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Nnedi Okorafor

Author of Binti

98+ Works 16,516 Members 1,010 Reviews 53 Favorited

About the Author

Nnedi Okorafor was born on April 8, 1974 in Cincinnati, Ohio. She is a graduate of Clarion Writers Workshop in Lansing, Michigan and earned her PhD in English from the University of Illinois. Currently she is an associate professor of creative writing and literature at the University at Buffalo show more (SUNY). Her awards include a 2001 Hurston-Wright literary award for her story Amphibious Green, The Wole Soyinka Prize for Literature in Africa for Zahrah the Windseeker, the Carl Brandon Parallax Award for The Shadow Speaker, the 2007-08 winner of the Macmillan Writer's Prize for Africa for Long Juju Man, the 2011 World Fantasy Award for Best Novel for Who Fears Death, and her science fiction novella Binti won the 2016 Nebula Award (Best Novella) and the 2016 Hugo Awards for Best Novella. (Bowker Author Biography) show less

Series

Works by Nnedi Okorafor

Binti (2015) 2,868 copies
Akata Witch (2011) 2,253 copies
Who Fears Death (2010) 2,212 copies
Binti: Home (2017) 1,222 copies
Binti: The Night Masquerade (2018) 980 copies
Lagoon (2014) 931 copies
Akata Warrior (2017) 785 copies
Remote Control (2021) 661 copies
Binti: The Complete Trilogy (2020) 606 copies
The Book of Phoenix (2015) 583 copies
Zahrah the Windseeker (2005) 488 copies
The Shadow Speaker (2007) 391 copies
Noor (2021) 390 copies
Kabu Kabu (2013) 289 copies
Akata Woman (2022) 235 copies
Ikenga (2020) 210 copies
LaGuardia (2019) 187 copies
Chicken in the Kitchen (2015) — Author — 88 copies
Hello, Moto (2011) 76 copies
The Black Pages (2021) 69 copies
Shuri Vol. 2: 24/7 Vibranium (2019) — Author — 67 copies
Wakanda Forever (2018) 54 copies
Just Out of Jupiter's Reach (2023) 52 copies
Like Thunder (2023) 30 copies
Shuri (2018-) #1 (2018) 27 copies
Long Juju Man (2009) 20 copies
Shuri: Wakanda Forever (2020) — Author — 20 copies
Black Panther: Long Live the King #1 - Blackout (2017) — Author — 16 copies
Shuri (2018-) #2 (2019) 15 copies
African Monsters: Volume 2 (2015) — Contributor — 14 copies
The Scenic Route (2021) 13 copies
Without A Map (2010) 11 copies
Shuri (2018-) #3 (2019) 10 copies
Shuri #8 (2019) 9 copies
LaGuardia  #1 (2018) 9 copies
Shuri (2018-) #5 (2019) 9 copies
Shuri (2018-) #4 (2019) 8 copies
Shuri #9 (2019) 8 copies
Shuri #10 (2019) 8 copies
Marvel-Verse: Shuri (2022) 8 copies
Sacred Fire (2019) 5 copies
Antar: The Black Knight (2019) 3 copies
Wahala 3 copies
The Albino Girl 3 copies
Rusties 2 copies
Mother of Invention (2018) 2 copies
The Baboon War 2 copies
African Sunrise 2 copies
Nattens magiska mask (2022) 2 copies
Mujer Akata (2023) 1 copy
Kim Korkar Ölümden (2019) 1 copy
The Go-Slow 1 copy
LaGuardia #3 (2019) 1 copy
On the Road {story} (2013) 1 copy
Akata witch 1 copy
Asunder 1 copy
LaGuardia #4 (2019) 1 copy
Boy With Two Faces (2017) 1 copy
Tumaki 1 copy
Icon 1 copy
Antar #1 1 copy
The Carpet 1 copy
Biafra 1 copy
Bakasi Man 1 copy
Akate Witch 1 copy

Associated Works

Unnatural Creatures (2013) — Contributor — 1,234 copies
Kindred: A Graphic Novel Adaptation (2017) — Introduction — 679 copies
The Djinn Falls in Love & Other Stories (2017) — Contributor — 278 copies
The Way of the Wizard (2010) — Contributor — 208 copies
Out There Screaming: An Anthology of New Black Horror (2023) — Contributor — 207 copies
Dark Matter: Reading the Bones (2005) — Contributor — 200 copies
Robot Uprisings (2014) — Contributor — 186 copies
Eclipse 3: New Science Fiction and Fantasy (2009) — Contributor — 160 copies
Mojo: Conjure Stories (2003) — Contributor — 148 copies
Infinite Stars (2017) — Contributor — 144 copies
Lightspeed: Year One (2011) — Contributor — 139 copies
The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year Volume Six (2012) — Contributor, some editions — 138 copies
Year's Best SF 17 (2012) — Contributor — 127 copies
The Cambridge Companion to Fantasy Literature (2012) — Contributor — 112 copies
The Mammoth Book of SF Stories by Women (2014) — Contributor — 110 copies
Life on Mars: Tales from the New Frontier (2011) — Contributor — 98 copies
After the Rain (2021) — Original story — 98 copies
AfroSF: Science Fiction by African Writers (2012) — Contributor — 97 copies
Seeds of Change (2008) — Contributor — 90 copies
Magic City: Recent Spells (2014) — Contributor — 89 copies
After the End: Recent Apocalypses (2013) — Contributor; Contributor — 88 copies
The Apex Book of World SF 2 (2012) — Contributor — 86 copies
Black Panther (Penguin Classics Marvel Collection) (2022) — Foreword — 69 copies
Future Tense Fiction: Stories of Tomorrow (2019) — Contributor — 59 copies
Luminescent Threads: Connections to Octavia E. Butler (2017) — Contributor — 57 copies
Lagos Noir (2018) — Contributor — 56 copies
Fantasy for Good: A Charitable Anthology (2014) — Contributor — 44 copies
Twelve Tomorrows (2018) — Contributor — 44 copies
Nebula Awards Showcase 2017 (2017) — Contributor — 39 copies
Clarkesworld: Year Three (2013) — Contributor — 38 copies
The Stories: Five Years of Original Fiction on tor.com (2013) — Contributor — 38 copies
The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy Novellas 2016 (2016) — Contributor — 31 copies
L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future, Volume 36 (2020) — Contributor — 30 copies
Street Magicks (2016) — Contributor — 29 copies
The WisCon Chronicles, Vol.5: Writing and Racial Identity (2011) — Contributor — 20 copies
Clarkesworld: Year Five (2013) — Contributor — 17 copies
Clarkesworld: Issue 032 (May 2009) (2009) — Author — 16 copies
Africanfuturism: An Anthology — Contributor — 13 copies
A Year Without a Winter (2019) — Contributor — 12 copies
Strange Adventures (2014) — Contributor — 12 copies
Tor.com Publishing Fall 2015 Sampler (2015) — Contributor — 11 copies
Lightspeed Magazine, Issue 10 • March 2011 (2011) — Author — 11 copies
Wonder Woman Black & Gold (2021) — Contributor — 11 copies
The Tor.com Sampler (2016) — Contributor — 11 copies
Marvel-Verse: Black Panther (2020) — Contributor — 11 copies
Decision Points (2016) — Contributor — 10 copies
Clarkesworld: Issue 054 (March 2011) (2011) — Author — 9 copies
Year's Best Young Adult Speculative Fiction 2013 (2014) — Contributor — 9 copies

