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General Information

Name:  Nnedi Okorafor  

Pen Name: Nnedi Okorafor-Mbachu

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Adult; Young Adult; Children;

Born:


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Illinois Connection

Okorafor graduated from Homewood-Flossmoor High School and from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1996 with her Bachelor's degree. She went on to receive her Masters in English from the University of Illinois, Chicago and in 2007, received a Ph. D. in English from there as well. She was a professor of creative writing at Chicago State University from 2008 through 2014.

Biographical and Professional Information

Nnedi Okorafor is a Nigerian-American novelist of African-based science fiction, fantasy and magical realism for both children and adults. She is known for weaving African culture into creative evocative settings and memorable characters. Formerly known by her married name of: Nnedi Okorafor-Mbachu, she no longer goes by that name even though some of her earlier works are written under it.Nnedi holds a PhD in literature/creative writing and has been a full professor at the University at Buffalo, New York (SUNY) since 2014. She currently splits her time between Buffalo, New York and Olympia Fields, Illinois. In 2017, Okorafor's book ''Who Fears Death'', has been optioned by HBO & is now in early development as a TV series with ''Game of Thrones'' author, George RR Martin as executive producer.


Awards

Zahara the Windseeker


-- Wole Soyinka Prize for African Literature, 2008
-- Finalist, Garden State Teen Choice Award, 2008
-- Finalist, Parallax Award, 2005
-- Finalist, Kindred Award, 2005
-- Finalist, Golden Duck Award, 2005
-- Finalist, The Locus Award for Best First Novel
-- Black Excellence Award for Outstanding Achievement in Literature in Fiction, 2012

The Shadow Speaker


-- Finalist, Andre Norton Award
-- Finalist, Essence Magazine Literary Award, 2008
-- Honor Book, Tiptree
-- Finalist, Golden Duck Award
-- Winter Booksense Pick, 2007/2008
-- CCBC Choice, 2008
-- Locus Magazine Recommended Book
-- Parallax Award
-- Amelia Bloomer Project Book

Long JuJu Man


-- Writers' Prize for Africa, Macmillan

Who Fears Death


-- World Fantasy Award for Best Fantasy Novel, 2011
-- Carl Brandon Kindred Award, 2010
-- RT Reviewer’s Choice Best Book Award (Science Fiction), 2010
-- Finalist, Locus Award for Best Fantasy Novel, 2010
-- Tiptree Honor Book, 2011
-- Finalist, Black Excellence Award , 2010
-- Publishers Weekly Best Book, 2010
-- Amazon.com Best Book, 2010
-- Library School Journal Best Book, 2010
-- Top Pick, RT Reviews
-- Starred Review, Publishers Weekly
-- Starred Review, Library Journal '''The Akata Series'''
-- Finalist, Andre Norton Award for Best Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy
-- Best Book of the Year, Amazon.com, 2011
-- Best Book of the Year, YALSA, 2011
-- Junior Library Guild Selection
-- Starred review, Booklist
-- Starred review, BCCB
-- Starred review, School Library Journal

Kabu Kabu


-- Publisher's Weekly Best Book for Fall, 2013
-- Finalist, Locus Award for Best Collection

The Book of Phoenix


-- Finalist, Arthur C. Clarke Award
-- Finalist, Sputnik Award
-- Finalist, Campbell Memorial Award '''The Binti Series'''
-- Nebula Award for Best Novella
-- Finalist, Hugo Award for Best Novella
-- Finalist, British Science Fiction Association Award (Best Short)
-- BooktubeSFF Award for Best Short Work (Popular Vote)
-- Finalist, Locus Award (Best Novella)

Chicken in the Kitchen


-- Children’s Africana Book Award for Best Book for Young Readers, 2016

Lagoon


-- Finalist, British Science Fiction Association Award (Best Novel)
-- Finalist, Red Tentacle Award (Best Novel)
-- Finalist, SFX Award (Best Novel)
-- Finalist, Tiptree Award
-- ILLINOIS READS Book Selection, Illinois Reading Council, 2017

The Book of Phoenix


-- Finalist, Arthur C. Clarke Award
-- Finalist, John W. Campbell Memorial Award
-- Finalist, Sputnik Award

Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagement Availability (Yes) To arrange a speaking engagement contact Dawn Stuart at Books in Common, 541-318-6288. Literary Agent [mailto:dmaass@maassagency.com Don Maass].

