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Nnedi Okorafor left Chicago State University to take up a position at SUNNY, Buffalo. At the time of her departure, she indicated that her time at Chicago State University was not especially a happy one without going into the details of her experience.

On March 17, Okorafor opened about why she “fled that university” in a set of tweets. The tweets began as a reaction to the news that the 150 year old university might be closed down due to funding.

She said the university was not an enabling and supportive environment. She was even asked to slow down her writing so that she could have more time to put towards fulfilling unrealistic amounts of administrative responsibilities. The school, she concludes, was “a place of fear and anxiety…and…backstabbing.” She added that she still bears the scars of her experiences.

Good thing she escaped such an experience. SUNY, Buffalo seems to be a much more conducive environment for the sci/fantasy author. Her space-girl odyssey titled Binti is doing really well. She is currently editing a new novel.

Here are the tweets.



Image from Nnedi Okorafor’s Facebook Page.

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  1. Chiziterem 2016/03/29 at 6:00 pm #

    My God, this is serious.

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