Odinani Book Club: “Akata Witch” by Nnedi Okorafor

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For the next Odinani book club pick, we will be re-visiting “Akata Witch” by Nnedi Okorafor. In some places, its retitled “What Sunny Saw in the Flames.”  If you wish to participate in the Book Club discussion, please send an email to egwuatu.nwaikenga@gmail.com

Synopsis: Twelve-year-old Sunny lives in Nigeria, but she was born American. Her features are African, but she’s albino. She’s a terrific athlete, but can’t go out into the sun to play soccer. There seems to be no place where she fits in. And then she discovers something amazing—she is a “free agent” with latent magical power. Soon she’s part of a quartet of magic students, studying the visible and invisible, learning to change reality. But will it be enough to help them when they are asked to catch a career criminal who knows magic too?

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2 responses »

  1. Hi Igbo cyber shrine,

    I’m writing a science fiction novel that makes references to my Trinidadian Igbo and Yoruba heritage.

    It is a story of a boy that becomes the all-father of creation.
    In the book, the boy’s name is Odinali, but is called Odin at times as a nickname.
    In my story, I’m combining Igbo, Norse, Yoruba and Hebrew sacred stories to create
    a god-figure as a scientist at the highest level conceivable. In my book, I call this type of
    scientist as a “Scientist King”. My novel ends with Odinali/Odin creating Asgard on earth.

    My question is—-
    What does the name Odinali mean?
    I know of Odinala and Odinani, but does Odinali have a meaning connected to these words?

  2. Hi Igbo cyber shrine,

    I’m writing a science-fiction novel that makes references to my Trinidadian Igbo and Yoruba heritage.

    It is a story of a boy that becomes the all-father of creation.
    In the book, the boy’s name is Odinali, but is called Odin at times as a nickname.
    In my story, I’m combining Igbo, Norse, Yoruba and Hebrew sacred stories to create
    a god-figure as a scientist at the highest level conceivable. In my book, I call this type of
    scientist as a “Scientist King”. My novel ends with Odinali/Odin creating Asgard on earth.

    My question is —
    What does the word Odinali mean?
    I know of Odinala and Odinani, but does Odinali have a meaning connected to these words?

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