Selected Titles At Your Library

Akata warrior /
ISBN: 067078561X. OCLC Number: 973806811

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Now stronger, feistier, and a bit older, Sunny Nwazue, along with her friends from the the Leopard Society, travel through worlds, both visible and invisible, to the mysterious town of Osisi, where they fight in a climactic battle to save humanity.

Akata witch
ISBN: 9781977372420. OCLC Number: 1030957463

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Twelve-year-old Sunny Nwazue, an American-born albino child of Nigerian parents, moves with her family back to Nigeria, where she learns that she has latent magical powers which she and three similarly gifted friends use to catch a serial killer.

Akata witch
ISBN: 9781977322425. OCLC Number: 1030996304

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Twelve-year-old Sunny lives in Nigeria, but she was born American. Her features are African, but she has albinism. 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 in. And then she discovers something amazing-she is a free agent with latent mystical power. Soon she's part of a quartet of 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 well-versed in powerful juju'

Akata witch /
ISBN: 0670011967. OCLC Number: 468975295

Viking,. .

Twelve-year-old Sunny Nwazue, an American-born albino child of Nigerian parents, moves with her family back to Nigeria, where she learns that she has latent magical powers which she and three similarly gifted friends use to catch a serial killer.

Binti
ISBN: 9780765384461. OCLC Number: 1030609944

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Her name is Binti, and she is the first of the Himba people ever to be offered a place at Oomza University, the finest institution of higher learning in the galaxy. But to accept the offer will mean giving up her place in her family to travel between the stars among strangers who do not share her ways or respect her customs. Knowledge comes at a cost, one that Binti is willing to pay, but her journey will not be easy. The world she seeks to enter has long warred with the Meduse, an alien race that has become the stuff of nightmares. Oomza University has wronged the Meduse, and Binti's stellar travel will bring her within their deadly reach. If Binti hopes to survive the legacy of a war not of her making, she will need both the gifts of her people and the wisdom enshrined within the University, itself--but first she has to make it there, alive.

Binti /
ISBN: 0765385252. OCLC Number: 913499839

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Her name is Binti, and she is the first of the Himba people ever to be offered a place at Oomza University, the finest institution of higher learning in the galaxy. But to accept the offer will mean giving up her place in her family to travel between the stars among strangers who do not share her ways or respect her customs. Knowledge comes at a cost, one that Binti is willing to pay, but her journey will not be easy. The world she seeks to enter has long warred with the Meduse, an alien race that has become the stuff of nightmares. Oomza University has wronged the Meduse, and Binti's stellar travel will bring her within their deadly reach. If Binti hopes to survive the legacy of a war not of her making, she will need both the gifts of her people and the wisdom enshrined within the University, itself--but first she has to make it there, alive.

Binti :
ISBN: 9781250203434. OCLC Number: 969437770

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It's been a year since Binti and Okwu enrolled at Oomza University. A year since Binti was declared a hero for uniting two warring planets. A year since she found friendship in the unlikeliest of places. And now she must return home to her people, with her friend Okwu by her side, to face her family and face her elders. But Okwu will be the first of his race to set foot on Earth in over a hundred years, and the first ever to come in peace. After generations of conflict can human and Meduse ever learn to truly live in harmony?

