Nigerian writer Nnedi Okorafor will be a guest of honor at the 2024 World Science Fiction Convention (Worldcon).
The annual convention, which was first held as far back as 1939, brings together members of the World Science Fiction Society (WSFS) to engage in a series of week-long activities, ranging from art exhibitions to speeches and fundraising events for charities.
Each year, members of the WSFS typically select a guest of honor, usually as “an acknowledgement of significant lifetime contribution to the field of science fiction.” Previous honorees have included the South African author Doris Lessing, John Campbell, and Diane Duane.
The convention annually rotates among decided locations. The 2023 event will be held in Chengdu, China. The 2024 event, which honors Okorafor, will take place in Glasgow, Scotland.
Okorafor is the author of Who Fears Death (winner of the World Fantasy Award and in development at HBO as a TV series), the Nebula and Hugo award-winning novella trilogy Binti (currently in development as a TV series), the Lodestar and Locus award-winning Nsibidi Scripts series, LaGuardia (winner of Hugo and Eisner awards for Best Graphic Novel) and her most recent novella Remote Control. Her debut novel Zahrah the Windseeker won the prestigious Wole Soyinka Prize for Literature.
See Nnedi’s Instagram announcement below:
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Congrats to Nnedi Okorafor on this well-deserved honor!