Farafina fantasy writer Nnedi Okorafor is author of one of the Best Books of The Year So Far in Science Fiction & Fantasy.
The book, titled Akata Witch is a story of twelve-year-old Sunny, an albino who lives in Nigeria but was born in America. 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. And then she discovers something amazing – she is a “free agent,” with latent magical power. Soon she’s part of a quartet of magic students, studying the visible and invisible, learning to change reality. But will it be enough to help them when they are asked to catch a career criminal who knows magic too?
The award-winning author is of Nigerian descent known for weaving Africa culture into creative evocative settings and memorable characters. Nnedi holds a PhD in English and currently is a professor epics of creative writing at Chicago State University.
“There’s more vivid imagination in a page of Nnedi Okorafor’s work than in whole volumes of ordinary fantasy.” Says Ursula K. Le Guin.