Literary Birthday – 8 April – Nnedi Okorafor


Happy Birthday, Nnedi Okorafor, born 8 April 1974

10 Quotes

  1. It’s more fun to write villains. They are more of a challenge, and I get a sick kind of pleasure out of delving into their minds. There’s rarely emptiness, and there is almost always deep intelligence.
  2. Prejudice begets prejudice, you see. Knowledge does not always evolve into wisdom.
  3. People get inspired to write, paint, draw, sing, sculpt, dance in many different ways. And there are many types of art. But the one thing that they all have in common is that they are all a sort of magic. Sometimes the magic flows from one’s fingers, other times it is transferred to the person who experiences the result. Magic has always worked in mysterious ways.
  4. Science fiction is the only genre that enables African writers to envision a future from our African perspective.
  5. Funny how all things people don’t understand seem to be ‘cursed’.
  6. Though I knew I shouldn’t have cared, the words still hurt like pinches, and pinches can be very painful when done in the same place many times in a row.
  7. There are more valuable things in life than safety and comfort. Learn. You owe it to yourself.
  8. We embrace those things that make us unique or odd. For only in these things can we locate and then develop our most individual abilities.
  9. I love books. I adore everything about them. I love the feel of the pages on my fingertips. They are light enough to carry, yet so heavy with worlds and ideas. I love the sound of the pages flicking against my fingers. Print against fingerprints. Books make people quiet, yet they are so loud.
  10. I see the world as a magical place. Therefore, it was only natural that magic wafted from my fiction like smoke.

Nnedi Okorafor is a Nigerian American writer of fantasy, science fiction, and speculative fiction. Nnedi’s books include Lagoon, Who Fears Death (a World Fantasy Award winner for Best Novel), Zahrah the Windseeker (winner of the Wole Soyinka Prize for African Literature), and The Shadow Speaker.

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 by Amanda Patterson