Akata Witch

Akata Witch

Nnedi Okorafor / Feb 24, 2020

Akata Witch Affectionately dubbed the Nigerian Harry Potter Akata Witch weaves together a heart pounding tale of magic mystery and finding one s place in the world Twelve year old Sunny lives in Nigeria but s

  • Title: Akata Witch
  • Author: Nnedi Okorafor
  • ISBN: 9781101513798
  • Page: 394
  • Format: ebook
  • Affectionately dubbed the Nigerian Harry Potter, Akata Witch weaves together a heart pounding tale of magic, mystery, and finding one s place in the world.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 shAffectionately dubbed the Nigerian Harry Potter, Akata Witch weaves together a heart pounding tale of magic, mystery, and finding one s place in the world.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 Ursula K Le Guin and John Green are Nnedi Okorafor fans As soon as you start reading Akata Witch, you will be, too

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      • Nnedi Okorafor

        Nnedi Okorafor is a Nigerian American author of African based science fiction, fantasy and magical realism for both children and adults and a professor at the University at Buffalo, New York Her works include Who Fears Death, the Binti novella trilogy, the Book of Phoenix, the Akata books and Lagoon She is the winner of Hugo, Nebula, and World Fantasy Awards and her debut novel Zahrah the Windseeker won the prestigious Wole Soyinka Prize for Literature She lives with her daughter Anyaugo and family in Illinois Learn about Nnedi at Nnedi.


    1. I spent the weekend with a great book: Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor. As you can guess, I’m a sucker for all kinds of mythology, and this middle grade/YA fantasy is steeped in the myth and magic of Nigeria.Our main character is Sunny, a twelve-year-old girl born in the U.S. but recently moved to her parents’ homeland of Nigeria. Sunny stands out in more ways than one – she’s albino, she’s a prodigy at soccer, and she’s teased at school for being an akata (literally a ‘wild animal [...]

    2. Twelve-year-old Sunny's family moved from the United States to their native Nigeria when she was nine years old. Even though her family is originally from Nigeria, Sunny is always an outsider amongst her schoolmates. She's American by birth and albino, both traits that make her a target for bullies. When she has a terrifying vision of the end of the world, she discovers yet another quality that sets her apart from the rest of the community. She's a Leopard, a person with magical abilities. With [...]

    3. What can I say? It felt very much like book one of Harry Potter in terms of plot and situation, only milder and set in Nigeria.It shouldn't have felt milder. Objectively, there were child mutilations and a serial murderer on the loose. And there wasn't some gigantic castle with enchantments up to protect the students. So theoretically, if I were one of these four kids, I'd be creaming my pants.Brushing that aside, the setting is deeply fascinating to me, with magics very tied to the place and cu [...]

    4. BRILLIANT fantasy set in Nigeria and a fantasy world unlike any I've ever read before! Great world-building, character development and imagery! Hoping that this is a series with many, many installments because I want to journey back!

    5. So torn on this one about giving it a 3 or 4 star rating.Pros: Love that the story is set in Africa, with African and African American main characters, as well as an albino. Also, it goes the Percy Jackson route of explaining that what we call "learning disabilities" like ADD and dyslexia, are just bi-products of their uniqueness as magicians. The world building is fantastic. We often see magic from a European point of view and it was really cool to see this fresh take.Cons: When I was told that [...]

    6. After seeing the author read from what will be Akata Witch #2, I realized I had overlooked a book I should seek out. Akata Witch soon pulled itself ahead of the other books in my tbr pile. If you like books about magic, particularly teens finding out they have special abilities, learning to use them, and building a community with others like them, this is the book for you. Added to those well-loved tropes is a new landscape with new traditions and rules. Setting it in Nigeria, with Igbo people b [...]

    7. Born in New York City, but living in Nigeria, twelve-year-old Sunny feels like she’s straddling two worlds. This becomes even more true when she discovers her magical abilities and enters the world of Leopard people. This book is one of the most original and woke fantasy stories I’ve ever read. It openly discusses bullying, racism, beauty standards, police brutality in the United States, and greed. All month I’ve been recommending this book to everyone I meet, kids and adults alike.— Ali [...]

