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Tomi Adeyemi On Writing the Best and Blackest Fantasy Novel of the Year

We speak to the young Nigerian-American author of "Children of Blood and Bone" about the Yoruba themes in her book, colorism, asserting the power of blackness in fantasy and more.

Children of Blood and Bone is the fantasy novel we deserve.

The buzzed about literary debut of 24-year-old Nigerian-American writer Tomi Adeyemi creates a universe where black people are seen, and not just in the periphery way that we appear in many young adult fantasy novels. In Children of Blood and Bone, Hogwarts is traded in for a land called "Orisha," and the bespectacled, wand carrying white protagonist is instead a staff-totting black girl with silver tresses and magical powers.

It's the untold fantasy, transformative in the way it allows for African culture to take center stage. Children of Blood and Bone is brimming with references to Yoruba spirituality, language and tradition. Much like Black Panther—which Adeyemi, like all of us, is a major fan of—the book is another status-quo-defying work that places a black narrative, told from a black perspective, on a global platform. The two are constantly brought up in the same conversations due to their unmistakable blackness as well as their cultural and commercial success. Children of Blood and Bone is sitting comfortably at the top of the young adults best-sellers list where it has been since its release last month.

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Skepta Has Been Made a Chief In His Hometown In Nigeria

The grime star is now a chief in Ogun State.

Skepta can now add "Chief" to his long list of titles and accolades.

The grime heavyweight is currently in his home country of Nigeria, where he performed at the massive "Homecoming" showcase, which also featured the likes of Wizkid, Tiwa Savage, J Hus and Davido to name a few.

That was far from the only major event that took place while he was there, however. His trip proved a true homecoming as the rapper was also made a chief in his father's home state, Ogun.

"Thank you to the Baale, Chiefs of Odo Aje and King for presenting me with my Chieftaincy title today. I am honoured and will continue to put time and love into Nigeria, especially the community of Odo Aje," wrote the artist in an Instagram post, which showed him, his parents, friends and a group of guards marching through the streets in celebration.

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Photo via Hugo Cantuto's Instagram page.

You Need To See the Stunning Covers of This Afro-Brazilian Comic Series Inspired by the Orishas

'Contos dos Orixás' or 'Tales of the Orishas' is the comic book series celebrating the legacy of Yoruba culture in Brazil.

This comic book series takes the legends of Yoruba mythology and turns them into fierce, Afro-Brazilian superheroes.

Created by Brazilian illustrator and comic artist Hugo Canuto, Contos dos Orixás, or Tales of the Orishas, is the culmination of rigorous research after returning to his hometown of Bahia and building a strong creative team of comic book and animation professionals, African Digital Art shares.

For Canuto, Bahia is the home of Yoruba and Nago heritage. Seeking knowledge from scholars and experts of Candomblé, he was able to develop a comic universe that honors tradition and tells the stories of the orishas in a fresh way.

The illustrations of the orishas from the 90-page comic is what struck our eye. Inspired by comic master Jack Kirby, Canuto portrays Yemanja, Oyá/Iansã, Xango and more like the strong, powerful entities they are in their world.

Take a look at our favorite covers below, and keep up with the series on their Facebook page.

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