San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Nnedi Okorafor is a novelist of African-based science fiction, fantasy and magical realism for both children and adults. Born in the United States to two Nigerian immigrant parents, Nnedi is known for weaving African culture into creative evocative settings and memorable characters. In a profile of Nnedi’s work titled, “Weapons of Mass Creation”, the New York Times called Nnedi’s imagination “stunning”.
Nnedi’s adult works are WHO FEARS DEATH (winner of the World Fantasy Award for Best Novel), her short story collection KABU KABU and her recently released science fiction novel LAGOON. WHO FEARS DEATH has been optioned by Completion Films. Learn more about the project here.
Her young adult novels are AKATA WITCH (an Amazon.com Best Book of the Year), ZAHRAH THE WINDSEEKER (winner of the Wole Soyinka Prize for African Literature), and The Shadow Speaker (winner of the CBS Parallax Award). Her children’s book LONG JUJU MANis the winner of the Macmillan Writer’s Prize for Africa. AKATA WITCH has been optioned by producer Donna Lamar. The sequel to AKATA WITCH (AKATA WITCH 2: Breaking Kola) and Nnedi’s next adult work THE BOOK OF PHOENIX are scheduled for release in 2015.
Nnedi’s first full-length play, Full Moon, (directed by A. Damani Harris ) was produced by the Buxville Theater Company at the Chopin Theatre in Chicago in 2005. Her screenplay Wrapped in Magic was filmed and produced in Nigeria in 2011 by award-winning Nollywood film director, Tchidi Chikere.
Nnedi earned her BA in Rhetoric from the University of Illinois, C-U. Her MA in journalism from Michigan State University. And her MA and PhD in English at the University of Illinois , Chicago. She is also a graduate of the Clarion Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers’ Workshop (2001). She is a professor of creative writing and literature at the University of Buffalo. Find her on facebook, twitter (@Nnedi) and at nnedi.com.
Watch her being interviewed by the Africa Channel:
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When & Where
Igbo Conference at SOAS, University of London
The annual Igbo conference aims to promote the study of Igbo language and culture within the UK, and seeks to bring academics and members of the Igbo community together for the purpose of knowledge sharing and exchange.
The ultimate goal of the Igbo conference organisers is to eventually establish an Igbo Centre in London which will act as a hub for anyone interested in research in the field of Igbo Studies (through a library, archives and study space), as well as providing a resource for members of the public to learn more about Igbo culture (through artifacts and interactive resources).
Information about the conference can be found at www.igboconference.com and https://www.soas.ac.uk/cas/events/conferences/igbo-conference/