The book cover for British-Nigerian children’s author Tola Okogwu’s novel just came out and it is absolutely stunning. Set to publish in March in the UK, the novel is titled Onyeka and the Rise of the Rebels and is the second installment in the bestselling and action-packed middle-grade superhero series.
The cover is absolutely gorgeous and features Onyeka’s brilliant curly hair as the central focus of the design. Onyeka is wearing an orange outfit and next to her stands a character with blue hair and fire shooting out from their hands. The cover is illustrated by Brittany Jackson.
See Okogwu’s Twitter announcement below:
☀️COVER REVEAL☀️ The Solari are BACK in ONYEKA AND THE RISE OF THE REBELS! Cover illustrated by the amazing Brittany Jackson, who has once again brought Onyeka to glorious life. @simonkids_UK
— Tọlá Okogwu – UPDATES ONLY! (@TolaOkogwu) November 24, 2022
Okogwu is a British-Nigerian children’s author, journalist and hair care educator. Born in Nigeria, but raised in London, she holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism. Her self-published picture book series, Daddy Do My Hair, is designed to celebrate the beauty of Afro textured hair. Okogwu’s debut middle grade series with Simon & Schuster has been picked up by Netflix and is currently in development. The bestselling first book, Onyeka and the Academy of the Sun, was published in June 2022 and was a Waterstones book of the month.
The storyline for Okogwu’s novel is set to be just as exciting as the book cover. In the previous book, we learn that Onyeka is a British-Nigerian girl whose Afro hair has psychokinetic powers. In this thrilling sequel, the heroes are on the run and seeking help from a rebel group to bring down Dr Doyinbo’s evil schemes.
Read the synopsis below:
Power bursts through my body, and I gasp as my hair shoots out like an avenging sword. It slashes a line through the wooden decking of the walkway. With a deafening crack, the wood breaks apart, splintering with the force of the impact.
Having uncovered head teacher Dr Dòyìnbó’s hidden agenda behind the Academy of the Sun, Onyeka and her friends are on the run. But they’ve got bigger problems to worry about – they desperately need to find a way to restore Niyì’s Ike superpower and they need to locate Onyeka’s missing parents.
When their last safe house is uncovered, Onyeka turns to the only potential allies they have left; the Rogues, a group of rebels that have been trying to expose Dr Dòyìnbó’s lies for years. Joining forces, will the two groups be able to defeat their shared nemesis, or is there a new danger on the horizon for the Solari?
Preorder Okogwu’s novel here!