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Common Knowledge

Legal name
Okorafor, Nnedimma Nkemdili
Other names
Okorafor-Mbachu, Nnedi (former married name)
Birthdate
1974-04-08
Gender
female
Nationality
USA (Birth)
Birthplace
Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
Places of residence
Chicago, Illinois, USA
Phoenix, Arizona, USA
Education
University of Illinois (BA|Rhetoric|1996)
Michigan State University (MA|Journalism|1999)
University of Illinois, Chicago (MA|English|2002, PhD|English|2007)
Occupations
Professor of Creative Writing
writer
Organizations
Chicago State University
Awards and honors
The Macmillan Writers Prize
WisCon Guest of Honor (2010)
The Goodnow Award for Creative Writing
The Margin: Exploring Modern Magical Realism Short Story Contest
The Strange Horizons Readers Choice Award for Nonfiction
Agent
Donald Maass
Janell Walden Agyeman (Marie Brown & Associates)
Short biography
Nnedi Okorafor is an award-winning novelist of Nigerian descent 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 holds a PhD in English.

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Reviews

I always enjoy how Okorafor challenges gender and often Tribal affiliations as well. This book is an interesting story that offers deeper insight. I loved the journey to the salt and the way Najeeba continuously surprises herself.

Advanced Reader's Copy Provided by Edelweiss.
 
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jennybeast | 1 other review | Apr 17, 2024 |
This one was just not one for me.
Rating is more like 2.75 so I rounded up.

It’s a unique and interesting story, sure. I guess I just had a hard time staying interested in this one.
 
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RochelleJones | 125 other reviews | Apr 5, 2024 |
This review is also featured on Behind the Pages: Binti

As one of the Himba people, Binti carries a piece of her homeland with her in the form of clay. Covering her body and hair, the clay is a steadfast reminder of her culture and heritage. As Binti makes her way to the University transport, she will face scorn due to her appearance. Yet she is wise and does not give in to social pressure. Binti is an enriching character, staying true to herself and her beliefs despite the opposition she faces.

But this is where the worldbuilding of Binti’s people ends. Readers are told her family will disown her for leaving the planet, and aside from what she carries on her person, their culture isn't expanded on. There are many moments in Binti where only the surface explanation is given. When Binti begins to form friendships it is told to the reader rather than shown. The connection is not formed quickly enough for the events of the books to emotionally impact the reader.

When Binti faces the Meduse, the story picks up speed and adds an almost horror like quality to the writing. The trauma she endures is told to the reader, and Binti’s reactions are shown, yet the emotional side is not apparent. Physically Binti reacts terrified and lost, but readers are not allowed deep enough into Binti’s thoughts to experience it.

Binti is a quick reading novella with both horror and sci-fi elements. This is a book for readers who enjoy plot development and fast-moving scenes.
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Letora | 241 other reviews | Apr 3, 2024 |
This novella is the back story of one of the characters from Who Fears Death. I haven’t read it, but She Who Knows stands perfectly well on its own.

The world is post-apocalyptic, afro-futuristic and fascinating. There is technology, but also strange spirits, strange creatures and things that feel like magic. The vibes are reminiscent of Binti, but the story is less emotionally wrenching (it’s not a criticism, I just mean that it has a calmer feel).

Najeeba is of the Osu-nu, the “untouchables” of the Okeke peoples. Osu-nu harvest salt, and their salt caravans travel on paths forbidden to anyone else. People Know when to go on the salt path. It’s the men who do this (because tradition!), but then the girl Najeeba Knows as well. This is the path that will lead her towards other strange talents.

The writing sparkles with sunshine, salt crystals, and mystery. Nnedi Okorafor, thank you for yet another good story.

Thanks a lot to NetGalley and the publisher for the free e-book!
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Alexandra_book_life | 1 other review | Mar 31, 2024 |

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Statistics

Works
98
Also by
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Members
16,516
Popularity
#1,374
Rating
3.9
Reviews
1,010
ISBNs
246
Languages
15
Favorited
53

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