Nnedi Okorafor-Mbachu

Nnedi Okorafor-Mbachu

Nnedi Okorafor-Mbachu (full name: Nnedimma Nkemdili Okorafor-Mbachu) is an African-American writer of fantasy and speculative fiction. The American-born daughter of Igbo Nigerian parents, she has regularly visited Nigeria since she was very young. Her novels and stories reflect both her West African heritage and her American life.

She is the author of "The Shadow Speaker" (Hyperion/Jump at the Sun) and "Zahrah the Windseeker" (Houghton Mifflin). "Zahrah" was shortlisted for the 2005 Carl Brandon Parallax and Kindred Awards. It was also a finalist for the Garden State Teen Book Award and the Golden Duck Award. "The Shadow Speaker" was a Booksense Pick for Winter 2007/2008, a Tiptree Honor Book, a finalist for the Essence Magazine Literary Award, the Andre Norton Award and the Golden Duck Award and an NAACP Image Award nominee.

Nnedi's children's book, "Long Juju Man", is the 2007/08 winner of the Macmillan Writer’s Prize for Africa [Macmillan Writer's Prize for Africa: 2007/8 Winners and Shortlist [http://www.writeforafrica.com/ceremony.html] ] . Her short stories have been published in anthologies and magazines, including "Dark Matter II", "Strange Horizons", "Moondance" magazine and "Writers of the Future" Volume XVIII. She received a 2001 Hurston/Wright literary award [Hurston/Wright Award for College Writers: Recent Winners [http://www.hurston-wright.org/hww_award_for_college_writers.shtml#RecentWinners] ] for her story "Amphibious Green."

Okorafor-Mbachu holds a Ph.D. in English from the University of Illinois, Chicago and lives with her daughter Anyaugo and family in Illinois.


* "Zahrah the Windseeker" (2005, Houghton Mifflin; paperback 2008, Houghton Mifflin/Graphia)
* "The Shadow Speaker" (2007, Hyperion/Disney)
* "Long Juju Man" (forthcoming 2008, Macmillan UK)


External links

* [http://www.nnedi.com/ Nnedi Okorafor-Mbachu Home Page]
* [http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/13/books/review/Freitas-t.html New York Times Review of "The Shadow Speaker"] by Donna Freitas
* [http://farah-sf.blogspot.com/2005/12/guest-post-nnedi-okorafor-mbachu.html Review of "Zahrah the Windseeker"] by Gary K. Wolfe
* [http://www.strangehorizons.com/2004/20041025/kinga.shtml "Stephen King's Super-Duper Magical Negroes" by Okorafor-Mbachu]
* [http://www.africanwriter.com/authors/18/Nnedi-Okorafor%252dMbachu/ Stories by Okorafor-Mbachu at AfricanWriter.com]

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