Akata Witch is a Young Adult Fantasy story by ‘Naijamerican’ writer and professor of Creative Writing, Nnedi Okorafor, about twelve year old Sunny who discovers something about herself that changs her life forever. This discovery leads to new friends and an introduction into a new life Sunny would have never believed existed if she were not experiencing it.

But Sunny’s discovery is not all rainbows and roses as she soon realizes that she and her friends must battle a great danger. Sunny soon learns how her strength really lies in her weakness and instead of hiding away from it, she learns how to embrace it and use it.

The Fantasy genre is one not commonly explored in most African fiction, and Young Adult Fantasy is a doubly uncommon combination, but Nnedi Okorafor expertly creates and carves a mysterious and magical universe within the most regular and natural African reality that both young and old African readers can relate to easily.

In a world and at a time when the mystical and magical is seen as only evil in the mainstream African community, Nnedi Okorafor shows a side of magical realism that is not commonly and not often portrayed in African literature.

Young African readers have a lot to connect with and a lot to learn from in the story. From the setting and plot, to the many morals and themes sprinkled and seasoned to perfection in every chapter and through every page of the story and the African myths and legends it weaves into the tale. The story is a vivid, captivating tale bound to set even the faintest light of imagination aflame.


Author: Aderonke Adeleke

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