NnediNnedi Okorafor, born in the United States of America, is an award-winning, speculative novelist of Nigerian descent known for weaving African culture into creative evocative settings and memorable characters.

 

In a profile of Okorafor’s work titled Weapons of Mass Creation, The New York Times called her imagination “stunning”. Okorafor has received numerous accolades for her books. Her young adult fiction novel which was published in 2005, Zahrah the Windseeker, won the Wole Soyinka Prize for African Literature in 2008 and The Shadow Speaker, also a book for young adults, was winner of the CBS Parallax Award.

 

Also a writer for children, Okorafor’s 2009 book Long Juju Man was winner of the Macmillan Writer’s Prize for Africa 2007/2008, while her adult novel Who Fears Death, was winner of the World Fantasy Award for Best Novel in 2011. In 2011Akata Witch, a young adult fiction, was published and noted as a Best Book of the Year on Amazon.com.

 

Okorafor’s first comic The Elgort was featured in the Mystery in Space anthology. Her novel Akata Witch 2: Breaking Kola (Penguin Books), compilation of short stories, Kabu Kabu (Prime Books) and chapter book Iridessa and the Secret of the Never Mine (Disney Press) are scheduled for release in 2013.

 

Okorafor holds a PhD in Literature and is a professor of creative writing at Chicago State University.

 

Selected Bibliography

Who Fears Death, DAW Trade, 2011

Akata Witch, Viking Juvenile, 2011

Long Juju Man, MacMillan Education, 2009