Binti :
ISBN: 9780765393128. OCLC Number: 973807354

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Binti has returned to her home planet, believing that the violence of the Meduse has been left behind. Unfortunately, although her people are peaceful on the whole, the same cannot be said for the Khoush, who fan the flames of their ancient rivalry with the Meduse. Far from her village when the conflicts start, Binti hurries home, but anger and resentment has already claimed the lives of many close to her. Once again it is up to Binti, and her intriguing new friend Mwinyi, to intervene--though the elders of her people do not entirely trust her motives--and try to prevent a war that could wipe out her people, once and for all.--Publisher's description.

Chicken in the kitchen
ISBN: 9781911373155. OCLC Number: 972241342

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Awakened by strange sounds, Anyaugo discovers a giant chicken in her kitchen and has to muster the courage to remove it before the chicken destroys her family's preparations for the New Yam Festival.

Chicken in the kitchen /
ISBN: 0993225306. OCLC Number: 927986402

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"What would you do if you woke up one night to find the shadow of a giant chicken passing your bedroom door? Go and investigate of course! When Anyaugo follows a giant chicken into her kitchen one warm night in Nigeria, she embarks on a hilarious adventure where nothing is quite as it seems. Is the nature spirit that lives in the wooden walls of her house a help or a hindrance? Is the mischievous giant chicken a friend or a foe? Most importantly, will Anyaugo be able to save the food her aunties have cooked for the New Yam Festival the next day? World Fantasy Award-winning author Nnedi Okorafor provides us with a hugely entertaining look at the fascinating masquerade culture of West Africa, told from the perspective of a plucky young Nigerian girl who finds the courage to protect the traditions she loves"--Back cover.

Kabu kabu /
ISBN: 160701405X. OCLC Number: 841892404

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Presents a variety of takes on the future of Africa, including robots serving foreign interests find common cause with artists, women fall victim to society's order, and assassins ponder the effects of their efforts to provoke reform.

Kabu kabu.
ISBN: 9781607014218. OCLC Number: 895255816

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Lagoon /
ISBN: 1481440888. OCLC Number: 910980687

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"It's up to a famous rapper, a biologist, and a rogue soldier to handle humanity's first contact with an alien ambassador--and prevent mass extinction--in this novel that blends magical realism with high-stakes action. After word gets out on the Internet that aliens have landed in the waters outside of the world's fifth most populous city, chaos ensues. Soon the military, religious leaders, thieves, and crackpots are trying to control the message on YouTube and on the streets. Meanwhile, the earth's political superpowers are considering a preemptive nuclear launch to eradicate the intruders. All that stands between 17 million anarchic residents and death is an alien ambassador, a biologist, a rapper, a soldier, and a myth that may be the size of a giant spider, or a god revealed"--

Long Juju Man /
ISBN: 0230722075. OCLC Number: 713231084

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The book of Phoenix
ISBN: 9781444762792. OCLC Number: 908988266

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Phoenix was grown and raised among other genetic experiments in New York's Tower 7. She is an 'accelerated woman'--only two years old but with the body and mind of an adult, Phoenix's abilities far exceed those of a normal human. Still innocent and inexperienced in the ways of the world, she is content living in her room speed reading e-books, running on her treadmill, and basking in the love of Saeed, another biologically altered human of Tower 7. Then one evening, Saeed witnesses something so terrible that he takes his own life. Devastated by his death and Tower 7's refusal to answer her questions, Phoenix finally begins to realize that her home is really her prison, and she becomes desperate to escape. But Phoenix's escape, and her destruction of Tower 7, is just the beginning of her story. Before her story ends, Phoenix will travel from the United States to Africa and back, changing the entire course of humanity's future.

