Keynote Speaker Nnedi Okorafor

Nnedi Okorafor is an international award-winning 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 holds a PhD in literature/creative writing and is an associate professor at the University at Buffalo, New York (SUNY).

Nnedi’s books include:

  • Lagoon (a British Science Fiction Association Award finalist for Best Novel), adult
  • Who Fears Death (a World Fantasy Award winner for Best Novel), adult
  • The Book of Phoenix (an Arthur C. Clarke Award finalist), adult
  • The Binti Trilogy (the first of which won both the Hugo and Nebula Awards for Best Novella and the second which is a Hugo Award finalist), adult
  • Chicken in the Kitchen (winner of an Africana Book Award), children
  • Kabu Kabu (A Publisher’s Weekly Best Book for Fall 2013), adult
  • The Akata series (Akata Witch and Akata Warrior, Akata Witch being an Amazon.com Best Book of the Year, Akata Warrior being a finalist for the World Science Fiction Society Award), young adult
  • Zahrah the Windseeker (winner of the Wole Soyinka Prize for African Literature)
  • The Shadow Speaker (a CBS Parallax Award winner), young adult
  • Long Juju Man (winner of the Macmillan Writers' Prize for Africa), middle grade
  • Broken Places & Outer Spaces