HBO Buys Rights To Nigerian, Nnedi Okorafor PhD, Novel For TV Series By “Game Of Thrones” Producer

by Kim Boateng Last updated on August 29th, 2017,

Nigerian Woman, Dr Nnedi Okorafor PhD, has just sold the rights of her novel , ‘Who Fears Death’ to HBO. HBO, the network which is behind hit TV series, ‘Game of Thrones’’ reportedly bought the rights to Dr Nnedi Okorafor’s book to develop it into a TV series. According to HBO, the series is going to be executive produced by George RR Martin. He is also the co-executive producer of ‘Game of Thrones’.

A Nigerian novelist, Dr Nnedi Okorafor PhD is following in the steps of Chidiamaka Adiche by taking her literary work to TV.

The 43 year old Nigerian born, American novelist holds a PhD in English from the University of Illinois, Chicago. She is also a past winner of Wole Soyinka’s Prize for Literature in Africa.

Nnedi Okorafor weaves African cultures into the evocative settings and memorable characters of her science fiction work for kids and adults. Nnedi Okorafor is an award-winning novelist of African-based science fiction, fantasy and magical realism. Born in the US to Nigerian immigrant parents, Okorafor is known for weaving African cultures into creative settings and memorable characters. Her books include Lagoon (a British Science Fiction Association Award finalist for best novel), Who Fears Death (a World Fantasy Award winner for best novel), Kabu Kabu (a Publisher’s Weekly best book for Fall 2013), Akata Witch (an best book of the year), Zahrah the Windseeker (winner of the Wole Soyinka Prize for African Literature) and The Shadow Speaker (a CBS Parallax Award winner).

Her 2016 novel The Book of Phoenix is an Arthur C. Clarke Award finalist, while the first book in the Binti Trilogy won both the Hugo and Nebula Awards for Best Novella. Her children’s book Chicken in the Kitchen won an Africana Book Award. The final installment of the Binti Trilogy, titled The Night Masquerade, will be released in September 2017, and the sequel to Akata Witch (titled Akata Warrior) is due out in October 2017. Meanwhile, her book Who Fears Death has been optioned by HBO, with Game of Thrones’ George R.R. Martin as executive producer.

Okorafor is a full professor at the University at Buffalo, New York (SUNY).

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