The book of Phoenix /
ISBN: 0756410193. OCLC Number: 892041517

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"Phoenix was grown and raised among other genetic experiments in New York's Tower 7. She is an 'accelerated woman'--only two years old but with the body and mind of an adult, Phoenix's abilities far exceed those of a normal human. Still innocent and inexperienced in the ways of the world, she is content living in her room speed reading e-books, running on her treadmill, and basking in the love of Saeed, another biologically altered human of Tower 7. Then one evening, Saeed witnesses something so terrible that he takes his own life. Devastated by his death and Tower 7's refusal to answer her questions, Phoenix finally begins to realize that her home is really her prison, and she becomes desperate to escape. But Phoenix's escape, and her destruction of Tower 7, is just the beginning of her story. Before her story ends, Phoenix will travel from the United States to Africa and back, changing the entire course of humanity's future"--

The shadow speaker /
ISBN: 1423100336. OCLC Number: 124156424

Jump at the Sun/Hyperion Books for Children,. .

In West Africa in 2070, after fifteen-year-old "shadow speaker" Ejii witnesses her father's beheading, she embarks on a dangerous journey across the Sahara to find Jaa, her father's killer, and upon finding her, she also discovers a greater purpose to her life and to the mystical powers she possesses.

Who fears death
ISBN: 9780008288730. OCLC Number: 1038720559

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An award-winning literary author enters the world of magical realism with her World Fantasy Award-winning novel of a remarkable woman in post-apocalyptic Africa. Now optioned as a TV series for HBO, with executive producer George R.R. Martin! In a post-apocalyptic Africa, the world has changed in many ways; yet in one region genocide between tribes still bloodies the land. A woman who has survived the annihilation of her village and a terrible rape by an enemy general wanders into the desert, hoping to die. Instead, she gives birth to an angry baby girl with hair and skin the colour of sand. Gripped by the certainty that her daughter is different - special - she names her Onyesonwu, which means 'Who fears death?' in an ancient language. It doesn't take long for Onye to understand that she is physically and socially marked by the circumstances of her conception. She is Ewu - a child of rape who is expected to live a life of violence, a half-breed rejected by her community. But Onye is not the average Ewu. Even as a child, she manifests the beginnings of a remarkable and unique magic. As she grows, so do her abilities, and during an inadvertent visit to the spirit realm, she learns something terrifying: someone powerful is trying to kill her. Desperate to elude her would-be murderer and to understand her own nature, she embarks on a journey in which she grapples with nature, tradition, history, true love, and the spiritual mysteries of her culture, and ultimately learns why she was given the name she bears: Who Fears Death.

Who fears death /
ISBN: 0756406692. OCLC Number: 462898816

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In a far future, post-nuclear-holocaust Africa, genocide plagues one region. The aggressors, the Nuru, have decided to follow the Great Book and exterminate the Okeke. But when the only surviving member of a slain Okeke village is brutally raped, she manages to escape, wandering farther into the desert. She gives birth to a baby girl with hair and skin the color of sand and instinctively knows that her daughter is different. She names her daughter Onyesonwu, which means "Who Fears Death?" in an ancient African tongue. Reared under the tutelage of a mysterious and traditional shaman, Onyesonwu discovers her magical destiny -- to end the genocide of her people. The journey to fulfill her destiny will force her to grapple with nature, tradition, history, true love, the spiritual mysteries of her culture -- and eventually death itself.

Without a map
ISBN: 9781933500416. OCLC Number: 895919163

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Consists of an excerpt from a novel by Nnedi Okorafor and a mix of stories, poems, and essays by Mary Anne Mohanraj.

Zahrah the Windseeker
ISBN: 129989013X. OCLC Number: 858967716

Graphia,. .

Zahrah, a timid thirteen-year-old girl, undertakes a dangerous quest into the Forbidden Greeny Jungle to seek the antidote for her best friend after he is bitten by a snake, and finds knowledge, courage, and hidden powers along the way.

Zahrah the Windseeker /
ISBN: 0547020287. OCLC Number: 56104248

Houghton Mifflin,. .

Zahrah, a timid thirteen-year-old girl, undertakes a dangerous quest into the Forbidden Greeny Jungle to seek the antidote for her best friend after he is bitten by a snake, and finds knowledge, courage, and hidden powers along the way.