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"It's Like Black Panther, But With Magic:" Tomi Adeyemi on Writing the Most Anticipated Sci-Fi Novel of the Year

The young Nigerian-America author discussed her highly-anticipated literary debut 'Children of Blood and Bone' on Good Morning America.

At just 24, Tomi Adeyemi has already made her mark on the literary world.

Her debut novel, Children of Blood and Bone, was picked up by Fox 2000 almost a year ahead of its release, earning the writer a seven figure deal—one of the most lucrative deals ever for a young adult writer.

Now the highly-anticipated book is here. Adeyemi made on appearance on Good Morning America on Wednesday to discuss the its release, the process of writing the book, and the Nigerian influences in her novel, referring to it as "Black Panther but with magic."


"We have like Lord of the Rings we have Harry Potter we have these stories that we love, but usually in the same setting," says the author. "So this time we're gonna get to see the same adventures that we love but in a completely different setting with completely new magic and characters."

Watch the interview below, via ABC News.

Her novel is one of the most talked about releases of the year, and it has already garnered rave reviews. It's currently a number one bestseller on Amazon.

Here's the full synopsis via Adeyemi's website:

"Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zélie's Reaper mother summoned forth souls.

But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope.

Now Zélie has one chance to bring back magic and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie must outwit and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good.

Danger lurks in Orïsha, where snow leoponaires prowl and vengeful spirits wait in the waters. Yet the greatest danger may be Zélie herself as she struggles to control her powers—and for her enemies."

You can read and excerpt of from the novel, here.

The author captured the hearts of many, including sci-fi legend Stephen King, when a video of her unpacking her book for the first time went viral last month.

On International Women's Day, we celebrate Adeyemi and her massive success. Her dedication to championing African narratives and representation for young black readers is truly inspiring.

Children of Blood and Bone is available everywhere now.

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'Sailing Back to Africa as a Dutch Woman,' 2017, from Fortia. By Keyezua, photo courtesy of Steven Kasher Gallery.

Our 9 Favorite African Visual Artists of 2018

We look back at the contemporary African visual artists who caught our eye this year.

This year, African visual artists have done their due diligence to carve their own path leading to creative autonomy, authentic storytelling and straight up greatness.

From photography and film, to even mixed-media art, the following have produced stand-out work that deserve their due accolades.

Feast your eyes on our nine favorite African visual artists of 2018 below.

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Here's Every African Designer Beyoncé Wore During Her Trip to South Africa

"Thank you to the talented African designers who kept me feeling fresh. Y'all go so hard," the singer wrote on Instagram.

Beyoncé opted for bold colors and rich patterns during her trip to South Africa earlier this month for Global Citizen Festival, making a vibrant fashion statement with every outfit she was spotted in.

During her performance, the singer sported an ancient Egyptian-inspired beaded body suit, a bodice designed similarly to traditional Zulu jewelry and an emerald green ensemble made in collaboration with South African designers Enhle Mbali Maphumulo of Manual Rossa Apparel and Quiteria & George—but she rocked African-made looks off the stage as well.

In an Instagram post today, Queen Bey shared a slideshow of some of the striking outfits she rocked while in South Africa, and gave a shoutout to the designers behind them. "Thank you to the talented African designers who kept me feeling fresh. Y'all go so hard," wrote Queen Bey.

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These Nigerian Songs Broke YouTube and Google Records in 2018

Davido's "Fall" has set another YouTube record, while Wizkid's "Fever" was the most googled Nigerian song.

Nigerian music had a big year, and the numbers prove it.

After becoming the most watched Nigerian music video on YouTube earlier this month, the video for Davido's hit song "Fall" has set a new record, becoming the first Nigerian music video to reach 100 million views on YouTube.

The music video, which was uploaded in 2017, edged out Yemi Alade's memorable 2014 video for "Johnny," which currently sits at 98 million views to claim the title.

READ: Best Nigerian Songs of 2018

Last time we checked in, "Fall," directed by Daps, was sitting at just over 98 million views as well, which means it gained 2 million new views in just 2 weeks, as Konbini points out.

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