Nnedi Okorafor, author of Akata Witch is a Nigerian-American writer of fantasy and science fiction for both children and adults. She is best known for her novels Binti, Who Fears Death, Zahrah the Windseeker, Akata Witch, and Lagoon. Her writing is heavily influenced by her dual Nigerian and American heritage, and she has received a Hugo Award, Nebula Award, an Eisner Award for her work.
Nnedi Okorafor, born on April 8, 1974, the daughter of loving Nigerian parents who traveled to America in 1969 to go to school, but they could not return to Nigeria because of the Nigerian Civil War, having to choose life here in America, and giving birth in 1974 to there daughter Nnedimma ( Nnedi) the beautiful Nigerian American-born daughter of very loving and caring Nigerian parents, has been visiting her parent’s homeland Nigeria since she was very young.
During her years attending Homewood-Flossmoor High School in Flossmoor, IL, Okorafor was a nationally known tennis and track star and excelled in math and the sciences. Due to her interest in insects, she desired to be an entomologist.
She was diagnosed with scoliosis at the age of 13, a condition that worsened as she grew older. At age 19, she underwent spinal fusion surgery to straighten and fuse her spine; a rare complication led to Okorafor becoming paralyzed from the waist down.
Okorafor turned to write small stories in the margins of a science-fiction book that she had. It was the first time she had ever written anything creatively. That summer, with intense physical therapy, Okorafor regained her ability to walk, but she was unable to continue her athletic career, using a cane to walk.
At the suggestion of a close friend, she took a creative writing class that spring semester and was writing her first novel by the semester’s end She completed her college education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, before proceeding to obtain a master’s degree in journalism from Michigan State University and a master’s degree and Ph.D.
in English from the University of Illinois, Chicago. She is a 2001 graduate of the Clarion Writers Workshop in Lansing, Michigan. She currently lives in Olympia Fields, Illinois, with her family. She is writing a series for Marvel about Shuri, Black Panther’s sister, and has a number of book-based projects in development for film and TV – including HBO’s adaptation of her novel Who Fears Death, with George R. “R” Martin signed on as an executive producer. Okorafor is also co-writing the screenplay of an adaptation of Octavia Butler’s Wild Seed with filmmaker Wanuri Kahiu for Amazon Prime Video, with Viola Davis producing. Her novel Akata Warrior of the Akata Series is the winner of the Lodestar and Locus Award for Best Young Adult Novel.
She has won a Hugo, a Nebula, a World Fantasy Award, and a Locus Award, and her many fans include Neil Gaiman, Rick Riordan, John Green, and Ursula Le Guin. Other than fiction, she has also written for comics and film. Nnedi Okorafor, author of Akata Witch is based on a 12-year-old Nigerian-American girl named Sunny.
Who wouldn’t love a story, a novel about a Nigerian-American 12-year-old with albinism who discovers latent magical abilities and saves the world? Sunny Nwazue lives in Nigeria, but she was born in New York City. Her features are West African, but she’s albino. She’s a terrific athlete but can’t go out into the sun to play soccer. There seems to be no place where she fits in. And then she discovers something amazing—she is a “free agent” with latent magical power.
And she has a lot of catching up to do. Soon she’s part of a quartet of magic students, studying the visible and invisible, learning to change reality.
But as she’s finding her footing, Sunny and her friends are asked by the magical authorities to help track down a career criminal who knows magic, too. Will their training be enough to help them combat a threat whose powers greatly outnumber theirs? Though Sunny’s initiative is thin—she is pushed into most of her choices by her friends and by Leopard adults—the worldbuilding for Leopard society is stellar, packed with details that will enthrall readers bored with the same old magical worlds.
Meanwhile, those looking for a touch of the familiar will find it in Sunny’s biggest victories, which are entirely non-magical the detailed dynamism of Sunny’s soccer match is more thrilling than her magical world-saving. Ebulliently original. World Fantasy Award-winning author Nnedi Okorafor blends magic and adventure to create a lush world. Her writing has been called “stunning” by The New York Times