    8. I really enjoyed this. One of the things I love about Okorafor's writing is the unique voice she brings to her stories. Her characters come alive easily for the reader, and they are all so individual and unique. Aside from anything else, this book does a great job delving into questions of identity. Although this is a typical theme for YA stories, it is also one that seems particularly important here. Sunny is confronted with understanding herself from many sides: her place as an American born N [...]

    9. I'll just quote fromt he conclusion of my TNB review:What I personally love best about the novel is how well it plays on the confusion of identities that affect so many Nigerians, especially those who've split time between Nigeria and the U.S. or Europe as children. I certainly remember returning from America to Nigeria at the age of ten, after seven years abroad, and encountering hostility and ridicule as an outsider, feeling as if I didn't really belong on any of the three continents I'd calle [...]

    10. 3.5 starsThere’s something about Nnedi Okorafor’s writing that is extremely engrossing. Even though I wasn’t a massive fan of the previous novel I’ve read by her, Lagoon, I knew I would still continue reading her works because she has the impressive ability of weaving a beautiful story. ‘Akata Witch’ was no different.I’d seen this readers compare this book to Harry Potter and that made me incredibly queasy at first, but I still took the plunge. And while I definitely saw a lot of i [...]

    11. 5 Damn Stars!THIS WAS SOOO GOOD!!!Honestly I wasn't sure what to expect when I picked this up, but it didn't take me long to realize what a gem I had stumbled upon. Okay so Sunny is an albino girl, of 12-ish, and she gets a glimpse of what is to happen in her world, but she isn't all the way sure of what she saw in the flames that night (not a spoiler, it's in the prologue). Normally she is reduced to name calling, being left out, picked on all because, kids are cruel, and albinism is not looked [...]

    12. If you're looking for an interesting example of non-Eurocentric worldbuilding, then pick up this book. If you're looking for a good plot and sound characterisation, you can probably find better.In terms of setting, this book is fantastic: it's interesting, different and a nice change from the super-Euro default setting of most urban fantasy novels. The world-building, although we're not shown much outside of the character's immediate area, is fantastic and gives a good impression of what the glo [...]

    13. A copy of this book was sent to me unsolicited by the publisherI've been wanting to read Akata Witch ever since I seen it on Tumblr a few months ago. The cover is so beautiful and the synopsis sounded amazing. I heard that Akata Witch is "The Nigerian Harry Potter" and that definitely sold me. My favorite thing about this book is the writing. It's rare for me to come across a book with such timeless and articulate writing. Nnedi Okorafor is so talented and I'll be reading any book she writes.The [...]

    14. This is a lovely YA novel. It contains some similarities to the author's adult novel, Who Fears Death: a strong female protagonist who is just coming into her own power; a band of young friends who need to take on a larger evil; an African setting (far-future Sudan in that case, present day Nigeria in this one). If I remember correctly, both also begin with first-person sequences in which the protagonist gets a hint of her own power, and then segue into third-person for the remainder of the book [...]

    15. So, first of all, holy crap, a fantasy novel about an albino girl in Nigeria that doesn't spend its time exoticizing albinism or Africa! (I could have simply written, holy crap, a fantasy novel about an albino girl in Nigeria, but the fact that it was done right made me really happy.)This book's greatest strength is definitely the worldbuilding. I loved the magic and magical community in this book; Harry Potter comparisons can be made simply because both authors have a flair for inventing vivid [...]

    16. Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor First in the Akata Witch series4.5 stars"Lies are a thing of the physical world. They can't exist in the spirit world."Sunny lives in Nigeria, but she was born in America. She is both Nigerian and American. An outsider who belongs. Sunny is different from her family in more ways than one. She’s albino, but she has also seen the end of the world in the flame of a candle. She’s a free agent— a Leopard Person who is not from a family of Leopard People. She has no [...]

    17. (Full Review at craftyscribbles)Okay. Let's discuss the elephant in the room. Akata Witch has been nicknamed the African (Nigerian) Harry Potter. While there are some influences, overall this story respects the cultural magic realism hailing from Nigeria and other African countries. Hate to break this truth to some readers, but J.K. Rowling doesn't hold the copyright to magical realism in books, particularly when you see cultural aspects she nicked for her stories. But, we'll save that pot of te [...]

