is the first of the Himba people ever to be offered a place at Oomza University, the finest institution of higher learning in the galaxy. But to accept the offer will mean giving up her place in her family to travel between the stars among strangers who do not share her ways or respect her customs.

Knowledge comes at a cost, one that Binti is willing to pay, but her journey will not be easy. The world she seeks to enter has long warred with the Meduse, an alien race that has become the stuff of nightmares. Oomza University has wronged the Meduse, and Binti’s stellar travel will bring her within their deadly reach. If Binti hopes to survive the legacy of a war not of her making, she will need both the the gifts of her people and the wisdom enshrined within the University, itself – but first she has to make it there, alive.


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