Nnedi Okorafor is one of the most innovative and exciting new writers of the twenty-first century, published in and winning awards across three continents and producing books for all ages. Her early novel Zahrah the Windseeker won the Wole Soyinka Prize for Literature in Africa, and was nominated for numerous other awards. She has since gone on to win the Carl Brandon Parallax Award (for The Shadow Speaker), the MacMillan Writer’s Prize for Africa (for her children’s book Long Juju Man), the World Fantasy Award and the Prix Imaginales for literature in translation (for Who Fears Death), and both Nebula and Hugo Awards (for her novella Binti). Her work blends fantasy and science fiction, and, while drawing on her Nigerian heritage, is fiercely original and centres in particular on the experience of young women of African descent.
Among other recent and forthcoming works are Arthur C. Clarke Award finalist, The Book of Phoenix; Home and The Night Masquerade completing the Binti trilogy of novellas; and Akata Warrior.
She teaches creative writing and literature at the University of Buffalo, NY, and we’d like to congratulate her on her promotion to full Professor.
She is moving, profound, funny, complex, engaging and challenging and we are delighted and proud to welcome her as one of our Guests of Honour.
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