Akata Witch

Nnedi Okorafor
Akata Witch transports the reader to a magical place where nothing is quite as it seems. Born in New York, but living in Aba, Nigeria, twelve-year old Sunny is understandably a little lost. She is albino and thus, incredibly sensitive to the sun. All Sunny wants to do is be able to play football and get through another day of school without being bullied. But once she befriends Orlu and Chichi, Sunny is plunged in to the world of the Leopard People, where your worst defect becomes your greatest asset. Together, Sunny, Orlu, Chichi and Sasha form the youngest ever Oha Coven. Their mission is to track down Black Hat Otokoto, the man responsible for kidnapping and maiming children. Will Sunny be able to overcome the killer with powers stronger than her own, or will the future she saw in the flames become reality?


Reviewed: 2019-07-24
This is good fantasy for older kids with great characters, modern sensibility, and original magic. It's one of the more refreshing takes on fantasy I've read in a while, and I'm absolutely fine with a Chosen One when that character is Sunny. I found that the ending came a little fast, but I always find that with the climax scenes of Big Bad Villain books. I suppose it's on account of the fact that I'm more drawn to the magic-architecture and world-building, and would've been content with The Gang just exploring Leopard Knocks for another hundred pages.

This book was also my counterweight. Something young, fun, modern, quick, and relevant. Life's a balance and so's reading and I hate to be thought of as pretentious so reading something like Akata Witch makes me feel less like I'm the Worst Type of Person for concurrently reading Proust's In Search of Lost Time.
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