By JUMI RHODES
Award-winning author Prof. Nnedi Okorafor has replied a Nigerian man who emailed her labelling her a witch. Okorafor made her position known in a series of tweets via her verified Twitter handle earlier. According to her tweets, “Another email from a Nigerian man calling me a “witch”. I responded to him with one sentence, “Why are you emailing a witch?” This type of thing used to anger me. But at some point in the last 2 years, it has stopped bothering me. “Witch”,”spinster”, “Mami Wata”,”bad influence on our women”,”Where is your husband?!”, “Your hair is a sign of the devil.”…it’s all fear. Such people have reason to be afraid, despite the fact that there is nothing to be afraid of.”
Nnedi Okorafor is an international award-winning novelist of African-based science fiction, fantasy and magical realism for both children and adults. Born in the United States to two Nigerian immigrant parents, Nnedi is known for weaving African culture into creative evocative settings and memorable characters. In a profile of Nnedi’s work titled, “Weapons of Mass Creation”, The New York Times called Nnedi’s imagination “stunning”.
Nnedi Okorafor’s books include Lagoon (a British Science Fiction Association Award finalist for Best Novel), Who Fears Death (a World Fantasy Award winner for Best Novel), Kabu Kabu (A Publisher’s Weekly Best Book for Fall 2013), Akata Witch (an Amazon.com Best Book of the Year), Zahrah the Windseeker (winner of the Wole Soyinka Prize for African Literature), and The Shadow Speaker (a CBS Parallax Award winner). Her latest works include her novel The Book of Phoenix and her novella Binti (a finalist for a Nebula and British Science Fiction Award). She is an associate professor at the University at Buffalo, New York (SUNY).