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Children of Blood and Bone. Image from Books Unchained.

Fox 2000’s film adaptation of Tomi Adeyemi’s Children of Blood and Bone: Legacy of Orisha, the first novel in her YA trilogy which attracted a million dollar advance, spent 25 consecutive weeks on The New York Times Young Adult Hardcover Bestseller List, and was featured on a segment by Jimmy Fallon of The Tonight Show, has gotten a director: Rick Famuyiwa.

The Nigerian-American filmmaker, once attached to DC’s upcoming The Flash, is best-known for his coming-of-age critical hit Dope. Several of his films focus on the Black experience in America, including The Wood and Brown Sugar.

Rick Famuyiwa. Image from consequenceofsound.net.

Drawing heavily from Yoruba cosmology, Children of Blood and Bone tells the story of Zelie Adebola and her fight to bring back magic to to her homeland called Orisha. The book was published by Macmillan’s Children Publishing Group on 6 March 2018 and became the biggest fantasy and YA debut of the year.

The film’s script, written by Mary Poppins Returns screenwriter David Magee, is being produced by Temple Hill, the production company behind Love, Simon and The Maze Runner trilogy.

Tomi Adeyemi.

The second book in Adeyemi’s series, Children of Virtue and Vengeance, will be released in June 2019.

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Otosirieze is deputy editor of Brittle Paper. He is a judge for the 2018/19 Gerald Kraak Prize and the 2019 Miles Morland Writing Scholarships. He is an editor at 14, Nigeria’s first queer art collective, which has published volumes including We Are Flowers (2017) and The Inward Gaze (2018). He is the curator of the Art Naija Series, a sequence of e-anthologies of writing and visual art focusing on different aspects of Nigerianness, including Enter Naija: The Book of Places (2016), which explores cities, and Work Naija: The Book of Vocations (2017), which explores professions. His fiction has appeared in The Threepenny Review and Transition. He has completed a collection of short stories, You Sing of a Longing, is working on a novel, and is represented by David Godwin Associates literary agency. He combined English and History at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, is completing a postgraduate degree in African Studies, and taught English at Godfrey Okoye University, Enugu. Find him at otosirieze.com, where he accepts writing and editing offers, or on Instagram or Twitter: @otosirieze. When bored, he Googles Rihanna.

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