Saturday, April 9, 2011
'Akata Witch' by Nnedi Okorafor
Who is afraid of albinos? Growing up in my village, near Enugu, I used to believe that they had extraordinary power. Nnedi Okorafor proves me right. You wanna see? Read her novel, Akata Witch.
By the way, who says science fiction is not African? I have heard Nnedi Okorafor speak: awesome. She has produced at least six great books, and collected prizes the way a magnet collects bits of metal. Here is a review of one of her great novels.
"The protagonist at the center of the young-adult novel "Akata Witch" lives in many worlds. She is, in the truest sense, African American: Nigerian by ancestry, American by birth. Born in New York, she moved to West Africa with her parents and brothers when she was 9.
But Sunny Nwazue is also albino, with skin the color of "sour milk" and "hazel eyes that look like God ran out of the right color." Complicating matters further, she's a witch."