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Faculty Profile:

Professor Of English Nnedi Okorafor

Professor of English 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 characterized her novels as combining “politically complex science fiction and lyrical fantasy.”

Okorafor’s novels include “Who Fears Death” (winner of the World Fantasy Award for Best Novel and Le Prix Imaginales for Best Translated Novel), “Akata Witch” (an 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 latest releases include her short story collection “Kabu Kabu” (a Publisher’s Weekly Best Book for Fall 2013) and science fiction novel “Lagoon” (finalist for Best Novel in the British Science Fiction Association award for Best Novel and a Red Tentacle Award for Best Novel). In addition, her novelette, “The Girl with the Magic Hands” was released through’s Worldreader program, where it became their most read young adult title (read by thousands in Africa).

Her adult novel “The Book of Phoenix” was released in May 2015, and her young adult novel “Akata Witch 2: Breaking Kola” will be released in 2016. In September 2015, will release her space opera novella “Binti.” Her screenplay “Wrapped in Magic” was filmed and produced in Nigeria in 2011 by award- winning Nollywood film director Tchidi Chikere.

Future Imperfect: The speculative fiction of UB associate professor Nnedi Okorafor is steeped in a gritty realism

Nnedi Okorafor, international award-winning novelist and professor