I do not exaggerate when I say that I believe that Akata Witch has the most stunning cover makeover in all of YA. I simply can not take my eyes off of it. That is why I am so thrilled to be part of the paperback release blog tour. Today, I feature a fashion set inspired by the new Akata Witch paperback cover.
ABOUT THE BOOK
World Fantasy Award-winning author Nnedi Okorafor weaves together a story of magic, mystery, and finding one’s place in the world–for fans of Ursula Le Guin and Diana Wynne Jones.Twelve-year-old Sunny lives in Nigeria, but she was born American. Her features are African, but she’s albino. She’s a terrific athlete, but can’t go out into the sun to play soccer. There seems to be no place where she fits. And then she discovers something amazing-she is a “free agent,” with latent magical power. Soon she’s part of a quartet of magic students, studying the visible and invisible, learning to change reality. But will it be enough to help them when they are asked to catch a career criminal who knows magic too?
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Nnedi Okorafor was born in the United States to two Igbo (Nigerian) immigrant parents. She holds a PhD in English and is a professor of creative writing at Chicago State University. She has been the winner of many awards for her short stories and young adult books, and won a World Fantasy Award for Who Fears Death. Nnedi’s books are inspired by her Nigerian heritage and her many trips to Africa. She lives in Chicago with her daughter Anyaugo and family. She can be contacted via her website, www.nnedi.com.
I put together my fashion aesthetic set and attempted to feature as many Nigerian designers and influences as possible. Since Sunny is albino, I featured South African model Thando Hopa in full make-up for the make-up aesthetic of this post.
Through my research, I found a Nigerian designer that I wanted to feature. His name is Duro Olowu. He began his women’s ready-to-wear line in 2004 and his empire-waist patchwork “Duro” dress was named “Dress of the Year” by both American and British Vogue in 2005. He’s a London-based fashion designer who draws on his Nigerian roots and combines and plays with patterns and textures uniquely his own.
Finally, I wanted to leave you with one more shot of Thando, which struck as resembling the aesthetic of the Akata Witch & Akata Warrior covers.