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Tomi Adeyemi Shares Release Date for Sequel to 'Children of Blood and Bone'

We won't have to wait much longer!

The sequel to Nigerian-American author Tomi Adeyemi's best-selling young adult novel, Children of Blood and Bone is on its way, and we can't wait.

Children of Blood and Bone, which has spent 44 weeks on the New York Time's Best Seller list, pulls on Yoruba cultural themes and follows the adventures of 17-year-old Zélie Adebola, a brave young girl on a mission to restore magic to the nation of Orisha.

READ: Tomi Adeyemi on Writing the Best and Blackest Fantasy Novel of the Year


The 25-year-old writer shared the news via Instagram, alerting fans that the highly-anticipated novel, Children Of Virtue And Vengeance will hit shelves on June 4 of this year.

She recently spoke with InStyle about the novel's success. "This was the story I dreamed of having as a girl and it's immensely personal, so it still blows my mind the way it's being embraced by the entire world," says Adeyemi.

When speaking about the upcoming sequel, she added:

I can't wait for people to meet the new characters, experience the new magic, and dive deeper into the enchanting world of Orïsha. I've had so much fun writing this story, so I can't wait to share it with everyone else!

Prior to the release of her debut novel, Adeyemi landed a six-figure movie deal from Fox Studios to turn her book into a feature-film. We spoke with the talented young writer last April about the Nigerian themes in her book, colorism, asserting the power of blackness in fantasy and more, revisit our conversation here.



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Bobi Wine's Release Detailed in Latest Episode of 'The Messenger'

Trauma is the topic on the podcast's latest episode: "The Ballot or The Bullet."

The latest episode of The Messenger is something to behold.

Created by Sudanese-American rapper Bas, The Messenger throws the spotlight on the thunderous circumstances many African countries face, with a close focus on Ugandan politician Bobi Wine.

In his most recent traumatic experience, Wine and his wife Barbara Itungo Kyagulanyi were released from a nearly two-week military house arrest following the ruling of a Ugandan court. Keeping up with current events and circumstances that Wine finds himself in, the latest episode of the podcast recounts the traumatic events that led to Wine's very public abuse and eventual house arrest.

Upon his release, Wine spoke with The Messenger and had this to say, "I want to remind the world that we went in this election knowing how corrupt the staff of the electoral commission is. We saw this through the campaign and the world saw how much was oppressed, how biased and one sided the electoral commission was, and how much it was in the full grip of General Museveni. And therefore we are going to test every legal test, we shall take every legal test. We shall take every legal step. And indeed we shall take every moral and morally proactive, nonviolent, but legal and peaceful step to see that we liberate ourselves. The struggle has not ended. It is just beginning."

Listen to Episode 7 of The Messenger here.

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