If I had the opportunity to live in the head of any black woman, I would choose Nnedi Okoroafor. The American born Nigeria writer is a combination of beauty and brains, fearless, smart, resilient mother of one and a continuous achiever, stepping on milestones and overcoming challenges even from a young age.
The 43-year-old ‘Naijamerican’ writer of fantasy, comics, realism, science fiction and speculative fiction has several acclaimed best sellers to her name whose themes best depict her West African heritage in a way that brings African science and fiction in an alliance. The unstoppable writer has won the heart of Nigerians due to her recent collaboration with Marvel comics to produce the movie Black Panther which would be airing in the cinemas soon and her book “Who Fears Death” which was picked up by HBO to become a TV series with novelist and Game of Thrones producer in this coming year.
Nnedi Okoroafor gives us Natural hair goals with her flowing long dreads, which she flaunts proudly without a care in the world from critics. The author is currently a full professor in creative writing and literature at the University of Buffalo and lives in Illinois with her family.
The author has published works in Adult fiction, Young Adult and Children category.
Some of her awards includes:
2007-2008 Macmilian Writers’Prize for Africa for Long Juju
2008 Carl Brandon Parallax Award for The Shadow Speaker
2008 The Wole Soyinka Prize for Literature for Zahrah the Windseeker
2012 Kindred Award for Who Fears Death
2011 The World Fantasy Award (Best Novel) for Who Fears Death
2016 The Nebula Award (Best Novella) for Binti
2016 Children’s Africana Book Award for Young readers for Chicken in the Kitchen
2016 The Hugo Award (Best Novella) for Binti