Nnedi Okorafor Biography, Age, Early Life, Family, Education, Books, Net Worth And More

Nnedi Okorafor Biography
Nnedi Okorafor is a Nigerian-American professor and writer of fantasy and science fiction for both children and adults.
She is popular for her works like Who Fears Death, Binti, Zahrah the Windseeker, Lagoon and Akata Witch. In 2015, she was named by Brittle Paper as the African Literary Person of the Year.
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Nnedi Okorafor Profile

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Full Name: Nnedimma Nkemdili "Nnedi" Okorafor
Formerly: Okorafor-Mbachu
Date of birth: 8th April, 1974 
Age: 46 years
Nationality: Nigerian-American
Education: University of Illinois, Chicago
Occupation: Professor, writer
Blog: Nnedi.com
Net Worth: 100,000 est.

Nnedi Okorafor Biography, Early Life And Family

Nnedi Okorafor was born on the 8th of April, 1974 to Igbo Nigerian parents, Her parents travelled to America to school, but were unable to return to Nigeria due to the Nigerian Civil War. Though her parents gave birth to her in the United States, she has been visiting Nigeria since her young age.

Nnedi had her early education at the Homewood-Flossmoor High School in Flossmoor, IL. She was a nationally-known tennis and track star during her years at the Homewood-Flossmoor High School, and desired to be an entomologist due to her interest in insects.

At the age of 13, Okorafor was diagnosed with scoliosis, a condition that worsened as she grew older. At 19, underwent a spinal fusion surgery to straighten and fuse her spine; a rare complication led to Okorafor becoming paralyzed from the waist down.

She turned to writing small stories in the margins of a science-fiction book that she had and it was her first time of ever writing anything creatively. That summer, with intense physical therapy, Nnedi regained her ability to walk but wasn't able to continue her athletic career.
She rather opted to her friends suggestion of taking a creative writing class that spring semester, and before the semester's end, she was already writing her first novel.


Nnedi had her early education at the Homewood-Flossmoor High School in Flossmoor, Illinois. She had her college education at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign before proceeding to Michigan State University, where she obtained a degree in Journalism.
She hold a master's degree and PhD in English from the University of Illinois, Chicago. She is also a 2001 graduate of the Clarion Writers Workshop in Lansing, Michigan. 

Personal Life

Not much is Nnedi Okorafor's relationship as she has kept it out of the public. However, the 45-year old writer could be in a serious relationship.
About her religious views, Nnedi is an Agnostic as she put in a Facebook profile. Wikipedia defines agnosticism as the view that the existence of God, of the divine or the supernatural is unknown or unknowable.
Nnedi Okorafor is currently residing in Olympia Fields, Illinois, with her family.

Nnedi Okorafor Books

Nnedi Okorafor has written a number of amazing books, some of them, include:
• Broken Places & Outer Spaces: Finding Creativity in the Unexpected 2019
• Antar: the Black Knight 2019
• LaGuardia 2019
• Shuri 2019
• Shuri: The Search For Black Panther 2019
• Binti: The Complete Trilogy 2019
• Tor.com Publishing Editorial Spotlight #2: A Selection of Novellas 2019
• Akata Warrior 2017
• Binti: Home 2017
• Binti (novel) 2015
• The Book of Phoenix 2015
• Kabu Kabu 2013
• Who Fears Death 2010

Awards And Nominations

Nnedi Okorafor writing skills has earned her a good number of awards and nominations, including:
• Macmillan Writers' Prize for Africa for Long Juju Man (2007 – 2008)
• The Strange Horizons Reader's Choice Award for Stephen King's Super-Duper Magical Negroes (2005)
• Carl Brandon Parallax Award for The Shadow Speaker (2008) 
• The Wole Soyinka Prize for Literature for Zahrah the Windseeker (2008)
• The 2012 Black Excellence Award for Outstanding Achievement in Literature (Fiction) for Zahrah the Windseeker (2012)
• Kindred Award for Who Fears Death (2012)
• The World Fantasy Award (Best Novel) for Who Fears Death (2011)
• The Nebula Award (Best Novella) for Binti (2016)
• Children's Africana Book Award for Best Book for Young Readers for Chicken in the Kitchen (2016)
• The Hugo Award for Best Novella for Binti (2016)
• The Locus Award for Best Young Adult Novel for Akata Warrior (2018)
• The Lodestar Award for Akata Warrior (2018)

Nnedi Okorafor Net Worth

Nnedi Okorafor is one of the richest writers of Nigerian descent. She has won a good number of awards sdince she published her first book. 

In 2016, the United Bank for Africa (UBA) partnered with Cassava Republic to distribute 24,000 copies of her award-winning novel, Akata Witch in 9 African countries.
The award-winning author took to her Instagram to announce the purchase of her new car, a Tesla which she nick-named Third Fish.

Social Media Handles

You can connect with Nnedi Okorafor on:
Instagram: @NnediOkorafor
Twitter: @Nnedi
Facebook Nnedi Okorafor
Phone number: 541-318-6288

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