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Nnedi Okorafor's New Novel 'Akata Warrior' Just Released Today—And a Third Is In the Works

Nigerian-American science fiction author Nnedi Okorafor's new novel, "Akata Warrior" is out now.

Nnedi Okorafor's talented use of the pen is the gift that keeps on giving.


The Nigerian-American sci-fi author's latest installment in the Akata series, Akata Warrior, just released today. Her 12th novel that was 6 years in the making combines real images of Nigeria with her original, fantasy world she creates. According to her website, "Akata Warrior is a compelling tale that mixes culture, fantasy, history and magic into a unique blend that will keep readers spellbound."

Read the summary below:

A year ago, Sunny Nwazue, a 12-year-old American born girl raised mostly in Nigeria, was inducted into the secret Leopard Society, began developing her magical powers, and, as if this weren't enough, was chosen to lead a dangerous mission to avert an apocalypse brought about by the terrifying masquerade, Ekwensu.Now, stronger, feistier and a bit older, Sunny is studying with her mentor Sugar Cream and unlocking the secrets of the living script in her strange Nsibidi book. Then a monster tries to drag her into a lake and this is only the beginning of her troubles. Eventually, Sunny must confront her destiny and with the support of her Leopard Society member friends, Orlu, Chichi, and Sasha, and of her spirit face Anyanwu, journey to the mysteries town of Osisi to fight a climactic battle to save humanity.

Okorafor also announced that as she wrote Akata Warrior, she compiled notes for a third book that will be included in the series.

Akata Warrior Amazon is available on and other major book retailers.

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Interview: TOBi Is Making Unapologetic Soul Music

We talk to the Nigerian-Canadian artist about his latest project ELEMENTS, his creative process, mental health and more.

It's a big year for music, and in the midst of many good drops from the motherland and beyond, we caught up with Nigerian-Canadian singer/songwriter TOBi to discuss his recently released 10-track project ELEMENTS.

ELEMENTS is a fusion of old-school soul, contemporary rap sequences, clever lyrical symbols & metaphors. and melancholic vibes which reference TOBi's Nigerian heritage through afrobeats, the reality of his life and the state of the world today. The compilation features production from Nigerian producer Juls on "Dollas and Cents" and "Made Me Everything and Shine."

Below, we also discuss his creative process and passion for mental health with the announcement of an exciting collaboration. "I'm attracted and curious about so many things in life that I can't help but bring [them] into my world and craft," the multi-genre artist says.

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