    18. I finished reading Nnedi Okorafor's YA fantasy Akata Witch on the flight to Colorado last week. I then recommended the book to a number of different people at the conference. It’s fun, interesting, fast-paced, and just plain good.I’ve seen a few reviews that describe the book as being inspired by or too similar to Harry Potter. Both are coming-of-age stories about children who discover they have magic. Both protagonists explore a hidden magical community, and ultimately, they both have to fa [...]

    19. For a fantasy set in Nigeria, involving not only magic but violent serial murders, this book was remarkably dull. There was a lot of walking and expositing, and the setting, which could have been excitingly different from the genre-fallbacks, was oddly blank. Except for specific things which were described, I didn't get much sense of place. But my main complaint was the characters. I vaguely disliked most of them, but overall found them flat. Even when a teacher puts them in mortal danger they c [...]

    20. I feel like it’s been forever since I read a non-romance book that I heartily devoured. Akata Witch is an enchanting introduction to a series that has great potential to be mainstream. Okorafor swiftly establishes an expansive world-building in a way the reader could easily follow. This is why a lot of fantasy novels have been hit or miss for me lately; it’s difficult to follow the semantics of a story when an author just casually info dumps you. I always strive for gradual and natural build [...]

    21. Loved the Nigerian mythos, but the book seemed to me to deliberately walk in Harry Potter's footsteps; almost like an exercise. I did enjoy it though and will read more from this author and would recommend it for its intended middle grade/YA audience.

    22. Let's get this out of the way: Akata Witch is brilliant because we have a novel so ripe to be filled with preaching, misrepresentation, and troupes. And yet almost none of that appears. This book was written appropriately. Sunny's albinoism is important only in that it makes her special amongst the Leopard people, or juju (magic) -wielders. Nnedi doesn't preach about what it means to be a Nigerian woman, albino, or an American in Nigeria in a world where these things are often looked down upon. [...]

    23. Removed one star for pacing issues. It started off a bit slow and I felt that the climax came too close to the end for it not to feel rushed. I really enjoyed Nnedi's subtle usurpation of established literary tropes as well as the fact that women were pivotal characters. Looking forward to the sequel.

    24. So much fun! Everything you want in a great fantasy book--mythology, intrigue, destiny, and a complex cast of Nigerian deities, magical creatures, heroes & villains, and a secret band of magicians known as the Leopard People. I'm eagerly anticipating the sequel, Akata Warrior (Viking, 11/17).

    25. I actually put of starting "Akata Witch" for a few weeks because I just wasn't sure it would click with me. I initially requested it because of the cover and didn't know a whole lot about the story. However I couldn't have been more wrong. I fell in love with this book quickly and after the first 50 pages or so, had a hard time putting it down.Sunny is an young Albino girl living in Nigeria. She was originally born in Nigeria but lived many years in the States before returning and that, coupled [...]

    26. I had a lot of fun reading this book and also a tonne of respect, and I think a lot of it derived from the setting and cultural aspect; I'm from the same ethnic group as the characters, they lived in the same area my parents are from and a lot of the colloquial language I was familiar with which made it all the more enjoyable for me.My enjoyment not only stemmed from a personal place but with the utterly compelling story it was all wrapped within. The author took a debatably taboo subject (Afric [...]

    27. Read to fill the “Diverse Voices” square of my 2017 Halloween Bingo card.The Nigerian version of Harry Potter, with an albino Nigerian-American girl as the star. Sunny really only wants to be able to play football and attend school without being bullied, but her family has a legacy of magic that no one talks about and which is going to take her life in unexpected direction. Her talent is recognized by the friend of a friend and soon Sunny is being coached in juju, taken to the magical city o [...]

    28. Sunny Nwazue doesn't have the easiest life for a 12-year-old. Born to Nigerian parents, she was raised in the United States until she was 9 when her family decided to return to Nigeria. As if it's not hard enough to get used to a new culture, Sunny's albino and can't go a day without her peers tormenting her. And on the day this novel opens, she sees the end of the world while staring into a flame, revealing another difficult side of her nature. With the help of a few friends, she comes to under [...]

    29. I was enjoying the book until the main character goes through the initiation ritual. That she follows without explanations given, they talk as if she wasn't there, offer no explanation or introduction after the initiation ritual for which she hasn't voluntered and hasn't being told about she still follows them even though she thinks they are crazy at the beginning I dunno, I didn't buy it.Also, the characters seemed very archetipical to me, and their relarionships kind of forced instead of devel [...]

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