For Black History month, we'd like to share some of our favorite African-American and other influential black women fiction authors.
Ms. Okorafor's story begins with her parents. They met when they went to school in the United States. They were unable to return to Nigeria because of the Nigerian Civil War. Ms. Okorafor is a first generation American with strong ties to African and her parents homeland, Nigeria.
Ms. Okorafor has won awards across the globe for her writing, including The Strange Horizons Reader's Choice Award (2005), Macmillan Writers' Prize for Africa (2007-2008),
Carl Brandon Parallax Award (2008), The Wole Soyinka Prize for Literature (2008), The World Fantasy Award (Best Novel) (2012), The Black Excellence Award for Outstanding Achievement in Literature (Fiction) (2012), Kindred Award for Who Fears Death (2012), The Nebula Award (Best Novella) (2016), Children's Africana Book Award for Best Book for Young Readers (2016) and The Hugo Award for Best Novella (2016).
Ms. Okorafor received a Bachelor's Degree from University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She has a Master's degree in Journalism from Michigan State University, as well as a master's degree and PhD in English from the University of Illinois, Chicago.
You can read Ms. Okorafor's short stories online here.
She has written books for children, young adults, as well as adults. She is currently take a break from writing her fictional books to focus on writing. She's written non-fiction books, novels, and plays.
She writes primarily Science Fiction and fantasy fiction. In her Ted talk, she discusses the ancestral "blood line" of most fiction stating that her fiction is rooted in white, male, colonialism. She defines her work as asking the question "What if?"
Ms. Okorafor is currently taking a break from writing her series fiction to write Black Panther graphic novels. It is hinted that she will be working on the next Black Panther movie as well as further comic books.
Her fiction has been optioned for television and movies. She spoke at TedX in Tanzania in 2017. Take a look: