Nnedi Okorafor’s writing is out of this world, and now she has yet another award to prove it.

Her 2015 book, Binti, has just won the Nebula Award for best novella. The Nebula awards are given annually by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America in recognition of the best contributions to sci-fi/fantasy from the previous year.

Binti is a Harrypotter-esque space odyssey about a young girl faced with leaving her family and surviving the dangerous journey to her university in the galaxy.  Here is one reviewer’s description:

“Binti is utterly captivating… [and] shows that one girl can change the course of the galaxy.” ―Michaela Gray, Geek Syndicate

Okorafor was obviously delighted about her win. She said on Facebook regarding the moment she took the stage to address the audience: “I kid you not, all that was going through my head was “WTF is HAPPENING?!?!” What a shock!”

Okorafor shone at this year’s award ceremony alongside other award-winners, most of whom were female writers. This historic turn of events has made Okorafor part of a trending topic on women in science fiction—with sci-fi fans celebrating this year’s Nebula Awards as a big win for a genre that has been historically male-dominated.

Congrats to Okorafor. She is definitely making her mark in the literary world, and we’re ever excited to read her work!


The mostly-women cast of winners.


Okorafor addressing the audience, still shocked by her win.


The proud mama shared her win with her daughter.



All images taken from the Nnedi Okorafor’s Facebook page.

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Tiwaladeoluwa Adekunle is a creative writer and a student of International Studies and English. Some of her work has been published by Shale, Limestone, Indiana Review and Brittle Paper. She is passionate about language, stories and Chipotle, and would almost always rather be writing.

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  1. Joshua Fakunle 2016/05/26 at 1:51 pm #

    very interesting

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I hold a doctorate in English from Duke University and recently joined the Marquette University English faculty as an Assistant Professor. I love teaching African fiction and contemporary British novels. Brittle Paper is the virtual space/station where I play and experiment with ideas on how to reinvent African fiction and literary culture.

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