Weaving African Magical Worlds of Wonders and Adventure

Meet 4 Incredible African Authors Who Write Science-Fiction and Fantasy

Akata Woman by Nnedi Okorafor (2022)Book Buzz Foundation

A realm of wonder and enchantment

African science fiction and fantasy literature is a blend of cultural richness, imaginative storytelling, and the boundless possibilities. African authors are using this genre to explore themes of identity, culture, and the future of Africa.

Binti: Home' by Nnedi Okorafor (2022)Book Buzz Foundation

Best of African sci-fi writers

Ake Festival has spotlighted African writers who are creating imaginative worlds in their books. Some of these authors are Leye Adenle, Nnedi Okorafor, Wole Talabi, and Khadija Abdalla Bajaber.

Welcome Ceremony at The 2019 Edition of Ake Arts & Book Festival (2019) by Ake FestivalBook Buzz Foundation

1. Leye Adenle

Leye Adenle is a London based Nigerian author known for his contributions to the crime fiction genre. He is also well known for his humor which reflects in his writing. He has written five books so far, but he only just made his debut into the sci-fi and fantasy genre.

The Beautiful Side of the Moon by Leye Adenle (2022)Book Buzz Foundation

The beautiful side of the moon

The Beautiful Side of the Moon is a fantastical adventure filled with weird and wonderful characters and richly-imagined landscapes. A flight of the imagination on every page. It is a delightful, playful, thoughtful adventure in speculative fiction.

Book Chat Session with Geoff Ryman, Nnedi Okorafor and Diane Awebuck at the 2017 edition of Ake Festival (2017) by Ake FestivalBook Buzz Foundation

2. Nnedi Okorafor

Nnedi is a Nigerian-American author. She is known for her contributions to the genres of Africanfuturism and Africanjujuism. Her writing often explores themes related to African culture, identity, and the blending of traditional beliefs with modern technology.

Binti: The Night Masqurede' by Nnedi Okorafor (2022)Book Buzz Foundation

Books authored

Nnedi Okorafor's works has earned her numerous awards. Her books include; Who Fears Death, Binti Series, Akata Series, Lagoon,  Zahrah the Windseeker, Remote Control, Broken Places Outer Spaces and many other titles she has written.

Book Chat session with Tolu Daniel, Temi Oh and Wole Talabi at the 2019 edition of Ake Festival (2019) by Ake FestivalBook Buzz Foundation

3. Wole Talabi

Wole Talabi is a Nigerian writer known for his contributions to speculative fiction, particularly science fiction and fantasy. He has gained recognition for his short stories, which often explore futuristic and imaginative themes while drawing on his Nigerian heritage.

Welcome Ceremony at The 2019 Edition of Ake Arts & Book Festival (2019) by Ake FestivalBook Buzz Foundation

Books published

Award winning Wole Talabi's books include Incomplete Solutions, which is a debut collection of twenty short stories from the bustling streets of Lagos to the icy moons of Jupiter and Shigidi and the Brass head of Obalufon (2023).

Khadijah Abdalla Bajaber at Ake Arts and Book Festival 2022 (2022)Book Buzz Foundation

4. Khadija Abdalla Bajaber

Khadija is a Kenyan poet and novelist with a degree in journalism. Her debut into the world of fantasy has earned her Prizes. Her style of writing speculative fiction can be described as poetic prose. She explores the relationship between human and nature in her writing.

House of Rust by Khadija Abdalla Bajaber (2022)Book Buzz Foundation

House of Rust

Set in Mombasa, Aisha, a teenage girl gets on a magical boat made of skeleton to find her fisherman father who went missing. She is guided by a talking scholar’s cat (and soon crows and other talking animals). She must fight some sea creatures to rescue her father.

Ake Festival 2017 Workshops (2017) by Ake FestivalBook Buzz Foundation

The authors we've celebrated within these pages have forged paths through the uncharted territories of the human mind and opened portals to uncharted realms. Ake Festival will continue to explore what lies ahead in the ever-evolving landscape of science fiction and fantasy.

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