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Nnedi Okorafor Announces the Release of New Trilogy, “She Who Knows”

Nnedi Okorafor Announces the Release of New Trilogy, “She Who Knows”

Nnedi Okorafor

The trilogy is a prequel to her debut adult novel, Who Fears Death.

By Hope Ibiale

Nigerian-American writer, Nnedi Okorafor, is set to release three new adult fantasy novellas titled She Who Knows. The first part of the trilogy, which is a prequel to her first adult novel, Who Fears Death, will be released in 2024; its sequels will arrive much later, and DAW Books will publish them.

Okorafor’s soon-to-be-released trilogy documents the story of Onyesonwu’s mother, Najeeba, on her journey to perfect her power.

While announcing on her Facebook page, Okorafor said, “Announcing my new novella trilogy titled She Who Knows. It is a prequel and sequel to Who Fears Death. It’s Najeeba’s story (the mother of Onyesonwu from Who Fears Death). You will see her as a girl and young woman, and then in middle age. The name Onyesonwu means ‘Who fears death?’ The name Najeeba means ‘Intelligent… She who knows.’”

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Okorafor commented further, “I’ve wanted to write this story for over a decade. It’s been dwelling in my head like a living storm. If you thought Onyesonwu from Who Fears Death was intense, wait until you truly meet her mother. Phew!”

In other exciting news, American science fiction and fantasy publisher, DAW Books have acquired the North American rights and audio to all of Nnedi Okorafor’s upcoming adult fantasy novellas.

Nnedi Okorafor has won the Hugo Award for Best Novella, Locus Award for Best Young Adult Novel, the Wole Soyinka Prize for Literature in Africa, and many others. She also doubles as a comic writer whose works include Black Panther, Long Live the King, Wakanda Forever, and the Shuri Series.

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